The air vortexes behind the wings has been processed. Work is done Marco Klein Heerenbrink. Credit: Aron Hejdström For the first time, researchers have observed that birds that fly actively and flap their wings save energy. Biologists at Lund University in Sweden have now shown that jackdaws minimise their energy consumption when they lift off

East Asians and Westerners view handshakes differently, new research finds. Credit: Graphic by Julie McMahon Westerners view handshaking more positively than do East Asians, researchers report in a new study. Western men also rate handshakes initiated by men and women differently, the study found. The research is reported in the Journal of Nonverbal Behavior. “We

On Aug. 17, 2017, the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) and the Virgo Interferometer both detected gravitational waves from the collision between two neutron stars. Within 12 hours observatories had identified the source of the event within the lenticular galaxy NGC 4993, shown in this image gathered with the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. The associated

This is an image of illegal mining of gold in the immediate surroundings of the Amapá National Forest. Credit: Érico Kauano New research published in the open access peer-reviewed journal PeerJ uses law enforcement data collected from 2010 to 2015 to understand the geographical distribution of the illegal use of natural resources across the region’s

This is Lori McMahon and Luke Stewart. Credit: UAB Seizure disorders — including epilepsy — are associated with pathological hyperexcitability in brain neurons. Unfortunately, there are limited available treatments that can prevent this hyperexcitability. However, University of Alabama at Birmingham researchers have found that inducing a biochemical alteration in brain proteins via the dietary supplement

Overall divergent thinking (ODT) score. Credit: Ritter et al (2017) Listening to happy music may help generate more, innovative solutions compared to listening to silence, according to a study published September 6, 2017 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Simone Ritter from Radboud University, The Netherlands and Sam Ferguson from the University of Technology

A silicone strain sensor glued to a rubber glove bends easily with the wearer’s finger. The amount of light transmitted by the fiber changes with the bending. Credit: Changxi Yang, Tsinghua University The exciting applications of wearable sensors have sparked a tremendous amount of research and business investment in recent years. Sensors attached to the

Electrical conductivity is measured for a thermoelectric polymer film in the laboratory of Shannon Yee at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Credit: Candler Hobbs, Georgia Tech Using flexible conducting polymers and novel circuitry patterns printed on paper, researchers have demonstrated proof-of-concept wearable thermoelectric generators that can harvest energy from body heat to power simple biosensors

TWISTER, an origami-inspired soft robot. Credit: Russell Lee A Case Western Reserve University researcher has turned the origami she enjoyed as a child into a patent-pending soft robot that may one day be used on an assembly line, in surgery or even outer space. Kiju Lee, the Nord Distinguished Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace

A volunteer receives an injection in the PREVAIL Ebola vaccine clinical trial in Liberia. Credit: PREVAIL Results from a large randomized, placebo-controlled clinical trial in Liberia show that two candidate Ebola vaccines pose no major safety concerns and can elicit immune responses by one month after initial vaccination that last for at least one year.

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