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Along with its use in clothing, silk also shows promise for use in products ranging from surgical sutures to seed coverings. Scientists have recently devised a method of making the material stronger, by altering the diet of silkworms.Continue ReadingCategory: Materials, ScienceTags: Silk, Tohoku University, cellulose
iPads in classroom?Time reports about a recent study: iPad 2 helped score better tests results.Any comment needed?A new study shows that students who use iPads in the classroom score better in literacy tests than those who don’t. As previously reported, educators in Auburn, Maine began instructing 266 kindergarteners using the iPad 2 this fall, and those who used the tablet scored higher on liter
Inspired by the way plants like Venus flytraps can snap closed and reset themselves, scientists have developed new materials that alter their shape in the blink of the eye as a way of propelling themselves forward, powered only by their own energy and their interactions with the environment. These self-propelling devices could find uses in all sorts of areas, ranging from toys, to robotics and me
Sales of Canon's new R5 and R6 mirrorless cameras helped to mitigate further losses in a tumultuous 2020.Today, canon issued its financial report for its entire 2020 fiscal year (FY2020), which ran from January 1, 2020 to December 31, 2020. In it, Canon’s numbers and notes point towards a more positive path for its imaging division than it's seen in a number of years.Since roughly 2012, the digit
Although yet to be published in a peer-reviewed journal, pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly has announced promising results from one of its Phase 2 human trials testing an experimental Alzheimer’s disease drug designed to slow cognitive decline.Continue ReadingCategory: ScienceTags: Alzheimer's Disease, Dementia, Drugs, Protein, Neuroscience, Brain
Even after decades of research and expansive global vaccination strategies, seasonal influenza still kills hundreds of thousands of people every year. The virus’s ability to mutate and evade our vaccines means we are constantly chasing the latest strains circulating in the population.Continue ReadingCategory: Medical, ScienceTags: Influenza, Vaccines, Mount Sinai Hospital, Virus, The Immune Syste
Marques Brownlee, also known as MKBHD, hosted his third annual, 17-minute blind smartphone camera test featuring 20 new smartphones. The phones were grouped into a bracket that hid the phone names while the public voted for their favorites.First of all, it’s important to note right from the start that this “test” is the furthest thing from scientific in nature. “This isn&#
For eight years we've been bringing you our Camera of the Year awards to showcase the best of the best that passes through our lab and the field. This year we wanted to turn the reigns over to you, the readers, and get your take! A few weeks ago we put together a poll featuring eight of the top cameras from 2020, which included entries from all of the Big 6 camera manufacturers. In the runn
Nikon has released financial results for the second quarter (Q2) of its 2021 fiscal year, which starts April 1 (2020) and ends March 31 (2021), revealing a larger operating loss than forecasted despite higher-than-expected revenue.As tends to be the case with financial results, there are plenty of nuances hidden within the broader numbers, but what is clear is Nikon’s Imaging Products Business is
An incredible, first-of-its-kind trial testing the pain-killing properties of LSD microdoses has delivered the compelling suggestion that tiny, non-psychedelic doses of this infamous drug could serve as an effective analgesic.Continue ReadingCategory: ScienceTags: Pain, Psychedelic Medicine, Drugs, Maastricht University, New Atlas Audio


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