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The best Steam skins 2017
Welcome to the wonderful world of Steam customization – a realm full of customisable fonts, UI rearrangements and gaudy color schemes. That’s right, you don’t have to keep using the nondescript version...
This 3D-printed device could be used in robot skin
We've written quite a bit about artificial skin in the last few years. It's a fast-moving field -- a lot of research is going into developing thin electronic systems packed with sensors that are not only...
3D Printing Human Skin Opens Up World of Possibilities
What's the largest organ in the human body? It's skin, of course. Ask any doctor about its role in protecting what's inside us from all kinds of trouble. That's why it's such a big deal that university...
Eczema patients treated by drug-producing microbes found on their own skin
EnlargeGetty | Media for Medical reader comments 14 Share this story Looking to find the most effective probiotics? You may need to look no further than your own body. Further ReadingBacteria battling...
AI rivals dermatologists at spotting early signs of skin cancer
Look closelyBSIP/UIG via GettyBy Matt ReynoldsDeep learning is taking on dermatology. An algorithm trained in image recognition has matched dermatologists in its ability to identify certain types of skin...
Robot skin senses warm bodies like a snake locating nearby prey
Westworld-style ‘skin dips’ could apply the filmBad Robot/REX/ShutterstockBy Edd GentA heat-sensing film could let robots detect when humans are around, like pit vipers hunting out warm-blooded prey....
Transistor stretchier than skin for ultra-flexible wearable tech
The health tracker you can’t lose Jie Xu, Sihong WangBy Timothy RevellWearable tech is getting flexible. A new transistor can be stretched to twice its length without losing conductivity. This makes it...
Why baby flatfish grow into the wonkiest animals in the world
Noriyuki Otani / Alamy Stock PhotoBy Alice KleinThe mystery of how a Japanese flatfish pushes both eyes to one side of its body has finally been unravelled. When Japanese flounder (Paralichthys olivaceus)...
Depression in young people affects the stomach, anxiety the skin
Mental disorders and physical diseases frequently go hand in hand. For the first time, psychologists have identified temporal patterns in young people: arthritis and diseases of the digestive system are...
Skin bacteria could protect against disease
There are more and more examples of the ways in which we can benefit from our bacteria. According to new research, this is true for the skin as well. The work has shown that the most common bacteria on...
Skin pigment could help strengthen foams, fabrics
Melanin is the natural molecule in animals' skin, hair and the iris of eyes that gives them color and helps protect them from ultraviolet light. Someday soon, the pigment could be found in unexpected places...
Toy companies break down barriers to be more inclusive
NEW YORK — Toy companies are working harder to think outside their usual box, offering more-inclusive items like dolls with disabilities, female superhero figures and characters with a range of skin tones....
Why is skin thick on the soles of the feet?
A team of researchers has established a method for capturing live, three-dimensional, high-resolution images deep within the skin of living mice, casting light on the precise manner in which cells divide...
Zits in high school may mean youthful looking skin in adulthood
EnlargeGetty | BSIP reader comments 12 Share this story For teens, a face full of oozing, bulging, and bursting zits is sure to mortify. But the puss-spewing horror may be a sign of a glowing godsend...
After Samsung’s Note 7, here’s 10 of the biggest tech recalls ever
The U.S. fast food giant is not the first name you'd think of for a tech product recall, but the fitness tracker it released in August reportedly could cause skin irritation or burns. McDonald's gave...
Now you can play Angry Birds using a touch-sensitive second skin
It’s more fun when you’re wearing the controllerKim et al., Science (2016)By Paul MarksYou’ve always wanted to play Angry Birds by jabbing at your arm. Haven’t you? A transparent and stretchy touchpad...
In depth: Why 3D printing will save your life one day
A 3D futureThe simple fact is really sick and desperate people are left frustrated by modern medicine for a number of reasons.Those seeking transplants have to wait on long lists, and if they do eventually...
Bartenders beware: Limes and sun a dangerous combo
A note to summer bartenders: Limes and sunlight don't mix. Just ask Justin Fehntrich, who developed second-degree burns on his hand after spending a sunny afternoon squeezing limes for margaritas last...
Math, not skin, may be a better way to help researchers test consumer products, study shows
Researchers are presenting collaborative research on the use of mathematical methods for understanding the transportation of chemical compounds in biological tissues, like the skin. This could lead to...
