January 29, 2019

Virtual Reality

In a new study, researchers at the University of British Columbia (UBC) have found a gap between how people respond psychologically in virtual reality and how they respond in actual reality. According to UBC professor Alan Kingstone, people expect virtual reality experiences to mimic real life experiences and tend to induce similar forms of thoughts and behavior. The study, appeared in the journal Scientific Reports, showed that there is a huge

Recycling

Efficient recycling process is of high importance to reduce the amount of plastics being dumped in the landfills. Currently, it is not economically viable to sort plastics to enable their recycling. Many plastics, for example, contain flame retardants to resist ignition, reduce flame spreading, minimize smoke formation, and prevent them from dripping. Quantity and types of flame retardants added to plastics may vary considerably, due to the need to tailor

Polymers

Organic polymers find wide application in LEDs, sensors, solar cell, and other products. One particular type of polymers called ‘S-PPVs’ were theoretically regarded as promising but it was almost impossible to generate these polymers from a technical perspective. After years of work, a group of researchers at TU Wien has successfully identified a new chemical synthesis process to produce S-PPVs, which has now been patented. Sulfur (S-PPVs) over Oxygen (O-PPVs)

Bing

Microsoft’s search engine – Bing is no longer available in China as of Thursday morning, rendering yet another non-Chinese service inaccessible to the world’s largest online population. The apparent blocking of the search platform came on the order of the government, CNBC reported, citing two unnamed sources familiar with the matter. In an emailed statement, a Microsoft spokesperson has confirmed that the search engine is currently inaccessible in China and the

False Data Injection (FDI) Attacks

A researcher team at Beijing Institute of Technology (BIT) has devised a novel method for detecting false data injection (FDI) attacks on infrastructure like power grids. It employs a recurrent neural network (RNN) with multiple hidden layers, making it difficult for FDI attacks to fool, as reported in paper presented at IECON 2018. Cyber-attacks on cyber physical systems (CPSs), especially on critical infrastructure, are most likely to cause substantial chaos

Heart Disease

Heart disease is the major cause of deaths in the world today and it is widely accepted that out genes interact with risk factors such as smoking, sedentary life, and obesity to promote increased risk of cardiovascular diseases. In a new study, a team of researchers from Cambridge University has found that offspring whose mothers had a complicated pregnancy are likely to be at higher risk of heart disease later

Biomarker Skin Patch

Biomarker sensors have gained increasing popularity over the past years with the rising demand for smart devices such as Fitbit, which enables users to measure their daily steps as well as heart rate. Even with such a distinctive reputation, devices like Fitbit can only accomplish so much. Some Fitbit models have bulky effect which can get in the way for wearers and it is limited to only monitoring the mechanical

Hierarchical Porous Titanium Nitride

A group of researchers at the Boise State University has recently released an open-source design of a chemical vapor deposition (CVD) system for developing two-dimensional materials, an advance which could overcome challenges in 2D materials research and accelerate their discovery, and enable translation from benchtop to commercial market. The pioneering work on 2D materials (one to a few atoms thick) involved isolating and determining the physical properties of graphene –

Netflix

Video streaming giant Netflix has become the first service to join the membership ranks of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) on Tuesday, Hollywood’s top lobbying group, The Verge reported. It is the first time a non-Hollywood, internet-based studio has been welcomed to the 97-year-old trade group, alongside six Hollywood studios that endorsed Netflix’s new membership. In a statement, on behalf of the group and its member companies, Charlie