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Image: close-up of fat cells; Copyright: Cincinnati Children's

Fat cells can sense sunlight

22.01.2020

Eye-opening study from Cincinnati Children's suggests that lack of sun can lead to problems beyond seasonal affective disorder. Yes, fat cells deep under your skin can sense light. And when bodies do not get enough exposure to the right kinds of light, fat cells behave differently.
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Image: illustration of the on-skin device's function; Copyright: University of Missouri

Wearable AC monitors vital data

07.01.2020

One day, soldiers could cool down on the military battlefield – preventing heat stroke or exhaustion – by using "wearable air conditioning," an on-skin device designed by engineers at the University of Missouri. The device includes numerous human health care applications such as the ability to monitor blood pressure, electrical activity of the heart and the level of skin hydration.
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Image: two fish swimming in a circle; Copyright: Sarah Stednitz, Martin Vötsch / Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics

Neurons act as pulse generators

20.12.2019

An international team of brain researchers achieved a breakthrough in uncovering a switch-like mechanism that flips the brain between two motivational states in larval zebrafish, a model organism in neuroscience. How the brain switches between states is a central mystery in neuroscience.
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Image: female researcher holding the t-shirt in front of her body; Copyright: University of Malaga

Smart textiles: t-shirt generates electricity from temperature difference

25.11.2019

Researchers of the Faculty of Science of the University of Malaga have designed a low-cost T-shirt that generates electricity from the temperature difference between the human body and the surroundings. We are talking about the e-textile prototype, developed in collaboration with the Italian Institute of Technology in Genoa based on sustainable methods and low-cost materials like tomato skin.
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Image: graphic illustration of a smart toilet; Copyright: Dasom (Somi) Hwang,Joshua Coon Lab at the UW-Madison Department of Biomolecular Chemistry

Smart technology: toilets as the next health data wellspring

15.11.2019

Wearable, smart technologies are transforming the ability to monitor and improve health, but a decidedly low-tech commodity - the humble toilet - may have potential to outperform them all.
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Image: Woman uses robot arm to grab something on the table; Copyright: RWTH Aachen/RPE & inRehaRob

Of exoskeletons and service robots – the future of rehabilitation

03.06.2019

For most people, enjoying a good quality of life means having the ability to move freely, safely and independently. Intensive and costly rehabilitation is needed if this is no longer an option after a stroke for example. We are introducing some projects that deliver innovative robotic solutions.
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