Lab-grown Sperm Used To Create Healthy Mice

Technology can do amazing things, we’ve seen it give people the ability to walk again to creating fresh organs like candyfloss. The problem with technology is that you have to wait to see just how much things progress, with every day bringing new technology and miracles. Why would we not look forward to the news that infertility could soon be a thing of the past with lab-grown sperm being used to create healthy mice in a lab.

The study showed that by taking a stem cell, the researchers were able to create sperm and use this to create healthy baby mice. The study went on to show not only that it was a success but that the children were able to grow up and even have their own offspring.

This research could be the first step to help people who have become infertile, with the artificial growth and injection of sperm cells or the earlier form of sperm called spermatids could produce not only healthy offspring could be used to create human babies, a process that is being debated for its ethical and legal reasons all over the world. The only issue that the group have found so far is that adult humans don’t have embryonic stem cells, but are hopeful that turning skin cells into a stem-cell-like state could be the key.

With more and more people being helped by technology on a daily basis, you can’t help but be amazed at these scientists work who are keen to help everyone overcome their life difficulties.

Self Driving Baby Stroller – What Could Go Right!?

I’ve got two children, they’re amazing kids and I love putting them in the buggy and pushing them around and racing it through the supermarket; my kids love that too. However, this latest invention could be trying to take all that fun away from us, as it does all the pushing and driving on its own. For just $2,750, the Smartbe developed hands-free smart stroller will push its self up hills, through the supermarket, it’ll even keep up the pace while you go for a jog alongside your child. In theory, it’s a nice idea, but I wouldn’t trust it with my child’s life for even a second.

Of course, this is a futuristic bit of kit, so it’s more than just a motor and a smart camera. The Smartbe offers up a rocker feature to help put the child to sleep, and even a bottle warmer for those “feed me!” moments. It can play music, has lights, webcam, microphone and all kinds of stuff; it’s damn near a Tesla for babies.

‘I know how uncomfortable it is to push an ordinary stroller through snow in Manhattan, up hills in San Francisco, or for a jog along the path through the heat and humidity of Miami,’ Guillermo Morro CEO and founder of Smartbe told SFGate. ‘So, I set out to design a better stroller, one that combines all the greatest technology to give parents and babies a better experience.’

It’s just a concept at the moment, with the team hitting Indiegogo with a goal of $80,000. It’s a pretty cooler stroller, with some great technology and I can see where they’re coming from with their ideas, but alas, it’s not something I would feel a need for personally. Fortunately, they’ve had the sense to release a model that isn’t self-propelling, and that will be just $399, and it’ll still retain some of the cool extra gadgets.

Would you own one of these for your children?

Google Cardboard Used to help Save a Baby’s Life

It is mostly the Oculus Rift and the Sony’s Playstation VR that take the headlines these days, but that doesn’t mean that simpler tools such as the Google Cardboard can’t be useful. In this case it was extremely useful as it helped to plan an operation virtually first and quite possibly have saved a baby’s life at the same time.

Teegan Lexcen was born with a unique defect that the doctors hadn’t seen before. Most of the left half of her heart was missing and on top of that she only has one lung. The parents were originally told by their doctors that nothing could be done. The poor girl was sent to a hospice to have the best care in the little time she had left. But two weeks later, Teegan was still alive. At this point her parents started to look for alternatives and found Redmond Burke, chief of cardiovascular surgery at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital. Burke’s idea, along with a team of heart surgeons, was to 3D print a model of Teegan’s heart and go from there. But to make bad news worse, the 3D printer was broken and due to Teegan’s dangerous condition, something had to be done fast.

The doctors then turned to virtual reality in order to get a 3D image of the child’s chest region and organs. Doctors downloaded 3D images of the heart to an iPhone using the app Sketchfab. The images were similar to the 3D models that the doctors had on their computers, but the Google Cardboard used made it easier to accurately view every angle of the heart’s structure.

There were two major difficulties with this surgery, besides the extra risk that there always is with patients this young. First, the heart was placed further to the left of the chest than normal. That would normally require a very big incision which is a “massive trauma to a baby, it’s just horrendous,” Burke told CNN. Thanks to the Google Cardboard, Burke was able to visualize the precise location and use a much smaller and simpler midline incision.

The second challenge was a missing ventricle. Normally we have two, one that supplies the blood to the lungs while the other takes care of the rest. This was a tricky one in all conditions, but again the Google Cardboard helped Burke come up with a completely new procedure and solution for the problem. He rerouted Teegan’s right ventricle so it could continue to pump blood to both her lungs and body. He did this after having spent hours examining the 3D image of Teegan’s heart in Google Cardboard before pulling off the procedure with no complications.

This is a perfect example of why I love technology. When it is used for good and to help. In this case it was something as simple and cheap as a Google Cardboard (together with a lesser cheap iPhone) that helped do what an expensive 3D printer failed at. I wish little Teegan and her entire family all the best, may they all have a blessed life together.

Who’s Your Daddy is Easily the Weirdest Game in a Long Time

This has to be one of the most bizarre games ever created and yet it isn’t that bad either. In fact, it could be a fun and addictive game. We’ve seen weird games become a success before, such as Goat Simulator that didn’t have much to do with simulation at all, so maybe the same will work for Who’s Your Daddy.

