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Insect-Eye Digital Camera Sees What You Just Did

Science & InnovationNot Exactly Rocket Science<p>Almost all of our cameras form images by using a single lens to focus light onto a light-sensitive sheet. That’s how our own eyes actually work, but there are many other ways of seeing the world. Arthropods—insects, spiders and their kin—have compound …

University student crafts app that helps blind smartphone users snap photos

Dustin Adams, a Ph.D student at the University of California at Santa Cruz, has teamed up with colleagues at his school in order to craft an app that helps visually impaired users line up the ideal snapshot. The project started out as a quiz, asking 54 people with varying degrees of ocular …

'Dangerous Territory': Carbon Dioxide Levels Reach Milestone

Earth's atmosphere is entering a new era. A mountaintop research station that has been tracking carbon dioxide for more than 50 years says the level of that gas in our air has reached a milestone: 400 parts per million.<p>That number is one of the clearest measures of how human beings are changing the …

3D printed ear binds biology with electronics

<b>PRINCETON (US) —</b> Using 3D printing tools, scientists have created a functional ear that can “hear” radio frequencies far beyond the range of normal …

Kids With Autism Quick To Detect Motion

Children with autism see simple movements twice as fast as other children their age, a new study finds.<p>Researchers at Vanderbilt University and the University of Rochester were looking to test a common theory about autism which holds that overwhelming sensory stimulation inhibits other brain …

Vaccinate mosquitoes to stop malaria?

<b>MICHIGAN STATE (US) —</b> Mosquitoes are deadly and efficient disease transmitters, but they also can be equally good at spreading a cure for diseases …

Children of addicted parents face depression risk

<b>U. TORONTO (CAN) —</b> The children of parents who were addicted to drugs or alcohol are more likely to be depressed as adults than their peers, a new …

Glove Changes Color When It Detects Toxins

The glove, still in its prototype stage, could prevent serious injuries in workers who handle toxic materials.<p>Think of it as a wearable (and less cruel) canary. Researchers have developed a prototype of a glove that changes color in the presence of airborne toxins, such as carbon …