The World’s First Bionic Bits Successfully Tested Only

Drilling rate rise 19.7%, life expectancy increased by 3.88 times, saving about 1.05 million drilling costs. July 29, reporters from the Zhongyuan Oil Field postdoctoral research station was informed that the world’s first bionic own intellectual property rights only oil drill 103 wells in yuanba rock Xujiahe successfully tested. Statistics show that only Φ241.3 mm impregnated diamond bit average ROP 0.77 m / hour, footage 16.1 m, and with the wells, compared with the formation adjacent rock bit, drilling rate rise 19.7%, life expectancy increased by 3.88 times. Only this one bit at a well used, can save drilling costs for the oil field is about 1.05 million. From the perspective of Bionic Engineering, developed a new type of impregnated diamond bit – Bionic oil drills, hard and strong oil and gas wells Drilling abrasive to provide an effective rock breaking new technology. To speed up the oil and gas exploration and development in Northeast of the process, solve Xujiahe slow formation of the drilling rate and bit life is short of technical problems, by the end of 2006, Dr. Zhongyuan Oilfield Tech Postdoctoral research project began, trying to find animals from natural soil solution. After the study found that dung beetle with non-smooth surface morphology, with drag reduction, wear and desorption functions; Citellus mouse claw toe, and wear with high ground-breaking features. Soil animal skin and claw toes in the wear or molt could continue to grow after the self-regeneration function gave him great inspiration. He bionic non-smooth theory and self-regeneration concept applied to the rock drill, after the northeastern region of the Xujiahe lithology-depth research, targeted for development of bionic bits. After studying more than two years of hard work, Dr. Gao Ke and the research team was led in June 2009 succeeded in developing a Φ241.3 mm bionic oil drill. “Developed the first bionic bit only on the good results obtained, which led to me and my team added a great deal of confidence and courage. I believe in the near future, we developed the bionic oil drill bits will definitely solve the Quanguo even hard and abrasive world strong challenge to contribute to the drilling. “Dr. Gao Ke told reporters. “Bionic bit is good, fast drilling speed, long life, we are willing to use. Proposed to optimize the structure to improve the bit to our team to test well.” Bearing drill 103 wells in Zhongyuan oil field yuanba Southwestern Drilling Company 90102 drilling crew Platform Manager Wei Shijun said with satisfaction. Before 90 102 drilling team tries to use the strata lot is only well-known manufacturers of impregnated diamond bits and PDC bits, its penetration rate and bit life are not as good as bit, they did not bionic bit hopeful. However, in the face of the facts, they changed their views, and the improved bionic bit full of hope. Currently, Dr. Gao Ke led the research team, also invited the experts, are tense, meticulous, comprehensive diagnosis of the drill bit, analysis, in order to develop a more reasonable, better performance of the bionic oil drill bits for oil field development speed contribute to the block .

The Bionic Ear Challenged

I recently watched a program on television about people who are deaf and consider themselves in what they call a deaf community. To them their deaf community is considered more of a culture than what we most consider the deaf – a disability. Now enter a device that ends deafness and is causing, get this, anger in the deaf community. Instead of being happy about such a device the deaf community is applaud by it. The device we are referring to is called the cochlear device or also referred to as the bionic ear. The cochlear device is an implant that goes inside the head of a person without hearing. The implant inside the head connects to the brain’s hearing function. An external unit attaches to the outside of the head by use of a magnet and feeds sound to the brain. The cochlear device does not itself guarantee that the deaf person will function as well as a person who does not have the disability but it has very encouraging results. Much speech training is needed and generally this device is only encouraged for young children who can learn at a better rate than adults. Here is where I think the deaf community is concerned. Since it really is only encouraged for very young children they are in fear of losing their relationship with their children. They may feel they are uncomfortable outside of the deaf community and are uncomfortable with their children being outside of it. I have a hard time figuring if this is an act of love or selfishness. So I came to the conclusion that this bionic ear device is probably going to be more suited to children who have hearing parents. The training process would be easier for them since they are not falling back on their sign language usage with their deaf parents.

Closer To Truth: Free Will

There is an ongoing PBS TV series (also several books and also a website) called “Closer To Truth”. It is hosted by neuroscientist Robert Lawrence Kuhn. He’s featured in one-on-one interviews and panel discussions with the cream of the cream of today’s cosmologists, physicists, philosophers, theologians, psychologists, etc. on all of the Big Questions surrounding a trilogy of broad topics – Cosmos; Consciousness; Meaning. The trilogy collectively dealt with reality, space and time, mind and consciousness, aliens, theology and on and on and on. Here are a few of my comments on one of the general topics covered, the subject dealing with the concept of free will.

What is Free Will?

Free will would appear to be the ability for a living organism, not just of necessity a human, to decide between the various options open to it when presented with an either/or intersection. However there is not such thing as infinite free will. The choices available aren’t endless. One option not available to you on your commute to work is to flap your arms and fly. A bird on the other hand doesn’t have the choice of driving a car when heading south for the winter. The laws, principles and relationships of both the physical and biological sciences restrict your free will options. Your innate abilities restrict your free will. Your free will option says you can hit a home run out of Yankee Stadium. The opposing pitcher says otherwise. Your society and your culture also places restrictions on your free will. You just can not do whatever you damn well please. Okay, so at best you have only a quasi free will, but as long as you have two achievable this or that options you can argue that you have the sort of free will that’s defined as an ability to decide between those this or that options. Whether or not that is an illusion might not be overly relevant as long as you truly believe you actually have free will. If you really believe that your choice of dinner tonight was 100% your own decision, then you’re a happy camper, ignorance is bliss and let no one rain on your free will parade.

