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Scientists use pixels to ease amputees' pain
Scientists at the University of Manchester are using 3-D computer graphics to combat the pain suffered by amputees. (2006-11-14)

The touchy-feely side of telecoms
In March, Samsung will release a phone that will be the first to use the technology of haptics - recreating touch and texture through artificial stimuli. For example, you can add a tickling sensation along with a text message, or you can make the recipient of your call feel like they've been slapped in the face when they answer the phone. (2005-02-23)

Vanderbilt engineers build robotic 'bugs' that can go the distance
Mechanical engineers at Vanderbilt University have designed and constructed a two-ounce robotic (2000-04-30)

NYU chemists create 'nanorobotic' arm to operate within DNA sequence
New York University chemistry professor Nadrian C. Seeman and his graduate student Baoquan Ding have developed a DNA cassette through which a nanomechanical device can be inserted and function within a DNA array, allowing for the motion of a nanorobotic arm. The results mark the first time scientists have been able to employ a functional nanotechnology device within a DNA array. (2006-12-07)

Lessons learned when commercialization of a new soft robot fails
Commercializing a new, innovative product is often the greatest challenge across the research and development landscape, as is evident in the failed attempt to bring jamming-based robotic gripper technology to market. The company developing the VERSABALL® tells the story of its demise and the valuable lessons learned in a compelling article published in Soft Robotics. (2017-01-16)

Computer Study Links Mouse Position To Muscle Tension
A nine-month study reveals that people who use a mouse with their computer suffer more than twice as much tension in their arms, necks and shoulders as those who don't use a mouse. But training sessions and frequent short breaks can cut tension in half. Specific tips for reducing tension were tested. (1997-10-09)

Why (smart) practice makes perfect
A study in Nature Neuroscience demonstrates neural basis for observation that practicing several skills in single session works better than narrow drills on one skill. Study also helps define time window for brain's learning of new skills. (2010-07-12)

System helps novices design 3-D-printable robotic creatures
Even a novice can design and build a customized walking robot using a 3-D printer and off-the-shelf servo motors with the help of a new design tool developed by Disney Research and Carnegie Mellon University. (2015-11-09)

Researchers report positive results for ReWalk ReStore exosuit in stroke rehabilitation
The trial determined the safety, reliability, and feasibility of the device in this stroke population. 'We found that the ReStore provided targeted assistance for plantarflexion and dorsiflexion of the paretic ankle, improving the gait pattern,' explained Dr. Nolan, senior research scientist in the Center for Mobility and Rehabilitation Engineering Research at Kessler Foundation. 'This is an important first step toward expanding options for rehabilitative care for the millions of individuals with mobility impairments caused by ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke.' (2020-09-09)

Study shows 'safety bubble' expands during third trimester
New research, published in the journal Scientific Reports, shows that women undergo a significant mental as well as physical change during the late stages of pregnancy. (2019-06-13)

Assessment of comatose patients through telemedicine efforts shown to be reliable
Reliable assessment of comatose patients in intensive care units is critical to the patients' care. Providers must recognize clinical status changes quickly to undertake proper interventions. But does the provider need to be in the same room as the patient, or can robotic telemedicine be used successfully to complete the assessment? According to a research study conducted at Mayo Clinic Hospital in Arizona, published in Telemedicine and e-Health, the answer is yes. (2017-01-26)

New tumor tracking technique may improve outcomes for lung cancer patients
Thomas Jefferson University researchers have shown that a real-time tracking technique can better predict and track tumor motion and deliver higher levels of radiation to lung cancer patients and others with moving tumor targets, and also successfully be implemented into existing clinical equipment. (2012-11-19)

MIT closes in on bionic speed
Robots can potentially go wherever it's too hot, cold, dangerous, small or remote for people to perform any number of important tasks. Now MIT researchers have proposed a new theory that might eliminate one obstacle to that goal, the limited speed and control of the (2005-11-07)

Mobile climate monitoring facility to sample skies in Africa
The US Department of Energy's Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Program is placing a new, portable atmospheric laboratory with sophisticated instruments and data systems in Niger, Africa, to gain a better understanding of the potential impacts of Saharan dust on global climate. (2006-01-18)

PENN researchers use robotic surgery
Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine's Department of Otorhinolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery, have completed two studies - the most comprehensive and largest to date - that demonstrate the effective use of the daVinci Surgical Robotic System to perform Trans-Oral Robotic Surgery (TORS) which greatly reduces surgical trauma for patients. (2005-05-13)

