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Sounds of action: Using ears, not just eyes, improves robot perception
People rarely use just one sense to understand the world, but robots usually only rely on vision and, increasingly, touch. Carnegie Mellon University researchers find that robot perception could improve markedly by adding another sense: hearing. (2020-08-14)

Artificial 'candy canes' block viruses
Synthetic chains of molecules containing different sugars can inhibit viruses effectively. The extent to which such molecules could be used as antiviral drugs is illustrated by a team of researchers from Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf (HHU) and University of Münster (WWU) in the February edition of the Journal of the American Chemical Society. (2020-04-20)

A galactic dance
Galaxies lead a graceful existence on cosmic timescales. Over millions of years, they can engage in elaborate dances that produce some of Nature's most exquisite and striking grand designs. Few are as captivating as the galactic duo known as NGC 5394/5, sometimes nicknamed the Heron Galaxy. (2019-12-12)

Image release: Giant magnetic ropes in a galaxy's halo
Composite image reveals previously-unseen magnetic structures extending into the extended halo of a galaxy. The technique now can be used to answer outstanding questions about galaxies and their magnetic fields. (2019-11-26)

Galaxy blazes with new stars born from close encounter
The irregular galaxy NGC 4485 shows all the signs of having been involved in a hit-and-run accident with a bypassing galaxy. Rather than destroying the galaxy, the chance encounter is spawning a new generation of stars, and presumably planets. (2019-05-16)

Bursting with starbirth
This oddly shaped galactic spectacle is bursting with brand new stars. The pink fireworks in this image taken with the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope are regions of intense star formation, triggered by a cosmic-scale collision. The huge galaxy in this image, NGC 4490, has a smaller galaxy in its gravitational grip and is feeling the strain. (2017-09-28)

Hubble Friday
This beautiful clump of glowing gas, dark dust and glittering stars is the spiral galaxy NGC 4248, located about 24 million light-years away in the constellation of Canes Venatici (The Hunting Dogs). (2017-07-28)

Older adults who take 5+ medications walk slower than those who take fewer medications
The ability to walk well is a sign of independence and good health for older adults, for example, and it may be affected by the use of multiple medications. Although healthcare providers know that some treatments can slow or hamper an older person's ability to walk, little is known about the effects of polypharmacy on walking while performing other tasks, like talking. In a new study, researchers examined how polypharmacy affected walking while talking. (2017-06-27)

Star birth with a chance of winds?
The lesser-known constellation of Canes Venatici (The Hunting Dogs), is home to a variety of deep-sky objects -- including this beautiful galaxy, known as NGC 4861. Astronomers are still debating on how to classify it. While its physical properties -- such as mass, size and rotational velocity -- indicate it to be a spiral galaxy, its appearance looks more like a comet with its dense, luminous 'head' and dimmer 'tail' trailing off. Features more fitting with a dwarf irregular galaxy. (2017-01-27)

Robust rattan palm assessed as Endangered, new Species Conservation Profile shows
An African rattan palm species has recently been assessed as Endangered, according to the IUCN Red List criteria. Although looking pretty robust at height of up to 40 m, this palm is restricted to scattered patches of land across an area of 40 km². It grows in a few reserves and conservation areas in Ghana and a single forest patch in Côte d'Ivoire. Its Species Conservation Profile is published in the open access Biodiversity Data Journal. (2017-01-16)

Hubble chases a small stellar galaxy in the Hunting Dog
Lurking in the constellation of Canes Venatici or The Hunting Dog, NGC 4707 lies roughly 22 million light-years from Earth. (2016-12-22)

Mayo Clinic researchers link senescent cells to most common form of arthritis
Researchers at Mayo Clinic have reported a causal link between senescent cells -- cells that accumulate with age and contribute to frailty and disease -- and osteoarthritis in mice. Their findings appear online in The Journals of Gerontology, Series A: Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences. (2016-08-11)

Study finds one-third of women taking bisphosphonates remain at risk for fracture
A recent study of oral bisphosphonates, the most commonly prescribed osteoporosis treatment, found that approximately a third of women prescribed these drugs continue to be at elevated risk for bone fracture, an outcome that may have several origins. The retrospective cohort study was conducted under the auspices of a Regenstrief Institute-Merck collaboration. (2016-06-06)

Blueberry types identified for resistance, susceptibility to pathogen
Two extensive experiments with highbush blueberry varieties revealed cultivars that are most susceptible to the soilborne pathogen Phytophthora cinnamomi. The study also identified blueberry varieties that are more resistant to the disease. Recommendations for growers are included in the study. (2016-03-02)

