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New Relief for Depression

TMS is an effective treatment for patients with depression In one of the first studies to look at transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) in real-world clinical practice settings, researchers at Butler Hospital, along with colleagues across the U.S., confirmed that TMS is an effective treatment for patients with depression who are unable to find symptom relief … Continue reading

New flu virus found in seals concerns scientists

Scientists in the United States have identified a new strain of influenza in harbour seals that could potentially impact human and animal health. The H3N8 flu has been associated with the deaths of harbour seals in New England last year. Researchers say the virus may have evolved from a type that had been circulating in … Continue reading

Prosthetic Implant Under Development

Prosthetic Implant Under Development Thousands of veterans and warfighters returning to the U.S. suffer with limb amputations, and for many, standard prosthetics are not an option. Skin issues or short remaining-limb length can cause amputees to forgo the typical socket-type attachment systems. A team of researchers and surgeons from the University of Utah and the … Continue reading

Tokelau: World’s First Solar Powered Nation

Designed to survive cyclone force winds of 230 km/h A New Zealand company is spearheading a pioneering project to transform the diesel-dependant South Pacific nation of Tokelau into the world’s first solar-powered country. Powersmart Solar is lead contractor on the Tokelau Renewable Energy Project (TREP). This winter, the island nation’s diesel generators are being replaced … Continue reading

Android and Nokia MeeGo phones hijacked via wallet tech

A skilled hacker has shown how to hijack a smartphone via a short-range radio technology known as Near Field Communication (NFC). Charlie Miller created tools that forced phones to visit websites seeded with attack software. The software on the booby-trapped websites helped Mr Miller look at and steal data held Learn more …

Take control of a moon rover with the Remote Rover Experiment project

Pledge $12 or more and remote-pilot a lunar rover! If you’ve ever yearned to take part in a space program but haven’t been given the chance, then perhaps you should take a look at the Remote Rover Experiment (RRE) Kickstarter campaign. Created by a team named Part-Time Scientists (PTS), the project aims to involve the … Continue reading

Robot aids surgeons in catheter procedures, helps avoid radiation

In clinical trials, the cockpit reduced exposure of surgeons by 95 percent When we think about a heart operation, it’s only natural to be concerned about the risks faced by the patient. What is overlooked is that the surgeon often faces risks in the operating theater as well. All the modern surgical paraphernalia may make … Continue reading

New Drug Could Help Maintain Long-Term Weight Loss

A new drug could aid in losing weight and keeping it off. The drug, described in the journal Cell Metabolism on July 26, increases sensitivity to the hormone leptin, a natural appetite suppressant found in the body. Although so far the new drug has only been tested on mice, the findings have implications for the … Continue reading

Eye-Writing Technology: Writing in Cursive With Your Eyes Only

“It doesn’t take very much practice either.” A new technology described in the paper published online on July 26 in Current Biology, a Cell Press publication, might allow people who have almost completely lost the ability to move their arms or legs to communicate freely, by using their eyes to write in cursive. The eye-writing … Continue reading

Augmented reality glasses perform real-time language translation

Practical and accessible? Not quite. Inspired by the Google’s Project Glass, computer programmer Will Powell has built a prototype real-time translation system that listens to speech, translates it into one of 37 languages, and then displays the resulting text as subtitles directly onto the user’s glasses. In a nutshell, here’s how it all works. A … Continue reading