Do Humans have Free Will 1?

Humans may have free will, but there are many, many aspects to your existence in which you had no say-so whatsoever, aspects in which you would have sold your soul to the devil for the chance to have had some free will choice in the matter. I mean you had no free will about being conceived and born at all. You had no choice, no free will options as to who your parents were and what your ancestors were. You had no free will options about your family – brothers and sisters – and where you stood age-wise with respect to them. You had no choice about your sex, your IQ, or about your race or about any other aspect of your genetics which might have included some sort of deformity or being prone to certain diseases. You had no option about the historical era you were hatched into, or the society, culture or nationality. You probably had little free will, if any, about what religion (if any) you were brought up in. In some cultures in some eras you probably had no free will about who you were to marry or your status or caste in the community. In short, for all the talk about free will, there are many, many facets of your life that you had absolutely no free will control over. That’s a bummer!

Do Humans have Free Will 2?

Here’s another everyday common example of your lack of free will. How many of you have experienced hearing some stupid advertising jingle or insipid pop song that just keeps on keeping on rambling through the recesses of your mind? Have you ever been able to free will it away? Probably not. You usually need to be externally distracted by something else which causes the irritation to retreat into the far background (only to arise again at a later date).

Do Humans have Free Will 3?

Prior to your conception you had no free will on the obvious grounds that you did not yet exist. Between conception and your birth, and for some days, weeks and months thereafter, you had no free will. You had all of the free will that your stomach has which is bugger-all. If that’s the case, and it is had to argue otherwise, what makes you believe you have subsequently acquired by some either physical or nebulous process the concept we call free will? Is acquiring free will somehow akin to acquiring the traits you acquired when you reached puberty? If so, what’s the biochemical process? Further, the acquisition of free will would have to be a continuum. It’s not likely to be the case that one day you had zero free will and the next day a fully-formed ability to exercise free will in all of its diverse forms.

Philosophy of Free Will

According to legend, God gave us free will. Let’s say for argument’s sake that there’s an afterlife and that we go to Heaven. Do you have free will in Heaven? That is, could you, of your own free will, commit a sin in Heaven? How’s that for some heavy philosophy?

Mysteries of Free Will 1

The mystery of free will is how free will can manipulate electrons and atoms and molecules that are part and parcel as being physical substances of the brain (hereafter called brain chemistry) that collectively construct brain structures, into seemingly separate and apart movements of the body that otherwise wouldn’t of happened. Free will would seem to use existing brain chemistry to initiate an action in one place that causes reactions in another place. Any free will decision-making must involve some sort of action if concepts are to be turned into reality.

The first mystery is the conscious thought that you think that indicates you might want to do something, say, “should I raise my right arm”. Where did that first conscious thought about the possibility of raising your arm come from? Did it appear as if by magic fully formed out of the ether? Probably not. You had to have subconsciously formed the thought (a thought which is a physical thing requiring matter and energy) out of your reservoir of brain chemicals before you can even consciously think the thought. Quite why your subconscious should have come up with such an idea in the first place is yet another puzzlement.

Anyway, the next step is to take the concept that you might want to raise your right arm and then apply an apparent free will decision making exercise into an either/or choice. That involves another thought – “will I, won’t I” – which again doesn’t manifest itself out of thin air. That “will I, won’t I” is being pondered by the subconscious while your conscious mind is dealing with the idea that you might want to perform the arm-raising action in the first place. There’s lastly a third thought which is either “I will” or “I won’t”. That action then translates into a reaction.

The implication is that before you can think any fully-formed thought you have to first form the thought at a deeper unconscious level. You can’t consciously think the thought before you subconsciously first think the thought. If your subconscious came up with the idea first before being elevated into the consciousness arena, then you have no free will.
Just to re-enforce the role of the subconscious, most of the time when you move your arms you are not aware of it and thus are not making conscious free will choices. Watch someone in a conversation, even people being interviewed here on “Closer to Truth” and they are usually gesturing and flapping their arms around (for no apparent reason and to no apparent purpose). They are not making each and every gesture deliberately in a fully self-aware and in a free will mode. Nearly every movement you make is not anything that can be related to free will. Say, as a common event, you get up out of your chair and walk across the room. Did you consciously decide which foot to step off on? I think not. Another common saying is how people often open up and engage their mouths before they engage their brain or their mind.

And isn’t it amazing how brain chemistry translates all those thoughts within your mind into your native language, or more than one language if you are bilingual. How does brain chemistry become language inside your head? That translation has no free will connection.

Okay, some questions arising: How does your mind take brain chemistry and turn chemistry into thoughts (and in your native language no less)? How do those thoughts end up converting the original set of brain chemistry conditions into the chemistry that actually raises your right arm? It’s an entirely physical process from one to the other – brain chemistry – thought – action – but the mystery is how your mind has the ability to somehow drag up and arrange and rearrange those physical bits that will comprise the subconscious thoughts that you must have first constructed before you actually have those thoughts consciously. This would seem to be a case of mind over matter, a psychic phenomenon rather discredited.

