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T-cell ‘nanotubes’ may explain how HIV virus conquers human immune system

January 14, 2008

String-like “membrane nanotube” connections can form between those T-cells that bump into each other and carry proteins between the two cells, which could help explain how the HIV virus infects human immune cells so quickly and effectively.

This indicates that there may be “as-yet-undiscovered ways that these types of cells communicate with each other inside the human body,” said Professor Dan Davis from Imperial College London.

This kind… read more

T-rays technology could help develop Star Trek-style hand-held medical scanners

January 22, 2012


Scientists have developed a new way to create electromagnetic Terahertz (THz) waves (T-rays) — the technology behind full-body security scanners. Their new stronger and more efficient continuous wave T-rays could be used to make better medical scanning gadgets and may one day lead to innovations similar to the Tricorder scanner used in Star Trek.

In the study, researchers from the Institute of Materials Research andread more

Tablet computer market to boom: Deloitte

January 20, 2010

Industry tracker Deloitte predicts the tablet computer market will boom this year with tens of millions of people deciding the notepad-sized devices are “just right” for their needs.

Improvements in graphics, processing power, and wireless broadband Internet availability are making Internet-based tablets (“netTabs”) more attractive, according to analysts.

Tablet lets vision-impaired build a picture in their mind

April 29, 2011

GraVVITAS Tablet

GraVVITAS, a PC tablet that uses vibration and sounds to guide a visually impaired user around a diagram, has been developed by engineers at Monash University’s Faculty of Information Technology.

Designed to enable the user to build a picture of the entire graphic in their mind, the prototype has small external vibrating motors that attach to the user’s fingers.

These motors buzz when the user… read more

Tablets + cloud vs. desktop PCs

March 5, 2012

Windows on an iPad? Believe it. (Credit: Onlive)

As the action moves to tablets, mobile devices, and the cloud, what’s the future for the desktop PC?

Dim, according to OnLive, Inc., which has just introduced Onlive Desktop Plus, which displays a Windows 7 desktop on an iPad, with the full, latest versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Internet Explorer, Adobe Reader, and Flash videos, plus 5 GB of cloud storage.

The trick:a high-speed server farm in the cloud… read more

Tablets, netbooks and smart phones to be CES stars

January 5, 2010

The Google “Nexus One” smart phone, tablet computers, netbooks, 4G wireless broadband Internet technology, e-books, and e-readers will be key innovations at CES.

Forrester Research predicts that six million e-readers will be sold in the United States alone in 2010, doubling the number bought in the country the prior year.

Tactile Gaming Vest Punches and Slices

March 30, 2010

The University of Pennsylvania’s Tactile Gaming Vest (TGV) provides haptic feedback to a game-player’s torso.

Four solenoid actuators in the chest and shoulders in front, plus two solenoids in the back, give you the feeling of a gunshot; vibrating eccentric-mass motors clustered against the shoulder blades make you feel a slashing effect as you get stabbed from behind.

Tactile sensor for better human prostheses, personal assistive robots

June 20, 2012


Researchers at the University of Southern California‘s Viterbi School of Engineering  have developed a BioTac, a robot appendage that can outperform humans in identifying a wide range of natural materials according to their textures, paving the way for advancements in prostheses, personal assistive robots, and consumer product testing.

BioTac sensor is new type of tactile sensor built to mimic the human fingertip, using a newly designed algorithm… read more

Tactile technology guaranteed to send shivers down your spine

August 9, 2011

Surround Haptics

Surround Haptics, a new tactile technology developed at Disney Research, Pittsburgh (DRP) in collaboration with Carnegie Mellon University, makes it possible for video game players and film viewers to feel a wide variety of sensations, from the smoothness of a finger being drawn against skin to the jolt of a collision.

The technology is based on rigorous psychophysical experiments and new models of… read more

Tailor-made skin from ‘ink’ printer

January 24, 2005

Manchester University scientists have developed a printer able to produce human skin to help wounds and burns heal. With more research it could even replace broken bones.

The cells are put into a special printer ink liquid and artificially multiplied. Then, the printer prints the cells on to a plastic surface, which acts like a scaffold to support the cells. Experts say that the plastic could then be surgically… read more

Tailor-made viruses for enhanced cancer therapy

August 2, 2012


Parvoviruses specifically kill cancer cells and are already in the clinical trial stage for treating malignant brain tumors. However, they can also infect normal cells — without doing any harm to them — so a large portion of viruses is lost during therapy.

Scientists at the German Cancer Research Center (Deutsches Krebsforschungszentrum, DKFZ) have now modified parvoviruses in such a way that they initially lose their ability… read more

Taiwan breeds green-glowing pigs

January 13, 2006

Scientists in Taiwan say they have bred three pigs that glow in the dark.

The pigs are transgenic, created by adding genetic material from jellyfish into a normal pig embryo. The scientists will use the transgenic pigs to study human disease.

Because the pig’s genetic material is green, it is easy to spot. So if, for instance, some of its stem cells are injected into another animal, scientists… read more

Taiwan develops face-recognition vending machine

January 17, 2011

Researchers in Taiwan have developed a vending machine that recommends purchases based on people’s faces, attempts to detect any smartphones, e-readers or tablets the buyer might be carrying, to indicate whether the shopper was equipped to download books, music or films.

Taiwan researchers turn to silk for flexible e-devices

March 4, 2011

Researchers at a Taiwan university said on Thursday they had found a way to use silk membranes for flexible e-book readers, LED displays and radio-frequency identification tools.and started talks with manufacturers about adopting the unusual but cheap material.

The technology turns liquid silk into membranes that work as insulators for flexible thin-film transistors, a component of bendable electronics. The membranes may even improve the speed and performance of a… read more

Taiwan scientists claim microchip ‘breakthrough’

December 14, 2010

Taiwanese scientists at the National Nano Device Laboratory have succeeded in producing a circuit measuring just nine nanometers across, with about 20 times the storage capacity of memory units now available on the market and consuming just one 200th of the electricity.

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