All in the eyes: Disney Research demos technology for richly expressive 3D printed eyes
Face-to-face communication begins with the eyes, a crucial factor in the design of interactive physical characters. By employing 3D printing, Disney Research, Pittsburgh has developed a new technology that is uniquely expressive, ...
First global atlas of marine plankton reveals remarkable underwater world
(Phys.org) —Under the microscope, they look like they could be from another planet. But near infinite numbers of microscopic organisms inhabit the depths of our oceans.
Eye-tracking could outshine passwords if made user-friendly
(Phys.org) —It's a wonder we still put up with passwords. We forget our highly secretive combinations, so we frequently have them reset and sent to our cellphones and alternative email addresses. We come ...
Hubble finds new Neptune moon
(Phys.org) —NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has discovered a new moon orbiting the distant blue-green planet Neptune, the 14th known to be circling the giant planet.
Simulated metabolic networks show exaptations far outnumber adaptations
Telescopic contact lens could improve eyesight for the visually impaired
(Phys.org) —A team of engineers has designed a telescopic contact lens that can switch between normal and magnified vision by using slightly modified off-the-shelf 3D television glasses. The researchers, ...
Seeing starfish: The missing link in eye evolution?
A study has shown for the first time that starfish use primitive eyes at the tip of their arms to visually navigate their environment. Research headed by Dr. Anders Garm at the Marine Biological Section of ...
Dog or Dogs? When do children learn the difference?
Researchers at Macquarie University's Child Language Laboratory (in the Australian Hearing Hub) are one step closer to identifying a question that has long perplexed linguists and parents alike: when do children understand ...
Developing a new laser to detect methane leaks
(Phys.org) —University of Adelaide researchers are developing a new type of laser system that will monitor methane, the main component of natural gas, levels across large areas. This will provide a useful tool for monitoring ...
New laser shows what substances are made of, could be new eyes for military (w/ video)
A new laser that can show what objects are made of could help military aircraft identify hidden dangers such as weapons arsenals far below.
Internet balloons to benefit small business, Google says
Google's plans to beam the Internet from giant balloons sent to the stratosphere could boost small businesses in rural parts of Asia by connecting them online, the company said on Wednesday.
Automated 'coach' could help with social interactions (w/ Video)
Social phobias affect about 15 million adults in the United States, according to the National Institute of Mental Health, and surveys show that public speaking is high on the list of such phobias. For some ...
Massive asteroid with moon to pass Earth today
An asteroid nearly two miles (three kilometers) wide is set to pass by Earth Friday with no risk of impact, offering scientists a rare chance to study a massive flying object with its own moon.
Purebred dogs not always at higher risk for genetic disorders, study finds
(Phys.org) —If you think your mixed-breed pup is naturally hardier than the neighbor's purebred, you may want to think again. A new study by researchers at the University of California, Davis, indicates ...