Anyway, the bottom line is that it is the subconscious that rules the roost, another case in point being the content of your dreams, and that doesn’t require free will.

Mysteries of Free Will 2

If there is such a thing as free will, why is there such an obesity epidemic? You’d think one of the last things people would want to look like is blubber personified. Free will there might be, but will power is lacking! But what do I know? Maybe roly-poly is the latest in body fashion statements! Still, IMHO obesity is a mystery if people really have free will and control over their own impulses.

Physics of Free Will 1

Free will seems to be a variation on the theme of mind over matter and we know how badly the physical evidence for that is. Mind over matter is something that has yet to be established as part of the physical realm that’s been peer-reviewed and adopted by the sciences. If there really were a physics of free will, then one might assume that free will would be exhibited when it comes to the things that matter most, like making decisions that gives rise to avoiding or negating pain, disease, ageing and death. If there was free will that operated via some physical mechanism(s) then no one need suffer from migraines, the common cold or flu, cancer and heart disease, getting grey hair or wrinkles, and of course kicking the bucket. Were it not for accidents caused by external happenings (including getting pregnant), free will could just about put the medical profession and pharmaceutical companies out of business, but probably not undertakers since eventually an accident would happen that would be fatal.

Physics of Free Will 2

It seems strange that you have free will to say raise your right arm and you can in fact raise your right arm after you decide to; you have free will over some other bodily functions and those functions respond in kind after you so make the relevant free will decision (say body building or achieving new and improved mental skills), yet your free will over your own body with respect to pain, disease, ageing and death absolutely fails. This is not a question of “you may not succeed” rather that you WILL not succeed. You also have no free will control over say your hair growth, not just some of the time but all of the time. Either you have free will over your own body or you don’t. It appears you don’t, at least when it comes down to what’s really fundamental. So why free will over some things and not over other things? In conclusion, IMHO, there’s something screwy somewhere.

Physics of Free Will 3

Connection between A and B is not control of A over B (or B over A), but you have to have the connection before you have the control, and the brain-body connection is well established. That the brain rules the body’s roost is not in dispute. In fact the brain is the one organ that cannot be replaced. In theory, the brain could exist without the body (as in the brain-in-the-vat scenario or the mind could be downloaded into a machine), but the body cannot be a viable entity without the brain. So, what does that tell you about the brain-body connection and what organ is in control? Did I hear you say the brain?
Body parts can be replaced. You can have prosthetic limbs and bionic eyes and ears. You can have an artificial heart and exist in a iron lung. Your kidney functions can be replaced by a machine. You can wear a wig! You can be fed via a tube. You can be fitted with dentures. There’s even artificial skin available for serious burn victims. But you can’t replace the brain or at least the contents of the brain. The buck stops with the brain. Your brain is the most fundamental structure you have. No brain; no you. No big toe? You are still you.

How Free Will Probes Mind and Consciousness

One connection between free will and the mind and consciousness is evident when it comes to dealing with illusions. We have all seen optical illusions and may have experienced auditory and tactile illusions too. Experiments have been conducted on subjects that on the surface would seemingly make the subject the victim of some act of physical violence. But that seeming act of violence is an illusion and the subject knows before-the-fact what will transpire and that it is an illusion, but reacts anyway as if they are about to subjected to violent trauma. In the case of the standard set of optical illusions, even though you know it is an optical illusion, your mind, your consciousness cannot help but see the illusion. In other words, your alleged free will cannot override the mind, your consciousness and prevent the conscious mind from seeing what really isn’t there or what really isn’t happening. Your free will is a non-participant when it comes to the “reality” of illusionary phenomena. A common example is the size of the Full Moon on the horizon compared to when it is high in the sky. The Moon on the horizon appears much larger than when it is overhead. It’s an illusion. You know it is an illusion. Your free will tells your mind and your consciousness that it is an illusion. Your mind and your consciousness tells your free will to go to hell!

Free Will and Decision Making 1

For all the hype about free will and decision making, there are an awful lot of extremely relevant facets to your existence, your life (and death) that you didn’t and won’t have any say about. You had no choice about when you were hatched, no say in your ancestry, no free will in determining your genetics. You have very little free will over many of your daily bodily functions. You can only go so long when you decide to go without breathing; without eating or drinking; without sleeping; without blinking your eyes. You have no decision making control over the biochemistry that rules your roost. You can’t free will your toenails to stop growing for example. You have no free will control over all the myriad of microbes that make up most of you. You cannot free will away the ageing process (despite millions of claims to the contrary from cosmetic companies, plastic surgeons, vitamin manufacturers, various food and diet promoters, fitness gyms, and meditation gurus – their motivation is making a buck, not stopping you from ageing). Time may only be a concept, a mental abstraction, but the ageing process is real enough. You have no free will over your eventual and inevitable demise and no free will over what happens after that (as in “life” after death). You probably have no free will over most things that can or do affect you like the weather or getting hit by a stray bullet. Shit happens and all you can really do about it is just go with the flow. So, maybe you do, and maybe you don’t have free will when you make some of life’s choices, but you certainly don’t when it comes down to what’s really important about your life and death.

Free Will and Decision Making 2

Presumably you are compelled to believe that you have free will because you can make decisions without fear or favour. If you want fish for dinner you can decide to have fish; if you want chicken for dinner instead, you can decide of your own free will to have chicken.

