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Virtual reality puts human in rat world: 'Beaming' technology transforms human-animal interaction

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Screenshot of the virtual environment. Three of the four posters are visible in the image as well as the two avatars representing both the participant and the rat. (Credit: Normand et al. Beaming into the Rat World: Enabling Real-Time Interaction between Rat and Human Each at Their Own Scale. PLoS ONE, 2012; 7 (10): e48331 DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0048331)

TechAndComputer (Oct. 31, 2012) — Using cutting-edge virtual reality technology, researchers have 'beamed' a person into a rat facility allowing the rat and human to interact with each other on the same scale.

Published October 31 in PLOS ONE, the research enables the rat to interact with a rat-sized robot controlled by a human participant in a...

We live our lives within our media, rather than simply with it, expert says

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TechAndComputer (Oct. 29, 2012) — With the introduction of every new multimedia device, such as handheld computers, smartphones, social media channels and game systems, pundits and researchers alike offer views on how using them increasingly affects our everyday life.

But to Indiana University professor Mark Deuze, they are another opportunity to discuss how we live our lives within this media, rather than simply with it.

"If anything, today the uses and appropriations of...

Can post-breakup Facebook surveillance delay emotional recovery?

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TechAndComputer (Sep. 19, 2012) — More than 900 million people worldwide are active users of the social networking site Facebook, and it is estimated that as many as one-third report using Facebook to check on the activities of former romantic partners. The effects of remaining Facebook friends with an ex-lover or even just following their activities online can disrupt a person's ability to heal emotionally and move on with his or her life, according to an article in Cyberpsychology...

New nanomaterial could help keep pilots and sensitive equipment safe from destructive lasers

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TechAndComputer (Aug. 29, 2012) — A University of Central Florida assistant professor has developed a new material using nanotechnology, which could help keep pilots and sensitive equipment safe from destructive lasers. Share This: See Also: Matter & EnergyNanotechnologyOpticsMaterials ScienceComputers & MathEncryptionHackingArtificial IntelligenceReference NanowireNanomedicineWhite goldNanoparticle

UCF Assistant Professor Jayan...

Virtual reality allows researchers to measure fish brain activity during behavior at unprecedented resolution

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TechAndComputer (May 9, 2012) — Researchers have developed a new technique which allows them to measure brain activity in large populations of nerve cells at the resolution of individual cells. The technique, reported May 9 in the journal Nature, has been developed in zebrafish to represent a simplified model of how brain regions work together to flexibly control behaviour.

Our thoughts and actions are the product of large populations of nerve cells, called neurons, working in...