Electronics

Wireless charging can mess up your smartphone’s battery

Wireless charging can mess up your smartphone’s battery

Wirelessly charging your smartphone, while highly convenient, risks depleting the life of devices using typical lithium-ion batteries (LIBs), report researchers. Consumers and manufacturers have ramped...

Music could send Wi-Fi passwords to your smartphone

Researchers have developed a technique for embedding data in music and transmitting it to a smartphone. Since the data are imperceptible to the human ear,...

If you’re getting your news from a smartphone, size matters

Consumers less attentive to news content on small screens. If you're getting your news from a smartphone, size matters. Heart rate variability decreases and changes in...

Amazon is turning 25 – here’s a look back at how it changed the...

A quarter of a century ago, on July 5, 1994, a company, which shared a name with the world’s largest river, was incorporated. It...

Scientists find new way to produce electronics with common cheaper elements

Researchers have devised a way to make materials for electronics and lighting from cheaper, more abundant elements. The new compounds can also be “tuned” to...

You can use virtual reality to treat pain, fear, and movement problems

Virtual reality—often referred to as “VR”—used to be science fiction. Today, it’s everywhere. All you need is a smartphone and a headset to immerse yourself...

Social media may protect you from depression and anxiety, new study shows

In a new study, researchers found that using social media and the internet regularly could improve mental health among adults. They found that people who...
Scientists create first portable tech for detecting cyanotoxins in water

Scientists create first portable tech for detecting cyanotoxins in water

North Carolina State University researchers have developed the first portable technology that can test for cyanotoxins in water. The device can be used to detect...

New computing system makes Android and iOS apps sharable on multiple devices

Computer scientists at Columbia Engineering have developed a new computing system that enables current, unmodified mobile apps to combine and share multiple devices, including...

How you lock your smartphone can reveal your age

Older smartphone users tend to rely more on their phones' auto lock feature compared to younger users, a new UBC study has found. They...

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Scientists find the major cause of autism

In a new study, researchers discovered that autism is 80% reliant on inherited genes. That means that environmental causes are only responsible for 20% of...
These two types of drugs are linked to dementia

These two types of drugs are linked to dementia

In a recent study from the University of East Anglia, researchers find that long-term use of anticholinergic antidepressants is linked to a higher risk...

This popular painkiller may harm your blood sugar

In a new study, researchers found popular pain drug opioid tramadol (marketed as ConZip and Ultram) may increase the risk of developing hypoglycemia, or...

Popular high blood pressure drug may increase risk of bowel disease

High blood pressure harms one in ten adults across the globe, and it increases the risk of heart attack and stroke. The most common treatments...
Common painkiller may harm your immune system, damaging heart and kidneys

Common painkiller may harm your immune system, damage heart and kidneys

In a recent study, researchers found that a widely used type of painkiller may increase risks of heart failure and kidney disease. The type of...