I would suggest that you need to also assume that your companion animals have free will since they too have the capacity to ponder and think and make decisions and act on them. I normally see my cats ponder over and then decide whether to eat this food in the bowl on the right or this other food in the bowl on the left or maybe a bit of both or maybe stick their nose up at both options. The saying that a cat is always on the wrong side of the door seems true enough. If the cat is outside it decides to come inside. If it is inside it decides to go outside. Cats can change their inside/outside preference a dozen times over in an hour. They aren’t being forced into making these choices; they do so apparently of their own free will.

Presumable one could attribute free will not only to the mammals (like cats), but the birds as well, and it doesn’t stretch things too far to accept free will as a given in reptiles, amphibians and even in fish since these broad divisions too of the vertebrate kingdom have exhibited decision-making qualities.

But what about the invertebrates? There would seem to be little question that some of them, like the octopus, exhibits decision-making behavior. But what about ants and termites? What about clams and oysters? What about earthworms and millipedes? What about microbes and bacteria?

The point is that there appears to be a natural line drawn in the sand somewhere between what species make decisions based on thinking through the options and then picking and choosing between them, and those that ‘decide’ based on raw instinct. Where that line is actually drawn, and the mental attributes, physiology and anatomy of the brains that are examined of those on either side of the line, might then give us a better handle on the mystery that is free will, assuming free will of course. There are many compelling arguments that free will is illusionary.

On the other hand, the entire free will/decision-making apparatus within the animal kingdom could be just one long continuum from maximum to minimum without any absolute fixed line in the sand. Even if that’s the case it would yield clues as to what’s required for this or that amount of free will.

Is Free Will an Illusion 1?

Free will is indeed an illusion, IMHO. At the moment that our Universe had an origin, typically considered to be the Big Bang event, all of the laws, principles and relationships of physics were set in place. Further, IMHO, causality is absolute. Causality rules. So everything that has transpired starting at less than a nanosecond post Big Bang was already determined, and in theory predictable by those fixed laws, principles and relationships of physics, physics which begot chemistry of necessity which begot biology of necessity which begot mind of necessity. It’s a clockwork Universe just like Newton and Einstein believed. However, either Newton nor Einstein could have conceived of another scenario, but one which also leads to the illusion of free will. That scenario is that we exist as virtual beings in a Simulated (Virtual Reality) Universe. As the products of already written software, an alternative version of those laws, principles and relationships of physics, we just dance to whatever tune the software dictates. That could suggest that whoever programmed the Simulated (Virtual Reality) Universe is just sitting back and watching to see how it all turns out, or he / she / it might be taking an active role like a player in our video games who manipulates the characters in the game such that the characters have no free will but just dances to the player’s tune. In either scenario, Big Bang or Simulated (Virtual Reality) Universe, there’s no free will. I’d personally desire that conclusion to not be the case. I’d like to think I have absolute free will, but one goes where the logic leads.

Is Free Will an Illusion 2?

If you subscribe to the Many Worlds Interpretation of Quantum Physics (not that I actually do), then you have no free will, only the illusion of free will, in that in one universe or in another universe all of your possible free will choices are realized or acted out. You have apparent free will to turn right or to turn left at Oak Street, but it’s an illusion because in one universe you turned left, but that universe immediately spawned another universe wherein you turned right. You think you made a free will choice, but you actually didn’t. Curses, foiled again!

Is Free Will an Illusion 3?

You are a part of life, the Universe and everything, or, to shorten things, a part of Mother Nature. Mother Nature operates on a select number of non-negotiable laws, principles and relationships, starting with the most basic of elementary particles and forces and working on up the line. No correspondence will be entered into or answered by Mother Nature. As such, you dance to Mother Nature’s tune. Do not attempt to change the tune and adjust reality. She controls the horizontal; She controls the vertical; She controls all that you see and do. Mother Nature is a bitch, but there’s not a damn thing you can do about it. Free will – myth busted!

But, and there’s nearly always a ‘but’, while ‘free will’ may well be, and probably is, an illusion (or delusion), it does have practical applications in the real world (like forcing one to be accountable for their actions) and thus is a concept unlikely to bite the dust any time soon. It’s akin to the notion that God may not, and probably does not exist, He still forms a useful function in society by keeping a lot of people here on Terra Firma employed!

All Reality Consists of What Things 1?

Symbolic processes, like language, aren’t material. How much does language weigh? How much volume does it take up? Does the French language react chemically with the German language? What colour is it? Is it solid, liquid or a gas? What are the material properties of language? Well, well, so you do believe in the existence of the non-material after all. But I still can’t figure out how a not-thing, a symbolic concept, like free will, can physically raise your right arm upon command. It’s akin to suggesting that language can chop wood and saw logs!

All Reality Consists of What Things 2?

Now let me explain why one can’t adequately explain free will.

If one, by one’s own admission, is a materialist, presumably one must believe that one’s free will is something material. So, what is it? What is it composed of? What is its chemical composition? Where is it located in your body? If free will is material it must be located somewhere. Presumably free will could be isolated and extracted and analysed in the lab. How does it work? Does it work on electromagnetic principles? Does it operate at the quantum level?

If one now says that one’s free will isn’t material, but a nebulous thing, a non-physical thing, then one has negated one’s claim to be a materialist. However, the final nail in the free will coffin is that no matter which way you slice and dice it, any non-physical free will is fundamentally just another example of mind over matter, albeit in this case the matter being your own body.

