the Japanese government is considering revising its guidelines on gene therapy. The present rules, which were introduced in 1994, limits researchers to its use only for treatment of

Researchers find ways to coax the paralysed to walk

Students at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, USA, have devised a more efficient trike, a human-powered vehicle somewhat like a bicycle but with three or four wheels, for

TWO young students have developed a computerised glove which can convert the deafmute alphabet into speech and another has invented a blind person's stick which can "hear" obstacles. As part of a

DAM FAILURE: Boliden, a Canadian mining company, blamed falling metal prices and costs associated with a dam rupture for the company's second-quarter loss. Pre-tax losses were $52.1 million compared

Mona, a computer generated figure, will teach written English to deaf children in the US

A cane with a magnetic guide for blind people is currently being patented by the Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing company of St Paul in Minnesota, USA. The tip of the cane houses a sensor that

A new wheelchair offers unbelievable manoeuvrability to the handicapped

Computerised canes may be better tools to steer blind people around obstacles

Researchers at the University of Birmingham, uk, have developed a navigation and orientation device, called MoBIC (Mobility of Blind and Elderly People Interacting with Computers). The device would