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New diagnostic method to determine liver cancer consistency
Researchers from Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin have developed a new diagnostic technique which enables the grading of tumor consistency using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). The researchers used an imaging technique known as tomoelastography to visualize the mechanical properties of liver tumors. Results from this research have been published in Cancer Research*. (2019-10-28)

Natural language interface for data visualization debuts at prestigious IEEE conference
A team at NYU Tandon developed FlowSense, which lets those who may not be experts in machine learning create highly flexible visualizations from almost any data. ''FlowSense: A Natural Language Interface for Visual Data Exploration with a Dataflow System'' won the best-paper award at this year's IEEE Conference on Visual Analytics Science and Technology (VAST). (2019-10-23)

NASA visualization shows a black hole's warped world
A new visualization of a black hole illustrates how its gravity distorts our view, warping its surroundings as if viewed in a funhouse mirror. (2019-09-25)

OHIO professor Hla develops robust molecular propeller for unidirectional rotations
A team of scientists from Ohio University, Argonne National Laboratory, Universitié de Toulouse in France and Nara Institute of Science and Technology in Japan led by OHIO Professor of Physics Saw-Wai Hla and Prof. Gwenael Rapenne from Toulouse developed a molecular propeller that enables unidirectional rotations on a material surface when energized. (2019-08-20)

Making sense of remote sensing data
The use of remote sensing equipment for data collection has revolutionized biological data collection in the field, but researchers still need tools to help analyze the data. RadialPheno supports the study of phenology -- the timing of developmental events like flowering and fruiting -- by providing a visualization system that identifies temporal patterns. Such tools are urgently needed to understand how climate change is affecting ecosystems by altering the timing of phenological events and ecological interactions. (2019-08-09)

Study finds changes in mindset key to helping college students exercise more
According to the survey, respondents indicated that sustaining the weekly 150 minutes of exercise would require the support of family and friends, as well as an emotional shift, in which students would use exercise as an outlet for stressors. Respondents also said social changes, like making friends who also exercise regularly would improve their ability to persist. (2019-08-08)

Superbug virulence regulatory mechanism revealed: Pave ways for developing new antibiotics
As antibiotic resistance is growing and posing a threat on public health, developing new antibiotics has become more urgent than ever. Researchers at City University of Hong Kong (CityU) have recently revealed the virulence regulatory mechanism in Pseudomonas aeruginosa, a superbug which is common in patients with a weak immune system and is resistant to many antibiotics. The findings pave ways for identifying good antibiotic targets for new drug development. (2019-07-03)

Discovery of field-induced pair density wave state in high temperature superconductors
Superconductors are quantum materials that are perfect transmitters of electricity and electronic information. Presently, cuprates are the best candidate for highest temperature superconductivity at ambient pressure, operating at approximately -120 °C. Improving this involves understanding competing phases, one of which has now been identified. (2019-06-12)

HGF-inhibitory macrocyclic peptide -- mechanisms and potential cancer theranostics
Hepatocyte growth factor (HGF) is involved in cancer progression through MET receptor signaling. Here, HiP-8, a 12 amino-acid macrocyclic peptide, was identified to selectively recognize active HGF. Biochemical analysis and high-speed AFM demonstrated HiP-8 restricted dynamic domains of HGF, resulting in allosteric inhibition. Positron emission tomography using radiotracer HiP-8 enabled noninvasive visualization and inhibition of HGF-MET activation status in tumors in mouse models. HiP-8 is expected to be useful for cancer diagnosis and treatment. (2019-05-29)

Statistical model could predict future disease outbreaks
Several University of Georgia researchers teamed up to create a statistical method that may allow public health and infectious disease forecasters to better predict disease reemergence, especially for preventable childhood infections such as measles and pertussis. (2019-05-21)

Electroconvulsive therapy reboots certain brain networks to help depressed individuals
Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) helps people with severe depression by 'pushing the reset button' on brain networks involved in creating a mental picture, according to recent Baycrest findings. (2019-05-07)

New 3D imaging and visualization technique provides detailed views of muscle architecture
In a new study, scientists in pathology and anatomical sciences in the University of Missouri's School of Medicine have revealed a three-dimensional view of the skeletal muscles responsible for flight in a European starling. The study will form the basis of future research on the bird's wishbone, which is supported by these particular muscles and is hypothesized to bend during flight. (2019-04-30)

