Virtual-reality tech is fast becoming more real

Touch sensations are improving to help sectors like healthcare and manufacturing, while other advances are being driven by the gaming industry. By  HELEN MASSY-BERESFORD Imagine a single technology that could help a robot perform safety checks at a nuclear plant, cure a person’s arachnophobia and simulate the feeling of a hug from a distant relative. Welcome … Read more

Alleviating paralysis with new brain-reading technologies

EU-backed scientists are making progress in efforts to give people with impaired motor functions more independence.  By  MICHAEL ALLEN  In 2009, a former US policeman named Richard Marsh suffered a severe stroke that left him completely paralysed but conscious – a condition known as locked-in syndrome.   Little more than four months later, in a miracle of … Read more

Hope emerges for women with debilitating hormonal disorder 

Recent research findings may help ease an illness that causes enlarged ovaries. By Vittoria D’Alessio When Emelyne Heluin of France was diagnosed at the age of 17 with a hormonal disorder that causes enlarged ovaries with cysts, her symptoms included weight gain, hair loss, fatigue and pain. She was forced to quit her longtime hobbies … Read more

Shining light on an aggressive brain cancer

EU research is uncovering ways to treat a deadly tumour on the rise around the world. By  ANTHONY KING Brain surgeons need steady hands as well as cool heads. Now they’re getting a helping hand from researchers in Europe to fight a fatal type of brain cancer called glioblastoma. A Danish biotechnology company named FluoGuide led … Read more