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Teen Starts Company To Make Low-Cost Printers To Help Blind People

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — In Silicon Valley, it’s never too early to become an entrepreneur. Just ask 13-year-old Shubham Banerjee. The California eighth-grader has launched a company to develop low-cost machines to print Braille, the tactile writing system for the visually impaired. Tech giant Intel Corp. recently invested in his startup, Braigo Labs.

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Neurological conditions like Parkinson’s disease and essential tremor, a benign trembling of the hands, head, voice, legs or trunk, are heavy burdens in their own right.

But add to that the moments when sufferers try to enjoy a meal with friends or family. The frustration attendant with being unable to keep food on the fork or spoon becomes another consequence of the disorder.

Now a San Francisco startup called Lift Labs is selling a piece of assistive technology that counters hand tremors and lets users have a meal without embarrassment or annoyance. The device, called Liftware, mounts utensils on an active stabilizing platform that diminishes uncontrollable jerking movements. 

This month, Lift Labs is matching donations to its Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign to send Liftware to people in economic hardship. The company will send the devices to the International Essential Tremor Foundation for distribution to those in need. Click through to see the campaign video.

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One million people around you are playing an alternate-reality game you can’t see.

Early last summer, at 3 a.m. in the South Bronx, an agent named D Skully was getting frustrated. Staring into a black-and-green grid on his smartphone, he attempted to secure a target for his team — but every time he thought he’d nabbed it, it’d get stripped away. He looked around; nobody else was out.

Suddenly, D Skully spotted a girl’s face illuminated by the light of her phone screen in a small car parked down the street. As she remembers it, he went and knocked on her window to confront her, and as soon as she was caught, the car peeled off.

The two of them were playing Ingress, an alternate reality game (or ARG) run by a Google startup called Niantic Labs. Ingress is like a giant game of Risk or Capture the Flag, only the game board is the entire world.

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Great site. If we're blessed with season 3, there's gonna be even more drama: Marcos on the run, Villa trying to get her badge back, Rosie maybe taking an extended leave to startup his California lab and get the love of his life back, Rosie and Villa finally expressing their feelings.

Thank you! I can see all this as big plots except for Marcos being on the run. It may get mentioned yeah with Villa trying to get her badge back but it won’t be a big thing within that since she did call it in. If she hadn’t there would be no getting her badge back but to me she went to IA outta her own moral obligations than anything else.

Oh and well with Donna doing the paperwork and Adrian on payroll, Rosie wouldn’t have to do anymore startup. Angel City is ready to go.

Rocket Lab launched its experimental rocket to space for the first time — but didn’t reach orbit
Aerospace startup Rocket Lab launched its experimental Electron rocket for the first time from New Zealand today — marking the first of three test flights the company hopes to do this year before the vehicle begins commercial launches. While the rocket successfully made it to space three minutes after take off, it “didn’t quite reach orbit” as planned, according to Rocket Lab’s CEO, Peter Beck. The company will be investigating why and will aim for the Electron to get to orbit during its second test flight. Read more

A Bay Area Startup Spins Lab-Grown Silk

“The company has developed a synthetic alternative to spider silk by engineering proteins identical to the natural threads stretched across the nooks in your basement. It’s raised $40 million from Silicon Valley venture capital firms Foundation Capital, Formation 8, and Founders Fund to commercialize its technology and turn those proteins into fabric. “Over the past few decades, as clothing companies squeezed on price, they’ve taken the innovation out of apparel,” says Dan Widmaier, a graduate of the UCSF Ph.D. program in chemical biology and Bolt’s chief executive officer. Widmaier and co-founders Ethan Mirsky, Bolt’s vice president for operations, and David Breslauer, its chief scientific officer, are genetically modifying yeast, single-cell organisms that convert simple carbohydrates to proteins through fermentation, and getting them to excrete silk-like proteins. “What would have been done in cells of spiders is now being done by yeast in our lab,” Widmaier says.”

