How to explore neurotoxins without animal testing

A new way to test paralytic neurotoxins for potential therapeutic value doesn't involve euthanizing animal test subjects, researchers say.

Dominic Jarvis-Queensland | Nov. 13, 2019 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology light neurotoxins optics venom

Mating sounds from mosquito wings could inspire quieter drones

The way a mosquito uses its wings to make special sounds to attract a mate could lead to ways to build quieter drones, researchers say.

Johns Hopkins University | Nov. 8, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology drones flight mating mosquitoes wings

New plastic could bring infrared security to your home

Lenses made of a special type of plastic could lower the cost of infrared imaging for use in home security, fire protection, and autonomous vehicles.

Mikayla Mace-Arizona | Nov. 7, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology imaging-technology infrared-light lenses plastics polymers security sensors

More fungi live in urban homes than in jungle huts

City apartments have more varieties of fungi and more industrial chemicals than do rural and jungle homes, researchers find.

Neal Buccino-Rutgers | Nov. 6, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine cities fungus housing light microbiomes skin

Laser pointers can hijack your virtual assistants

Virtual assistants like Alexa, Siri, or Google Assistant are vulnerable to hijacking via "Light Commands" with as little as a regular laser pointer.

Nicole Casal Moore-Michigan | Nov. 6, 2019 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology hackers light security sensors voice-technology

Solar power tech improves light-up probes for cancer cells

Using solar power technology solves a lot of the problems with the fluorescent dyes used to detect and attack cancer cells.

Layne Cameron-Michigan State | Oct. 28, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: featured health-and-medicine cancer light renewable-energy

How flies stick a landing upside down could inspire new robots

The way insects land upside down in the blink of an eye could inspire the next generation of robots, researchers say.

Megan Lakatos-Penn State | Oct. 24, 2019 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology biomimicry flies flight insects robots

Infrared imaging shines a light on deep tumors

New infrared imaging technology can reveal tumors deep inside tissue with greater clarity than current methods, which could help guide treatment.

Ker Than-Stanford | Oct. 11, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: featured health-and-medicine cancer imaging-technology immunotherapy infrared-light nanotechnology

How an eclipse proved Einstein’s theory of relativity

A new book tells the story of astronomers racing to prove Einstein's theory of general relativity correct with a solar eclipse.

Kevin Stacey-Brown | Sept. 30, 2019 | futurity
~2 mins   

Tags: featured science-and-technology albert-einstein history light sun theory-of-relativity

Bats fly around with cold wing muscles

The muscles in bats’ wings are much cooler than the muscles in their core. The finding could one day enhance our understanding of human muscle.

Brown University | Sept. 12, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine science-and-technology bats flight muscles temperature wings

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