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  • New tech may make prosthetic hands easier for patients to use
    Researchers have developed new technology for decoding neuromuscular signals to control powered, prosthetic wrists and hands. The work relies on computer models that closely mimic the behavior of the natural structures in the forearm, wrist and hand. The technology could also be used to develop new computer interface devices for... Read more »
  • Technique doubles conversion of CO2 to plastic component
    Fossil fuels have long been the precursor to plastic, but new research has detailed a technique for doubling the amount of carbon dioxide that gets converted to ethylene -- an essential component of the world's most common plastic.... Read more »
  • Two-and-a-half-year expedition ends in world's most biodiverse protected area
    After a two-and-a-half-year expedition through the world's most biodiverse protected area, the Identidad Madidi explorers have concluded their epic quest of completing a massive biological survey of Madidi National Park, uncovering more than 120 potentially new species of plants, butterflies and vertebrates in the process.... Read more »
  • Decoding digital ownership: Why your e-book might not feel like 'yours'
    People feel very differently about owning physical books versus e-books, a recent study shows. While stereotypes suggest that younger consumers prefer digital books, that is not actually the case, researchers found.... Read more »
  • New brain development disorder identified by scientists
    Researchers have identified a new inherited neurodevelopmental disease that causes slow growth, seizures and learning difficulties in humans.... Read more »
  • New network is installed to investigate space weather over South America
    (Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo) Magnetometer network identifies magnetic field disturbances that can cause interference in electronic appliances, power grids and satellite navigation systems. Using the data collected by the network, Brazilian researchers work on the development of a specific magnetic K-index for South America.... Read more »
  • UTIA research continues to advance biofuels, bioenergy and biobased products
    (University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture) David Harper, an associate professor of materials science in the UT Center for Renewable Carbon, will lead a $1.4M award from the US Department of Energy through the Biomass Research and Development Initiative (BRDI) -- a joint program organized through DOE and the US... Read more »
  • Research supports restrictions on opioid-containing cold medicines for children
    (Penn State) Prescription cough and cold medicines containing the opioid hydrocodone were more likely to cause serious side effects in children than those containing codeine, according to a new study from Penn State College of Medicine. The research supports recent U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) restrictions on prescription hydrocodone-... Read more »
  • Mechanisms of harmful overhydration and brain swelling
    (McGill University Health Centre) We are all familiar with the drawbacks of dehydration, but we rarely hear about the harmful effects of overhydration. A team from the Centre for Research in Neuroscience at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre in Montreal uncovered a key piece to the... Read more »
  • Physicists with green fingers estimate tree spanning rate in random networks
    (Springer) In a new study published in EPJ B, Fei Ma from Northwest Normal University in Lanzhou, Gansu Province, China, and colleagues calculate the total number of spanning trees in randomly expanding networks. This method can be applied to modelling scale-free network models, which, as it turns out, are characterised... Read more »