3,000-year-old female mummy was covered in hidden tattoos
On the 3,000-year-old mummy's neck, you can see two seated baboons on either side of a wadjet eye (top row), which is a symbol of protection. On the 3,000-year-old mummy's neck, you can see two seated...
New material temporarily tightens skin
Scientists have developed a new material that can temporarily protect and tighten skin, and smooth wrinkles. With further development, it could also be used to deliver drugs to help treat skin conditions...
SkinTrack can turn your skin into a touchscreen
SmartwatchesÂ are often criticised for their fiddly, hard to control interfaces. Now, a lab at Carnegie Mellon University has found a solution â a device that means the wearer's skin can be used as the...
These scientists want to turn your skin into an electronic display
Your smartphone could one day be replaced by an electronic display laminated to the back of your hand, if the inventors of a new ultrathin "e-skin" have their way.For the first time, Japanese scientists...
Functional skin—complete with hair and oil glands—grown in lab
Transplantation of the bioengineered, 3D tissue using mouse iPS cells labeled with GFP.Takashi Tsuji, RIKENFor the first time, researchers have coaxed a primordial ball of cells into a multi-layered,...
This lab-grown skin sweats and sprouts hair
A Japanese lab has grown a 3D layer of skin that can sweat and sprout hairs. The skin has sweat glands, follicles, sebaceous glands and three layers of skin cells. The researchers behind the study said...
Fish with rainbow skin shows how cells move when skin regrows
Scales, now in technicolorChen et al./Developmental Cell 2016Red and yellow and… at least 70 other colours. A genetically engineered fish has skin cells in all the colours of the rainbow and then some....
New technique for imaging cells, tissues under the skin
A team of scientists has developed the first technique for viewing cells and tissues in three dimensions under the skin. The work could improve diagnosis and treatment for some forms of cancer and blindness....
TED Fellows: Don't like your ears? This man can help you grow new ones
Not quite happy with your ears? Tempted by a more aquiline nose? Andrew Pelling can help you grow new ones - by cultivating your body's own cells inside an apple. The Canadian biohacker has open-sourced...
Stretchy squid-inspired skin glows in different colors
Besides having tentacles, squid and octopi are also both known for their color-changing skin. Well, soft-bodied robots may soon also share that attribute, thanks to research being carried out at Cornell...
Video: This stretchy octopus-like skin will help us befriend robots
That strange-looking piece of material above? It's a piece of stretchy artificial skin which is capable of emitting light and sensing pressure, and could one day be used on robots and other electronics.A...
Super-stretchy robot skin can become brighter when it bends
Don’t you wish your skin could do this? A glowing skin for robots can also be stretched to more than six times its original size. It was inspired by octopuses, whose colour-changing organs and flexible...
Nanotechnology delivery system offers new approach to skin disease therapies
Researchers have developed a nanotechnology-based delivery system containing a protective cellular pathway inducer that activates the body's natural defense against free radicals efficiently, a development...
Anti-ageing breakthrough as scientists find enzyme for youthful skin
Mark Birch-Machin, Professor of Molecular Dermatology at Newcastle University, led the pioneering study. “As our bodies age we see that the batteries in our cells run down, known as decreased bio-energy,...
Tainan Public Library looks comfortable in its second skin
New designs for the planned Tainan Public Library in Taiwan show a top-heavy tiered building with its uppermost floor wrapped in a decorative second skin. The stepped configuration of the building increases...
Low-cost "Paper Skin" boasts same sensory functions as the real thing
Multipurpose sensors that are both flexible and wearable could one day be used for everything from monitoring the body's vital signs to changing the way we interact with computers. Working toward this...
Four shower mistakes you're probably making
If you shower daily and scrub yourself all over with a loofah, you may be doing it wrong. Washing your face Washing your face in the shower is quicker and easier than bending over a sink and trying (and...
App for moles
Kiwi skin cancer experts are supporting a smartphone app that claims to monitor and detect melanoma risk, but are warning against relying on it completely.SkinVision is described in the App Store as a...
Mortal Kombat XL Edition announced - CNET
A new version of Mortal Kombat X featuring the base game and all its DLC is on the way. The developer of the fighting game, NetherRealm, announced the Mortal Kombat XL Edition and shared a trailer for...
This LED headset treats blemishes, wrinkles
An illustration showing he iDerma Facial Beautification System that treats a wide range of skin conditions including wrinkles, age spots and acne.(Photo: Apira Science) Your next new gadget could take...
