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Chris Wood

Smartwatches

Samsung wants to use your hand as a second display

A patent filing has surfaced showing a concept smartwatch interface from Samsung, designed to project a touch-enabled display onto the back of the user's hand. While the existence of the patent is no way confirmation that we'll actually see product, it does present an interesting new take on the tricky issue of smartwatch control. Read More

Health & Wellbeing

Should we use smartphone apps to treat depression and anxiety?

Apps that claim to be able to help with depression and other mental health issues aren't uncommon, but it's difficult to know whether they're actually providing effective treatment. Now, researchers have looked to gain some concrete information as to how helpful an app can be for patients tackling anxiety and/or depression. The results of the study were positive, but they aren't necessarily indicative of mental health apps as a whole, where a lack of regulation has made it extremely difficult to pick out software that can be trusted.Read More

Health & Wellbeing

IBM-developed macromolecule uses triple-attack technique to fight deadly viruses

Viral infections can be difficult to tackle due to their ability to rapidly develop resistance to drugs, and major viruses like Ebola and Zika pose a real threat to global health. Help might well be at hand though, with researchers from the Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology in Singapore, working alongside scientists from IBM Research, developing a breakthrough macromolecule that tackles viruses in three separate ways.Read More

Medical

Repairing damaged cartilage with a man-made bio-glass

Pioneering technologies like 3D printing have had a huge impact on the medical world, and now a unique material developed by researchers at Imperial College London and the University of Milano-Bicocca could lead to all-new implants for replacing damaged cartilage, including discs between vertebrae. The new material mimics the properties of the real thing, while encouraging the re-growth of natural cartilage.Read More

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