A natural hormone boosts social skills for autistic patients
By Michael RosenwaldPosted 02.12.2008 at 5:23 pm 0 Comments
Could a nasal shot of hormones make a person more compassionate and less socially awkward? Thats the thinking behind new research from scientists at the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine in New York. Psychiatrist Eric Hollander and psychologist Jennifer Bartz found that inhaling oxytocin, a hormone that occurs naturally in the body, could alleviate the more debilitating symptoms of autism: an inability to recognize emotion, a failure to connect with the world, and a tendency toward repetitive, obsessive behaviors. Children with autism have low blood levels of oxytocin, which could explain their poor social skills. The work could help not only the one in 150 children afflicted by the illness in the U.S. but also perhaps the millions of people who suffer from social phobias.
Nissan’s GT-R puts a Formula One engineering team in your dash, so your driving skills will be as well-tuned as the engine
By Brian AshcraftPosted 02.12.2008 at 5:14 pm 2 Comments
The touchscreen in Nissans new $70,000, 480-horsepower GT-R sports car does more than show you the fastest route to the shopping mall—it makes you a better driver. The system logs data such as steering angle and G-force so performance freaks can squeeze the very most out of the car. And a gearshift map shows when to shift for optimal fuel efficiency.
A cheap and small detector could make lead poisoning a thing of the past
By Gregory MonePosted 02.12.2008 at 5:07 pm 0 Comments
Scientists at the Department of Energys Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have developed a fast, portable lab that can detect toxic levels of lead and other heavy metals in samples of blood, urine or even saliva. The battery-powered device, which is about the size of a fishing tackle box, should reportedly cost just a tenth of todays bulkier systems. And its fast: Instead of sending samples off to a lab, and waiting for the results, everything can be done on-site. After a simple finger prick, results follow within two to five minutes.
Dale Earnhardt, Jr., kicks off the Nascar season with the first racing suit to repel fire and keep him cool
By Joel WeberPosted 02.12.2008 at 5:03 pm 0 Comments
For the sake of fairness, all Nascar vehicles must conform to strict mechanical and structural regulations. But when Dale Earnhardt, Jr., opens the season at the Daytona 500, hell have one advantage over the rest of the field: the most advanced racing suit the sport has ever seen.
The number of people killed by sharks in the last year has been quartered, but are they attacking any less?
By Gregory MonePosted 02.12.2008 at 4:57 pm 1 Comment
George Burgess, the director of the International Shark Attack File at the University of Florida, announced today that fatal attacks from the toothy predators dropped to a two-decade low worldwide. Only a single swimmer was lost in 2007, compared to four each in the two years before. Granted, that doesnt mean sharks are leaving us alone completely. The number of attacks actually increased from 2006 to 2007, jumping from 63 to 71.
The second major outage in a year leaves the company with more questions than answers
By Gregory MonePosted 02.12.2008 at 4:53 pm 0 Comments
For the second time in a year, a widespread outage kept Blackberry users from accessing their emails. Research in Motion, the company that makes the smart phones, says North American subscribers experienced intermittent delays late yesterday afternoon, EST, for about three hours.
Best Buy and Netflix become the two latest companies to throw HD-DVD under the bus in favor of Blu-ray. How should HD-DVD compensate consumers?
By John MahoneyPosted 02.11.2008 at 6:39 pm 10 Comments
As we reported from CES, HD-DVD's death knell as a viable high-definition disc format began to ring loudly when Warner Bros., one of the format's largest major supporters, announced that they would move exclusively to Blu-ray in early 2008. Today, Netflix and Best Buy also declared HD-DVD dead to them—the former will completely phase them out of its rental business, and the latter will now exclusively recommend Blu-ray players to its customers.
By Rena Marie PacellaPosted 02.11.2008 at 4:35 pm 5 Comments
Hovering above the floor in a darkened room called the CAVE (for cave automated virtual environment) is the larger-than-life-size virtual patient CAVEman, the worlds most sophisticated digital model of the human body. To create it, scientists at the University of Calgary and graphic artists used anatomy texts and specimens to render every organ, bone, nerve and biological system into detailed 3-D images.
The successful test run of an AUV gives oceanographers hope for an autonomous vehicle that can gather data for months at a time
By Gregory MonePosted 02.11.2008 at 3:44 pm 0 Comments
A new robotic glider that draws its power from the ocean has completed its first mission, in the Virgin Islands Basin. The autonomous underwater vehicle, or AUV, swam back and forth between St. Thomas and St. Croix more than 20 times, surfacing periodically to upload data gathered by its scientific instruments through a satellite link, and receive a GPS fix to keep it on track.