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Fat Burning Patch

Prof. Chen Peng (left) and Asst Prof Xu Chenjie, with a batch of the patches
Prof. Chen Peng (left) and Asst Prof Xu Chenjie, with a batch of the patches(Credit: Nanyang Technological University)

There are already skin patches that help people quit smoking … could patches that help them lose weight be far behind? Well, thanks to research being conducted at Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University, the things already exist – for mice, at least. read more

Weapon Wednesday – PTSD Sufferers Hear Their Own Brain Waves

A novel form of treatment has reduced symptoms of PTSD by allowing patients to "hear" their...
A novel form of treatment has reduced symptoms of PTSD by allowing patients to “hear” their own brainwaves(Credit: Andreus/Depositphotos)

Currently, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is usually treated with psychotherapy and antidepressants, but with the variability of the human mind those aren’t always effective. Now a study conducted at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center has found that a novel form of treatment reduced symptoms of the disorder by effectively letting patients “hear” their own brainwaves. read more

Cardboard Delivery Drone

Once the goods have arrived, the drones biodegrade in a matter of days
Once the goods have arrived, the drones biodegrade in a matter of days

In developing regions where lack of road infrastructure is problematic for those in the business of moving goods, drones are already having an impact. But also problematic is the fact that the people sending drones off to do the courier work kinda need them back again. A new cardboard drone being funded by DARPA won’t concern itself with such limitations, with the ability to deliver vital goods and disappear soon after the job is done.
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Apple is Cutting the Cord

Apple has filed a patent application for what appears to be a system that could one day charge your phone from across the room.

The new patent describes a system that could supply power to multiple devices, using both wired and wireless connections.

Long-range wireless charging has faced a number of challenges, including issues with distance and power availability, and safety requirements – but, the patent reveals Apple may have come up with a few workarounds.  read more

Two Candidates Chosen to go to Titan

Dragonfly is a dual-quadcopter lander that would take advantage of the environment on Titan to fly...
Dragonfly is a dual-quadcopter lander that would take advantage of the environment on Titan to fly to multiple locations(Credit: NASA)

NASA has ramped up its next phase of space exploration by green lighting further development of two unmanned mission concepts. Scheduled to launch sometime in the mid-2020s, the proposed missions include the Comet Astrobiology Exploration Sample Return (CAESAR) spacecraft, which is designed to bring back comet materials to Earth, and the Dragonfly dual quadcopter, which is designed to fly about in the atmosphere of Saturn’s largest moon, Titan. read more

Laser Shoes Keep Parkinson’s Victims Moving

Not everyone can walk smoothly like this – people with Parkinson's disease sometimes experience "gait freeze"
Not everyone can walk smoothly like this – people with Parkinson’s disease sometimes experience “gait freeze”(Credit: olechowski/Depositphotos)

One of the more debilitating symptoms of Parkinson’s disease is something known as “gait freeze,” wherein the person temporarily loses the ability to step forward while walking. Dutch scientists from the University of Twente and Radboud University Medical Center, however, have come up with something that significantly reduces the problem – they’ve developed shoes with lasers in them. read more

Weapon Wednesday – Bell’s New Tilt Rotor

Bell Helicopter's V-280 Valor tilt-rotor aircraft makes its maiden flight
Bell Helicopter’s V-280 Valor tilt-rotor aircraft makes its maiden flight(Credit: Bell Helicopter/YouTube)

Bell Helicopter’s V-280 Valor tilt-rotor aircraft has taken to the skies for the first time. The December 18 flight at the company’s Amarillo Assembly Center in Texas comes only a little over two months after the prototype made its first tethered flight at the same location. read more

Magic Leap Augmented Reality

The Magic Leap One, with Lightpack and controller
The Magic Leap One, with Lightpack and controller(Credit: Magic Leap)

Magic Leap has been teasing a mysterious, game-changing augmented reality device for several years now, earning hundreds of millions of dollars in investment along the way, and today it finally revealed some actual hardware. Meet the Magic Leap One, available to developers from next year.

In terms of the capabilities of the Magic Leap One, it looks like we’re in for the same AR features we’ve seen from the likes of the Microsoft HoloLens and ARKit on iOS: digital graphics seamlessly merged with the real world, as you move around. read more

Italian Family Feels No Pain

Scientists have isolated a genetic mutation that appears to render an Italian family unable to feel...
Scientists have isolated a genetic mutation that appears to render an Italian family unable to feel pain, and the find may help develop new treatments for people suffering chronic pain(Credit: zimmytws/Depositphotos)

Unpleasant as it is, pain serves an important function by telling us that something is wrong. But for people suffering from chronic pain conditions, the message is blaring constantly, and conventional painkillers aren’t all that effective. Now, a new hope for relief might have been found in the strange case of an Italian family, who all have a genetic mutation that makes them feel almost no pain at all. read more