In fact free will only makes sense if it is a physical thing that can be isolated and poked and prodded and examined on the slab in the lab. Physical things can interact with other physical things: Cause and effect; action and reaction. However, not only don’t I see free will explained in the physics textbooks, I see no mention of it in the chemistry, organic chemistry, or biochemistry texts. It rates no mention in biology texts or in anatomy or physiology texts. When it comes to science, free will is conspicuous by its absence.

And finally, why have free will at all if your autonomous body systems, your subconscious, and your innate instincts are more than adequate for survival? Free will is surplus to requirements.

Lee Majors Rechargeable Bionic Hearing Aid

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The micro-digital technology captures sound and amplifies sound as it transfers them into the ear, making every sound you get to hear clear and properly heard. To suit your individual needs, you can adjust the sound depending on your preference. Now you can enjoy listening to music and enjoy watching the television at a sound level that is comfortable to you and your family as well. Moreover, without additional amplification, you can hear loud and subtle sounds comfortably while enjoying nature at its best. You’ll hear sounds clearly and perfectly without guessing words anymore.

This Lee Majors Bionic Hearing Aid will save you from the hassle brought about by the traditional-operated listening aids which causes inconvenience and discomfort. So get yourself this Rechargeable Bionic Listening aid and don’t miss on the opportunity to hear everything you’ve been missing. This package comes with an instructional guide with detailed instructions for easy and convenient usage. Also, with its rechargeable case, you can recharge your hearing aids anytime anywhere. It comes with an AC adaptor and two triple A batteries for convenience when travelling or whenever you’re on a trip, along with it is a custom cleaning brush, four ear caps and a protective storage pouch. These are everything you need to fully enjoying using this one-of-a-kind product which will satisfy your hearing needs!

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Iconic Australian Products and the Companies Behind Them

Among the countless products and brands to have come out of our wide brown land, some stand out in our minds as iconic. These are the products that have gone beyond being items of simple commerce to plant themselves firmly in our consciousness and cultural identity. With Australia Day upon us, and the current state of the share market raising more questions about where to invest, why not have a think about some of our most loved products, and the companies behind them?

When you consider a list of iconic Australian products, it’s interesting to see a trend towards lifestyle, nostalgia and an idealised image of Australian culture. Vegemite, VB and XXXX, the Hills Hoist, Holden cars, Four’N Twenty Pies and clothes by Billabong and RM Williams – these are symbols of leisure and sunshine.

Not many of us would think of electricity providers, IT, banks or financial services as iconic, even though these industries provide essential (or at least useful) services and keep many of us employed. To reach the status of icon, a product has to be timelessly attractive to consumers, which is also a fundamental box to check when looking for a good company to invest in.

Vegemite is arguably Australia’s favourite brand. A 2008 survey by IBM found Vegemite to be the world’s most loved brand, more popular than Coca-Cola, Sony and Nike. The research also revealed that 98% of Vegemite consumers are Australian, so to have ranked so highly in a world-wide survey just highlights how strongly those happy little Vegemites feel about their product. We love our Vegemite because it’s quintessentially Australian, we send it to our expat friends overseas and enjoy the revulsion international visitors display on tasting it.

Of course, these days Vegemite is owned by US company Kraft Foods, so is slightly less Australian than we like to think. It’s a similar story for other beloved Australian icons: the Victa mower, Speedo bathers and Tim Tams, so let’s move on to those we can find on the ASX.

The Hills Hoist, as well as being an eminently useful object, also taps into a feeling of nostalgia for the simplicity of Australian suburban life. The only clothesline ever to have a starring role in an Olympics Opening Ceremony, the Hills Hoist was invented by Lance Hill in his Adelaide backyard in 1945. Hill and his brother-in-law started Hills Industries (ASX: HIL) taking the backyard operation to a multinational manufacturing enterprise. The company has since diversified its product range, and according to the website is now the Australia’s largest antenna producer.

Hills Industries: HIL

52 Week High: $5.30
52 Week Low: $2.57
Dividend Yield: 10.46%
PE Ratio: 9.89

Products which can invariably be associated with leisure time and enjoyment, and which have mass appeal provide the basis of a sound investment. Four’N Twenty pies are arguably the most popular pies on the market in a nation of enthusiastic pie eaters. They are an institution for footy fans, and can be found in every supermarket, corner shop and school cafeteria around the country. In 2003 Patties Foods (ASX: PFL) purchased Four’N Twenty from US company Simplot, and has since gone on to entrench the pies as the Number 1 brand in the Australian retail frozen savoury segment (2006).

Patties Foods: PFL

52 Week High: $1.465
52 Week Low: $0.75
Dividend Yield: 8.2%
PE Ratio: 8.9

Likewise, iconic beers like Victoria Bitter and XXXX have traditionally been associated with a particularly Australian way of life, through images of blokes having a laugh over a beer in the pub to Allan Border lounging on a tropical beach with lager in hand, these products tap into our notion of a good Australian lifestyle. While the market for mainstream beers may have been challenged in recent times by the increasing popularity of wine and alcopops, both Fosters Group (ASX: FGL) and Lion Nathan (ASX: LNN) have a range of brands to appeal to all segments of the market.

