Fingertip injuries may be a clue to child abuse

"We found that children who had been coded at some point with physical abuse were more likely to have also been brought in for treatment of a fingertip injury."

Patti Verbanas-Rutgers • futurity
Feb. 13, 2020 ~2 min

Longer thumbs lead to more smartphone touch errors

When it comes to making errors on your smartphone touchscreen, it's all in the thumbs. But it's length, not thickness, that matters.

Maria Hornbek-Copenhagen • futurity
Feb. 12, 2020 ~4 min

‘AuraRing’ could let you control games with a flick

The AuraRing system can track hand movements and the user's finger, which could allow finer control over games, smartphones, VR, and more.

Sarah McQuate-Washington • futurity
Feb. 6, 2020 ~5 min

Harvard researchers find ways to improve on soap and water

Harvard researchers have devised what they hope is a better way to disinfect hands, using tiny aerosolized nanodroplets of water and nontoxic disinfectants that not only leave hands sterile, but use so little water the hands stay dry.

Alvin Powell • harvard
Jan. 23, 2020 ~11 min

Long-fingered aye-ayes have secret ‘thumbs’

Extremely rare lemurs called aye-ayes have long, spidery fingers for spearing grubs. Scientists have just discovered that they have "pseudothumbs," as well.

Tracey Peake-NC State • futurity
Oct. 21, 2019 ~4 min

Typing speed on mobile is catching up to keyboards

A test of mobile typing speed reveals that the gap between mobile and desktop has narrowed. You can try the texting speed assessment for yourself.

ETH Zurich • futurity
Oct. 7, 2019 ~3 min

First video of viruses assembling released

For the first time, Harvard researchers have captured images of individual viruses forming, offering a real-time view into the kinetics of viral assembly.

Leah Burrows • harvard
Oct. 2, 2019 ~5 min

Robotic gripper is gentle enough to handle eggs

A robotic gripper's gentle grasp could make it a safer coworker on an assembly line, say researchers.

Charlotte Hsu-Buffalo • futurity
Sept. 12, 2019 ~3 min

‘E-glove’ gives prosthetic hands human touch and warmth

A new e-glove can help people with prosthetic hands feel pressure and temperature, while also giving prostheses the softness and warmth of real skin.

Chris Adam-Purdue • futurity
Sept. 4, 2019 ~3 min

Weak handgrip may warn of cognitive impairment

"...this is another instance where you're seeing that staying physically active affects your overall health and your cognitive health."

Laura Bailey-Michigan • futurity
Aug. 23, 2019 ~2 min