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Brain mechanism underlying the recognition of hand gestures develops even when blind
Japanese researchers figured out that activated brain regions of congenitally blind individuals and activated brain regions of sighted individuals share common regions when recognizing human hand gestures. They indicated that a region of the neural network that recognizes others' hand gestures is formed in the same way even without visual information. The findings are discussed in The Journal of Neuroscience. (2014-09-05)

Novel recycling methods: The fluorescent fingerprint of plastics
Researchers at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet in Munich have developed a new process which will greatly simplify the process of sorting plastics in recycling plants. The method enables automated identification of polymers, facilitating rapid separation of plastics for re-use. (2014-08-21)

Turning waste from rice, parsley and other foods into biodegradable plastic
Your chairs, synthetic rugs and plastic bags could one day be made out of cocoa, rice and vegetable waste rather than petroleum, scientists are now reporting. The novel process they developed and their results, which could help the world deal with its agricultural and plastic waste problems, appear in the ACS journal Macromolecules. (2014-08-20)

Solar energy that doesn't block the view
A team of researchers at Michigan State University has developed a new type of solar concentrator that when placed over a window creates solar energy while allowing people to actually see through the window. It is called a transparent luminescent solar concentrator and can be used on buildings, cell phones and any other device that has a flat, clear surface. (2014-08-19)

Plastic handles on disposable acupuncture needles would curb risk of needle buckling
Replacing copper coil handles on all disposable acupuncture needles with plastic stick handles would not only substantially curb the risk of needle buckling, but would also save tonnes of copper wire and millions of meters of medical grade stainless steel, concludes research published in Acupuncture in Medicine. (2014-08-18)

The grass really is greener on TV and computer screens, thanks to quantum dots
High-tech specks called quantum dots could bring brighter, more vibrant color to mass market TVs, tablets and other displays. A scientist from the 3M Company will describe new technology called 3M quantum dot enhancement film that also makes screens more energy efficient at the 248th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society. (2014-08-10)

A breath reveals a hidden image in anti-counterfeit drug labels
Terry Shyu, a doctoral student in chemical engineering at the University of Michigan, demonstrates a new high-tech label for fighting drug counterfeiting. (2014-08-06)

Plastic surgeons or nurses: Who are the better injectors?
In recent years, minimally invasive aesthetic injectable procedures have grown in popularity as more and more men and women are seeking age-defying treatments. As Botulinum toxin -- generally known as Botox -- use has increased, a growing number of nonaesthetic health professionals have emerged to perform procedures utilizing this and other injectables. According to a survey, plastic surgeons consider themselves the most capable injectors, as reported in the official journal of ISAPS Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, published by Springer. (2014-08-01)

Surgeons report significant migraine relief from cosmetic eyelid surgery technique
Dr. Oren Tessler, Assistant Professor of Clinical Surgery at LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans School of Medicine, is part of a team of plastic and reconstructive surgeons who report a high success rate using a method to screen and select patients for a specific surgical migraine treatment technique. More than 90 percent of the patients who underwent this surgery to decompress the nerves that trigger migraines experienced relief and also got a bonus cosmetic eyelid surgery. (2014-07-31)

Good outcomes with multiple limb salvage after severe combat injuries, reports Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
For survivors of severe combat injuries threatening more than one limb, reconstructive surgical procedures using tissue flaps have a good record of safety and effectiveness in avoiding amputation, reports a paper in the August issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. (2014-07-29)

Beware of claims about cosmetic stem cells procedures, says review in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Advertising claims for cosmetic procedures using stem cells are running far ahead of the scientific evidence for safety and effectiveness, according to a review in the August issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. (2014-07-29)

Non-endoscopic migraine surgery provides significant symptom relief
A revised version of a surgical procedure to treat severe chronic migraine headaches led to significant symptom relief more than 90 percent of the time in 35 patients treated at Massachusetts General Hospital. (2014-07-28)

Study gives new perspective on agricultural plastic, debris burning, and air quality
A recent study published in the Journal of the Air and Water Association shows that inclusion of agricultural plastic in debris piles has no effect on smoke emissions. (2014-07-24)

Microplastics worse for crabs and other marine life than previously thought, study shows
The tiny plastic particles polluting our seas are not only orally ingested by marine creatures, but also enter their systems through their gills, according to a new study led by the University of Exeter. (2014-07-18)