The title Who’s Your Daddy reminds us more of a line from a cheap softcore movie than a game, but it is a new game. Behind this weird title is a game pits fathers against their babies, yes you read that right, in a 1 vs 1 match where you control either the father or the baby. Your job as the dad is to protect your kid from a horrific and deadly accident in your virtual home, just as in real life, whereas the second player is where it gets bizarre. The second player will control the baby with the mission to try to kill itself before the father can stop it. Now that’s a game principle that we haven’t seen before.

There are all kinds of hazards in a home from power outlets to poison, from ovens to trashcans, and much more, and you can explore all that in this weird game that started out as a fun idea before turning into something marketable.

The game has been successfully funded on Kickstarter, albeit with a small goal, and is now waiting to be greenlit on Steam. If you could see yourself play this game then you should head over to the Steam Greenlight section and vote for it.

Below you can watch the Kickstarter trailer where the man behind the game introduces it as well as some alpha-stage gameplay. Would you play this game or is it just a little too weird for you? Let us know in the comments.

The GIGABYTE Charity Raffle at I55 Raised £2417 for Zoё’s Place

Gigabyte’s charity raffle for Zoë’s Place, held during Insomnia 55, was a big success and made it possible to hand over a check worth £2417. This isn’t the first time Gigabyte is holding a raffle at the Insomnia event and last time they made £1700, so €2417 is a good step up and a great sign that gamers want to give something back. All the proceeds of the raffle go to Zoë’s Place, a baby hospice providing palliative, respite and end of life care for babies and infants aged from birth to five years and suffering from life-limiting or life-threatening conditions.

That is all great news and there were also some great prizes up for grab as part of the raffle. The ones entering the raffle had the chance to win AMD processors, AOC monitors, Coolermaster power supplies and cases, Crucial memory, Fractal Design power supplies and cases, Kingston memory and HyperX SSDs, Tesoro gaming keyboards, mice, headsets and mousepads, as well as Netgear NAS and cameras. GIGABYTE themselves sponsored a gaming laptop, motherboards, a graphics card, keyboards, and headsets for the raffle. All in all, prizes worth over £5000.

Gigabyte will be back with another Raffle in the future and I hope that even more people will support the cause then. We can do better, we can do more.

Gigabyte’s Charity Raffle During i54 Made £1700 for Zoё’s Place

Gigabyte, together with other big hardware players such as Antec, Kingston HyperX, AOC, and Tesoro, hosted a big charity raffle during Insomnia 54 in Coventry. The deal was, you buy a ticket for the raffle and in return had a chance to win some great hardware such as AOC monitors, HyperX SSDs, Antec cases, Tesoro keyboards, and also Gigabyte motherboards and BRIX projectors. The best of all was, all the proceeds from the raffle would go to Zoë’s Place, a baby hospice in Coventry.

The raffle was a big success, actually there were two of them, one on Friday and one on Saturday of the event. The counting is done and Gigabyte could hand over a check for £1700 to Zoë’s Place.

Zoë’s place is a baby hospice that provides palliative, respite and end of life care for babies and infants aged from birth to five years and suffering from life-limiting or life-threatening conditions. There couldn’t be a much worthier cause for donating, and the Insomnia gamers thought so too.

Gigabyte also promised to be back again with a new Raffle at the next Insomnia event, i55. Let us hope that it will be at least as successful as this one and that it will raise even more money.

All Babies Need Their Independence Try The Crib Dribbler

If you have a baby, then you likely know what it is like to deal with those 1 A.M. feedings, the 3 A.M. feedings, and the 5 A.M. feedings. The Crib Dribbler gives us the ability to set it and forget it. Now if it were only real, just kidding. The Crib Dribbler, has been giving babies their independence since 1972. Coming in 2 sizes, the “Weekender, and the “Over-Nighter“.  Perfect for Kindex Infant Energy Drink, Water, Juice, Stew, Cocoa, Formula and Milk!

The “Weekender” allows parents to leave 100 ounces of liquid goodness for their baby while they go out for dinner and a movie, also giving them the chance to stay at that bed and breakfast that they have been wanting to stay at.

The “Over-Nighter” allows parents to kick their feet up for the evening and just relax, giving the baby 40 ounces of hearty goodness.

Kindex, has been “Giving babies independence since 1972. Which is great because every baby just wants to be left alone, allowing their minds to develop and hone their skills. Practicing their balance, vision, coordination and speech. They are better able to work on these skills when left in peace and quiet. Purchasing Kindex “Crib Dribbler” allows your baby to get the time to themselves that they need and enjoy! Giving you ample opportunity to take some time for yourself.

With Kindex you no longer need to worry about feeding times, you could load up the “Crib Dribbler” and take personal time for yourself. You don’t need to worry about harmful plastics as the “Crib Dribbler” is made from 100% recycled plastic syringes!

Don’t forget to try Kindex Infant Energy Drink, now in flavors of Lemon, Bubble Gum, and Lime! Giving your baby Bigger Smiles! Louder Cooing, Cuter Giggling! And Faster Crawling!

Kindex also offers Crib Space Heater, Stroller Blender and High Chair Cutting Boards. As well as their special 20″ LCD HD Television so Baby can watch their favorite movies!

Crib Dribbler is Made in the U.S.A.

 

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