Blind people develop accurate mental map by playing 'video' game
Researchers have developed a new "video" game for blind people that can help them learn about a new space using only audio cues, as reported Sep. 19 in the open access journal PLOS ONE.
Hubble sees an actively star-forming galaxy, NGC 7090
(Phys.org)—This image portrays a beautiful view of the galaxy NGC 7090, as seen by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. The galaxy is viewed edge-on from the Earth, meaning we cannot easily see the spiral ...
Ford explores call turnoffs for stressed-out drivers
Math professor's side mirror that eliminates 'blind spot' receives US patent
A side mirror that eliminates the dangerous "blind spot" for drivers has now received a U.S. patent. The subtly curved mirror, invented by Drexel University mathematics professor Dr. R. Andrew Hicks, dramatically ...
Seeing color traced back to genetic mutations
From the inside of our heads, it feels as if colors are intrinsic aspects of the outside world and our eyes are beautifully designed to see them. But we humans are merely sampling the possible ways of sensing the spectrum ...
Technology accessibility is improving, but big challenges lie ahead
When the iPad debuted two years ago, there was lots of talk about whether people beyond the iPhone and Mac faithful would use such a thing.
Whole genome analysis of Chlamydia trachomatis highlights risks with current method of tracking
In a study released today in Nature Genetics, researchers have found that Chlamydia has evolved more actively than was previously thought. Using whole genome sequencing the researchers show that the exchange of DNA betwee ...
Building a 'blind-friendly' Internet
Rakesh Babu demonstrates how a blind person uses the Internet.
Blind moles use beauty for function, not fancy
(PhysOrg.com) -- Scientists have long wondered why a blind mole that lives in underground darkness has beautiful iridescent hair. After all, many animals or birds with magnificent features exhibit their colorful ...
UCSC grad creates Rock Band-like video game for the blind
UC Santa Cruz graduate Rupa Dhillon hopes to change the face of gaming with Rock Vibea Rock Band-style electronic musical video game for people who are both blind and sighted.
Advantages of living in the dark: The multiple evolution events of 'blind' cavefish
The blind Mexican cavefish (Astyanax mexicanus) have not only lost their sight but have adapted to perpetual darkness by also losing their pigment (albinism) and having altered sleep patterns. New research publis ...
Latest iPhone launched in New Zealand
Tech-savvy New Zealanders queued for up to 15 hours to snap up the latest Apple iPhone on Friday, kicking off the second phase of the smartphone's global roll-out.
Stanford summer course yields touchscreen Braille writer
Each summer, under the red-tiled roofs and sandstone of Stanford, the Army High-Performance Computing Research Center (AHPCRC) invites a select group of undergraduates from across the country gather for a two-month immersion ...