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Google Glass could aid Parkinson’s patients

Google Glass Explorer Edition; augmented reality head mounted display as glass form Credit Wikipedia/Tedeytan

Next generation wearable technology like Google Glass could be used as an assistive aid for those with the neurological condition Parkinson’s disease say researchers from Newcastle University’s Digital Interaction Group.

New Young Scientist Award announced

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The European Federation of Clinical Chemistry & Laboratory Medicine (EFLM) has announced the New Young Scientist Award which recognises a significant contribution to improving the preanalytical phase.

Celebrating Great British Science; we want your ideas!

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What do you think is the greatest scientific breakthrough made on British shores? Is it Watson and Crick’s discovery of the structure of DNA, or Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell’s discovery of the first pulsar? Or maybe it was Alan Turing’s development of the Turning Machine? We want your suggestions –…

Greater London population at risk of future heat waves

Researchers estimate an additional 800 heat-related deaths per year in Greater London by 2050.

Properly adapting buildings for climate change could significantly reduce the risk of heat-related deaths say researchers who have modelled the effects of future heat waves on the Greater London population in 2050.

Antimicrobial lassos offer insight into bacterial warfare

Crystal structure of the membrane siderophore receptor FhuA (blue-gold) in complex with the antibacterial lasso peptide MccJ25 (magenta). Comparison of the siderophore- and MccJ25-bound structures revealed that the structurally unrealted MccJ25 can hijack the FhuA by mimicking the binding mode of the siderophore. MccJ25 is also capable of inducing a transport signal through a contact with the plug domain (gold) that allows the peptide to be internalised by the target bacteria which leads to cell death. Credit: Konstantinos Beis, Imperial College London

Starved bacteria use antimicrobial lasso peptides to kill other bacteria by hijacking their nutrient receptors say scientists who have gained the first structural insights into the warfare between bacteria.

Sewing machine inspires imaging tool for Alzheimer’s

Amyloid plaques characteristic of the disease can now be imaged with UFM

The humble sewing machine has inspired a new imaging tool which is providing new clues about the origins of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.

Refrigerant replacement highly toxic on combustion

R1234yf – a recommended replacement refrigerant, which when burned releases toxic carbonyl fluoride. This model shows carbon in black, hydrogen in white, and fluorine in green.

EU regulations suggest refrigerants in car air conditioning systems are replaced with a more environmentally friendly version, but scientists are urging a rethink after studies showed the recommended replacement releases toxic chemicals upon combustion.

Brain dictionary and road map created

When studied with advanced microscopic and imaging techniques, the brain of a fruit fly reveals astounding complexity, showing its composition by many discrete building blocks called "neuropils," each comprising one or more complex neuronal circuits. Credit: Kei Ito et al.

An international team of neuroscientists has not only tripled the number of identified insect brain structures but created a simple dictionary to talk about them.

Antidepressants affect aquatic life

The presence of antidepressants in our aquatic ecosystem is threatening wildlife, affecting its behaviour and biological make-up.

The presence of antidepressants in our aquatic ecosystem is threatening wildlife, affecting its behaviour and biological make-up.

Antimony batteries a possibility

TEM image of monodisperse antimony nanocrystals. Credit: Maksym Kovalenko Group/ETH Zurich.

Scientists probing new materials for batteries have succeeded in producing uniform antimony nanocrystals which could one day be used as alternative anode materials in high-energy-density batteries.

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