Battery-free retro Game Boy runs on solar power and button mashing

Energy technology has come a long way since the first handheld gaming consoles emerged in the 70s and 80s. As a way of demonstrating these advances and where they might lead us in the future, a team of researchers has built a Game Boy that requires no … Continue reading Battery-free retro Game Boy runs on solar power and button mashing

Subtype of autism linked with abnormal cholesterol levels identified

Researchers have identified a subtype of autism and will examine if it can be treated with cholesterol-lowering drugs like statins

Using a novel multi-modal approach to data analysis, scientists have identified a specific subtype of autism linked with a gene cluster known to affect both neurodevelopment and lipid metabolism. The research suggests this subtype could account for nearly seven percent of autism cases and future study will explore whether cholesterol-lowering drugs such as statins could be an effective treatment.

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Electric vehicles could save the US billions each year, study finds

While electric vehicles usually cost more for the consumer at the point of purchase, a new study has applied a much broader scope to the economics of green transportation and found it could actually save the US tens of billions of dollars each year. Th… Continue reading Electric vehicles could save the US billions each year, study finds

Graphene-based sensor detects spoiled fish and meat

Graphene, the electrically-conductive “wonder material” made up of a one-atom-thick sheet of linked carbon atoms, already has many uses. It now has another, however, as the active ingredient in a sensor that detects food spoilage.Continue ReadingCatego… Continue reading Graphene-based sensor detects spoiled fish and meat

Anaphylaxis-preventing pill offers new hope for severe allergy sufferers

Promising new research from Northwestern University is reporting progress in the development of an anaphylaxis-preventing pill. The drug, initially designed as an alternative to chemotherapy for some types of cancer, could hypothetically be taken befor… Continue reading Anaphylaxis-preventing pill offers new hope for severe allergy sufferers

“Cow” and “Koala” lead explosive new class of space signals

The universe is full of powerful explosions from various sources, and now astronomers have described a brand new class of space signals. Named fast blue optical transients (FBOTs), these events are very bright and throw off incredible amounts of energy… Continue reading “Cow” and “Koala” lead explosive new class of space signals

New process “upcycles” foam waste into higher-value materials

Once discarded, spongy polyurethane foam typically just ends up in landfills, where it takes up a lot of space. Thanks to a newly-developed process, however, it could soon be recycled into higher-quality rubbers and hard plastics.Continue ReadingCatego… Continue reading New process “upcycles” foam waste into higher-value materials

Wireless sensors to track premature baby health in the developing world

There is a large disparity between the survival rates of prematurely born babies in the developing world and those in the developed world, but scientists at Northwestern University are working on ways to bridge the gap. This has led to the development … Continue reading Wireless sensors to track premature baby health in the developing world