Reactive Video playback that you control with your body

Computer scientists have developed an entirely new way of interacting with video content that adapts to, and is controlled by, your body movement. Fitness videos and other instructional content that aims to teach viewers new martial arts skills, exercises or yoga positions have been popular since VHS in the 80s and are abundant on […]

Scientists look to meteorites for inspiration to achieve critical element-free magnet

The Critical Materials Institute has developed a low-cost, high performance permanent magnet by drawing inspiration from an out-of-this-world source: iron-nickel alloys in meteorites. Credit: U.S. Department of Energy Ames Laboratory The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Critical Materials Institute has developed a low-cost, high performance permanent magnet by drawing inspiration from an out-of-this-world source: iron-nickel […]

People sometimes prefer burning hot pain to thinking too hard

When faced with a challenging mental task, some people would rather endure literal pain than use their brain power.   According to a new study, published Nov. 17 in the journal eLife, the prospect of performing a difficult mental task can be just as off-putting as the threat of a painful experience, like having a […]

Tasmanian devils may survive a deadly face cancer epidemic after all

Tasmanian devils were supposed to be extinct by now. With a deadly, highly contagious face cancer tearing through devil populations, forecasts over the past decade or so spelled imminent doom for the iconic marsupial. Only 25,000 or so devils (Sarcophilus harrisii) remain, down from about 150,000 in the 1990s, but a new analysis offers hope. […]

A polymer electrode gets an electrical boost for use in E-skin devices. — ScienceDaily

Scientists around the world are working to develop electronic skins that attach to the body and monitor vital signs. These E-skins need to be comfortable, breathable, and flexible for everyday use. Gold is typically used to fabricate the electrodes that conduct electric signals in these applications. But gold is expensive, involves a complicated manufacturing process, […]

Can Volcano Forecasting Make Visiting Whakaari Safe Again?

One year ago, the volcano on Whakaari/White Island erupted in New Zealand, killing nearly two dozen tourists and critically injuring many others. Survivors and family members of the victims have criticized companies for holding tours during heightened volcanic activity. Now, scientists at the University of Auckland have invented a new way to forecast […]

Portable projectors that bring the big screen to you

Stream anywhere you are. (Amazon/) Sometimes a small screen just won’t cut it when it comes to watching your favorite films or tuning into live events. A portable projector is a great way to expand your display beyond the limits of a television or laptop. They are surprisingly easy to use and super compact, so […]

Studies reveal potential weaknesses in SARS-CoV-2 infection

A single protein that appears necessary for the COVID-19 virus to reproduce and spread to other cells is a potential weakness that could be targeted by future therapies. The molecule, known as transmembrane protein 41 B (TMEM41B), is believed to help shape the fatty outer membrane that protects the virus’ genetic material while it replicates […]

Baby elephant dies suddenly, just before 2nd birthday

This photo, provided by the Rosamond Gifford Zoo, shows elephant calf, Ajay, with his big brother, Batu, age 5, in Syracuse, N.Y. The Rosamond Gifford Zoo announced the death of Ajay, an Asian elephant calf, on Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2020. He died from Elephant Endotheliotropic Herpes Virus, which poses a high risk to young elephants. […]

Human-made stuff now outweighs every living thing on Earth

All of the Amazon’s splendid greenery. Every fish in the Pacific. Every microbe underfoot. Every elephant on the plains, every flower, fungus, and fruit-fly in the fields, no longer outweighs the sheer amount of stuff humans have made. Estimates on the total mass of human-made material suggest 2020 is the year we overtake the combined […]