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
Training via Virtual Reality
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.