Leading scientists express rising concern about 'microplastics' in the ocean
Microplastics -- microscopic particles of plastic debris -- are of increasing concern because of their widespread presence in the oceans and the potential physical and toxicological risks they pose to organisms. (2014-07-10)

Researchers from the UCA prove the existence of large accumulations of plastic in all of the oceans
Researchers from the University of Cadiz have made an unprecedented discovery: they have shown that there are five large accumulations of plastic debris in the open oceans, coinciding with the five main ocean gyres in the surface waters of the ocean. As well as the well-known accumulation of plastic rubbish in the North Pacific, these experts have proven the existence of similar accumulations in the centre of the North Atlantic, the South Pacific, the South Atlantic and the Indian Oceans. (2014-07-03)

All the world's oceans have plastic debris on their surface
The Malaspina Expedition, led by the Spanish National Research Council, have demonstrated that there are five large accumulations of plastic debris in the open ocean that match with the five major twists of oceanic surface water circulation. In addition to the known accumulation of plastic waste in the North Pacific, there are similar accumulations in the central North Atlantic, the South Pacific, the South Atlantic and the Indian Ocean. (2014-06-30)

Developmental psychologist explains her life's work studying the mysteries of the mind
Developmental psychologist Daphne Maurer has spent more than four decades studying the complexities of the human mind. As the director of the Visual Development Lab at McMaster University and president of the International Society on Infant Studies, Maurer will present her life's work at the Biennial International Conference on Infant Studies in Berlin July 4th. (2014-06-27)

Collecting light with artificial moth eyes
All over the world researchers are investigating solar cells which imitate plant photosynthesis, using sunlight and water to create synthetic fuels such as hydrogen. Empa researchers have developed such a photoelectrochemical cell, recreating a moth's eye to drastically increase its light collecting efficiency. The cell is made of cheap raw materials -- iron and tungsten oxide. (2014-06-18)

Brazilian surgeons review experience with soccer-related facial fractures for PRS-GO
Fractures of the nose and other facial bones are a relatively common and potentially serious injury in soccer players, reports a Brazilian study in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery -- Global Open, the official open-access medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. (2014-06-17)

A new model of liver regeneration
Harvard Stem Cell Institute scientists at Boston Children's Hospital have new evidence in mice that it may be possible to repair a chronically diseased liver by forcing mature liver cells to revert back to a stem cell-like state. (2014-06-05)

New 'T-ray' tech converts light to sound for weapons detection, medical imaging
A device that essentially listens for light waves could help open up the last frontier of the electromagnetic spectrum -- the terahertz range. (2014-05-19)

KAIST made great improvements of nanogenerator power efficiency
Keon Jae Lee, Associate Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at KAIST, and his colleagues have recently proposed a solution by developing a robust technique to transfer a high-quality piezoelectric thin film from bulk sapphire substrates to plastic substrates using laser lift-off. (2014-05-15)

Detecting trace amounts of explosives with light
University of Adelaide research may help in the fight against terrorism with the creation of a sensor that can detect tiny quantities of explosives with the use of light and special glass fibers. (2014-05-07)

A lab in your pocket
Labs-on-a-chip hold huge promise for reducing the cost of medical diagnostics while expanding access to health care. Now scientists at Michigan Technological University have developed software that would make them even more powerful: by enabling dozens of tests on a single biochip. (2014-05-07)

Plantable containers show promise for use in groundcover production, landscaping
Scientists studied the use of plantable containers for growing groundcover plants. They evaluated plants with potential for a rapid turnover system with multiple planting dates for groundcover production in flats and using plantable containers compared with standard plastic containers, and evaluated plant performance after planting. Results showed that selected plants could be produced in eight weeks in 80-mm containers when transplanted from March-August in the paper and bioplastic plantable containers tested. (2014-05-05)

Genetic approach helps design broadband metamaterial
A specially formed material that can provide custom broadband absorption in the infrared can be identified and manufactured using 'genetic algorithms,' according to Penn State engineers, who say these metamaterials can shield objects from view by infrared sensors, protect instruments and be manufactured to cover a variety of wavelengths. (2014-05-05)