Rocket Lab will try to launch its experimental rocket for the first time later this month
Aerospace startup Rocket Lab is finally about to launch its first vehicle to space. Later this month, the California-based company will try to pull off the inaugural test flight of its Electron rocket — a new launch vehicle capable of sending small satellites into orbit. The first Electron is slated to fly sometime during a 10-day launch window that will open on May 21st at 5PM ET. Read more

This startup is making lab-grown shrimp to end slavery and corruption in the shrimp industry

To combat unsustainable labor and environmental corruption within the shrimp industry, startup New Wave Foods has been perfecting creating shrimp out of “plant-based protein powder” and red algae in labs, according to the Atlantic. Its first product, which will be a breaded popcorn shrimp, will be hitting the market in just eight months.

In 2011, shrimp was the most popular seafood in the nation. But shrimp also has an ugly backstory.

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Private Mission to the Moon: Approved!

Next year private startup Moon Express will launch on an electron rocket (by startup Rocket Lab) to land a robot on the Moon.

This is the first time a private mission beyond mere Earth orbit has been granted full government sanction.

The mission is a part of the Google Lunar X Prize competition, though Moon Express exists independently as a business venture. The long-term goal is to be able to mine the Moon and bring material back to Earth. The plan right now is to bring the first material back to Earth in 2020. The launch to the lunar surface is next year (2017).

Moon Express is about to travel farther from Earth than any other private firm in history.

An interesting side story to the unprecedented success of Moon Express is sthe development of legalism in space. Due to projects like this, the U.S. government is beginning to develop frameworks for the private occupation of space by both individuals and business groups.

The world has seen an astounding growth in space-related startups and private ventures. It seems like, with groups like Moon Express, SpaceX, Blue Origin and Bigelow Aerospace etc. the new space race is in full swing.

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Txch This Week: Big Bang Discoveries And Startups In Space

by Norman Rozenberg

This week on Txchnologist, we looked at groundbreaking discoveries and innovations changing the world and what we understand of it. First, researchers documented the existence of gravitational waves. These waves, first theorized by Albert Einstein, show that the universe expanded at an exponential rate and provides direct evidence of the phenomenon know as inflation immediately after the Big Bang.

Next, we looked at a social enterprise helping Myanmar’s farmers by designing and manufacturing helpful tools. Proximity Designs then uses robots to test their prototypes.

Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Idaho National Labs use a virtual reality CAVE that lets them interact with complex environments in 3-D, while engineers at the University of Colorado Boulder have designed a toilet system that uses sunlight and heat to turn sewage into a useful material for agriculture.

British scientists revived moss that has been frozen for as long as 1,700 years. The find is evidence that organisms can survive in suspended animation for extremely long periods of time.

Italian researchers have developed a radar powered by laser light. The significantly more precise technology has a wider bandwidth than current radars and can transmit much more information.

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Txch This Week: Cleaner Water And New HIV Breakthroughs

by Norman Rozenberg

This week on Txchnologist, we explored inventions and discoveries that have the potential to improve myriad lives. First, our correspondent talked to researchers who have engineered growth factors that speed the wound-healing process.

The quest to design better water filters continues. MIT researchers have created an efficient nanofilter by poking tiny holes in atom-thick graphene. Their results appear to be dramatically better than the traditional carbon water filters available on the market. 

This week we also learned about new generators that produce energy from the smallest motions. The generator harvests the same kind of static electricity that you produce by shuffling across the carpet.  

A California-based startup called Lift Labs has engineered a stabilizing platform for utensils that helps people with tremors to eat without frustration or embarrassment.

Our hearts melted when we watched 12-year-old Peyton Robertson describe his Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Education award-winning experiment. He used the scientific method come up with an innovative solution defending against floods.

Now we’re bringing you the news and trends we’ve been following this week in the world of science, technology and innovation. 

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