Robotic surgeon to team up with doctors, astronauts on NASA mission
Lightweight surgical robots being developed for the battlefield might also be used in space. The UW's surgical robot, Raven, will participate in NASA's mission to submerge a surgeon, astronaut and robotic gear. For 12 days in May the system will be put through its paces in an underwater capsule that mimics conditions in a space shuttle. (2007-04-18)

Clot or bleeding?
Because major surgery increases the risk of venous thrombosis, patients are often treated with anticoagulant medications to prevent thrombosis after surgery. Anticoagulant prophylaxis, however, increases the risk of severe bleeding. The international research group has now studied the risk of thrombosis and severe hemorrhage after urological cancer operations and other forms of urological surgery. (2017-03-23)

Researchers reconstruct 3-D hand movement using brain signals
Researchers have successfully reconstructed 3-D hand motions from brain signals recorded in a non-invasive way, according to a study in the March 3 issue of the Journal of Neuroscience. This finding uses a technique that may open new doors for portable brain-computer interface systems. Such a non-invasive system could potentially operate a robotic arm or motorized wheelchair -- a huge advance for people with disabilities or paralysis. (2010-03-02)

Black holes are formed as a result of the most powerful explosions in the universe
Scientists from the Lomonosov Moscow State University have managed to register for the first time polarization of intrinsic optical radiation of gamma-ray bursts -- the most powerful and very short bursts in the Universe, which last for several tens of seconds. Under intrinsic radiation of gamma-ray bursts one understands optical radiation at the instant of explosion. Such observations pose an extremely complicated science-and-technology task since the explosion lasts less than several minutes. (2017-08-01)

Neuronal growth in the brain may explain phantom limb syndrome
Neuroscientists at Vanderbilt University report the first direct evidence that significant growth and reconnection of neurons in the brains of amputees may be at the root of phantom limb syndrome. The finding may lead to a treatment for this condition as well as a way to repair severed spinal cords. (2000-04-24)

European trial finds old lung cancer treatment may still be best
The first clinical trial to compare directly two of the most widely-used drugs in advanced lung cancer, cisplatinin and carboplatin (both in combination with paclitaxel) - have concluded that the older drug, cisplatin, is the better treatment according to a report in Annals of Oncology. (2002-10-09)

How to better reach men for HIV testing -- a randomized trial on incentives for self-testing
Providing pregnant women with HIV self-testing kits to pass along to their male partners can boost the partners' rate of HIV testing and entry into care, according to a research article published this week in PLOS Medicine by Augustine Choko of the Malawi-Liverpool-Wellcome Clinical Research Program, Malawi, and London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, and colleagues. (2019-01-02)

Driving behavior less 'robotic' thanks to new Delft model
Researchers from TU Delft have now developed a new model that describes driving behaviour on the basis of one underlying 'human' principle: managing the risk below a threshold level. This model can accurately predict human behaviour during a wide range of driving tasks. In time, the model could be used in intelligent cars, to make them feel less 'robotic'. The research will be published in Nature Communications on Tuesday 29 September 2020. (2020-09-29)

New approach to childhood malnutrition may reduce relapses, deaths
Children treated for moderate acute malnutrition experience a high rate of relapse and even death in the year following treatment and recovery. A study led by researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis indicates that supplementary feeding for a set time period -- 12 weeks -- makes an impact but may not be as important as treating children until they reach target weights and measures of arm circumference. (2015-02-10)

Pitt team publishes new findings from mind-controlled robot arm project
In another demonstration that brain-computer interface technology has the potential to improve the function and quality of life of those unable to use their own arms, a woman with quadriplegia shaped the almost human hand of a robot arm with just her thoughts to pick up big and small boxes, a ball, an oddly shaped rock, and fat and skinny tubes. (2014-12-16)

No assembly required: University of Toronto Engineering researchers automate microrobotic designs
University of Toronto Engineering researchers have developed an automated approach that significantly cuts down on, and expands, the types of microrobots they can manufacture. Their findings were published today in Science Robotics. (2019-04-24)

Adding docetaxel-based chemotherapy to standard treatment for high-risk prostate cancer
Researchers theorized that adding adjuvant docetaxel, a cytotoxic chemotherapy drug, to the standard of care RT and long-term AS treatment could potentially improve overall survival and clinical outcomes for men with localized, high-risk prostate cancer. (2019-03-12)

