Everybody Dance Now

A team from UC Berkeley created a short video and paper displaying the following:

We propose a method to transfer motion between human subjects in different videos. Given two videos – one of a target person whose appearance we wish to synthesize, and the other of a source subject whose motion we wish to impose onto our target person – we transfer motion between these subjects via an end to end pixel-based pipeline.

>>> Everybody Dance Now, paper

Electronics that can withstand 428 degree heat

Researchers at Purdue University have created a new plastic material that can reliably conduct electicity in enviroments up to 220 degrees Celsius (428 F).


Most impressive about this new material isn’t its ability to conduct electricity in extreme temperatures, but that its performance doesn’t seem to change. Usually, the performance of electronics depends on temperature – think about how fast your laptop would work in your climate-controlled office versus the Arizona desert. The performance of these new polymer blend remains stable across a wide temperature range.

Extreme-temperature electronics might be useful for scientists in Antarctica or travelers wandering the Sahara, but they’re also critical to the functioning of cars and planes everywhere. In a moving vehicle, the exhaust is so hot that sensors can’t be too close and fuel consumption must be monitored remotely. If sensors could be directly attached to the exhaust, operators would get a more accurate reading. This is especially important for aircraft, which have hundreds of thousands of sensors.

“A lot of applications are limited by the fact that these plastics will break down at high temperatures, and this could be a way to change that,” said Brett Savoie, a professor of chemical engineering at Purdue. “Solar cells, transistors and sensors all need to tolerate large temperature changes in many applications, so dealing with stability issues at high temperatures is really critical for polymer-based electronics.”


Blood Test That Can Detect Cancer in 10 Minutes

Fox News:

“Virtually every piece of cancerous DNA we examined had this highly predictable pattern,” he said.

If you think of a cell as a hard-drive, then the new findings suggest the disease needs certain genetic programs, or “apps,” in order to run.

“It seems to be a general feature for all cancer. It’s a startling discovery,” Trau said. “The test to detect cancerous cells can be performed in 10 minutes.”

This will help aid in detecting it early, so you have to really give it to those who discovered this.

I hope it pans out, think of all the lives it could save.


The Fat Gene

Sophie Tanno for the Daily Mail:

While there are always more natural ways for obese people to shed the pounds, the scientist told Daily Mail Australia he believes the research is important

He revealed the university has received funding from the Australian government to seek out ways of combating obesity.

Professor Keating added that the results show ‘we can potentially make a real difference in the fight again obesity’.

Researchers fed the mice missing the RCAN1 gene various different diets, including the high fat one thought to cause weight gain.

The rodents followed the diet for as little as eight weeks and up to six months. Each time period produced similar results.

Blocking RCAN1 helps transform unhealthy white fat into the healthier brown version, according to the team of researchers.

Eat up.


Study Suggests a Person’s Consciousness Keeps Working After Their Heart Stops Beating

Chris Kitching writing in the Daily Mirror:

Cardiac arrest survivors were aware of what was going on around them while they were ‘dead’ before being ‘brought back to life’, the study revealed.

Even more shockingly, there is some evidence to suggest that the deceased may even hear themselves being pronounced dead by doctors.

Dr. Sam Parnia:

“They’ll describe watching doctors and nurses working, they’ll describe having awareness of full conversations, of visual things that were going on, that would otherwise not be known to them.”

Explaining when a patient is officially declared dead, he said: “It’s all based on the moment when the heart stops.

Eerie and creepy are two adjectives to describe that. Sounds horrific.