Life Science

Surgical Technique Improves Sensation, Control of Prosthetic Limb

1 year 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

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

Study shows one third of world’s protected areas degraded by human activities

1 year ago Wildlife Conservation Society 0
A study in the journal Science by the University of Queensland, Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), and University of Northern British Columbia confirms that one third of the world’s protected areas—an astonishing 2.3 million square miles or twice the size of the state of Alaska—are now under intense human pressure including road building, grazing, and urbanization. The study Read More

Giraffes surprise biologists yet again

1 year ago University of Bristol 0
New research from the University of Bristol has highlighted how little we know about giraffe behaviour and ecology. It is commonly accepted that group sizes of animals increase when there is a risk of predation, since larger group sizes reduce the risk of individuals being killed, and there are ‘many eyes’ to spot any potential Read More

Major shifts in global freshwater

1 year ago University of Maryland 0
A new global, satellite-based study of Earth’s freshwater distribution found that Earth’s wet areas are getting wetter, while dry areas are getting drier. The data suggest that this pattern is due to a variety of factors, including human water management practices, human-caused climate change and natural climate cycles. The NASA-led research team, which included Hiroko Read More

Researchers Use Paper Manufacturing Byproduct to Create Green Fuel Cells

1 year ago Kenny Walter | 0
Scientists have tapped into an abundant and cheap biopolymer from trees to make the next generation of fuel cells. A team of researchers from the Laboratory of Organic Electronics at Linköping University (LiU) has developed a fuel cell using lignin—a cheap and readily available by-product of paper production. Lignin a class of complex organic polymers Read More

The evolution of language? There’s an app for that

1 year ago Max Planck Society 0
Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History in Jena, Germany have just launched the Color Game, an app designed to provide a new way to study language evolution. The game asks players to communicate specific colors to each other using only a series of black and white symbols. It allows Read More

How the Power of Mathematics can Help Assess Lung Function

1 year ago University of Southampton 0
Researchers at the University of Southampton have developed a new computational way of analysing X-ray images of lungs, which could herald a breakthrough in the diagnosis and assessment of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and other lung diseases. A multi-disciplinary team of mathematicians, clinicians, and image specialists from three University of Southampton faculties has devised Read More

Record-breaking ocean heat fueled Hurricane Harvey

1 year ago National Center for Atmospheric Research 0
In the weeks before Hurricane Harvey tore across the Gulf of Mexico and plowed into the Texas coast in August 2017, the Gulf’s waters were warmer than any time on record, according to a new analysis led by the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR). These hotter-than-normal conditions supercharged the storm, fueling it with vast Read More