Robotic arm controlled by paralyzed man's thoughts

May 22, 2015

Robotic arm controlled by paralyzed man's thoughts

A man paralyzed by gunshot more than a decade ago can shake hands, drink beer and play “rock, paper, scissors” by controlling a robotic arm with his thoughts, researchers reported. Two years ago, doctors in California implanted a pair of tiny chips into the ...

Sun halo over Mexico sparks doomsday fears, UFO hype

May 22, 2015

Sun halo over Mexico sparks doomsday fears, UFO hype

Was it a UFO? A sign that the end is nigh? A rainbow-like halo surrounded the sun over Mexico City on Thursday, an optical phenomenon that triggered a social media frenzy of pictures and jokes about the end of the world. Some weren’t so ...

Apr 23, 2015

Nobel laureate Nakamura's lighting company opens office in Yokohama

Nobel loreate Shuji Nakamura said Thursday his U.S.-based company Soraa Inc. has opened an office in Yokohama, southwest of Tokyo, to market high-quality light-emitting diode lamps in Japan. “Japan boasts the world’s widest diffusion of LED lamps,” said Nakamura, one of three Japan-born scientists ...

Apr 3, 2015

Niigata University team finds new treatment for stroke

A research team led by Niigata University has developed a novel method for treating strokes, according to a newly published study. The team has identified a protein that works to protect the brain from complications related to stroke treatment, such as bleeding and edema. ...

NASA set to launch four spacecraft to solve magnetic mystery

Mar 13, 2015

NASA set to launch four spacecraft to solve magnetic mystery

NASA is sending four identical spacecraft on a billion-dollar mission to study the explosive give-and-take of the Earth and sun’s magnetic fields. Liftoff of the unmanned Atlas rocket — and NASA’s Magnetospheric Multiscale spacecraft — was set for 10:44 p.m. (0344 GMT) Thursday. Forecasters ...

Feb 27, 2015

Ancient wheat traces point to Stone Age trading links

Britons may have discovered a taste for bread thousands of years earlier than previously thought, thanks to trade with more advanced neighbors on the European continent. That’s the conclusion scientists have drawn after discovering that samples from a now-submerged prehistoric camp in southern England ...