Autoimmune cerebellar ataxia
While autoimmune cerebellar ataxia (a loss of muscle control coordination) can lead to severe disability with some patients becoming wheelchair-bound, there are factors that may help predict better immunotherapy response, according to the Mayo Clinic study published by JAMA Neurology. (2015-09-29)

Responses to treatment, outcomes of autoimmune cerebellar ataxia
While autoimmune cerebellar ataxia (a loss of muscle coordination) can lead to severe disability with some patients becoming wheelchair-bound, there are factors that may help to predict better immunotherapy response and neurological outcomes, according to an article published online by JAMA Neurology. (2015-09-28)

Chill-tolerant hybrid sugarcane also grows at lower temperatures, team finds
US farmers have long hoped to extend sugarcane's growing range northward from the Gulf coast, substantially increasing the land available for sugar and biofuels. Several hybrid canes developed in the 1980s have proved hardy in cooler climes, surviving overwinter as far north as Booneville, Arkansas. But until now, no one had tested whether these 'miscanes,' as they are called, actually photosynthesize, and thus continue to grow, when the thermometer dips. (2015-07-28)

The use of canes and other mobility devices is on the rise among older adults
About one-quarter of adults aged 65 years and older used mobility devices -- such as canes, walkers, and wheelchairs -- in 2011, and about a third of these reported using multiple devices. (2015-05-06)

With geomagnetic compass hooked to the brain, blind rats act like they can see
By attaching a microstimulator and geomagnetic compass to the brains of blind rats, researchers reporting in the Cell Press journal Current Biology on April 2 found that the animals can spontaneously learn to use new information about their location to navigate through a maze nearly as well as normally sighted rats. Researchers say the findings suggest that a similar kind of neuroprosthesis might also help blind people walk freely through the world. (2015-04-02)

CWRU astronomers find new details in first known spiral galaxy
Case Western Reserve University astronomers discovered faint plumes extending from the northeast and south of the nearby spiral galaxy M51a, also called the 'Whirlpool Galaxy,' by taking what is essentially a photograph made by a 20-hour exposure. (2015-02-03)

User-friendly electronic 'EyeCane' enhances navigational abilities for the blind
Electronic travel aids have the potential to improve navigation for the blind, but early versions had disadvantages that limited widespread adoption. A new ETA, the 'EyeCane,' developed by a team of researchers at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, expands the world of its users, allowing them to better estimate distance, navigate their environment, and avoid obstacles, according to a new study published in Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience. (2014-10-20)

Now it will become cheaper to make second-generation biofuel for our cars
Producing second-generation biofuel from dead plant tissue is environmentally friendly -- but it is also expensive because the process, as used today, needs expensive enzymes, and large companies dominate this market. Now a Danish/Iraqi collaboration presents a new technique that avoids the expensive enzymes. The production of second generation biofuels thus becomes cheaper, probably attracting many more producers and competition, and this may finally bring the price down. (2014-02-24)

Targeted campaigns provoke judges to cater to majority sentiment on the death penalty
While it may seem that judges in nonpartisan elections would be less influenced by popular majority opinion, a Princeton University-led report finds the opposite is true. On hot-button issues like the death penalty, state supreme court justices in the United States are more likely to side with the public majority sentiment, the researchers report in the American Political Science Review. However, this occurs only after moneyed interest groups begin pushing for or against specific judicial stances. (2014-02-17)

Many older Americans rely on people, devices, other strategies to get by
Only about a third of Americans ages 65 and older are fully able to take care of themselves and go about their daily lives completely independently, according to a new study published online in the American Journal of Public Health. (2013-12-12)

Inventions that improve lives are winners at the 2013 Newark Innovation Acceleration Challenge
Sensor equipment to help the visually impaired navigate more safely and a system for recycling computers efficiently were among the seven inventive business concepts to win seed funding from Capital One Bank and a spot in an intensive NJIT accelerator program at the fifth annual Newark Innovation Acceleration Challenge. (2013-12-05)

Physicist develops new type of silicone rubber
University of Virginia physicist Lou Bloomfield has developed a new type of silicone rubber that may have widespread applications, including shoes, prosthetics, sporting goods and toys. (2013-03-01)

White dwarf supernovae are discovered in Virgo Cluster galaxy and in sky area 'anonymous'
Light from two massive stars that exploded hundreds of millions of years ago recently reached Earth, and each was identified as a supernova by researchers at Southern Methodist University, Dallas. One exploded about 450 million years ago, and the other about 230 million years ago, said physics grad student Farley Ferrante, who made the initial observations. Both supernovae were spotted by the Robotic Optical Transient Search Experiment's ROTSE3b at McDonald Observatory near Fort Davis, Texas. (2013-02-27)

