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A video game controller that can sense players’ emotions

April 8, 2014

Modified Xbox controller

Corey McCall, a Stanford University doctoral candidate, is developing a handheld game controller that monitors the player’s autonomic nervous system activity to indicate when a player is bored.

The  prototype controller was born from research conducted in the lab of Gregory Kovacs, a professor of electrical engineering, in collaboration with Texas Instruments.

Autonomic nervous system activity occurs when you get excited or bored, happy or sad, for… read more

A video game that teaches how to program in Java

April 10, 2013

One of the characters in the CodeSpells game environment (credit: UC San Diego)

CodeSpells, an immersive, first-person player video game designed to teach students in elementary to high school how to program in the popular Java language, has been developed by University of California, San Diego computer scientists.

The researchers tested the game on a group of 40 girls, ages 10 to 12, who had never been exposed to programming before. In just one hour of play, the girls… read more

A Viral Attack against Brain Tumors

March 3, 2008

Yale University researchers have found that a virus — vesicular stomatitis virus (VSV), in the same family as rabies — effectively kills an aggressive form of human brain cancer in mice.

A viral ‘Enigma machine’

February 9, 2015

Credit: University of Leeds

British researchers have cracked a code that governs infections by a major group of viruses including the common cold and polio, which could help prevent diseases.

Until now, scientists had not noticed the code, which had been hidden in plain sight in the sequence of the ribonucleic acid (RNA) that makes up this type of viral genome.

But a paper published in the Proceedingsread more

A viral influence on life’s origins?

March 6, 2006

Nature has just published a hypothesis regarding the formation of the nucleus based on molecular parasites, introduced to eukaryotes along with the adoption of bacteria to form the mitochondria.

A Virtual Travel Agent With All the Answers

March 5, 2008

Alaska Airlines and its subsidiary, Horizon Air, have introduced on the Web site a user-friendly virtual assistant named Jenn that orally answers a wide range of questions.

A virtual view beneath the skin

May 17, 2011

A device developed at Microsoft projects images of bone structure, muscle, tendons and nerves onto a patient’s skin. (Credit: Microsoft Research)

A handheld device with an attached pico-projector can be used to help patients “see” their injuries, thanks to a project led by Amy Karlson, of Microsoft Research’s Computational User Experiences Group in Redmond, Washington.

The new tool, AnatOnMe, projects a virtual image of broken bone, tendons, and nerves on a patient’s skin, taken from stock images. Tests have shown AnatOnMe encourages patients to stick… read more

A Virtual Voyage Through the Brain of a Mouse

October 28, 2009

Researchers from the University of California, San Diego have developed the “Whole Brain Catalog,” a repository for data gathered about the mouse brain.

A Virtual World but Real Money

October 18, 2006

The Second Life online service is fast becoming a three-dimensional test bed for corporate marketers.

The Internet is the fastest-growing advertising medium, as traditional forms of marketing like television commercials and print advertising slow. For businesses, these early forays into virtual worlds could be the next frontier in the blurring of advertising and entertainment.

A virus that kills cancer: the cure that’s waiting in the cold

September 5, 2012


Professor Magnus Essand has developed a virus that may kill cancer cells, The Telegraph reports.

Cheap to produce, the virus is exquisitely precise, with only mild, flu-like side-effects in humans. But Ad5[CgA-E1A-miR122]PTD is never going to be tested to see if it might also save humans, due to lack of funding.

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A Virus That Rebuilds Damaged Nerves

January 22, 2009

Bacteriophage viruses that mimic supportive nerve tissue may someday help regenerate injured spinal cords, University of California, Berkeley bioengineers have found.

A Vision of Terror

May 11, 2005

A new generation of software called Starlight 3.0, developed for the Department of Homeland Security by the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), can unravel the complex web of relationships between people, places, and events. And other new software can even provide answers to unasked questions.

A Visual Exploration of Complex Networks

July 25, 2006

Parsons School of Design teacher Manuel Lima has constructed striking images that represent complexity.

A Voice Recognition Tool Frees Hands for Other Tasks

April 13, 2003

Voice-recognition developers have made enough progress in recent years to produce several low-priced options. The latest is the QPointer, which enables users to operate a PC without touching the mouse or even, in some models, the keyboard.

A wakeup call: what exactly should we do about near-Earth objects?

June 1, 2014

NEOs booklet

The February 2013 event near Chelyabinsk, Russia “has sparked a realization that the incoming rate of small space rocks may be much higher than previously thought, and their impact greater than previously thought,” according to Near-Earth Objects: Responding to the International Challenge, an open-access booklet just published by Secure World Foundation.

The booklet is the first to both bring together the reviews of the… read more

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