A multitude of professional drivers suffer from back problems. One cause: driver seats that are inadequately adjusted to each driver‘s ergonomic needs. Researchers have engineered a driver‘s seat whose shape and position can be adjusted by using simple hand gestures. —> Read More
Loads of cosmetics like sunscreen lotions contain titanium dioxide. These nanoparticles are contentious. Experts suspect they may have harmful effects on people and the environment. But it is difficult to prove that the particles are in the lotions. Using a new method, these particles can now be calculated. —> Read More
A new study uses Google Trends data in an attempt to understand who uses the anonymous crypto-currency Bitcoin, and for what purposes. —> Read More
New survey enhances precision of distinguishing between expectable vs. worrisome early childhood misbehavior
Researchers are using a novel dimensional method for distinguishing misbehavior that is expectable in early childhood versus that which is cause for clinical concern. Using a survey developed by the researchers to enhance precision of clinical identification in early childhood the Multidimensional Assessment Profile of Disruptive Behavior (MAP-DB), scientists obtained mothers’ reports of their preschoolers’ irritability at multiple time points. They used these irritability patterns to predict which preschoolers would exhibit problems that interfered with their ability to regulate their behavior and learning and participate in daily life activities. —> Read More
While pupils from minority groups are over-represented in Norwegian special needs education, practically no children from these groups are diagnosed with dyslexia. As a consequence many miss out on important help. Researchersare studying whether a computer game can pick up dyslexia in pupils from minority groups. —> Read More
Food on the go was an integral part of daily life in the empire, generally enjoyed with wine, gambling or even prostitutes. Continue reading → —> Read More
OUR senses appear to show us the world the way it truly is, but they are easily deceived. For example, if you listen to a recorded symphony through stereo speakers that are placed exactly right, the orchestra will sound like it’s inside your head. Obviously that isn’t the case.
But suppose you completely trusted your senses. You might find yourself asking well-meaning but preposterous scientific questions like “Where in the brain is the woodwinds section located?” A more reasonable approach is not to ask a where question but ahow question: How does the brain construct this experience of hearing the orchestra in your head?
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For people living in a house with more than one storey, stairlifts or home elevators are often a necessity of life as they get older and find it harder to get up and down the stairs. Normal stairlifts have the disadvantage of being a permanent and visible addition to a staircase, while traditional home elevators are bulky and often impractical for most homes.
Bronze Age knife discovered on beach by tourists: 3,000-year-old leather-working tool found hidden beneath the sand
Two holidaymakers with a metal detector came across the ancient artefact (pictured from different sides) hidden beneath a stone slab while visiting Sandown Beach on the Isle of Wight. —> Read More
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