Lab-based study lays groundwork for inexpensive, wearable therapyOnly 30 percent of stroke survivors continue rehabilitation therapy after the first month due to cost, proximity to therapistParticipants increased arm mobility, reduced arm stiffnessEarly version of device now being used at home by study patientsCHICAGO --- Severely impaired stroke survivors are regaining function in their arms after sometimes decades of immobility, thanks to a new video game-led training device invented by Northwestern Medicine scientists.Most participants retained their arm function a month after finishing the training.
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The University of Luxembourg and the European rocket manufacturer ArianeGroup have signed a collaboration agreement to advance research in the area of rocket propulsion.Cryogenic propellants such as liquid oxygen and liquid hydrogen are widely used in space propulsion systems because they are more efficient and less toxic than other propellants.These fuels need to be stored at extremely low temperatures in order to maintain their liquid state.The rocket engine, its valves and feeding lines must however be able to operate properly when in direct contact with the extremely cold fuels.After the valve has completely cooled down, it can be safely opened and the propellants are supplied to the engine for ignition."There are currently no accurate models to predict this cryogenic heat transfer process.
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Researchers at Saarland University have created an ultrathin flexible film that can act as a sensor for innovative technologies.Another goal of the research work is to assist the wearer of the glove by transmitting tactile signals, such as pulses or vibrations, that are produced by the polymer film.The team of engineers will be at Hannover Messe from the 1st to the 5th of April at the Saarland Research and Innovation Stand (Hall 2, Stand B46), where they will be showcasing the prototype glove and looking for partners with whom they can develop the technology for practical applications.This takes time and results in production delays.If only the computer had been able to flag up the error while the operator was taking the component from the storage bin.Now, thanks to a smart glove developed by a team of engineers led by Stefan Seelecke at Saarland University, this information can be made available to the computer system.
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Researchers at Eindhoven University of Technology and Utrecht University have discovered the parameters that govern the encapsulation of drugs.This gives more control over the slow and steady release of drugs in patients.Moreover, designing encapsulations for new drugs will now require far less experimentation which makes for faster and cheaper drug development.The researchers believe this work will have a significant impact on the biomedical field and designing future drugs.One possible solution is to encapsulate the drugs in small packages that are hydrophobic (water-repellent) on the inside and hydrophilic (water-soluble) on the outside.When dissolved in water, a physiological solution, or blood, these molecules orient their hydrophobic part towards the inside core (with affinity for the insoluble drugs) and their hydrophilic side towards the outside, forming a spherical 'package', called a micelle.
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Amazon Amplify contains a series of initiatives aimed at increasing the number of women working in the technology sector.Under the new initiatives by the Seattle-based technology giant, female students will be able to apply for a bursary of over £130,000 a year to help them move forward with a career in technology and innovation.Amazon has said that up to 24 female students will be awarded the Bursary.Fiona McDonnell Director of Consumer Retail at Amazon commented in a release that: “Diversity fosters greater innovation and helps raise the bar for customers, and having a diverse workforce is also just the right thing to do.Our new Amazon Amplify plan aims to attract and retain the best and brightest talent in Britain, ensuring a positive environment in which they can thrive.”A key part of the Amplify platform is educational support, this comes in a few forms first they are running the Amazon degree apprenticeship programme which aims to help people from all types of backgrounds and ethnicities train to be engineers and managers.
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Comparing gadgets to their Apple equivalent is the oldest (and arguably laziest) trope in the tech journalism handbook.In this piece, I’m going to try and refrain from doing that, because it’d be unfair on the Huawei Matebook X Pro.I’ve been using it as my daily driver for almost a month now, ever since Huawei announced it at Mobile World Congress, and I’ve come to the inevitable conclusion that it’s the most quintessentially perfect laptop on the market.Just a few short years ago, the firm was primarily known as a purveyor of budget smartphones and enterprise networking gear.While you can forget about playing the latest AAA blockbuster on maxed-out settings, you can still have some fun.In my experience, ultrabook keyboards aren’t that good, offering limited travel and tactile feedback.
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Yes, Patreon is making adjustments again – as some creators have suspected and feared.The recurring crowdfunding site agonised over a relatively small change in how it does business, and in doing so it’s setting an example few other platforms live up to.After an attempted fee change in December of 2017, which Patreon’s current SVP of Product Wyatt Jenkins described to Gizmodo as “when the whole internet turned on us,” trust is still low.But in speaking with Jenkins last week, it seems Patreon is doing everything in its power to regain that trust, do right by its users, and provide transparency at a time when evasive behaviour is the norm for tech companies.“If we changed pricing at all on existing creators,” he said, “we would have a firestorm on our hands.”What is Patreon changing, exactly?
