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27
Nov
2016

Anti-inflammatory drug gives hope of brain repair after stroke

A drug already used to treat certain conditions in humans can not only limit the effects ...

According to the American Stroke Association, stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the US and one of the leading causes of adult disability. The death of brain cells due to lack of oxygen can result in, amongst other things, problems speaking, understanding speech and paralysis. Rehabilitation is a long, often lifetime, process, but researchers have found a drug already used to treat certain conditions in humans can not only limit the effects of stroke, but also help repair the damage they cause.

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Category: Medical

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27
Nov
2016

Can neural networks pick the perfect present?

ebo box is a service that uses neural networks to help users find the perfect gift

That time of year is upon us again – the one where we suddenly realize we're running out of time to buy gifts for everybody. As with plenty of things, gift-giving may soon be outsourced to artificial intelligence: by answering a few questions about the recipient, a service called ebo box can pick out the right gift for them using deep learning algorithms to scan market data and look for connections that humans might miss.

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Category: Computers

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27
Nov
2016

Spaceworthy optical clock promises centimeter-level GPS precision

Booster stage breaking away from the sounding rocket sending the optical clock into space

As sailors in the 17th century learned the hard way, having an accurate clock for navigation is pointless if it's too delicate to carry aboard ship and the and the same goes for the super accurate optical clocks being developed for future GPS satellites. Now an optical clock built by a team led by Matthias Lezius of Menlo Systems not only has the potential to one day produce centimeter-level GPS location fixing, but is capable of operating in a zero-gravity environment.

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Category: Space

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26
Nov
2016

Clever clip keeps time on luxury watches

The Analytics Clip monitors the accuracy of a mechanical watch movement

One of the problems of owning a luxury mechanical wrist watch is making sure it's keeping proper time. You could check it against radio time signals over a period of weeks, or you could take it to an upmarket watch repair shop to be hooked up to some very large and expensive equipment, but the Geneva-based watchmaker Frederique Constant has an inexpensive alternative. The Frederique Constant Analytics is an accuracy measuring clip and smartphone app that allows owners to measure the performance of their watches at home and make sure they're properly maintained.

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Category: Wearables

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