Visualization strategies may backfire on consumers pursuing health goals
Using visualization as motivation is a common technique for achieving goals, but consumers who are pursuing health goals such as eating healthy or losing weight should use caution when using perspective-based visualizations. (2019-04-04)

Novel methods for analyzing neural circuits for innate behaviors in insects
We established a method for activity-dependent visualization of neural circuits in the fruit fly brain. An optogenetic method for reactivation of those visualized neural circuits upon illumination was also established for their manipulation. With these methods, we identified a neural cluster important for behavioral motivation. It is expected that these methods and findings would contribute to elucidation of the neural basis of innate behaviors of insects and regulation of their behaviors. (2019-03-14)

Russian scientists show changes in the erythrocyte nanostructure under stress
Various stress effects make an integral part of modern life, and their minimization is of particular relevance. Currently, much attention is being paid to the study of the structural-metabolic and functional status of erythrocytes, since they serve as a kind of 'cell dosimeter' to signal stress reactions and the action of facultative and obligatory exogenous and endogenous factors that cause various diseases. (2019-02-21)

Improved RNA data visualization method gets to the bigger picture faster
Like going from a pinhole camera to a Polaroid, a significant mathematical update to the formula for a popular bioinformatics data visualization method will allow researchers to develop snapshots of single-cell gene expression not only several times faster but also at much higher-resolution. Published in Nature Methods, this innovation by Yale mathematicians will reduce the rendering time of a million-point single-cell RNA-sequencing (scRNA-seq) data set from over three hours down to just fifteen minutes. (2019-02-14)

Turning a porous material's color on and off with acid
Stable, color-changing compound shows potential for electronics, sensors and gas storage. (2019-02-08)

Chirality in 'real-time'
Distinguishing between left-handed and right-handed ('chiral') molecules is crucial in chemistry and the life sciences, and is commonly done using a method called circular dichroism. However, during biochemical reactions the chiral character of molecules may change. EPFL scientists have for the first time developed a method that uses ultrashort deep-ultraviolet pulses to accurately probe such changes in real-time in (bio)molecular systems. (2019-01-10)

Scientists develop method to visualize a genetic mutation
A team of scientists has developed a method that yields, for the first time, visualization of a gene amplifications and deletions known as copy number variants in single cells. Significantly allows early detection of rare genetic events providing high resolution analysis of the tempo of evolution. (2018-12-18)

Scientists develop a cellulose biosensor material for advanced tissue engineering
I.M. Sechenov First Moscow State Medical University teamed up together with Irish colleagues to develop a new imaging approach for tissue engineering. The team produced so-called 'hybrid biosensor' scaffold materials, which are based on cellulose matrices labeled with pH- and calcium-sensitive fluorescent proteins. These materials enable visualization of the metabolism and other important biomarkers in the engineered artificial tissues by microscopy. (2018-12-12)

FEFU young scientists developed unique method to calculate transparent materials porosity
Applying the new method, technologists and materials scientists will be able to quickly, accurately and without destroying the studied objects to obtain information about the microstructure and functionality of transparent materials - single crystals, glasses, and ceramics. The article on that is available online on the site of the Journal of Alloys and Compounds. (2018-12-11)

Underground life has a carbon mass hundreds of times larger than humans'
Microorganisms living underneath the surface of the earth have a total carbon mass of 15 to 23 billion tons, hundreds of times more than that of humans, according to findings announced by the Deep Carbon Observatory and coauthored by UT Professor of Microbiology Karen Lloyd. (2018-12-10)

Drawing is better than writing for memory retention
Researchers from the University of Waterloo found that even if people weren't good at it, drawing, as a method to help retain new information, was better than re-writing notes, visualization exercises or passively looking at images. (2018-12-06)

Obesity and food restrictions proven to be associated with less food enjoyment
A study carried out by UGR scientists shows that obesity and food restrictions -even trivial ones- such as temporary diets are associated with a reduction in enjoyment For this research, food-related emotions were analyzed in 552 adolescents aged 11 to 17 belonging to several high schools from Granada. (2018-11-13)

Ready for a close-up: The science behind face massage rollers
Facial massaging using a roller can increase skin blood flow for more than ten minutes after the massage. It can also improve vasodilation -- the widening of blood vessels, -- in the long-term, according to a study by researchers in Japan. (2018-11-09)

New stats apps show a virtual reality
Harnessing the power of virtual reality will help to visualize data and improve statistical models. (2018-11-05)

