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Novel Method Enables Infinite Walking in VR

12 months ago Association for Computing Machinery 0
In the ever-evolving landscape of virtual reality (VR) technology, a number of key hurdles remain. But a team of computer scientists have tackled one of the major challenges in VR that will greatly improve user experience–enabling an immersive virtual experience while being physically limited to one’s actual, real-world space. The research team will present their Read More

Newly Discovered Planets Could Have Moons Capable of Life

12 months ago Kenny Walter | R & D 0
The ongoing pursuit to find life outside of Earth now includes 121 new giant planets that could have habitable moons. A team from the University of California-Riverside (UCR) and the University of Southern Queensland has found a group of 121 planets using NASA’s Kepler telescope that could possibly have habitable moons, a discovery that could Read More

Surgical Technique Improves Sensation, Control of Prosthetic Limb

12 months ago Brigham and Women's Hospital 0
Humans can accurately sense the position, speed and torque of their limbs, even with their eyes shut. This sense, known as proprioception, allows humans to precisely control their body movements. Despite significant improvements to prosthetic devices in recent years, researchers have been unable to provide this essential sensation to people with artificial limbs, limiting their Read More

Iron-Sulfur Cluster Research Offers New Avenues of Investigating Disease

12 months ago American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 0
Many important proteins in the human body need iron-sulfur clusters, tiny structures made of iron and sulfur atoms, in order to function correctly. Researchers at the National Cancer Institute (NCI), the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the University of Kentucky have discovered that disruptions in the construction of iron-sulfur clusters can lead to the Read More

An Artificial Nerve System Gives Prosthetic Devices and Robots a Sense of Touch

12 months ago Stanford university 0
Stanford and Seoul National University researchers have developed an artificial sensory nerve system that can activate the twitch reflex in a cockroach and identify letters in the Braille alphabet. The work, reported May 31 in Science, is a step toward creating artificial skin for prosthetic limbs, to restore sensation to amputees and, perhaps, one day give Read More

Looking Ahead: What’s Next for IoT

1 year ago Ahmed Banafa, San Jose State University 0
Over the past several years, the number of devices connected via Internet of Things (IoT) has grown exponentially, and it is expected that number will only continue to grow. By 2020, 50 billion connected devices are predicted to exist, thanks to the many new smart devices that have become standard tools for people and businesses Read More

Deep Space Radiation Treatment Reboots Brain’s Immune System

1 year ago University of California - San Francisco 0
Planning a trip to Mars? You’ll want to remember your anti-radiation pills. NASA and private space companies like SpaceX plan to send humans to the red planet within the next 15 years–but among the major challenges facing future crewed space missions is how to protect astronauts from the dangerous cosmic radiation of deep space. Now Read More

Researchers Develop Faster Test for Cannabis Quality

1 year ago University of British Columbia Okanagan 0
With the coming legalization of cannabis in Canada, producers are increasingly looking for quick and accurate means of determining the potency and quality of their products. Researchers at UBC’s Okanagan campus have developed a new method of measuring phytocannabinoids–the primary bioactive molecules in cannabis–that will lead to faster, safer and more accurate information for producers, Read More

Machine Learning Method Designed for Mars Research Could Improve Cancer Treatments

1 year ago Kenny Walter | R & D 0
Scientists are using machine learning to take some of the uncertainty out of how cancer treatments are actually impacting tumors. Researchers from the University of Manchester are using a machine learning method called Linear Poisson Modelling—developed to help scientists identify craters and dunes of Mars—as a new way to measure the effects of cancer treatments. Read More

Insect gene allows reproductive organs to cope with harmful bacteria

1 year ago Vanderbilt University 0
A damaging bacteria with an uncanny ability to pass itself from insect mothers to eggs meets its genomic match in a tiny variety of parasitic wasp, a recent discovery by Associate Professor of Biological Sciences Seth Bordenstein and his team has shown. Offspring of insects infected with the bacteria Wolbachia often die or are converted from male to Read More