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  • Smartphone-powered $100 ultrasound machine

    Toronto: Scientists have developed a low-cost, wearable ultrasound probe that can be powered by a smartphone and could dramatically lower the cost of medical scans. Conventional ultrasound scanners use piezoelectric crystals to create images of the inside of the body and send them to a computer to create sonograms.

  • Engineers from British Columbia University develop cheap and portable smartphone-powered ultrasound machine

    Toronto: Engineers from the University of British Columbia (UBC) have developed a new ultrasound transducer, or probe — no bigger than a Band-Aid — is portable, wearable and can be powered by a smartphone. It could dramatically lower the cost of ultrasound scanners to as little as $100. Conventional ultrasound scanners use piezoelectric crystals to create images of the inside of the body and send them to a computer to create sonograms.

  • Soon a sensor that may develop foldable gadgets

    Toronto: Scientists have developed a new, inexpensive sensor that could help develop tablets which can be folded and put away in your pocket, or artificial skin that can sense your body’s movements and vital signs. The sensor developed at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Canada uses a highly conductive gel sandwiched between layers of silicone that can detect different types of touch, including swiping and tapping, even when it is

  • World’s tallest wood building with 18 storeys completed

    Toronto: The world’s tallest wood building with 18 storeys and measuring about 174 feet in height has been constructed at the University of British Columbia in Canada, four months ahead of schedule, the varsity said.

  • Feeling homesick? Try pet therapy

    Toronto: Animal-assisted therapy can help students’ combat homesickness and could also be a useful tool in lowering drop-out rates, finds an interesting research, reports IANS.

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    Painless patch can monitor side effects of drugs

    Toronto: Researchers have created an inexpensive microneedle drug monitoring system — a thin patch pressed against a patient’s arm — that could one day replace costly, invasive blood draws and improve patient comfort. Microneedles are designed to puncture the outer layer of skin, which acts as a protective shield, but not the next layers of epidermis and the dermis, which house nerves, blood vessels and active immune cells.

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    Disordered eating habit on the rise amongst homosexuals

    Toronto: Boys and girls belonging to sexual minority groups such as gay, lesbian and bisexuals are increasingly indulging in disordered eating trends than their heterosexual or straight peers, a new study suggests. Disordered eating behaviour refers to unhealthy eating habits that have not been diagnosed by a physician as an eating disorder, although they are still serious and have the potential to be harmful.

  • Homosexual men in small cities less likely to be tested for HIV

    Toronto: Men who live in small cities and have sex with other men are less likely to get an HIV test than their metropolitan counterparts, says a study. The lower testing rates are likely connected to internalised feelings of homophobia and a reluctance to disclose sexual preferences at a doctor’s office, the researchers said.

  • Dogs hate being cuddled

    Toronto:  Dog owners, take note! Your pet may not like being cuddled as a new study suggests that the canines feel stressed and unhappy when they are embraced by their owners. This is because it stops them from being able to run away, according to Stanley Coren from University of British Columbia in Canada who conducted the study.  Coren analysed images of dogs being hugged by adults and children he found on

  • Your voice can be tool to influence others

    Washington D.C: Why is it that some speakers influence us powerfully, while others with good voices don’t? According to a recent study, it is all about the pitch.

  • Powder to instantly stop bleeding comes closer to reality

    Washington D.C.: A team of researchers has created a self-propelled powder to stop bleeding. University of British Columbia (UBC) researchers created the first self-propelled particles capable of delivering coagulants against the flow of blood to treat severe bleeding, a potentially huge advancement in trauma care.

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    ‘Gym-replacing’ exercise pill could be a reality soon?

    Washington D.C.: Not a fan of gymming? Then, you may be happy to know that scientists may be one step closer to developing a pill that delivers the same health benefits as a work out. Everyone knows that exercise improves health, and ongoing research continues to uncover increasingly detailed information on its benefits for metabolism, circulation, and improved functioning of organs such as the heart, brain, and liver.

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    Exodus of white dwarf stars captured for first time ever

    Washington : A team of astronomers using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has, for the first time, collected a census of young white dwarf stars beginning their migration from the crowded center of an ancient star cluster to its less populated outskirts.

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    Twitter can help doctors understand patients better

    Toronto: Using Twitter can help physicians answer health queries from their patients in a better way, say researchers from University of British Columbia (UBC).  The study found that more and more health care professionals are embracing social media. This challenges common opinion that physicians are reluctant to jump on the social media bandwagon.