Amateur and professional astronomers team up to create a cosmological masterpiece
Working with astronomical image processors at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, Md., renowned astro-photographer Robert Gendler has taken science data from the Hubble Space Telescope archive and combined it with his own ground-based observations to assemble a photo illustration of the magnificent spiral galaxy M106. (2013-02-05)

NEIKER and INRA discover that BDA symptoms in grapevine leaves are a sign of esca
Scientists at the Basque Institute of Agricultural Research and Development, NEIKER-Tecnalia, and the National Institute of Agricultural Research in Bordeaux have come to the conclusion that alleged symptoms of 'black dead arm' (BDA) on grapevine leaves are, in fact, those of esca disease in its initial phase. Esca and BDA are diseases that affect the trunk of vines and cause serious losses to the wine-making and grape-growing sectors every year. (2012-09-19)

Wayne State develops IT solution to help disabled make better wheelchair selections
A Wayne State University researcher has introduced computer technology that makes it easier for people who need wheelchairs to select one that best suits their needs. (2012-05-23)

New images capture 'stealth merger' of dwarf galaxies
New images of a nearby dwarf galaxy have revealed a dense stream of stars in its outer regions, the remains of an even smaller companion galaxy in the process of merging with its host. The host galaxy, known as NGC 4449, is the smallest primary galaxy in which a stellar stream from an ongoing merger has been identified and studied in detail. (2012-02-08)

Early defoliation of Great Lakes wine grapes tested
Economically significant varieties of wine grapes in eastern North America can be susceptible to harvest season cluster rot. Researchers designed experiments to determine whether leaf removal or a temporary reduction in carbon assimilation at the beginning of bloom would reduce fruit set and cluster compactness. Vines subjected to removal of four or six basal leaves had an average fruit set reduction of 45 percent from the control. Cluster weight and berries per cluster were similarly reduced. (2011-12-12)

Embedding microchips in ornamental shrubs
A new technology was introduced to embed identification chips in rose canes. Researchers designed and tested a method for embedding rose plants with radiofrequency identification microchips, then tracked the tagged plants using a database. The findings suggest that rose plants can be safely tagged with a microchip as early as the nursery phase without negative effects on plant appearance. The technology supports a variety of educational and research applications. (2011-07-04)

NASA's Swift finds most distant gamma-ray burst yet
On April 29, 2009, a five-second-long burst of gamma rays from the constellation Canes Venatici triggered the Burst Alert Telescope on NASA's Swift satellite. As with most gamma-ray bursts, this one -- now designated GRB 090429B -- heralded the death of a star some 30 times the sun's mass and the likely birth of a new black hole. (2011-05-27)

Low vitamin D levels seen as multiple sclerosis risk for African-Americans, UCSF study finds
In the first major study exploring the connection between vitamin D and multiple sclerosis in African-Americans, a team of scientists at the University of California, San Francisco has discovered that vitamin D levels in the blood are lower in African-Americans who have the disease, compared to African-Americans who do not. (2011-05-27)

'Guide vests' -- robotic navigation aids for the visually impaired
A group of USC researchers is developing a robot vision-based mobility aid for the visually impaired that uses head-carried cameras linked to Simultaneous Localization and Mapping (SLAM) software to build maps of the environment and identify a safe path through obstacles. The information is conveyed to the user through a guide vest that includes four micro motors located on an individual's shoulder and waist that vibrate like cell phones. A design presented in May is being further developed. (2011-05-25)

Galaxy NGC 4214: A star formation laboratory
Hubble's newest camera has taken an image of galaxy NGC 4214. This galaxy glows brightly with young stars and gas clouds, and is an ideal laboratory to research star formation and evolution. (2011-05-12)

Study: Weight issues move up need for walkers, canes, other devices
Obese older adults are more likely to use walkers, canes and other mobility devices at a younger age, and may run the risk of using them incorrectly, according to new research from Purdue University. (2010-07-28)

What should goldenrod do to avoid an insect attack? Duck
Plants and herbivores have always been involved in a sort of arms race, and plants' defensive strategies commonly involve thorns, spines, and chemical toxins. But when certain flies are out looking for goldenrod to lay their eggs on, some goldenrod plants react in a seemingly rationale way: they duck. (2010-03-05)

New management methods extend blackberry season
New varieties of blackberry called (2009-12-10)

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