Foster’s Group: FGL

52 Week High: $6.17
52 Week Low: $4.26
Dividend Yield: 5%
PE Ratio: 90.52

Lion Nathan: LNN

52 Week High: $9.99
52 Week Low: $7.36
Dividend Yield: 5.06%
PE Ratio: 16.21

The development of the Australian Bionic Ear, or Cochlear Implant, stands out as one of this country’s most impressive achievements. The result of pioneering research by Professor Graeme Clark and the University of Melbourne, the artificial hearing device produces useful hearing sensations by electronically stimulating the nerves inside the inner ear. Following a successful prototype the device was commercially developed by Cochlear (ASX: COH), and has now been implanted in more than 100,000 people worldwide.

Cochlear: COH

52 Week High: $73
52 Week Low: $42.80
Dividend Yield: 2.868%
PE Ratio: 25.76

In more recent times, Billabong (ASX: BBG) has provided a modern and youthful brand which has been immensely popular, and until the recent general share market collapse, it was a success for investors. From the first pairs of boardshorts sewn on founders Gordon and Rena Merchant’s kitchen table, Billabong has symbolised the sense of adventure, fun and daring of Australian surfers. After initial success Billabong was able to steadily expand the brand by moving surf clothes and accessories away from being exclusively worn at the beach. It now dominates the market and has a strong international presence.

Billabong: BBG

52 Week High: $14.16
52 Week Low: $6.68
Dividend Yield: 7.4%
PE Ratio: 8.75

The feel-good factor associated with these iconic products may be unquantifiable but it’s not without value. Next time you’re looking for investment ideas, why not wave a little flag and set up a watchlist of your favourite Australian brands? In a turbulent stock market environment investors often seek the safety of well-known, blue chip companies, but it’s worth remembering those products which have maintained a steady and strong popularity among consumers, in some cases for decades.

Neostrata Bionic Eye Cream – Quite A Controversial Product

Neostrata bionic eye cream seems like any other eye cream in the market, and just like any other eye cream, it promises to get rid of the visible signs of aging. If you take a look at the product details it describes the cream as a very powerful eye cream that aims to strengthen the delicate areas around the eyes and to help hide dark under eye circles. Take note, it said to “hide” the dark circles, only to be followed by another reassuring detail which is to diminish the cause of dark circles with the aid of a peptide blend and natural yeast extract formula. It also boasts of a so called advanced multi-treatment formula that targets dark circles, fine lines, and puffiness in a gentle kind of way. It contains Pro-vitamins A, E and C to give effective antioxidant protection. It has no fragrant-free and is dermatologically tested. Again, like any product it guarantees the best. The cream is packaged in a handy and convenient tube with a very catchy product name.

What makes the Neostrata bionic eye cream controversial is because the site says it cannot be shipped outside the United States. Some avid consumers of the said product used to be able to have it delivered outside the U.S. but according to the manufacturers various, regulatory and legal considerations inhibit them from doing so anymore. This particular cream also cannot be purchased over the counter like any other eye cream. If you are to order one online, you must be living in the US and if so, the company will need contact a dermatologist or doctor within your area who sells this product. It is said to be a professional’s only product. For an eye cream it sounds like a lot of work just to get your hands on it.

Actually, since it is a professional’s only product, the application of the eye cream will have to be done by the physician who sells it. That would also mean additional expenses because you have to pay for the physician’s fee aside from the cream. But, if you live in the US then it sounds illogical to visit a doctor who sells the cream if you can have it delivered. This sorts of nullifies the professional’s only product category.

Most of the ingredients that you can find in the cream are similar like that of other over the counter eye creams. Ingredients such as Vitamins K(to lighten skin discoloration such as dark circles), E, A, panthenol, cucumber extracts (to reduce puffiness), and green tea extracts. The only difference is the Octyldodecyl Neopentanoate, which can be found also in a variety of skin care products such as facial cleansers and sun block. The Octyldodecyl Neopentanoate is classified as a conditioner for the skin and a silicone to let the product glide for easier application. As a conditioner it softens the skin at a much faster rate and makes the absorption of other components in the cream go deeper for a a more potent effect.

Other eye creams may have similar functions for their ingredients and may or may not give the same result but it seems the manufacturer of the Neostrata bionic eye cream needs to settle a fewinconsistencies and controversies before they can actually be effective in a marketing standpoint.

Princeton Researchers Develop ‘bionic Ear’ (Update)

The ongoing sale and availability of powerful, neodymium magnets-usually ten to 20 times much better than conventional magnets- are creating an increase in pediatric ingestion-related accidents, in accordance to an abstract introduced Sunday, Oct.n27, at the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) National Conference and Exhibition in Orlando.nNeodymium-iron-boron, or “super” magnets, became obtainable in the early 2000s in toys, jewellery and other novelty products. In the late 2000s, they exploded in acceptance in the kind of novelty desk toys aimed at grown ups. In 2012, the U.S.

