This week in #ScienceNews and #Innovation:

  1. Mice model of psychotic illness could offer new insights into mental illness

A team at Washington University School of Medicine have constructed an approach to objectively identify hallucination like events using a computer generated game paradigm that can be used both in humans and mice alike. The researchers predict that this could be used to identify the pathways triggering hallucinations and could be the first step towards effective mice models of psychiatric illnesses

The research offers insight into what happens to our brain when we visually hallucinate (Credit: Background: d-naya. Mouse:  icefront /Depositphotos)

(Image Credit: Background: d-naya. Mouse: icefront /Depositphotos)

2. In #Technology: Camera on personal devices could be the next big leap in Telehealth.

Imagine using your smartphone or portable device camera for checking pulse and respiration rate. This is exactly what was accomplished by a team from University of Washington. The team uses machine learning to capture subtle changes to reflection of light from an individual’s face and correlate that as a function of blood flow rate variations which is then converted to respiratory and pulse rate. The technology if it can deliver on privacy would be an important step to streamline telehealth.

A person holding a phone in front of their face

3. Borophane nanomaterial of the future.

In the field of #nanotechnology scientists have synthesised a material called borophane, which is a 2D material made up of a sheet of boron and hydrogen, and is touted to be stronger and more versatile than steel. The new less than a nanometer thick material is touted by North western University in collaboration with University of florida to be the new material of interest for construction of optoelectronics.

Structure of borophane sheet. Red, hydrogen; teal, boron. (Image by Qiucheng Li and Chaitanya Kolluru.)

(Image Credit: Qiucheng Li and Chaitanya Kolluru)