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Nov
2016

Suit full of sensors may boost stroke rehab

The stroke patient-monitoring Interaction suit

After stroke patients finish their programs at rehabilitation clinics, it's important to know how they progress at home. That's why Bart Klaassen, a PhD student at the University of Twente in the Netherlands, developed the Interaction System. At the heart of the technology is a sensor-laden suit worn under the clothes, that transmits data to therapists via the internet.

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Category: Medical

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29
Nov
2016

Neoarchean bacteria thrived without oxygen 2.5 billion years ago

Professor Andrew Czaja shows the layer of rock where the bacteria were discovered

When you think about the basic ingredients for life to thrive on Earth, no doubt water and oxygen pop to mind. But there was a time on our planet when our atmosphere only had one-one thousandth of one percent of the amount of oxygen it has now, yet there were plenty of life forms around then too, although proof of them has been scarce. A recent discovery of fossilized bacteria dating to about 2.5 billion years ago provides long-sought-for evidence that the Earth was crawling with life even though it lacked much oxygen during a phase in our planet's development known as the Neoarchean Eon.

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Category: Science

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29
Nov
2016

Now your smartphone can even analyze sperm

The Yo Clip (on phone), with a semen sample inserted on a slide

If a couple is having difficulty conceiving a child, it's important that the man get a motility test done – it shows how active his sperm are. The problem is, a lot of guys feel awkward about going to a clinic and "providing a sample" on-site. That's where Medical Electronic Systems' YO system comes in. It lets users check their motility at home (or wherever else they feel inclined to do so) using their iPhone or Galaxy smartphone.

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Category: Health & Wellbeing

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29
Nov
2016

Airborne on a budget: The best drones for under $250

Flybrix's basic kit is priced at US$189

With their crisp 4K cameras and fancy autonomous flight modes, expensive prosumer drones are a pretty tempting path into the world of unmanned aircraft. But there are more than a few ways to get in on the action without shelling out thousands of dollars. Today, drones at lower price points offer a less risky way for novices to learn the ropes, while still including some bells and whistles to keep the fun coming once they're up and away, such as VR features and HD video. Here's our selection of the best drones available now for less than US$250 that offer a little something more than just the sheer thrill of flying.

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Category: Drones

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