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GDC 2019 kicks off today, and one of the big announcements from the first day involves Angry Birds, which will soon be making the jump to augmented reality.Today, Rovio and Resolution Games announced Angry Birds AR: Isle of Pigs, which is something of a follow up to the virtual reality game of the same name.While Angry Birds is a franchise that’s seen a ton of releases over the years, augmented reality could give us a fresh spin on its age-old gameplay.For now, Angry Birds AR has only been announced for iOS devices.Specifically, the game will run on the iPhone 6s or later, 5th-gen iPad, 6th-gen iPad, all iPad Pro models, and the new iPad Air and iPad mini that were announced just yesterday.We’re not sure if we’ll ever see the game on Android, but considering the heavy focus on Apple’s ARKit in today’s announcement, we’re guessing that this is probably going to be an iOS exclusive.
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The Game Developers Conference began yesterday, and it got off to an unexpectedly good start by finally revealing footage of a game long-rumored to be in development, System Shock 3.Previously glimpsed only in bits, it’s good to finally see the return of one of the old masters of gaming in full glory.The teaser trailer is fairly brief, showing the series’ trademark desolate space location and a glimpse of creepy antagonist SHODAN, in glossy new graphics.Director Warren Spector described it as an “immersive simulation,” “noirish,” and “part first-person shooter, part role-playing game, and part survival horror game.” That might sound a little bit like other games you’ve played in the last ten years or so — Alien Isolation and Prey being the most recent examples — but System Shock was one of the games which codified this particular style of horror.I’ll say the same thing about this as I said about Turtle Rock’s new zombie FPS: seeing those who helped make the genre great (or hell, just helped make it in general) return to it is interesting in and of itself.In this case, it’s Warren Spector, one of the original game‘s producers, and Paul Neurath, co-founder of both original developers Looking Glass and current development studio Otherside Entertainment.
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The manual push-and-pull you have to do with a standard vacuum may not be seem all that bad, but imagine what life could be like without having that chore at all.Just come home from a hard day’s work at the office to immaculate floors.Right now, Amazon has dropped the price of the iRobot Roomba 690 to $298 , a $77 discount for only a limited time.This offer comes just in time for you to get a head start on spring cleaning, and without the need to sweat while your floors clean — letting you focus instead on Marie Kondo-ing your cluttered closets and pantries.Robot vacuums do in fact bring joy to many homes, and the iRobot Roomba brand has established itself has the premier brand.The Wi-Fi-enabled Roomba 690 model — ranked one of the best to fit your budget — is designed to keep hardwood floors and carpets clean.
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Binance says cryptocurrency fans in Australia will soon be able to purchase Bitcoin BTC from over 1,300 supported Newsagents across the country.The new service, “Binance Lite,” marks the first time the Malta-based exchange has managed to open a fiat gateway in Australia.While it will only support buying Bitcoin at launch, press materials say more digital currency and fiat options will be added in the future.“Binance Lite Australia further expands digital currency adoption by providing easier ways to buy [Bitcoin],” said Wei Zhou, Binance CFO.“Australia has been at the forefront of blockchain innovation, and we hope Binance Lite Australia can play a role to help further this cause.”Once users complete specialized account verification (read: Know-Your-Customer and Anti-Money-Laundering procedures), Binance says users will be able to place an order online, deposit cash at their nearest Newsagent store, and then receive their Bitcoin “within minutes.”
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It’s not long now before we see the next iPod Touch, a device we’ve not seen refreshed since July of 2015.Word from rather reliable sources suggested this week that a three-device reveal schedule was set for this week, including a new set of iPads, a new iMac, and a new iPod Touch.The last date at which any other iPod was available through Apple was July of 2017.It’s clear that the schedule for iPod releases is a bit changed here in 2019 – as well it should be.VIA analysis from Ming-Chi Kuo quite recently, and word from a source speaking with MacRumors earlier this month, it’s iPod Touch 7 time.Here in 2019, it’s likely the new iPod touch will have increased base specs, including internal storage.
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Apple’s new iMac (2019) isn’t the only all-in-one Mac getting an update today, with the iMac Pro adding some ultra-expensive performance upgrades too.The professional desktop wasn’t about to let its mainstream iMac sibling get all the changes, with a hefty 256GB RAM update the pinnacle of the madness.Head over to the iMac Pro configurator today, and you’ll find a few new options to tempt your wallet.Most expensive of the bunch is the RAM, though.As standard, the iMac Pro packs 32GB of memory, but joining the 64GB and 128GB options is a new 256GB upgrade.You’ll pay handsomely for the privilege of more memory than many people have laptop storage, mind.
