Since Windows 7, Microsoft's been busily honing the interface for Windows tablets, which uses a bold bunch of squares and rectangles in flat neon colors and has been christened "Metro." Windows 8--undoubtedly the biggest change to the operating system in a few generations--finally brings Metro to the desktop. So how does it work with a keyboard and mouse?
Researchers at Stanford University just published a study in Nature that may give new hope to those looking to stop the effects of aging on the brain. The study found that when blood from a young mouse was injected into an older mouse, that older mouse enjoyed what could almost be termed a "rejuvenation effect": it began producing more neurons, firing more activity across synapses, and even suffered less inflammation.
The spirit of innovation. Convergence. Convenience. My hat is tipped to the Canon X MARK I calculator-cum-mouse for embodying it all. But it's not satisfied with mere mousing and calculating; it also serves as a Bluetooth number keypad for your PC or Mac.
Testing AIDS vaccines can get ethically tricky in human volunteers. That's why MIT has engineered a more "humanized" mouse that has human immune cells, and could become the experimental model of choice involving vaccines for AIDS and other diseases.
The lab mice now display a wide array of human immune cells for the first time. Among the cells are Natural Killer (NK) cells that seek and destroy infected cells, as well as macrophages and dendritic cells that can swallow pathogens or recruit more immune cells to the fight.
While everyone is busy thinking the future of video-game interfacing is Microsoft's Project Natal, UK-based Cambridge Consultants decided to change the way controllers interact with our hands. The Suma is a pliable, 3-D controller that senses how and where your hand moves.
Counterfeiting is as old as money itself, with the history of currency including a millennia-long arms race between mints and the forgers that copy them. While governments have finally crafted paper money so intricate that counterfeiting isn't a major problem, detecting counterfeit coins remains a challenge. Now, Spanish scientists have modified a regular optical computer mouse to create a cheap and easy device for sniffing out phony Euro coins.