World first remote heart operation to be carried out in Leicester using robotic arm
A pioneering world first robotics system operation is to be conducted at Glenfield Hospital Leicester thanks to expertise at the University of Leicester and University Hospitals of Leicester. (2010-04-28)

Hubble solves cosmic 'whodunit' with interstellar forensics
On the outskirts of our galaxy, a cosmic tug-of-war is unfolding-and only NASA's Hubble Space Telescope can see who's winning. (2018-03-22)

NUS researchers gives robots intelligent sensing abilities to carry out complex tasks
The novel system developed by National University Singapore computer scientists and materials engineers combines an artificial brain system with human-like electronic skin, and vision sensors, to make robots smarter. (2020-07-15)

Addition of EBT to brachytherapy does not produce superior PFS results
NRG Oncology researchers reported that adding external radiation therapy to standard brachytherapy did not improve progression-free survival for men with intermediate-risk prostate cancer. (2016-10-03)

Molecular motor myosin VI moves 'hand over hand,' researchers say
In the human body, hundreds of different types of biomolecular motors help carry out such essential tasks as muscle contraction, moving chromosomes during cell division, and reloading nerve cells so they can repeatedly fire. How these little proteins perform their duties is becoming clearer to scientists using an extremely sensitive measurement technique. (2004-08-31)

External brain stimulation temporarily improves motor symptoms in people with Parkinson's
People with Parkinson's disease tend to slow down and decrease the intensity of their movements even though many retain the ability to move quickly and forcefully. Now, scientists report evidence that the slowdown likely arises from the brain's 'cost/benefit analysis,' which gets skewed by the loss of dopamine in people with PD. In addition, their small study demonstrated that noninvasive electrical stimulation of the brain corrected temporarily improved some patients' motor symptoms. (2015-09-09)

Radiation therapy cuts low risk of recurrence in half for patients with good risk breast cancer
A subset of patients with low-risk breast cancer is highly unlikely to see cancer return following breast conservation surgery but can lower that risk even further with radiation therapy, finds a new long-term clinical trial report. These 12-year follow-up data from the only prospective, randomized trial to compare recurrence outcomes after treatment for low-risk ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) will be presented today at the 60th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO). (2018-10-21)

Robotics to help blind and visually impaired to recognize objects
In a collaboration between the University of Nevada, Reno and the University of Arkansas, Little Rock, researchers will develop new technology, with co-robotic functions currently unavailable in assistive devices, for a wearable robotic device for the blind and visually impaired. (2015-12-15)

Sunscreen use could lead to better blood vessel health
A new study suggests that sunscreen protects the skin's blood vessel function from harmful ultraviolet radiation (UVR) exposure by protecting dilation of the blood vessels. Perspiration on the skin may also provide protection to the skin's blood vessels from sun damage. The findings will be presented today at the American Physiological Society's (APS) annual meeting at Experimental Biology 2019 in Orlando, Fla. (2019-04-07)

Worms, slugs inspire robotic devices
Drawing on an understanding of how slugs, leeches and earthworms traverse their environments and grasp objects, a team of Case Western Reserve University biologists and engineers has developed two flexible robotic devices that could make invasive medical procedures such as colonoscopies safer for patients and easier for doctors to administer. (2005-02-17)

Stanford researchers reveal more about how our brains control our arms
How do the neurons in the brain control planned versus unplanned arm movements? Krishna Shenoy, a Stanford professor of electrical engineering, neurobiology (by courtesy) and bioengineering (affiliate), wanted to answer that question as part of his group's ongoing efforts to develop and improve brain-controlled prosthetic devices (2014-01-22)

NRG oncology trial of metformin for non-small cell lung cancer
Initial results of NRG-LU001 indicate that, although the diabetes agent metformin was well-tolerated by patients, the agent has not clearly improved progression-free survival (PFS) or overall survival (OS) for trial participants with locally advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). (2019-06-01)

Carnegie Mellon research identifies new pathways for sensory learning in the brain
Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have developed an automated, robotic training device that allows mice to learn at their leisure. The technology stands to further neuroscience research by allowing researchers to train animals under more natural conditions and identify mechanisms of circuit rewiring that occur during learning. (2019-07-18)

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