Fornicating facial mites may hold clues to our ancestry
If you're squeamish, you may want to stop reading now -- a new study is taking a look at the history of the tiny mites that live on our skin.Like it or not, the human body is covered in mites. They live...
Suspicious pigment spots more common on darker skin
Screening can detect rare 'Bob Marley' skin cancer, study says. (HealthDay)—People with darker skin are about one-third more likely to have potentially dangerous pigment "spots" on their palms and soles,...
Tattoos are the future of wearable tech
No need for a chunky wearable on your wrist when you can hide this under your shirt. FORGET buying a fitness tracker or smartwatch because those wearable devises are so passé. While most wearables on the...
Vast, uncharted viral world discovered on human skin
A transmission electron microscopy image of a bunch of bacteriophages.ZEISS Microscopy/FlickrIn the microbial metropolises that thrive in and on the human body, underground networks of viruses loom large....
Physical emoji keyboard makes typing emoji faster than ever
The Emoji Keyboard Photo: EmojiWorks The plus and pro models feature skin modifier keys for changing the skin tone of a character as you can on a smartphone. Developed for use in Japanese SMS messages,...
Soft matter exhibiting angle-independent structural colors
Chameleon skin and some type of fish skin are regarded as the prototype of structurally colored materials that change their color appearance upon external stimuli, which can be light and dark transitions...
Lizard literally jumps out of its skin to escape predator’s jaws
Call it fear if you will. When faced with the jaws of a hungry predator, a small gecko literally jumped out of its skin – saving its life. Charlie Gardner of the University of Kent, UK, and photographer...
Electronic skin could give prostheses and robots a sense of touch
Our sense of touch is made possible thanks to thousands of "mechanoreceptors," which are distributed throughout our skin. The more pressure that's applied to one of these sensors, the more electrical...
Scientists design an artificial `skin' that can feel sensation
Prosthetic limbs could soon be designed with a sense of touch, after sci entists developed a revolutionary plastic "skin". After a decade of study researchers from Stanford Uni searchers from Stanford...
Researchers Make Synthetic Skin That Adds Touch to Artificial Limbs
People who use artificial limbs are now able to move with their prosthetics with thoughts, but they still have the very literal problem of not knowing their own strength. Picking up something as delicate...
Luke Skywalker’s prosthetic arm inspires artificial skin
Bao Research Group, Stanford University]In recent years, prosthetics have improved by leaps and bounds, allowing amputees and people with paralysis to literally leap and bound—plus drink beer with their...
Engineers create artificial skin that can send pressure sensation to brain cell
Human finger touches robotic finger. The transparent plastic and black device on the golden "fingertip" is the skin-like sensor developed by Stanford engineers. This sensor can detect pressure and transmit...
Can your smartphone replace your doctor?
Ever been concerned about a spot on your arm, not knowing whether it's dangerous or not, and wishing you could find out instantly? Well, there's an app for that and other tasks that have traditionally...
A village of bacteria to help frogs fight disease
The naturally occurring bacteria on a frog's skin could be the most important tool for helping the animal fight off a deadly skin disease, according to an experiment conducted by Virginia Tech researc...
Gay men at greater risk of skin cancer because of sunbed use
“Many people, especially younger people, associate tanning with health and attractiveness, and unfortunately, that myth has serious consequences." Homosexual women were less likely to use sunbeds and...
Pokemon Stars: all the latest leaks from the rumored Nintendo Switch game
Though there’s been no official confirmation that a game called Pokémon Stars is coming to the Nintendo Switch, we do know that a Pokémon game will make its way to the console eventually. There are many...
The best PC games of 2017… so far
Blimey! We’re not even halfway through the year and we’ve already had a veritable smorgasbord of gaming delicacies served to us in 2017. And it’s not one genre or tier dominating the scene either, with...
Acer’s Predator Triton aims to be the king of ultra-thin gaming laptops
Acer has unveiled a pair of new gaming notebooks, including a super-thin laptop which packs an impressive amount of power for its size.The Predator Triton 700 is the first in a new series of laptops designed...
Slender: The Eight Pages
Falling into the broad category of survival horror, Slender: The Eight Pages is a first person puzzler based on the Slender Man myth. Your mission is to find the titular eight pages about the pale, faceless...
I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its component fail. There is no heaven or afterlife for broken-down computers. That is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark