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Kinect Technology Helps The Blind Learn Yoga
2013-10-18 04:40:26

[ Watch the Video: Yoga Instruction For The Blind ] April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Most yoga classes depend on the participants watching an instructor to learn how to properly hold a position. For the blind or those who have problems with their sight, this type of class can be frustrating. Now, a new software program that watches a user's movements and gives verbal feedback on what to change to accurately complete a yoga pose has been developed by a team of...

2013-10-15 23:26:20

The CDC actively discourage doctors from ordering routine herpes tests despite the University of Washington study proving 80% of those afflicted with herpes don't know it. While this policy has created an epidemic, JulieAnn Engel found a solution from nature that could curb the spread of the virus. San Diego, CA (PRWEB) October 15, 2013 The stats are in and despite studies proving that most people have some form of herpes, according to physicians interviewed for the book, the CDC...

2013-10-15 21:04:49

Scientists at the University of Washington have used genetic engineering to identify a population of neurons that tell the brain to shut off appetite. Their study, "Genetic identification of a neural circuit that suppresses appetite," was published Oct. 13 in Nature. To identify these neurons, or cells that process and transmit information in the brain, researchers first considered what makes an animal lose its appetite. There are a number of natural reasons, including infection, nausea,...

New Strategy Allows Cochlear Implant Users To Hear Music
2013-10-09 15:44:25

University of Washington For many, music is a universal language that unites people when words cannot. But for those who use cochlear implants – technology that allows deaf and hard of hearing people to comprehend speech – hearing music remains extremely challenging. University of Washington scientists hope to change this. They have developed a new way of processing the signals in cochlear implants to help users hear music better. The technique lets users perceive differences...

Programming Language For DNA Could Herald In New Medical Breakthroughs
2013-09-30 14:55:18

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online When computer programmers want to create a function that will send an email or download a website, they can write code using a programming language to do so. Now, a team led by researchers at the University of Washington is devising a programming language for DNA – opening the door to the creation of biochemical functions that could deliver drugs or detect disease within a cell. According to a newly published report in Nature...

Researchers Identify Ray Species Used For Their Filters In Asian Medical Trade
2013-09-20 10:02:32

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A newly published study led by researchers at the University of Washington has identified the anatomical differences between the different filters of various marine rays. Study researchers said their findings could be used to assess the species of ray filters being sold in Asian apothecary shops and to create new and improved manufacturing filters. The Washington researchers said they have found enough signature markers to be able to...


Word of the Day
grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'