Using Virtual Reality to Offer Vocational Training to Autistic Individuals

A team of researchers developed a novel method to assist individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) using virtual reality. The team proposed VR-based solutions that can help ASD sufferers in common functioning such as navigation of air travel. In addition, the researchers claim performing several other important functions with the help of the new technology. Virtual reality interventions have played a crucial role in facilitating several tasks across multiple industries. Meanwhile, the relevance of VR solutions in healthcare is amongst the most interesting areas of research. The findings and assertions of the researchers are published in Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking journal. The article is titled “Virtual Reality Air Travel Training with Children on the Autism Spectrum: A Preliminary Report”.

 Training via Virtual Reality Experiences

 The researchers focused on delivering a virtual reality experience of air travel to children with ASD. Furthermore, they delivered such an intervention once in a week for three weeks. In the fourth week, real-world experience of air travel given to children with visit to an actual airport. The research, along with the parents, observed improvements in the cognitive abilities of children in the fourth week. Besides, the children were also able to navigate through the various checkpoints across the real-world airport. Meanwhile, previous research lines suggest cognitive improvements in individuals exposed to multimedia training modes.

 Scope for Future Research

 Use of video and virtual reality has been an important part of vocational training for individuals with ASD. Virtual reality tools help in reducing the stigma associated with the autism spectrum disorder. Some of the key areas of application of virtual reality techniques are in diagnosing and controlling sensory overload symptoms. The research opens new avenues for treatment for autistic individuals.

Optimizing Solar Technologies Using Cadmium Telluride Crystals

A team of researchers at Washington State University has made a new breakthrough towards optimization of solar energy. The researchers developed a safe, efficient, and cost-effective technique to produce cadmium telluride (CdTe) for solar cells. Besides, the new technique finds use to manufacture CdTe for several other applications. The findings of the researchers can open new opportunities for advancement within the solar industry. Researchers demonstrated their technique to develop a kilogram-sized crystal of high-purity Cadmium Telluride. The technique can produce CdTe material at splendid speeds. The findings of the research published in the Journal of Crystal Growth. Researchers worked in collaboration with their industry partner, Nious Technologies Inc., and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).

 Premium Advantages of Using CdTe Materials

 The technique uses high-pressure furnaces in order to produce CdTe materials in high volumes. Researchers assert that the technique is 45% more efficient than other techniques for producing cadmium telluride. Besides, the cost-effectiveness and scalability of the technique adds to its feasibility in the long run. It is expected that the efficiency of CdTe solar technology would outdo natural gas. The electrical properties of materials used in solar cells play an important role in their selection. The crystals produced by CdTe solar technology exhibit better electrical properties than other available means. It is legit to believe that cadmium telluride could extensively be used in the solar sector.

 Supremacy of CdTe over Silicon Solar Cells

 Silicon solar cells find use for power generation since a long time. However, the emergence of CdTe photovoltaics could challenges the popularity of silicon solar cells. Currently, CdTe cells account for only 10% of the total solar market. The producers of CdTe cells are required to expedite operations and customize cells in order to attract increased demand.

Growing Need for Genetically-Tailored Solutions for Healthcare

Study of genetics has been the basis of advancements in the field of medical research and healthcare. Genetic discoveries have provided key evidence in support of treatment lines for several diseases. Some of the common diseases that have witnessed improvements in treatment lines include diabetes, inflammatory bowel diseases, and asthma. A new research paper delves into the role of genetic patterns in the occurrence of particular diseases. The research paper is titled ‘A brief history of human disease genetics.’ The paper studies disease genetics in light of recent advancements in analytical approaches and technology. In addition to this, means of improvements in clinical care have also been suggested in the paper. Nature journal published the findings of the research that focuses on the need for medical innovation.

Relevance of Genetic Patterns

Treatment lines for several diseases are undergoing rapid advancements in recent times. The lead researchers state that treatment lines need to be focused on the genetic makeup of the individual. Furthermore, analysis of genetic patterns for specific individuals can help in developing tailored treatments. Therefore, the presence of a growth-oriented medical research industry shall play a defining role in advancements in healthcare. The research study extends a framework to improve clinical care in modern-day medicine.

Focus on Personalized Healthcare

Personalized medical care is expected to be the most prominent future trend in the healthcare sector. The new study also digs into key advancements in genomics that have ensued over the past decade. Availability of improved medical technologies, diverse data sets, and other key tools has played a vital role in healthcare advancements. Study of the evolution of diseases helped the researchers in drawing key inferences. Availability of population-based cohorts also played a defining role in this accomplishing the research.

Developing Compact, Scalable, and More Efficient 3-D Microchips

Development of microchips involves high-level optimization of the chip’s physical structure. Meanwhile, smaller chips display more efficiency in terms of performance. Furthermore, use of 3-components on a 2-D microchip reduces chip space up to 100 times. A team of researchers has developed a 3-D inductor technology to meet the needs of space optimization in modern electronics. The researchers used magnetic induction from a microchip inductor in order to develop highly-optimized microchips. The research has come at a time when compact electronics have become the watchword across several industries. The findings of the research published in Science Advances journal.

 Optimizing Microchips in 3-D Space

 Researchers deployed fully-integrated tubes filled with magnetic nano-particles to initiate their work. The use of these tubes helped in creating a uniform magnetic field and space for energy storage in 3D geometry. In this process, the size of the chip remained fixed at a bare minimum. This helped researchers in acknowledging the possibility of developing microchips in 3D space. The new technology based on 3D optimization is expected to supersede previous models. 2D chips consist of large spirals that are responsible for causing inductance. However, the overall size of these chips exceeds the maximum limit stipulated for several compact electronic devices.

 Overcoming Pitfalls of Iron Core Inductors

Iron core used in the making of several inductors to add to their efficiency. Inductors made of iron core sync well with electronic circuits, and this is an important consideration for researchers.  However, these inductors are not feasible at the level of microchips. Hence, to resolve this problem, researchers were required to take a jaunty route of developing microchips. The researchers filled iron oxide nanoparticles in rolled membranes to develop the new microchips.