October 2015

New Technology is Changing How Sports Teams Track Performance

Female runner, in ready position on outdoor track

Until Griffith University researcher and microelectric engineer Dr. Jono Neville developed SABEL Sense -  a wearable inertial sensor - the only option sports organizations had for capturing their athlete's performance was GPS technology. While GPS technology can track the speed at which an athlete runs, as well as the total distance they "traveled" during a particular athletic endeavor, it's ideally suited for a steadily traveling vehicle, not the erratic movements of an athlete.

Futuristic Alloy is as Strong as Steel and Extremely Pliable

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While alloys collectively known as 'metallic glass' has been around since the 1960s, researchers at the University of New South Wales have developed an ultra-strong, ultra-flexible version that they claim is stronger than steel, yet more pliable than gum, and have also developed a more efficient production process.

So what exactly is metallic glass - and why is this reserach so groundbreaking?   

Cat Parasite Linked to Schizophrenia in Owners

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Cats became part of our lives over 7,000 years ago. Egyptians thought so highly of cats that one of their gods was depicted as one, and Egyptian "families actively mourned the deaths of beloved household felines." In the Middle Ages, they became associated with witchcraft and slaughtered en masse - which appears to have had a major impact on the spread of the Black Plague across Europe.