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The UK has its first full-sized autonomous bus, and in classic Brexit Island fashion, we've shut it in a depot to drive itself mad.The single decker has been sequestered in a bus depot in Manchester, where its only tasks are to drive itself around, park, and go to the bus wash.I mean, it's not the hardest life, but the bus presumably had big dreams that probably didn't involve making the same journey all day, every day.The bus has a whole range of sensors on board, from normal visual cameras to ultrasound, sat nav, radar and LIDAR.Which makes human bus drivers seem a tad underpowered.The trial is a collaboration between Stagecoach, bus manufacturer Alexander Dennis Limited and tech company Fusion Processing.
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Like a trail of breadcrumbs leading up to its event on March 25, Apple announced updates to its iMac all-in-one desktops on Tuesday, following the launch of two new iPads on Monday.Upgraded eighth- and ninth-generation Intel Core CPUs and new AMD Radeon GPUs, just like we got in 2017.Notably, though, the top configuration now goes up to a ninth-gen Core i9 processor and Radeon Pro Vega graphics.You can expect a noticeable performance increase from the new components, if only because of the increase in processor cores and clock speeds on the Intel chips and the move to AMD's updated last-generation or newest Vega-architecture graphics.The base 21.5-inch, non-Retina model remains the same, sticking with its $1,099 (£1,049, AU$1,699) price tag.While the good news is these enhancements come without concomitant price increases, the bad news is that the system's design was already getting old in 2017 and some of the core features, like wireless networking and Bluetooth, could stand some upgrades.
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For years, design software programmers have dreamed of ways to give digital design that pen-to-paper feel.But the latest way to sketch inside Adobe Illustrator uses an actual pen to paper.The Moleskine Paper Tablet – Creative Cloud Connected, announced on Tuesday, March 19, is connected to Adobe’s cloud service to add the sketch you draw on actual paper to Illustrator, stroke for stroke.The key to having your sketch and digitizing it is the Moleskine Pen Plus Ellipse optical pen.Used with the Paper Tablet, the pen records each movement, copying each stroke to Adobe Illustrator in real time, Adobe says.The integration also allows artists to undo brush strokes on the digital file (not on the actual paper, of course).
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The new iPad Mini 5 brings updated internal hardware, but otherwise it’s identical to its predecessor, the iPad Mini 4, so the same cases will fit both tablets.If you are primarily seeking a keyboard for your iPad Mini, then Brydge has got you well and truly covered.The hinge rotates a full 180 degrees, so you can set the angle you want.Urban Armor Gear Folio CaseIf you want something protective and practical for your iPad Mini 4 or 5, then look no further.This sleek case is practical and stylish.
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By now, Nintendo’s mobile ambitions are pretty clear.For the past few years, Nintendo has been bringing a number of its franchises to mobile devices, and it’s been experimenting with monetization strategies along the way.Those mobile releases don’t seem to be slowing down either, with new mobile games based on Mario Kart and Dr. Mario currently in the works.However, a new report claims that Nintendo’s plans for the mobile space may include more than just mobile games.The rumor comes from DigiTimes, and is actually a footnote in a larger report about Razer’s next gaming phone.In highlighting the competitors Razer will have in the gaming phone niche, DigiTimes notes, “There have been speculations about Nintendo planning to launch a gaming handset that can integrate with its Switch consoles, the Japan-based vendor has yet to respond to such speculations.”
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Nvidia’s Drive Constellation autonomous vehicle simulation system is ready for manufacturers to use to rack up millions of virtual miles testing and proving their technologies.Nvidia announced the availability of its data center simulator for testing self-driving automotive technologies at the company’s annual GPU Technology Conference in San Jose, California.Designed to speed up autonomous driving development, Drive Constellation is an open, cloud-based platform technology vendors can use to validate systems efficiently, safely, and much faster than with vehicles on real roads.Drive Constellation is an answer to the conundrum that has plagued autonomous vehicle technology: How can you test vehicles in real-world driving situations to prove they’re safe before they’ve been validated and certified as safe?Self-driving car technology companies have logged millions of miles on public roads under restricted conditions.However, the public, automotive manufacturers, and government regulatory agencies are all leery of the dangers of testing unfinished, unproven technology where people can be injured or killed.
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Shilpa Gulati leads Waymo's Behavior Prediction team.It's a common Silicon Valley story: a young person reads science-fiction novels or watches some movies that feature robots and decides to make futuristic technology their life's work.Shilpa Gulati leads the Behavior Prediction Team at Waymo and has worked on NASA projects as well as at Apple and self-driving startup Nuro, and she holds a doctorate in mechanical engineering from the University of Texas, Austin.She, too, was inspired by sci-fi, but she wasn't sitting in an American suburb when inspiration struck.Read more: A Waymo employee reveals what it's like to create the unique voice of self-driving carsAsimov's books also featured something that would entrance a 12-year-old Gulati: "positronic brains," as Asimov termed them ("Star Trek" enthusiasts will recognize the reference, updated for the "Next Generation" in the character of the android Mr. Data).
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