Customer Creation Safety Fee (CPSC) banned the long term sale and issued a product recall of supermagnet desk toys.nnTaught by associate professor Juan Hinestroza in the University of Human Ecology, the course requires college students to produce product concepts – with feedback from regional citizens – for useful clothing to assist the aged and other populations residing with the every day discomfort of diabetic issues and arthritis.nnThe researchers utilised three-D printing of cells and nanoparticles adopted by mobile culture to combine a modest coil antenna with cartilage, producing what they phrase a bionic ear. (AP Photo/Mel Evans) McAlpine and his team shown the antenna’s capacity to select up radio alerts by attaching electrodes on to the backs of the ears in the printing approach.nWhen they broadcast a recording of Beethoven’s “Fur Elise” to a pair of fully cultivated ears, the electrodes transmitted the signal along wires to a set of speakers, and the music flowed out obvious and without interference.nn(Health-related Xpress)-For the 1.five million Us citizens – most of them ladies – who experience from rheumatoid arthritis, swollen, painful knuckles and wrists are portion of daily lifestyle.nBut a crew of Cornell undergraduates has a solution: a line of anti-inflammatory jewellery to make this sort of persistent aches and inflammation a issue of the earlier.nThe thought for these bracelets, rings and midi-rings, produced of a heat-absorbent textile that lowers joint swelling and inflammation, are 4 students’ last project in their Textiles, Apparel and Innovation program in the Section of Fiber Science & Apparel Layout.nnAlthough the new investigation is just one iteration in the subject of cybernetics-an spot that seems to be at combining biology with technologies-McAlpine said the research could guide to artificial replacements for real human functions, and to a type of electronic sixth sense.nnThese are results from a dissertation by Petra Ahde-Offer, in which she explores the social causes for ladies to put on and have jewellery. Ahde-Deal will defend her dissertation at the Aalto University Faculty of Arts, Design and style and Architecture on Friday twenty five January 2013.nnThe class was aided by David Feathers, assistant professor of layout and environmental examination, who researches ergonomics and biomechanics.n”The class is about locating methods to make daily life easier” for men and women struggling from discomfort, mentioned Rebecca Dugal ’14. “Professor Hinestroza helps make inventing available,” she extra. “It really is often viewed as an eccentric thing to do, but he provides it down to a location the place it’s just issue-solving.”nnAlthough the very first recorded magnet ingestion occurred in 2004, the data shows a substantial enhance in equally one and multiple magnet ingestion, with numerous magnet ingestion growing the most in the previous 3 a long time of the review.

The age of patients ranged from seven months to 13 several years with a suggest age of 4.five several years.nnBecause most ladies who endure from rheumatoid arthritis are in between 30 and 50 – in their prime doing work several years and lively in their everyday lives – the college students aimed to generate an aesthetically satisfying health care solution that could be disguised as everyday jewelry and wouldn’t make the wearer come to feel self-acutely aware.nnThe dish was loaded with liquid and a partly cultivated ear, and Mannoor mentioned the cells ended up secreting a matrix, the place between cells that exists in organisms.n”They make their own dwelling area,” Mannoor explained.nEnlarge In this Thursday, June 27, 2013 image, Princeton College graduate student Manu Mannoor, still left, and Ziwen Jiang, a pupil from Peddie Substantial University in Hightstown, N.J., put together to use a 3-D printer Thursday, June 27, 2013, in Princeton, N.J. The scientists at Princeton College have created an ear with an off-the-shelf 3-D printer that can “hear” radio frequencies far outside of the variety of regular human ability.nnA jewelry box tells a woman’s daily life talenAs her study techniques, Ahde-Deal utilised design and style probes and in-depth interviews. A whole of 28 girls from southern Finland and the United States documented their use of jewelry for nine days by keeping a diary and getting images of by themselves. The girls had been among the ages of 33 and 89, and arrived from quite various backgrounds.nnEnlarge In this Thursday, June 27, 2013 image, Princeton College graduate student Manu Mannoor holds up a lifestyle medium, in Princeton, N.J. Here’s more info regarding baha i jewelry look into our webpage., in which cells grow that will form cartilage tissue following a bionic ear is printed on a 3-D printer. Mannoor is a single of the experts at Princeton College who have created an ear with an off-the-shelf 3-D printer that can “hear” radio frequencies considerably beyond the selection of normal human capacity.

[TITLE]Motorola Bionic Review

The intelligent and sophisticated Motorola Bionic was released in September 2011, regardless of earlier promises that it could be released the previous January. Even though we were all kept waiting a good deal more than was originally prepared, our patience was rewarded and Motorola released a phone that was very significantly up to scratch and promised to be worth the wait – it was.

I possibly could just offer you a list that notifys you the good things about the Motorola Bionic but a plain old list wouldn’t do it justice and you can see for yourself why this really is the case.

One of the most impressive issues about this telephone is its size, or should really I say ‘Depth’ this extraordinary intelligent phone is just under half an inch thick which makes it is actually one of the thinnest LTE handsets around. But this handset is not tiny, getting 5 inches in length and only more than two and a half inches thick provides us the likelihood to take pleasure in the touch screen that is a satisfying four inches having a 960 x 540 resolution.

You wouldn’t be wrong in thinking the Droid Bionic does not weigh substantially, it truly doesn’t and at only 158 grams, it has to become one of the lightest 4G phones I’ve ever come across. That is proper, I said 4G, the 4G network may be the most up-to-date network to come and take charge of how we do our business over the airwaves and it really is proving to be incredibly well-liked. For those of you who wants to stick for the 3G network for now, you’ve the selection of exactly this, and you’ll be able to continue to utilize this well-loved network even though 4G settles in, makes itself and residence and tries to find its feet.

With an extremely quick processing speed (1000 MHz) thanks for the 1GHz dual core processor and also the luxury of among the fastest operating systems around (Gingerbread 2.3.4) that is also combined having a bit of Motorola’s magic, you could be sure that there are not lots of delays after you want to discover an app or browse on the internet.

