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A fall left a man paralyzed. Now a robotic ‘exoskeleton’ lets him walk again.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Five years after he fell while building a treehouse, paralyzing him from the waist down, Scot Mills stood from his chair at Carolinas Rehabilitation last Monday and took a stroll outdoors. He did it while strapped to a robotic “exoskeleton,” a device named after the rigid outer covers that in nature supports and protects insects, spiders and shellfish. Mills, 43, who lives in Rocky Mount, Va., trained twice a week for two months at the Charlotte…

5 Best Practices for Creating Strong Channel Partner Relationships

Simply signing a memorandum of agreement between you and a new channel partner is not enough for your sales program to succeed. Like relationships between two individuals, this kind of partnership also requires time and care to grow. That said, the way to enrich channel partnerships are quite different from an interpersonal relationship. To help set you on the right track, here are five best practices for forming strong channel partner relationships: 1. Provide the right tools for the job…

Camp Creek Mudslide – UrbanWorkbench

One of the challenges of living in the Interior of BC is that the routes between communities are through mountain passes and in bottom of narrow winding river valleys. The effort to keep these routes open year round is Herculean, with rock scaling and ditching in the Spring, paving in the summer, and snow removal and avalanche control in the winter. When things go wrong, the impacts can domino across the region. This small crossing of a stream on the…

Data presented at American Diabetes Association meeting describes increase in immune cells that control autoimmunity — ScienceDaily

Interim results from a FDA-approved clinical trial testing the generic vaccine bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG) to reverse advanced type 1 diabetes are being presented at the 75th Scientific Sessions of the American Diabetes Association. The data demonstrate a potential new mechanism by which the BCG vaccine may restore the proper immune response to the insulin-secreting islet cells of the pancreas. Presented by Denise Faustman, MD, PhD, director of the Massachusetts General Hospital Immunobiology Laboratory and principal investigator of the trial, the…

Elephants Learn to Cooperate to Reach Their Objective

This clip shows elephants learning to work together to achieve what they can’t achieve alone (from BBC’s Super Smart Animals). It is interesting to see what animals are capable of. See the related post links for more amazing animal behavior. Related: Insightful Problem Solving in an Asian Elephant (2007) – Crows can Perform as Well as 7 to 10-year-olds on cause-and-effect Water Displacement Tasks – Beehive Fence Protects Farms from Elephants – Capuchin Monkeys Don’t Like Being Paid Less Than…

Text for your sales reports using Twilio Functions and Square

Square’s Developer team just got back from SIGNAL 2017, where we made a mash-up of the Twilio and Square APIs. The Idea When building an application for your business (or many businesses) notifications are an important layer to that experience. Twilio has a number of products that allow you to add communications and messaging to your app, but we tried out out the newly released Twilio Functions to build an experience that adds extra value without having to complicate your existing…

Applications of (pin)trace data – Pinterest Engineering – Medium

Suman Karumuri | Pinterest tech lead, Visibility To ensure we’re providing a fast experience for Pinners, we’re constantly improving the request latency of our backend services. Earlier this year, we open sourced Pintrace collector, and contributed the code to the OpenZipkin community. In a previous post, we explained the architecture of Pintrace and how we trace backend applications. In addition to using Pintrace to understand and improve the latency of our backend, we’ve developed applications of trace data to solve…