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Scientists Create a Way for People With Amputations to Feel Their Prosthetic Hands

Prosthetic hands have gotten increasingly sophisticated. Many can recreate the complex shape and detail of joints and fingers, while powered …

The Startling Link Between Sugar and Alzheimer's

A high-carb diet, and the attendant high blood sugar, are associated with cognitive decline.<p>In recent years, Alzheimer’s disease has occasionally been referred to as “type 3” diabetes, though that moniker doesn’t make much sense. After all, though they share a problem with insulin, type 1 diabetes …

Diabetes

Pressure Sensing Stocking to Help Save Diabetic Feet

A loss of feeling in the feet can have serious consequences, especially with patients with diabetic neuropathy. Such patients, who are unable to …

Electronic skin feels the heat, hears the sound

A new electronic skin can feel the grain of sand paper, the heat and beat of a person’s pulse — and listen to Richard Feynman’s voice, too.<p>Rubbery …

Breakthroughs

Solar Power in Developing Countries: Big Opportunities for Unique Markets

It seems unlikely that solar power – a relatively high cost and intermittent energy source – could play a significant role in developing country …

20 billion nanoparticles talk to the brain using electricity

Electricity is the brain’s language, and now we can speak to it without wires or implants. Nanoparticles can be used to stimulate regions of the …

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Solar Cell Combines Two Types of Photovoltaic Material to Produce More Energy

Researchers at MIT and Stanford University have developed a new kind of solar cell that combines two different layers of sunlight-absorbing material …

Clean Energy

​Scientists learn to selectively erase and restore memories in brain

Wiping out memories at a press of a button – just like with a ‘neuralizer’ from the Men in Black movie – may soon become a reality. Researchers have …

Utilities Push Back As Solar Industry Booms In Japan

Despite pushback from utilities, Japan added an estimated 8 gigawatts (GW) of new solar photovoltaic capacity to its electric power grid during 2014, according to PV Tech.<p>The estimate was made by RTS PV, a solar consultancy based in Tokyo. If the figure is corroborated by official data, which has …

Solar Power

Elastic implant 'restores movement' in paralysed rats

<b>An elastic implant that moves with the spinal cord can restore the ability to walk in paralysed rats, say scientists.</b><p>Implants are an exciting field of research in spinal cord injury, but rigid designs damage surrounding tissue and ultimately fail.<p>A team at Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne …

Germany Sets New Solar Record By Meeting Nearly Half of Country's Weekend Power Demand

Germany fed a whopping 22 gigawatts of solar power per hour into the national grid last weekend, setting a new record by meeting nearly half of the …

Study: Electrical Signals Can Regrow Brain Cells

Researchers uncover a new kind of neuron that can tell the stem cells in a mouse brain to grow more neurons.<p><b>Scientists have found a kind of brain cell in</b> mice that can instruct stem cells to start making more neurons, according to a new study. In addition, they found that electrical signals could …

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Family of 22-year-old says independent report they requested contradicts police statement that says officers thought Mr Clark was approaching them …

European Union

Boy Given A 3-D Printed Spine Implant

A titanium vertebra now stiffens this 12-year-old's spine<p>Rather than having a “spine of steel,” a 12-year-old boy in China can now boast something even cooler – a spine of titanium.<p>Doctors at Peking University Third Hospital have successfully implanted the first ever 3-D-printed section of vertebra …

3D Printing

Video: Paralyzed Rats Walk Again, Now Farther Than Ever

Scientists found that fluctuating the electrical signal to the rodents' paralyzed legs can make them step higher and walk for longer.<p>Like a severed telephone line (from back in the days when phones had wires), a spinal cord injury can cut off communication between the brain and the rest of the body …

Scientists explain how memories stick together

Scientists at the Salk Institute have created a new model of memory that explains how neurons retain select memories a few hours after an event.<p>This …

A bionic ankle so natural, it's worth a happy dance

An artificial ankle created at the MIT Media Lab is made of chips and sensors that work together to adjust ankle stiffness, power, and position. One wearer was able to dance the rumba.<p>The problem with many prosthetics that amputees use to replace lost legs and feet is that they don't provide a …

Particles

Neuron growth in children 'leaves no room for memories'

<b>The reason we struggle to recall memories from our early childhood is down to high levels of neuron production during the first years of life, say Canadian researchers.</b><p>The formation of new brain cells increases the capacity for learning but also clears the mind of old memories.<p>This could be behind …

The Brain

Scientists Regrow Severed Spinal Cords In Rats

Neuroscientists surgically and chemically reconnect rats' severed spinal cords, recovering the rats' bladder control.<p>Scientists have found a way to reconnect severed spinal cords in rats, allowing them to regain bladder control--a major accomplishment that could one day help humans with similar …

Construction Begins On Massive Nevada Solar Plant That Will Power 80,000 Homes

Out in the Nevada desert, construction has begun on what will be the largest polycrystalline solar project in the world. The 250-megawatt (MW) Copper …

Miniature 'human brain' grown in lab

<b>Miniature "human brains" have been grown in a lab in a feat scientists hope will transform the understanding of neurological disorders.</b><p>The pea-sized structures reached the same level of development as in a nine-week-old foetus, but are incapable of thought.<p>The study, published in the journal …

Imperial College London

Could Carbon Farms Reverse Global Warming?

A recent study by German researchers presents the possibility of "carbon farming" as a less risky alternative to other carbon capture and storage …

Sustainable Energy Breakthrough: Hydrogen Fuel from Sunlight

<i>This Research in Action article was provided to LiveScience in partnership with the National Science Foundation.</i><p>A University of Colorado Boulder …

Electric road charges buses while they drive

South Korea has launched the world's first road-powered electric vehicle network to charge public buses while they're on the move.<p>The challenge with electric vehicles -- well, one of them -- is that to actually, you know, go anywhere, they have to be stationary for significant blocks of time so …

Alternative Fuel