In relation to connectivity you get the standard Bluetooth and Wi-Fi which may not be something impressive but you’ll be able to make sure that every thing is processed quickly along with the Motorola Bionic

There’s no difficulty using the Verizon Bionic with regards to memory, when this brand of phones first came onto the market place several years ago, several of us had been disgruntled due to its sheer not enough space; times have changed however along with the 8GB built-in memory can withstand a lot, but whenever you add the scope for up to 32 GB once you use a micro SD card, all the negativity from the past is just erased from our memories.

With a rear eight mega pixel camera and an HD video camera which takes some pretty good pictures and videos, the Motorola Bionic isn’t just a shot in the dark; it’s a bright and shining light within the world of mobile technology.

Verizon Droid Bionic Assessment

The Verizon Droid Bionic is a Smartphone launched by Verizon and Motorola. It is explained to be the greatest competitor of 1 of the trendy telephones in the marketplace like the Apple iPhone. The gain of this mobile among the other Smartphones is the use of the Verizon community. That is why it was also called as the Verizon Droid. This cellular phone is reported to be the most innovative mobile device to hit the market place when it arrives to Smartphones.

To know even more about this telephone, listed here are some of its recognised benefits:

HDMI Link and Mirror Mode – this facilitates you to perform online games and video clip for a whole 1080p Hd. You can even accessibility your laptop or computer and choose pictures and video clips or any information that you want with all of them on the go.

Mach five – This cell phone is equipped with the most up-to-date on-board RAM and a dual core processor in of 1GHz which can make this mobile phone extremely powerful and competitive amid other Smartphone.

QHD Mobile Command – This allows you to consider command of the contents on your display. With 4.3″ large screen, it is packed with pixels and paired by a multi-contact functionality.

Enhanced Optical – This cellphone is for a man or woman who likes to consider photographs and video clip a ton. With 8 megapixels of optical electrical power you can have a substantial resolution pics and video clips with a 1080p Hi-def.

Computer system Entry – This phone is equipped with totally free ZumoCast application which helps you to access the files from your computer system at family home.

Tethering – This lets this phone to be applied as an web-based link for other personal computers.

Verizon 4G LTE – This is a wi-fi services from Verizon and thought to be as the speediest wi-fi link in The united states. The speed is higher noticeably and diminished its latency at the comparable time. This assures a reduced delay and buffering whilst utilising this assistance.

The Droid Bionic has a pleasant slender and slick structure. It also has the Verizon 4G LTE aid and plentiful Multimedia characteristics. Quite a few users are happy with its Webtop application and safety. It also has a very long battery everyday life. The other vital features of this cellphone are its Hardware prowess. It has a 16GB of inside storage and 16GB micro SD card that can be up to 32GB. This offers you a full of 48GB all in all. Droid Bionic also operates on Android 2.three and is clever and modern. You can use a ton of application purposes by way of this cellphone. All of the claimed qualities helps make the Droid Bionic to be detailed on the leading if the perfect Smartphone in the marketplace. For its Large features, it can be truly worth the rate.

Medical Bionic Implant /Artificial Organs Market – Trends and Global Forecasts to 2017

The report €Medical Bionic Implant Market – (Vision Bionics/Bionic Eye, Brain Bionics, Heart Bionics/Artificial Heart, Orthopedic Bionics and Ear Bionics) – Trends and Global Forecasts to 2017€ analyzes and studies the major market drivers, restraints, and opportunities in North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and Rest of the World (RoW).
Browse 127 market data tables and 14 figures spread through 298 pages and in-depth TOC of €Medical Bionic Implant (Artificial Organs) Market – (Vision Bionics/Bionic Eye, Brain Bionics, Heart Bionics/Artificial Heart, Orthopedic Bionics and Ear Bionics) – Trends and Global Forecasts to 2017€.

This report studies the global medical bionic implants market over the forecast period of 2012 to 2017.
Bionics involves the study of biological systems in order to develop artificial systems that can replicate their functions. Bionic implants are mechanical or electronic systems that function like living organisms or parts of living organisms. Bionics, when extended to the field of medicine, seeks to replace or enhance organs or parts of the human body using artificial prosthesis. The market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 7.1% from 2012 to 2017 to reach $17.82 billion by 2017.
The global medical bionic implant (artificial organs) market is divided into five categories based on the type of products, technology used, and type of fixation. It includes vision bionics, ear bionics, orthopedic bionics, heart bionics, and neural/brain bionics. Medical bionics in pipeline include wearable artificial kidney, bio-lung, and artificial pancreas. The technology segment comprises of electronic and mechanical bionics, while medical bionic implants are classified as externally worn and implantable based on the type of fixation.
The medical bionic implant (artificial organs) industry has witnessed a myriad of technological advancements over the past two decades. It is expected that this trend will continue in the future in a bid to solve present challenges and fill unmet needs of the market. Manufactures are now focusing on the development of bionic implant products such as wearable artificial kidney, bio-lung, and artificial pancreas for diseases that cannot be cured with alternative treatment methods.
Increasing organ failure owing to aging and age-related disorders, increasing accidents and injuries leading to amputations, and rise in number of people awaiting organ transplants are the major drivers slated to propel the growth of this market. However, a few pivotal factors restraining growth are the high cost of devices and uncertain reimbursement scenarios in different regions, limited surgical expertise, and high cost of development.