Antimicrobial edible films inhibit pathogens in meat
Antimicrobial agents incorporated into edible films applied to foods to seal in flavor, freshness and color can improve the microbiological safety of meats, according to researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences. (2014-05-01)

European seafloor survey reveals depth of marine litter problem
A major new survey of the seafloor has found that even in the deepest ocean depths you can find bottles, plastic bags, fishing nets and other types of human litter. (2014-04-30)

Experiment on Earth demonstrates effect observed in space
Streaming jets of high-speed matter produce some of the stunning objects seen in space. Astronomers have seen them shooting out of young stars just being formed, X-ray binary stars and supermassive black holes at the centers of large galaxies. Theoretical explanations for what causes those beam-like jets have been around for years, but now an experiment by French and American researchers using extremely high-powered lasers offers experimental verification of one proposed mechanism for creating them. (2014-04-29)

Carnegie Mellon-Disney researcher invents 3-D printing technique for making cuddly stuff
A new type of 3-D printer developed by Carnegie Mellon University and Disney Research Pittsburgh can turn wool and wool blend yarns into fabric objects that people enjoy touching. The device looks something like a cross between a 3-D printer and a sewing machine and produces 3-D objects made of a form of loose felt. (2014-04-28)

Determining biocontainers' carbon footprint
A study assessed material and energy inputs required to produce a petunia plant from propagation to delivery. Impacts were expressed in terms of the contribution to the carbon footprint (global warming potential) of a single finished plant. Although traditional plastic containers were 'significant contributors' to global warming potential, electrical consumption for supplemental lighting and irrigation during plug production was found to be the leading source of CO2e emissions in the model. (2014-04-28)

Better thermal-imaging lens from waste sulfur
A new chemical process can transform waste sulfur into lightweight plastic lenses that have a high refractive index and are transparent to mid-range infrared light. The lenses may have applications in thermal imaging devices. Other potential applications for the new plastic include sulfur-lithium batteries. (2014-04-17)

Information storage for the next generation of plastic computers
Inexpensive computers, cell phones and other systems that substitute flexible plastic for silicon chips may be one step closer to reality, thanks to research published on April 16 in the journal Nature Communications. (2014-04-16)

NIST's simple microfluidic devices now have valves
Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology have added yet another innovation -- miniature valves -- to their ever-growing collection of inexpensive, easy-to-manufacture and highly efficient microfluidic devices made from plastic films and double-sided tape. (2014-04-02)

Stats show growth of breast lifts outpacing implants 2 to 1
New statistics released by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons show breast lift procedures are growing at twice the rate of breast implant surgeries. Since 2000, breast lifts have grown by 70 percent, outpacing implants two to one. Breast implants are still the most performed cosmetic surgery in women, but lifts are steadily gaining. In 2013, more than 90,000 breast lift procedures were performed by ASPS member surgeons. (2014-03-31)

Visual scholar speaks on history of plastic surgery in World War I
The University of Houston has invited distinguished visual scholar David M. Lubin, the Charlotte C. Weber Professor of Art at Wake Forest University, to deliver the lecture, 'Behind the Mask: WWI, Plastic Surgery, and the Modern Beauty Revolution,' at 4:00-5:30 p.m., Thursday, Apr. 10. (2014-03-31)

Startup focuses on reliable, efficient cooling for computer servers
Equipment and electricity for cooling are a major expense at big computer installations, and Timothy Shedd, an associate professor of mechanical engineering at UW-Madison, has invented a system that can do the job more efficiently. (2014-03-20)

Most Charnley total hip replacements viable after 35 years
In a new study presented today at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, researchers sought to evaluate the clinical, radiographic and functional outcomes of a Charnley total hip replacement -- a traditional hip prosthesis consisting of a polyethylene acetabular (plastic) cup and a metal femoral head -- in patients under age 50 at a minimum of 35 years after the initial surgery. (2014-03-14)

Bone lengthening technique proves useful in patients with cleft palate
A technique called distraction osteogenesis can create increased length of the upper jaw in patients with cleft lip and palate deformities, reports a study in the March issue of the Journal of Craniofacial Surgery, edited by Mutaz B. Habal, M.D., published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, a part of Wolters Kluwer Health. (2014-03-14)

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