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Articles tagged with: Science

X-Ray Camera Captures 4.5 Million Frames Per Second

Researchers at the Science and Technology Facilities Council in the United Kingdom have created an X-Ray camera that lets you see 3D images of real individual molecules. The camera can capture images at 4.5 million frames per second.

To put some perspective on that number, the human eye perceives the real world at around 30-45 frames per second. The camera functions by using a superconducting accelerator that produces X-ray flashes a billion times brighter than normal cameras.

Scientists Plan To Make Animal-Human Hybrid

In order to understand the biology of human life in more depth, scientists of Britain are working on mixing genes of humans with animals. The British academy of medical sciences released a report where they suggested that a nation must remain ready for a future where genes of humans and animals will be blend together.

After polling from citizens, most people are worried about transforming the animal brain to work more like a human, changing the appearance of animals i.e. some part of animal looking like any body part of human and creating embryos of human inside animals or vice versa.

Research Breakthrough: Time Cloak Is Created

A group of physicists have recently created a time cloak that is able to hide an event from time itself. One of the researchers had a breakthrough, at Cornell University. The researcher, Moti Friedman led the pack.

The cloak works in part of a duality between space and time in electromagnetic theory, and although the explanation is rather long winded, I am going to try to give the basics in a digestible format.

Ultimate Technology For Reading Minds

Researchers monitoring brain activity can now determine what action a person is planning before he carries it out.

Although it is currently only possible to know what someone is going to do just moments before it happens, the implications of the breakthrough are huge. Police, for example, would love to know what a criminal is intending to do during a tense armed stand-off.

A Ring-Embedded Computer Mouse From MicroPointing

Micropointing, an Israeli startup company has just come up with a miniature mouse, although this is probably not the mini mouse you’re thinking of. This mini mouse has a sensor control area that is a single square millimeter.

The touchpad? Embedded in a ring. No, this isn’t some Lord of the Rings joke, this is technology at its finest. The sensors are mounted on micro-sized posts that are a few tenths of a millimeter apart from eachother.

City Life Affects Schizophrenia Prevalence And Anxiety

Researchers have discovered that two areas of the brain are directly affected by city living– and lead to a greater risk of anxiety and mood disorders. It was found that the risk for anxiety disorders is 21% greater for those who live in the city.

The same group of city folk also saw a 39% increase in mood disorders. Individuals who are born and raised in the city are also twice as likely to get Schizophrenia at some point in their lives.

Why The OK Button Is On The Right

According to The Atlantic, John Pavlus explains why the OK button is always on the right, and why the CANCEL button is always on the left. He argues that this design was built with human perception in mind. In essence, he believes that humans want to go over the wrong answer before selecting the correct answer. By going through these choices in this order (since we read from left to right), it is pretty much guaranteed that the user has read all the options before proceeding.

If the buttons were reversed, our eyes would quickly dart to the OK button and we would be able to proceed without reviewing the CANCEL button, which would be a bias to click OK. Although this makes sense from a logical standpoint, I believe this may be one of a number of factors that determined OK should be on the right side.

How To Make Human-Sized Invisibility Cloaks

Thanks to a new printing method, we are now able to produce large sheets of metamaterials, a new class of materials that is designed to interact with light much differently than natural materials can. Metamaterials are made up of intricately patterned layers, often made of…you guessed it, metals.

The patterns must be on the same scale as the wavelength of the light they’re designed to interact with and must be of nano-size. Although researchers have been able to make invisibility sheets in the past, they were so small that it wasn’t a practical cloak, until now.

Anti-Cancer Medicine Found Within Frog Skin

Researchers at Queen’s University Belfast, have been awarded the commendation at the Medical Futures Innovation Awards in London. The team discovered a medicinal extract from frog skin that can be used to cure cancer tumors.

The skin contains two specific proteins known as peptides, that inhibit the branching of blood vessels, which would stop the supply of nutrients and oxygen to cancerous tumors.

Living The Future: Lasers Replace Spark Plugs

A team at the Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics will announce on May 1st, 2011 that they have designed lasers that can ignite fuel/air mixture in combustion engines. With this approach, the engine’s efficiency will increase dramatically, thereby reducing pollution by igniting more of the mixture. The team is currently in talks with the spark plug manufacturer. Spark plugs currently work by igniting the fuel mixture near the spark gap which reduces the combustion efficiency. The spark plug’s metal is also prone to erode through time.