Extinct human cousin gave Tibetans advantage at high elevation
Tibetans were able to adapt to high altitudes thanks to a gene picked up when their ancestors mated with a species of human they helped push to extinction, according to a new report by University of California, ...
Circuits on demand: Engineer prints electrical components on paper
(Phys.org) —One of humankind's biggest technological steps was the ability to print words on paper. Now, thanks to College of Engineering assistant professor Anming Hu, it's technology itself that is being printed.
Engineers develop prototype of low-cost, disposable lung infection detector
Imagine a low-cost, disposable breath analysis device that a person with cystic fibrosis could use at home along with a smartphone to immediately detect a lung infection, much like the device police use to gauge a driver's ...
Laser device may end pin pricks, improve quality of life for diabetics
(Phys.org) —Princeton University researchers have developed a way to use a laser to measure people's blood sugar, and, with more work to shrink the laser system to a portable size, the technique could allow ...
Making smartphones smarter with see-through sensors
(Phys.org)—Your smartphone's display glass could soon be more than just a pretty face, thanks to new technology developed by researchers from Montreal and the New York-based company Corning Incorporated. ...
Japan sensor will let diaper say baby needs changing
A disposable organic sensor that can be embedded in a diaper and wirelessly let a carer know it needs changing was unveiled by Japanese researchers on Monday.
Review: Samsung Galaxy Note 4 rewards good penmanship
I'm an iPhone user, but I really admire some things about the Android phone operating system - mainly the number of handsets available.
Reading a biological clock in the dark
Our species' waking and sleeping cycles – shaped in millions of years of evolution – have been turned upside down within a single century with the advent of electric lighting and airplanes. As a result, ...
Smartgels are thicker than water
Transforming substances from liquids into gels plays an important role across many industries, including cosmetics, medicine, and energy. But the transformation process, called gelation, where manufacturers ...
Devil's Tongue flower comes to life in continuing five-year cycle
A rare plant at the McMaster Biology Greenhouse is finally showing its true colours (and odours), and may not bloom for another five years.
Study helps prevent rhino deaths during relocation
Wildlife experts lose one to two black rhinoceros each year from anesthesia complications when they capture and relocate the animals. That's 1 to 2 percent of the black rhinos that are moved annually, but ...
New technology offers insight into cholesterol
With new advanced techniques developed by the Copenhagen Center for Glycomics at the University of Copenhagen it is possible to study cells in greater detail than ever before. The findings have just been ...
Review: Pulse O2 activity tracker doesn't quicken my pulse
Wearable devices may be the next big thing in consumer electronics. But it's still not clear how they'll work, what they'll look like or even what they'll do.
New sensor system detects early signs of concussion in real time
(Phys.org) —Imagine a physician, sitting in a stadium press box, equipped with technology that makes it possible to continuously monitor each player's physiological signs that indicate concussion.