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Mathematicians model heat flow in human tears
Mathematicians from the University of Delaware have created a new model of the fluid dynamics and heat flow in human tears. (2012-06-05)

An elastic fiber filled with electrodes set to revolutionize smart clothes
EPFL scientists have found a fast and simple way to make super-elastic, multi-material, high-performance fibers. Their fibers have already been used as sensors on robotic fingers and in clothing. This breakthrough method opens the door to new kinds of smart textiles and medical implants. (2018-05-25)

Brain training app helps reduce OCD symptoms, study finds
A 'brain training' app developed at the University of Cambridge could help people who suffer from obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) manage their symptoms, which may typically include excessive handwashing and contamination fears. (2018-10-23)

Unexpected mechanism behind chronic nerve pain
It has long been assumed that chronic nerve pain is caused by hypersensitivity in the neurons that transmit pain. Researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden now show that another kind of neuron that normally allows us to feel pleasant touch sensation can switch function and instead signal pain after nerve damage. The results, which are presented in the journal Science, can eventually lead to more effective pain treatments. (2017-06-01)

Life-changing magic of tidying up: Complex structures' organization studied in slime mold
Researchers in Japan think they have found an answer to the fundamental biological question of how individual cells know which way to position themselves within a complex, multicellular body. Depending on a cell's purpose in the larger structure, contact or diffuse chemical signals direct it to its final destination. (2019-02-20)

Customer representatives mean increased efficiency in radiology
Adding customer service representatives to a computerized radiology workflow management system means improved patient and referring physician satisfaction and increased radiologist efficiency, a new study finds. (2011-01-12)

A first in medical robotics: Autonomous navigation inside the body
Bioengineers at Boston Children's Hospital report the first demonstration of a robot able to navigate autonomously inside the body. In an animal model of cardiac valve repair, the team programmed a robotic catheter to find its way along the walls of a beating, blood-filled heart to a leaky valve -- without a surgeon's guidance. They report their work today in Science Robotics. (2019-04-24)

Physical keyboards make virtual reality typing easier
What's better than a holographic keyboard? A real one, apparently. New research from computer scientists at Michigan Technological University delves into the different ways to type in a virtual reality (VR) space. They're presenting their work at ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computer Systems (CHI 2017). (2017-05-08)

Graphene unlocks new potential for 'smart textiles'
The quest to create affordable, durable and mass-produced 'smart textiles' has been given fresh impetus through the use of the wonder material Graphene. (2018-12-03)

Attention, please! Anticipation of touch takes focus, executive skills
A study by the University of Washington and Temple University examines what happens in children's brains when they anticipate a touch to the hand, and relates this brain activity to the executive functions the child demonstrates on other mental tasks. (2018-12-12)

New haptic arm places robotics within easy reach
Imagine being able to build and use a robotic device without the need for expensive, specialist kit or skills. That is the vision that researchers from the University of Bristol have turned into reality, creating a lightweight, affordable and simple solution for everyday users. (2019-10-20)

Recruiting practices is costly
Recruiting practices for large scale quality improvement initiatives is difficult and costly ($5,529 per enrolled practice on average), and even more expensive for practices with no prior relationship with the study team. (2018-04-09)

Parent cleansing paramount prior to skin-to-skin care
Neonatal intensive care units increasingly encourage meaningful touch and skin-to-skin care -- aka 'kangaroo care' -- between parents and premature babies to aid the babies' development. But a Michigan children's hospital practicing skin-to-skin care noticed an unwanted side effect in 2016 -- a spike in Staphylococcus aureus (SA) infections among newborns. (2018-06-14)

PIEZO2, a molecular target for treating clinical pain
The researchers think topical application of PIEZO2 blockers could be beneficial for patients suffering from neuropathic pain. (2018-10-10)

Caution ahead: The growing challenge for drivers' attention
Many of the infotainment features in most 2017 vehicles are so distracting they should not be enabled while a vehicle is in motion, according to a new study by University of Utah researchers. The study, led by psychology professor David L. Strayer, found In-Vehicle Information Systems take drivers' attention off the road for too long to be safe. (2017-10-05)

Touch biographies reveal transgenerational nature of touch
The way we feel about being touched -- and the way we touch others -- are shaped by our personal and generational affective history. Touch inequalities, too, are often transmitted through generations, a new study from the University of Eastern Finland and the University of Tampere shows. For the study, the researchers analysed a unique set of data, namely touch biographies. (2019-02-06)

An artificial nerve system gives prosthetic devices and robots a sense of touch
Stanford and Seoul National University researchers have developed an artificial nervous system that could give prosthetic limbs or robots reflexes and the ability to sense touch. (2018-05-31)

New clue why autistic people don't want hugs
Why do people with fragile X syndrome, a genetic defect that is the best-known cause of autism and inherited mental retardation, recoil from hugs and physical touch? New research has found in fragile X syndrome there is delayed development of the sensory cortex, the part of the brain that responds to touch, according to a study from Northwestern University. This delay may trigger a domino effect and cause further problems with wiring of the brain. (2010-02-11)

Gentle touch soothes the pain of social rejection
The gentle touch of another individual soothes the effects of social exclusion, one of the most emotionally painful human experiences, according to new UCL research. (2017-10-18)

Identifying what makes a faster typist
The largest-ever dataset on typing speeds and styles, based on 136 million keystrokes from 168,000 volunteers, finds that the fastest typists not only make fewer errors, but they often type the next key before the previous one has been released. (2018-04-05)

