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Deep insights from surface reactions

Wed, 11/30/2016 - 18:12
Researchers have used the Stampede supercomputer to study new chemical sensing methods, desalination and bacterial energy production.

Brain training video games help low-vision kids see better

Wed, 11/30/2016 - 18:08
Studies going back several years have shown that playing action video games (AVG) can help improve visual acuity. A new study by vision scientists has found that children with poor vision see vast improvement in their peripheral vision after only eight hours of training via kid-friendly video games. Most surprising to the scientists was the range of visual gains the children made, and that the gains were quickly acquired and stable when tested a year later.

New method to improve predictions

Wed, 11/30/2016 - 17:55
Researchers have created a new method to analyze big data that better predicts outcomes in health care, politics and other fields.

Earth's 'technosphere' now weighs 30 trillion tons

Wed, 11/30/2016 - 13:50
The planet's technosphere now weighs some 30 trillion tons -- a mass of more than 50 kilos for every square meter of the Earth's surface, report investigators. Additionally, the numbers of technofossil 'species' now outnumber numbers of biotic species on planet Earth. The definition of the term technosphere includes physical human-made structures such as houses, factories, smartphones, computers and landfill.

3D print operational drone with embedded electronics using aerospace-grade material

Wed, 11/30/2016 - 13:28
The first fully functional quadcopter 3D printed in ULTEMTM 9085 aerospace-grade material with electronics embedded was created in a single production step, report researchers.

Online epidemic tracking tool embraces open data and collective intelligence to understand outbreaks

Wed, 11/30/2016 - 13:28
Researchers have developed Microreact, a free, real-time epidemic visualisation and tracking platform that has been used to monitor outbreaks of Ebola, Zika and antibiotic-resistant microbes. The team has collaborated with the Microbiology Society to allow any researcher around the world to share their latest information about disease outbreaks.

Digital microbes for munching yourself healthy

Tue, 11/29/2016 - 20:07
Hundreds of different bacterial species live in the human gut, helping us to digest our food. The metabolic processes of these bacteria are not only tremendously important to our health—they are also tremendously complex. A research team has taken an important step in modelling the complexity of the human gut’s bacterial communities—the microbiome—on the computer.

Crunching the numbers: Researchers use math in search for diabetes cure

Tue, 11/29/2016 - 19:34
New research by a mathematics professor has successfully reactivated oscillations in insulin-producing pancreatic beta cells — one of the first necessary steps to resurrecting the dormant cells and restoring the production of insulin.

Largest resource of human protein-protein interactions can help interpret genomic data

Mon, 11/28/2016 - 20:36
The largest database of protein-to-protein interaction networks has now been developed, a resource that can illuminate how numerous disease-associated genes contribute to disease development and progression.

It takes less than a second to tell humans from androids

Mon, 11/28/2016 - 20:24
It can be hard to tell the difference between humans and androids in such sci-fi TV shows as "Westworld." But in real life, beyond our screens, the human brain takes less than a second to tell between reality and fantasy, according to new research.

Researchers explore new 2D materials that could make devices faster, smaller, and efficient

Mon, 11/28/2016 - 20:10
A new study by an international team of researchers highlights how manipulation of 2D materials could make our modern day devices faster, smaller, and better.

How to avoid feeling depressed on Facebook

Mon, 11/28/2016 - 20:08
Comparing yourself with others on Facebook is more likely to lead to feelings of depression than making social comparisons offline, investigators report.

Augmented reality advances learning especially in informal science education context

Mon, 11/28/2016 - 18:13
The aim of a new research project was to analyze learning using Augmented Reality (AR) technology and the motivational and cognitive aspects related to it in an informal learning context.

Secret phenotypes: Disease devils in invisible details

Mon, 11/28/2016 - 17:51
The human eye often falls short in the hunt for faint genetic drivers that raise the risk of devastating neurological diseases such as autism and schizophrenia. But little eludes a microscope optic attached to a computer, and algorythms that can relate previously hidden phenotypes to subtle genetic mutations. New computational screening has the potential to reveal webs of genetic dangers that produce disease risk by compounding tiny traits that, when take alone, may appear trivial and harmless.

Activity trackers can work when paired with wellness coaching

Mon, 11/28/2016 - 16:37
While critics have debated the effectiveness of activity trackers, a recent study has found activity trackers can work, if paired with wellness coaching.

Toddler robots help solve how children learn

Mon, 11/28/2016 - 16:14
Children may learn new words using the same method as robots. New research suggests that early learning is based not on conscious thought but on an automatic ability to associate objects, which enables babies to quickly make sense of their environment.

New perovskite could lead the next generation of data storage

Thu, 11/24/2016 - 20:19
Scientists have developed a new perovskite material with unique properties that can be used to build next-generation hard drives.

Internet of Things will demand a step-change in search solutions

Thu, 11/24/2016 - 13:17
A new article highlights the requirements the Internet of Things (IoT) will place on search engines and brings together the latest research being carried out in this field.

Consumer of the future will use a mobile phone to monitor environment

Thu, 11/24/2016 - 13:15
The world's first hyperspectral camera has been developed by converting an iPhone camera into a new kind of optical sensor. This will bring the new possibilities of low-cost spectral imaging to consumer applications. Consumers will be able to use their mobile phones for example to sense food quality or monitor health.

For wearable electronic devices, plastic holes are golden

Wed, 11/23/2016 - 23:40
In science, sometimes the best discoveries come when you’re exploring something else entirely. That’s the case with recent findings where a research team has come up with a way to build safe, nontoxic gold wires onto flexible, thin plastic film. Their demonstration potentially clears the path for a host of wearable electronic devices that monitor our health.