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Virtual reality goes magnetic

The success of Pokémon GO made many people familiar with the concept of 'augmented reality': computer-generated perception blends into the real and virtual worlds. So far, these apps largely used optical methods for motion detection. Physicists have now developed an ultrathin electronic magnetic sensor that can be worn on skin. Just by interacting with magnetic fields, the device enables a touchless manipulation of virtual and physical objects. Continue reading ...

Breakthrough study shows how plants sense the world

Plants lack eyes and ears, but they can still see, hear, smell and respond to environmental cues and dangers. They do this with the aid of hundreds of membrane proteins that sense microbes or other stresses. Researchers now have created the first network map for 200 of these proteins. The map shows how a few key proteins act as master nodes critical for network integrity, and the map also reveals unknown interactions. Continue reading ...

Cells lacking nuclei struggle to move in 3-D environments

A study examined the role of the physical structure of the nucleus in cell movement through different surfaces. Continue reading ...

‘Programmable droplets’ could enable high-volume biology experiments

Researchers have developed hardware that uses electric fields to move droplets of chemical or biological solutions around a surface, mixing them in ways that could be used to test thousands of reactions in parallel. Continue reading ...

Hyperloop: A visit to the test site of Virgin’s train of the future

Can a futuristic tube-based transport scheme that shoots pods through a vacuum become a reality? Continue reading ...

Cystic fibrosis bacterial burden begins during first years of life

Cystic fibrosis shortens life by making the lungs prone to repeated bacterial infections and inflammation. Researchers have now shown for the first time that the lungs' bacterial population changes in the first few years of life as respiratory infections and inflammation set in. This research offers a way to predict the onset of lung disease in children with CF and suggests a larger role for preventive therapies, such as hypertonic saline. Continue reading ...

Creation of synthetic horsepox virus could lead to more effective smallpox vaccine

Researchers created a new synthetic virus that could lead to the development of a more effective vaccine against smallpox. The discovery demonstrates how techniques based on the use of synthetic DNA can be used to advance public health measures. Continue reading ...

Thanks for the memory: Taking a deep look at memristors

Scientists have now unveiled the long-mysterious inner workings of these semiconductor elements, which can act like the short-term memory of nerve cells. Continue reading ...

‘Explosive evolution’ of techniques to restore blood flow to the brain

Recent decades have seen an 'explosive evolution' of techniques to restore blood flow to areas of the brain endangered by stroke or clogged arteries, according to a new report. Continue reading ...

Radioactivity from oil and gas wastewater persists in Pennsylvania stream sediments

More than seven years after Pennsylvania officials requested that the disposal of radium-laden fracking wastewater into surface waters be restricted, a new study finds that high levels of radioactivity persist in stream sediments at three disposal sites. Radioactivity at these sites is 650 times higher than at unaffected sites upstream. The contamination comes from conventional, or non-fracked, oil and gas wastewater, which, under current state regulations, can still be treated and discharged into streams. Continue reading ...

Researchers illustrate how muscle growth inhibitor is activated, could aid in treating ALS

Researchers have identified how the inactive or latent form of GDF8, a signaling protein also known as myostatin responsible for limiting muscle, is activated. Continue reading ...

Piecework at the nano assembly line

Scientists have developed a novel electric propulsion technology for nanorobots. It allows molecular machines to move a hundred thousand times faster than with the biochemical processes used to date. This makes nanobots fast enough to do assembly line work in molecular factories. Continue reading ...

City lights setting traps for migrating birds

A new study has examined how light pollution lures birds into urban areas during fall migration, a trend that poses risk for the fowl that often fly into buildings and has increased with the addition of brighter LED lights. The researchers were interested in seeing what factors shape the birds' distributions and why they occur in certain areas. Continue reading ...

Net firms ‘better’ at removing hate speech, says EU

The European Union says that 70% of material deemed to be offensive is removed within 24 hours. Continue reading ...

Thousands hit in OnePlus credit card hack

About 40,000 customers of OnePlus could have had card details stolen in the attack by cyber-thieves Continue reading ...

Let’s make a deal: Could AI compromise better than humans?

Researchers developed an algorithm that teaches machines not just to win games, but to cooperate and compromise -- and sometimes do a little trash-talking too. Continue reading ...

How metal scaffolds enhance the bone healing process

Scientists have shown how mechanically optimized constructs known as titanium-mesh scaffolds help optimize bone regeneration. Continue reading ...

Climate change linked to more flowery forests

New research has revealed a surprising relationship between surging atmospheric carbon dioxide and flower blooms in a remote tropical forest. Continue reading ...

The Pentagon built with mineralized microbes predating dinosaurs

A new study has found that some of the building blocks of the Pentagon and Empire State Building were made by microbes that lived up to 340 million years ago, predating the dinosaurs. Continue reading ...

TalkTalk most complained-about broadband provider

The Post Office came out worst for landline services and Vodafone worst for mobile services. Continue reading ...

Factor that doubles the risk of death from breast cancer identified

Researchers have discovered that the risk of death from breast cancer is twice as high for patients with high heterogeneity of the estrogen receptor within the same tumor as compared to patients with low heterogeneity. The study shows that the higher risk of death is independent of other known tumor markers and also holds true for Luminal A breast cancer. Continue reading ...

Increasing number of adolescents receive a psychiatric or neurodevelopmental diagnosis

According to a national register study comparing Finnish birth cohorts from 1987 and 1997, an increasing number of adolescents receive a psychiatric or neurodevelopmental diagnosis. The number of diagnosed adolescents increased especially for girls in the younger cohort. Continue reading ...

Free online access to millions of documents on chemical toxicity made possible through ToxicDocs

Millions of pages of internal corporate and trade association documents relating to the introduction of new products and chemicals into the workplace and commerce have been compiled into a free searchable online database called ToxicDocs. Continue reading ...

Apple hit with complaint by South Korean consumer group

A South Korean consumer group has filed a complaint against Apple over iPhone slowdown. Continue reading ...

The man risking his life to save pink dolphins

Fernando Trujillo works in dangerous areas of the Amazon to save the rare species. Continue reading ...

Caffeine’s sport performance advantage for infrequent tea and coffee drinkers

Sports scientists have found that the performance enhancing benefits of caffeine are more apparent in athletes who do not drink caffeine-rich drinks such as tea, coffee, and energy drinks on a daily basis. Continue reading ...

How plants see light

The proteins PCH1 and PCHL help plants adapt to their surroundings. Plants react sensitively to changes in their surroundings and possess the ability to adapt to them. They use the photoreceptor protein phytochrome B to see light and then regulate processes such as seed germination, seedling development, longitudinal growth and flower formation. Continue reading ...

Successful promotion of giftedness as early as elementary school age

Experts have argued that the specific needs of gifted children are often neglected, resulting in a shriveling of their abilities and potential. Consequently, they call for the implementation of programs that specifically aim to promote gifted children. Continue reading ...

How treating eczema could also alleviate asthma

Scientists have discovered insights for a possible new therapy for eczema that also reduces the severity of asthma. The findings are an important next step in understanding the relationship between the two inflammatory diseases and to developing effective therapies. Continue reading ...

Animal carnivores could be our powerful allies

Animal carnivores living in and around human habitation are declining at an unprecedented rate -- but they may provide crucial benefits to human societies. Researchers have revealed that predators and scavengers ranging from bats to leopards and vultures are valuable to human health and well-being. Continue reading ...