Discovery points the way to better and cheaper transparent conductors
Researchers at the University of Liverpool have made a discovery that could improve the conductivity of a type of glass coating which is used on items such as touch screens, solar cells and energy efficient windows. (2017-11-27)

At odds: Less sensory neurons induce stronger sensations of itch
The irritating itchiness that affects people as they age and their skin becomes drier may be caused by the loss of Merkel cells, a new study in mice suggests. (2018-05-03)

Study identifies our 'inner pickpocket'
Researchers have identified how the human brain is able to determine the properties of a particular object using purely statistical information: a result which suggests there is an 'inner pickpocket' in all of us. (2019-05-21)

Red-bellied lemurs maintain gut health through touching and 'huddling' each other
Scientists have found a direct link between physical contact and gut bacteria in red-bellied lemurs. Likely passed through 'huddling' behavior and touch, the findings suggest implications for human health. The University of Oxford worked with scientists from several universities, including the University of Arizona, on the research, published today in the Journal of Animal Ecology, to better understand causes of diversity within the animal's gut microbiome, the community of various bacteria that live inside the intestine. (2017-12-04)

UC Davis study shows temperature alters developing nervous system in frogs
A UC Davis study that compared the effects of cold and warm temperatures on the development of frog eggs into larvae found that environmental temperature significantly changes how the nervous system develops. (2019-05-23)

Stanford increasing access to 3D modeling through touch-based display
Stanford researchers designed a tactile display that aims to make 3D printing and computer-aided design accessible to people who are blind and visually impaired. (2019-10-29)

Using personal frequency to control brain activity
Individual frequency can be used to specifically influence certain areas of the brain and thus the abilities processed in them - solely by electrical stimulation on the scalp, without any surgical intervention. Scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences have now demonstrated this for the first time. (2020-08-17)

How our brains distinguish between self-touch and touch by others
Our brains seem to reduce sensory perception from an area of our skin when we touch it ourselves, according to a new study from Linköping University, Sweden, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, PNAS. The finding increases our understanding of how the brain distinguishes between being touched by another person and self-touch. (2019-01-21)

Turning sensation into perception
Perceiving a simple touch may depend as much on memory, attention, and expectation as on the stimulus itself, according to new research on monkeys by Howard Hughes Medical Institute international research scholar Ranulfo Romo and colleagues at the National Autonomous University of Mexico. (2005-11-06)

Soft or firm touch? Study reveals how amputee patients tell the difference
A new study uncovers how two men with amputations, who had electrodes implanted in their residual limbs, discern between soft and firm touch. (2016-10-26)

Bacteria have a sense of touch
Although bacteria have no sensory organs in the classical sense, they are still masters in perceiving their environment. A research group at the University of Basel's Biozentrum has now discovered that bacteria not only respond to chemical signals, but also possess a sense of touch. In their recent publication in Science, the researchers demonstrate how bacteria recognize surfaces and respond to this mechanical stimulus within seconds. This mechanism is also used by pathogens to colonize and attack their host cells. (2017-10-26)

Artificial sensor mimics human sense of touch
A new tactile sensor can detect surface shapes and structures, showing advantages over existing sensors, according to new research in IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics. (2018-11-07)

Sussex physicists have breakthrough on brittle smart phone screens
New 'potato stamp' technique combining silver and graphene may create cheaper, more flexible and eco-friendly screens. (2017-10-25)

Insights from putting science under the microscope
Theories, data and knowledge continue to accumulate and become refined across many scientific fields -- but what do we know about science itself? In this Review, Santo Fortunato et al. highlight efforts to understand the 'science of science,' insights from which could be used to optimize the pursuit of knowledge and better society. (2018-03-01)

Hearing through your fingers: Device that converts speech
A novel study published in Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience provides the first evidence that a simple and inexpensive non-invasive speech-to-touch sensory substitution device has the potential to improve hearing in hearing-impaired cochlear implant patients, as well as individuals with normal hearing, to better discern speech in various situations like learning a second language or trying to deal with the 'cocktail party effect.' The device can provide immediate multisensory enhancement without any training. (2019-06-03)

Leg amputees feel and use the prosthesis as a real limb
The bionic prosthesis is perceived, by the brain of three leg amputees, as a real limb, allowing them to avoid falls while walking over obstacles without seeing them, climb stairs much faster and to finely place the feet in the space. Volunteers felt sensations from multiple positions of the foot when touched and knee movements. The prosthetic leg speaks to the brain through a wireless link with the nerves in the upper leg of subjects. (2019-10-02)

The pressure sensor of the venus flytrap
The display of a smartphone reacts to finger pressure. The carnivorous Venus flytrap, on the other hand, even notices when a lightweight like a fly lands on it. Special genes make this possible. (2020-12-11)

Antibiotic-resistant plasmids flourish in hospital plumbing
To better understand how antibiotic-resistant organisms spread in hospitals, investigators at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Md., recently collected samples from pipes beneath the hospital's intensive care unit and from outside manholes draining hospital wastewater. They conducted whole-genome analyses on the samples to study the bacterial plasmids, or rings of DNA, that can confer resistance to antibiotics. (2018-02-06)

Smart pill bottle keeps drugs safe
Low-cost, stretchy sensors can be assembled inside the lid of a drug container to help monitor patient safety. (2019-05-06)

Are your sensors spying on you?
Cyber experts at Newcastle University, UK, have revealed the ease with which malicious websites and installed apps can spy on us using just the information from the motion sensors in our mobile phones. (2017-04-10)

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