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I'm proud to announce that BUSCON, a documentary directed by Anthony Alcalde that I helped produce is an official selection at the 27th Annual Milan International Ficts Festival in Italy (http://www.sportmoviestv.com/home.asp?l=0).
Monday, September 28, 2009
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Thursday, August 20, 2009
Here's the trailer to my short film LOVEBUG, which will be finished and off to festivals next month. Here's the synopsis:
A man and woman rely on a neuro software to decide their emotions for each other. When a glitch in the system alters this technological reality, the line between love and choice becomes distorted.
Produced by Geovanni Salas
Cinematography by Saro Varjabedian
Music by Izzi Ramkissoon
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Olympic cyclist Chris Boardman introduced this new bicycle design that is possible to make but won't be financially feasible for the next 20 years. Some of the fun features in this bike includes a built-in computer system with fingerprint recognition that allows only the owner of the bike to use it. It is also has a calorie counter per pedal and has a solar-powered motor so the bike can keep moving even though you get tired. Here's what the article from dailymail.co.uk says
Spoke-less wheels make the bike more aerodynamic while the tyres will be puncture-proof with self-inflating tyres.
'The tyre (and rim) rotate around the doughnut shape which is fixed, a bit like having a bangle on your wrist - it can spin on your wrist without your wrist turning,' Mr Boardman explained.
Owners of the bike, which is still being designed, won't even always have to pedal - a battery-assisted motor run by solar panels takes over if they get tired.
Plus the frame is made of carbon fibre, making the bike strong and lightweight.
Monday, August 17, 2009
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Thursday, July 30, 2009
This is an article that I found interesting from physorg.com.
Their research, published this month in Nature Neuroscience, has identified a key nerve cell in the brain that controls the formation of memories for motor skills such as riding a bicycle, skiing or eating with chop sticks.
When one acquires a new skill like riding a bicycle, the cerebellum is the part of the brain needed to learn the co-ordinated movement.
The research team, which includes scientists from the Universities of Aberdeen, Rotterdam, London, Turin and New York, has been working to understand the connections between nerve cells in the cerebellum that enable learning.
They discovered that one particular type of nerve cell -the so called molecular layer interneuron - acts as a "gatekeeper", controlling the electrical signalsthat leave the cerebellum. Molecular layer interneurons transform the electrical signals into a language that can be laid down as a memory in other parts of the brain.
Dr Peer Wulff, who led the research in Aberdeen together with Prof. Bill Wisden at the University's Institute of Medical Sciences, said: "What we were interested in was finding out how memories are encoded in the brain. We found that there is a cell which structures the signal output from the cerebellum into a particular code that is engraved as memory for a newly learned motor skill. "
It could pave the way for advancements in prosthetic devices to mimic normal brain functions, which could benefit those who have suffered brain disorders, such as a stroke or multiple sclerosis.
Dr Wulff said: "To understand the way that the normal brain works and processes information helps the development of brain-computer interfaces as prosthetic devices to carry out the natural brain functions missing in patients who have suffered a stroke or have multiple sclerosis.
"Our results are very important for people interested in how the brain processes information and produces and stores memories. One day these findings could be applied to the building of prosthetic devices by other research teams."
Monday, July 27, 2009
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A new study from Morgan Stanley (http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=newsarchive&sid=aG2UIb23pNQ0) shows that teenagers like going to the movies but really don't care what movie it is. The good news is that it seems like the movie industry is here to stay. Despite rough economic times people are still going to the movies. Thank God for escapism. It is what has kept the movie-going experience so strong: the big screen spectacle that people will always be willing to pay good money for this.