New data science method makes charts easier to read at a glance
Researchers have developed a new method -- 'Pixel Approximate Entropy' -- that measures the complexity of a data visualization and can be used to develop easier to read visualizations. 'In fast-paced settings, it is important to know if the visualization is going to be so complex that the signals may be obscured. The ability to quantify complexity is the first step towards automatically doing something about this.' (2018-10-18)

Determinations of air flow behaviors in the human upper airway by visualizing flowing air directly
Understanding airflow characteristics in the human upper airway is crucial in investigating obstructive sleep apnea, particle sedimentation, drug delivery, and many biomedical problems. However, direct visualization of air flow patterns in in-vitro models with complex geometrical structures is a big challenge. Now researchers in the Capital Medical University, Beijing, China have successfully developed a unique method to visualize streamlines of air directly in in-vitro models, and reveal the complex airflow behaviors in normal pharyngeal airway. (2018-09-30)

Creating 3D printed 'motion sculptures' from 2D videos
The new system uses an algorithm that can take D videos and turn them into 3D printed 'motion sculptures' that show how a human body moves through space. In addition to being an intriguing aesthetic visualization of shape and time, the team envisions that their 'MoSculp' system could enable a much more detailed study of motion for professional athletes, dancers, or anyone who wants to improve their physical skills. (2018-09-19)

How the flu virus builds a better mousetrap
For the first time, scientists have directly visualized real-time structural changes in the surface protein of the influenza virus that may help the virus fuse with and enter target cells before hijacking them. Single molecules of the protein were found to stretch toward target cells, then refold and try again 5 to 10 times per second. The discovery may help develop more effective vaccines and better understand other viruses, including Ebola, HIV, and SARS. (2018-06-28)

Researchers work toward systematic assessment of climate models
A research team based at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory has published the results of an international survey designed to assess the relative importance climate scientists assign to variables when analyzing a climate model's ability to simulate real-world climate. (2018-06-25)

Virtual reality technology transforming cardiovascular medicine
Rapid advancements in the field of virtual reality are leading to new developments in cardiovascular treatment and improved outcomes for patients, according to a review paper published today in JACC: Basic to Translational Science. Extended reality applications in cardiac care include education and training, pre-procedural planning, visualization during a procedure and rehabilitation in post-stroke patients. (2018-06-25)

Observing the cell's protein factories during self-assembly
Berlin-based researchers have produced snapshots of the 'protein factories' of the cell. Their findings could set us on the path towards a new class of antibiotics. The study - a basic science study conducted by researchers from Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin and the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics - has been published in Molecular Cell*. (2018-06-13)

Robotically controlled digital microscope provides new visualization system in operating room
The Department of Neurosurgery at the Mount Sinai Health System is one of the first hospitals in the country to use Modus V™, a hands-free, robotically controlled digital microscope that provides advanced visualization in the operating room. (2018-05-23)

Translating elephant seal data into a symphony provides surprising insights
Sonification of 10 years of oceanic migration of these seals reveals coordinated swimming. (2018-04-23)

Contrast-enhanced subharmonic imaging detects prostate cancers not identified by MRI
A test of contrast-enhanced subharmonic imaging (SHI) has shown promise in detecting prostate cancers that were not identified by MRI, according to a study to be presented at the ARRS 2018 Annual Meeting, set for April 22-27 in Washington, D.C. (2018-04-10)

Humans risked limb ischemia in exchange for bipedal walking
The micro X-ray CT was established through joint engineering and medical research, and allows for the visualization of tiny structures in three dimensions. By examining the blood vessels of mice in detail via micro CT, researchers compared the vessels in mice to those in humans and identified characteristic mouse blood vessels that provide a circulation bypass when the femoral artery becomes clogged. (2018-03-27)

An integrated workflow for interaction proteomics -- as versatile as the Swiss Army Knife
Researchers of the University of Helsinki, Finland, developed an integrated workflow for interaction proteomics, which -- as they describe it -- proves almost as versatile as the Swiss Army Knife. (2018-03-22)

Filling lithium-ion cells faster
Developers from Bosch and scientists at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) are using neutrons to analyze the filling of lithium ion batteries for hybrid cars with electrolytes. Their experiments show that electrodes are wetted twice as fast in a vacuum as under normal pressure. (2018-03-20)

How the diagnosing of lung diseases can be improved
The patient's airways can be viewed before transbrochial biopsy in a program developed by the students and employees of the Institute of Fundamental Education, Ural Federal University. (2018-03-05)

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