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Virtual Reality Therapy Tested As A Treatment For Alcoholism

Researchers used virtual reality to condition alcoholics to better control their cravings. The study was small, but the results suggest that the therapy was able to accomplish this by actually changing the patients' brain activity.

Wearable Tech June 24, 2015

Most Colorful Color Display Yet Eliminates Need For Backlight

Researchers at the mobile technology company Qualcomm have developed a new type of display that harnesses ambient light instead of relying on backlighting. The technology boosts color-producing capabilities while cutting down on power demands, compared with current displays.

Science June 23, 2015

Evidence For Medical Marijuana Effectiveness Good For Some Diseases, Lacking For Others

A large review of nearly 80 randomized control trials found ‘moderate-quality’ evidence that cannabinoids, the main active ingredients in marijuana, are effective in treating certain ailments. For other diseases, the review turned up only ‘lower-quality’ evidence.

Life June 23, 2015

Roach-inspired Robot Scuttles Through Clutter With Ease

Adding a cockroach-like outer shell to the design of a small robot improved its ability to negotiate obstacles. Similar robots could one day aid search and rescue operations.

Robotics June 23, 2015

Hi-Tech Headband May Help Relieve Parkinson’s Disease Symptoms

Treating advanced cases of Parkinson’s disease often involves implanting devices within the patient’s brain. Now, a team of students is developing a specialized headband that could provide similar treatment without the need for surgery.

Life June 22, 2015

Same Technique Owls Use For Silent Flight Could Make Wind Turbines Quieter

Noise complaints are a major problem facing wind turbines, yet owls are able to glide through the air nearly silently. Engineers are turning to these birds for design inspiration.

Earth/Environment June 22, 2015

Even In Best-Case Scenario, Humans Are Still Causing A Mass Extinction, Study Concludes

For years, scientists have been telling us that we’re in the middle of the Earth’s sixth mass extinction, and critics have argued that they were overestimating the rate of extinction. So researchers used best-case-scenario numbers to come to an even more compelling conclusion.

Animals June 22, 2015

Making Next-Generation Lithium-ion Batteries That Won’t Burst Into Flames

Next-generation lithium batteries are much lighter and more efficient than those currently used in consumer electronics, but they are even more prone to fires than current models. Now, researchers have come up with a design that could make them safer.

Science June 19, 2015

Science Images Of The Week: The Brightest Galaxy Ever Seen, An Adorable Octopus, And More

From the distant universe to the deep sea, science brought us some amazing and even adorable images this week.

June 19, 2015

Electrically Conductive 3D Printer Ink Made From Wood

This tiny chair was printed using ink made of cellulose, the primary component of wood. Researchers have also managed to make the ‘wood’ ink electrically conductive by adding carbon nanotubes.

FUTURE TECH June 18, 2015

NASA Satellites Enable Updates Of Coral Reef Maps Darwin Made Over A Century Ago

Until recently, maps of the world’s coral reefs had hardly changed from those Darwin made in the 19th century. Now, NASA satellites are making it possible to map reefs with a new level of detail.

Space June 18, 2015

How Does Sunscreen Work And What Does SPF Mean?

Many consumers don’t know how to properly interpret sunscreen labels, according to a new study. Skin protection is not all about about the SPF.

Healthy Living/Wellness June 18, 2015

Wrapping Wires In Graphene Could Help Scientists Create Smaller, Faster Chips

Researchers found that graphene, that one-atom-thick wonder, makes an excellent coating for the wires found in electronic chips. Wires coated in graphene were able to function at speeds as much as 30 percent greater than those achieve with currently used coatings.

FUTURE TECH June 17, 2015

DARPA Funds Research To Engineer Bacterial Assassins That Target Stomach Bugs

Traveler’s stomach is a drag when you’re away on vacation, but the consequences are more serious for the military. To combat stomach bugs, DARPA is funding research to engineer bacteria such as E. coli that can go to battle in the gut.

Science June 17, 2015

Documentary Chronicles Dean Kamen's Quest To Solve World’s Water Crisis With ‘SlingShot’ Device

Legendary inventor Dean Kamen has created a device he dubbed ‘SlingShot’ that can make even poisoned water potable. Tech Times sat down with director Paul Lazarus to learn more about the film.

FUTURE TECH June 17, 2015

RockPaperRobot Is Making Furniture That Captures The Wonders Of Physics

Jessica Banks, founder and CEO of the engineering and design firm RockPaperRobot, uses her training in robotics to develop products that go beyond the traditional role of furniture.

FUTURE TECH June 17, 2015

Podmasters: 5 Great Science Podcasts You Should Be Listening To Now

Podmasters is a weekly column where staff writers Andrea Alfano and Laura Rosenfeld highlight the podcasts you need in your life. Each week they tackle a new genre, and this week the spotlight is on science.

Movies/TV Shows June 16, 2015

Large Study Provides Further Evidence That Chocolate Lowers Risk Of Heart Disease

Researchers tracked the health and chocolate-eating habits of tens of thousands of adults for more than a decade and found that chocolate-eaters tend to have healthier hearts. The findings contribute to a growing body of evidence suggesting that eating chocolate can reduce risk of heart disease.

Life June 15, 2015

One-Atom Thick Graphene Light Source Could Pave The Way To Flexible And Transparent Displays

A group of scientists has figured out how to get graphene to emit bright, visible light. They also demonstrated a way to scale the technology up enough to be commercially viable for use in digital device displays.

FUTURE TECH June 15, 2015

Scientists Are Color-Coding Forests To Make Maps Showing Best Path To Conservation

The Carnegie Airborne Observatory is a specialized twin-engine airplane that allows scientists to make maps of forests that are colored to reflect levels of certain chemicals in the forest canopy. These details help scientists identify critical targets for conservation.

Earth/Environment June 14, 2015

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