Duke University researchers have grown human skeletal muscles in a research lab, with the manufactured creation able to contract and respond like native tissue. It's possible the lab-created muscles can help with drug research and so researchers are better able to study diseases.
Researchers used human cells that progressed past stem cells but didn't reach full muscle tissue yet - and the myogenic precursors were allowed to form into muscle fibers located in a custom 3D scaffolding.
"One of our goals is to use this method to provide personalized medicine to patients," said Nenad Bursac, associate professor of biomedical engineering at Duke University, in a press statement. "We can take a biopsy from each patient, grow many new muscles to use as test samples and experiment to see which drugs would work best for each person."
Featured here is an incredible system completed by Malik Customs, featuring a full EK Water Block setup all wrapped up in a Phanteks Enthoo Primo Ultimate and stuffed full of goodies by ASUS, including a GTX 970 Strix and a Z97-AR motherboard.
It's hard to predict what will happen as robotics technology matures, and artificial intelligence software advances, but there is growing concern that robots could end up taking jobs from humans. In Germany and other European Union (EU) nations look to solve political problems, there is growing concern that robots - and not immigrants from other nations - could lead to a shrinking work force.
"What's fundamentally different is that (these advances) have the ability to affect a broader set of workers," said Jeremy Bowles, a researcher at the Bruegel Institute in Brussels, Belgium. Bowles believes humanoid robots will be able to carry out human tasks that could one day impact white-collar employees.
However, a counter-argument is that the rise of robotics will help spur the economy, as there will be additional opportunities for businesses. "Robotics is seen as a pivotal technology, which is not only going into robotics per se but into so many other branches and technologies," said Uwe Haas, secretary general of the European Union's robotics program. "It will create new jobs because [it will make] new businesses possible."
We've been covering some sweet modded systems recently here at TweakTown, with a Cooler Master build by Stuart Tonks featuring in our headlines only just yesterday.
Cooler Master are committed to the mods, opening up their "Case Mod World Series by inviting all modders to show-off their creativity and push the limits of PC case design," as written in their recently issued press release. There is over $20,000 worth of cash and prizes available for entrants, supplied with the help of Dremel, Intel, ASUS, OCZ and GeiL.
The two categories include 'Tower Mod' and 'Scratch Build' with judging to be completed by the Cooler Master panel, including the following members: Richard 'Darthbeavis' Surroz, Peter 'L3P' Brands, Brian 'BOD MODS' Carter, Ronnie Hara, Mathieu 'Sassanou' Heredia, Richard Kiers, Antony Leather and the sponsors. Cooler Master have also added a new 'Rising Star' award, said to be given to a future star to watch in the modding scene - this is alongside a peoples choice award, with the winner chosen through public voting.
NZXT have just announced their DOKO - a PC streaming device that connects to your network, allowing you to use the PC in your living room or other places around your home. The DOKO gives you the ability to complete any function that your PC would usually do, no matter where you are - thanks to its lack of limitations.
According to their recently issued press release, "the current problem with modern PC streaming technologies and set-top boxes is that they all come with their own pre-defined limitations," further explaining that "TV boxes are restricted to their own set of media channels, file formats and limited applications. PC game streaming and screen mirroring devices are all restricted by their own platforms, proprietary technologies or latency issues."
Using a gigabit Ethernet connection, the DOKO offers low latency, 50-80ms, high definition, 1080p @ 30fps, services. Complete with four USB ports containing USBoverIP technology, users gain the ability to plug a device into the DOKO and it will mirror these actions just as if you plugged it in to your home PC.
For the last few years, 'Star Wars' fans have been under the impression that they have Disney to thank for purchasing the franchise and therefore making sequel episodes 7, 8 and 9. Now, according to creator George Lucas that wasn't accurate.
Speaking to USA Today on the publicity trail for Lucasfilm and Disney (via the subsidiary Touchstone label) animated feature 'Strange Magic', Lucas has revealed that he was planning on not only making, but directing 'Episode VII' on his own for a 2015 release, before selling the franchise off. He later relented, selling the franchise to Disney outright for $4 billion dollars in cash and Disney stocks, saying "It's better for me to get out at the beginning of a new thing and I can just remove myself".
'Star Wars: The Force Awakens', which was based on Lucas' originals plans for his own version of 'Episode VII' opens worldwide on December 18th this year.
In their latest 8-k filing form, AMD have listed their top executives and some major changes have been noted. Three of the 'top dogs' have missed the grade, seeing John Bryne, GM of Computing and Graphics Business Group; Colette LaForce, Chief Marketing Officer; and Raj Naik, Chief Strategy Officer no longer on the list.
Some are calling this the "biggest corporate shakeup in the ailing company's history," with AMD now no longer having some of their biggest brainpower members listed, with Bryne being one of the most notable - seeing his promotion from Chief Sales Officer to the GM of Computing and Graphics Business Group position just a mere seven months prior.
With the changing of the guard, AMD have announced that "these changes, including the additions of Forrest Norrod and James Clifford to our management team last quarter, collectively are part of implementing an optimal organization design and leadership team to further sharpen our execution and position AMD for growth."
As seen in their Twitter description, Telltale Games has been working on "games based on Game Of Thrones, Minecraft, Borderlands, The Walking Dead & more!" But now it's time for them to produce something completely of their own, as according to their new CEO, Telltale has an "upcoming original IP" in production.
Kevin Bruner has been promoted within the company from president to CEO, in a statement to GamesIndustry he said that "we're thrilled to continue our growth and bring our unique style of scripted entertainment to the next generation of digital media, and do that across thousands of different devices. Our top priority is to continue fostering an environment where the most talented and creative storytellers in the industry are working side by side with the world's biggest creative partners. We're already working on some of the biggest franchises in entertainment, and when you add our unannounced partnerships and upcoming original IP, it's clear the most exciting time to be at Telltale is now, and there will continue to be more and more opportunity to innovate ahead of us."
One of the biggest downfalls of the Galaxy range of handsets and devices from Samsung is its user interface: TouchWiz. It's bloated, slow, and just complete crap (for me, and many others). There are fans, but they've probably never used a stock Android handset and come to appreciate the stock feel of Google's mobile OS... until the Galaxy S6, it seems.
According to the latest reports, it looks like Samsung is preparing to unveil the new Galaxy S6 smartphone at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2015 in Barcelona, Spain in March. An industry source has said "We are aiming to get rid of unnecessary functions and simplify our UI at the level of Google's Nexus 6". Since Samsung is running Android underneath, it won't be hard to remove (hopefully) most of the elements of TouchWiz UI and go give users a stock Android feel.
We should see more at MWC 2015, which kicks off in March.
Far Cry 4 was probably the most successful launch for Ubisoft last year, and now we're seeing the very first DLC for it in the form of "Escape from Durgesh Prison".
The Escape From Durgesh Prison missions is a downloadable piece of content for the first-person shooter, where Ubisoft explains it as "In this new piece of downloadable content for Far Cry 4, Ajay and Hurk find themselves defenseless in the dangerous northern region of Kyrat after being captured, tortured and stripped of their weapons in Yuma's prison". The developer continues "On their way to the extraction point, they will be able to complete a series of challenges kicked off by the tyrannical Pagan Min to acquire weapons and upgrade their gear before a final stand-off against Yuma's forces".
Better yet, you can play Escape From Durgesh Prison by yourself, or with a friend in cooperative mode. It ups the ante by making the mission a time trial, which sees players pushing to be at the top of the online leaderboard. But, if players are killed or die throughout the mission, they are forced to restart the entire mission.