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New research from the University of Connecticut presents an intriguing hypothesis aiming to explain the causal mechanism that triggers premature birth. It's suggested a specific small protein, released by the immune system, could be a major cause of preterm birth, and inhibiting its release may prevent premature labor... Continue Reading Specific immune mechanism suspected as trigger for p
While there are already fitness trackers and smartwatches that are specifically designed to track the wearer's sleep patterns, an international team of scientists believe that with the right software, regular smartwatches are more than up to the job. To that end, they've created an app known as SleepGuard... Continue Reading App turns garden-variety smartwatches into highly-capable sleep t
Virtual reality motion controllers work pretty well at syncing up the movements of digital digits with your real ones, but they aren't all that good at recreating the sense of touch. Scientists from EPFL and ETH Zurich have developed new haptic gloves that could help users get in touch with virtual objects... Continue Reading Light, thin VR gloves put wearers in touch with virtual objects
Levitation is often thought of as the realm of magicians or The Jetsons, but it is technically possible. That said, the tech seems to be moving pretty slowly. Now, researchers at the University of Sussex have developed SoundBender, a technology that bends sound waves around obstacles to acoustically levitate objects above them... Continue Reading SoundBender levitates objects by curving so
Additive manufacturing is taking to the seas with the first 3D-printed part being cleared for installation aboard a US Navy nuclear aircraft carrier. Built by Huntington Ingalls Industries' Newport News Shipbuilding division and the Navy, the prototype piping assembly will be installed on the USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) early next year, where it will be subjected to 12 months of operation
Four years ago, New York/Detroit-based startup Astrohaus released the Freewrite, a "smart" electronic typewriter designed for distraction-free writing. Now, the company is crowdfunding the 50-percent smaller and lighter Traveler laptop – and its big selling point is what it can't do... Continue Reading Freewrite Traveler is made for distraction-free writing on the go Category: Computers
Ever since its founding in 2007, the company behind the Bloodhound Supersonic Car has made no secret of its plans to smash the world's land speed record and cross the 1,000-mph (1,600-km/h) threshold. Those plans have hit a significant speed bump, with the team today revealing it has run out of cash... Continue Reading Bloodhound Supersonic Car project runs out of cash Category: Automotiv
Fast radio bursts (FRBs) are one of the most intriguing celestial mysteries out there at the moment. These incredibly powerful radio signals last mere milliseconds, making it difficult to track what they are and where they're coming from, but a huge radio telescope array spread across the Australian outback is helping figure it out. Astronomers have now announced the discovery of 20 new FR
When we first caught up with BandLab – a cloud-based music creation and collaboration platform – the project was in its infancy. A lot has happened since early 2013, so a catchup is long overdue... Continue Reading BandLab makes music production free and easy Category: Music Tags: Apps Cloud Computing Digital music Education Online
Wau's eponymous e-bike is simple and tidy and packs in some impressive features for its price point, including batteries up to a kilowatt-hour, motors up to 500 W, integrated alarm and GPS tracking, and brake/indicator/headlight kits – with a ton of option-ups available. .. Continue Reading Feature-heavy Wau e-bike starts at an impressive US$749 Category: Bicycles Tags: Electr

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