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Graphic: Map of the brain processing sound; Copyright: Kelly Chang/University of Washington

Brains of blind people adapt to sharpen sense of hearing

24/04/2019

Research has shown that people who are born blind or become blind early in life often have a more nuanced sense of hearing, especially when it comes to musical abilities and tracking moving objects in space (imagine crossing a busy road using sound alone). For decades scientists have wondered what changes in the brain might underlie these enhanced auditory abilities.
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Photo: Screenshot of Project Sidewalk; Copyright: University of Washington

Project Sidewalk helps users map accessibility around Seattle and other cities

24/04/2019

People can help map out accessibility in Seattle. University of Washington researchers have led the development of Project Sidewalk, an online crowdsourcing game that lets anyone with an internet connection use Google Street View to virtually explore neighborhoods and label curb ramps, missing or rough sidewalks, obstacles and more.
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Photo: Universiade Memorial Stadium in Kobe; Copyright: City of Kobe

Kobe to host 2021 World Para Athletics Championships

23/04/2019

Kobe, Japan, has been announced as the host of the 2021 World Para Athletics Championships, the first time the country has staged the competition. It will be the 10th edition of the World Championships with around 1,300 athletes from 100 countries set to compete at the Universiade Memorial Stadium.
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Photo: Diabetic foot; Copyright: Penn Medicine

Certain strains of bacteria associated with diabetic wounds that do not heal

23/04/2019

Whether a wound – such as a diabetic foot ulcer – heals or progresses to a worse outcome, including infection or even amputation, may depend on the microbiome within that wound. A new study from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania found specific strains of the common pathogen Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) are associated with wounds that do not heal.
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Photo: First official characters of Paralympic video game; Copyright: JP Games

First Paralympic video game to be created

19/04/2019

With the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games opening in just over 500 days’ time, the IPC has announced the creation of its first official video game, with the aim of boosting the popularity of Paralympic sports.
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