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2014-03-24 23:23:21

Soterix Medical Inc. announces a multidisciplinary study based at the University of Illinois Beckman Institute to determine if High-Definition tDCS (HD-tDCS) in conjunction with other interventions improves adaptive reasoning and fluid intelligence. High-Definition tDCS is a proprietary technology that allows non-invasive neuromodulation of targeted brain structures to modulate brain excitability and plasticity. New York, NY (PRWEB) March 24, 2014 Soterix Medical Inc. announced today a...

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2014-01-19 03:33:34

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Engineers from the University of Illinois have developed a new line of miniature, swimming bio-bots – the first class of synthetic structures capable of traveling through viscous biological fluids on their own. Their bio-hybrid machines, which are detailed in the January 17 edition of the journal Nature Communications, can swim like sperm and are modeled after flagella, or single-celled creatures that have long tails, the...

2012-02-06 22:20:04

Researchers have found a way to study how our brains assess the behavior — and likely future actions — of others during competitive social interactions. Their study, described in a paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, is the first to use a computational approach to tease out differing patterns of brain activity during these interactions, the researchers report. “When players compete against each other in a game, they try to make a mental model of...

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2011-01-06 11:17:25

Liz Ahlberg, Physical Sciences Editor, University of Illinois In one University of Illinois lab, invisibility is a matter of now you hear it, now you don't. Led by mechanical science and engineering professor Nicholas Fang, Illinois researchers have demonstrated an acoustic cloak, a technology that renders underwater objects invisible to sonar and other ultrasound waves. "We are not talking about science fiction. We are talking about controlling sound waves by bending and twisting them in a...


Word of the Day
humgruffin
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'