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Lord of the microrings

Lord of the microrings

New tech aims to improve communication between dogs and humans

New tech aims to improve communication between dogs and humans

North Carolina State University researchers have developed a suite of technologies that can be used to enhance communication between dogs and humans, which has applications in everything from search and rescue to service dogs to training our pets.

'Nanomotor lithography' answers call for affordable, simpler device manufacturing

'Nanomotor lithography' answers call for affordable, simpler device manufacturing

"All we need is these self-propelled nanorobots and UV light," said Jinxing Li, a doctoral student at the Jacobs School of Engineering and first author. "They work together like minions, moving and writing and are easily controlled by a simple magnet."

Running robots of future may learn from world's best 2-legged runners: Birds

Running robots of future may learn from world's best 2-legged runners: Birds

CORVALLIS, Ore. – With an eye toward making better running robots, researchers have made surprising new findings about some of nature's most energy efficient bipeds – running birds.

Study shows vibrating insoles could reduce falls among seniors

Campaign to reduce firearm suicide wins support among firearm retailers in New Hampshire

Boston, MA — Nearly half (48%) of firearm retailers in New Hampshire displayed materials from a firearm suicide prevention campaign generated by a coalition of gun owners and public health professionals, according to a new study led by Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) researchers. It is the first collaboration between firearm retailers and public health professionals around suicide prevention.

The study appeared online October 28, 2014 in Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior.

Together we are strong -- or insufferable

This news release is available in German.

Disney Research develops hybrid fluid transmission enabling light and swift robotic arms

Engineers routinely face tradeoffs as they design robotic limbs – weight vs. speed, ease of control vs. fluidity. A new hybrid fluid transmission developed at Disney Research Pittsburgh promises to eliminate some of those tradeoffs, making possible robot arms that are light enough to move swiftly and gracefully, yet with precise control.

Ion adsorption matter in biology

Air quality and unconventional oil and gas sites

Research suggesting air pollutants released by unconventional oil and gas production are well over recommended levels in the US is published today in the open access journal Environmental Health. High levels of benzene, hydrogen sulfide and formaldehyde were found. The study is the first to be based on community sampling by people who live near production sites and could be used to supplement official air-quality monitoring programs.