There’s no escaping age, but a team of researchers are trying to help an aging population escape the restrictions often placed on the more senior among us by limited mobility. At Case Western Reserve University, roboticists are working on a new kind of smart wheelchair that not only allows for joystick (in this case, an Xbox controller) and voice commands to guide a powered wheelchair, but boasts onboard AI that filters each command to make sure it is safe.
For the first time, scientists have used light pulses to control a living animal's heartbeat, in a breakthrough that could lead to a greater understanding of congenital heart defects and even optical pacemakers.
Researchers led by Michael Jenkins at Case Western Reserve University in Ohio placed a laser fiber a millimeter away from a two-day-old quail embryo's heart. Using laser pulses, they were able to pace the heart's contractions, with no apparent damage to the developing tissue.
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By JR Minkel
Posted 08.27.2005 at 2:00 am 0 Comments
Every branch of science has at some point been confronted by a daunting question that stumps progress for years, even decades. How did the continents form? What causes fever? Is there intelligent life beyond Earth? Solutions may accrue incrementally or arrive in a flash of inspiration. Sometimes it seems they are destined never to come at all. Here are four disciplines in need of a modern-day Einstein.
Five amazing, clean technologies that will set us free, in this month's energy-focused issue. Also: how to build a better bomb detector, the robotic toys that are raising your children, a human catapult, the world's smallest arcade, and much more.