Author: vulgavis

Black holes in virtual reality

This is a cross-post from the SpringerOpen blog. In our most recent paper in Computational Astrophysics and Cosmology we present our latest Virtual Reality visualization. The simulation is based on the black hole in the center of our own Galaxy; Sagittarius A* (Sgr A*). The mass of it; four million times more massive than our own sun. Sgr A* has been studied extensively in the past. But most of these works tried to understand how the object looks like from the point of view of an observer very far out. In this work, we decide to dive into the...

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Should I, or should I not? The ‘tricky business’ about healthcare decision making

We often put a lot of effort into making important decisions for our lives. We ponder things like: “Should I apply for this new job?”, “Should I buy this car?”, or maybe even “Where should we go for our next holiday?” We often spend lots of time gathering information on our options. We seek advice from loved ones, ‘sleep on it,’ and weigh up the pros and cons of each option to find out what is the right decision for us. Interestingly, many of us don’t put the same effort into making decisions regarding our healthcare. Many patients can feel...

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The CYBATHLON Wheelchair Series to be held in Japan in May

Team RT-Movers JPN ETH Zürich/Alessandro Della Bella While the Olympics and Paralympics are contests of human abilities and strictly restrict the involvement of devices, the CYBATHLON is a competition in which technologies complement disabilities, symbolizing the future of the relationship between humans and technology. The CYBATHLON poses to society the question; “to what extent can today’s technology be used as technology for assisting humans?” and the acceleration of practical application of such human-assistive technologies can be expected through the project. [embedded content] Upon the huge success of the 2016 competition, it was decided that CYBATHLON Series are to be...

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Is there a link between caregiving and female baby boomers’ mental health?

© Ocskay Bence / Fotolia Caregiving, defined as providing unpaid assistance to relatives or acquaintances that have physical, psychological or developmental needs, is of great importance to society – unpaid care has been valued at $3.2 trillion in the US and £57 billion in the UK. However multiple studies have suggested that caregivers experience increased levels of psychological distress. Women are particularly implicated in this; across countries and cultures the responsibility of caregiving predominantly falls upon them. On average women do almost two and a half times as much unpaid care and domestic work as men. ‘Baby boomers’ refers...

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Detaining vulnerable immigrants negatively affects their mental health

Our systematic review found that detention had a detrimental effect on an individual’s mental health, over and above the negative impact caused by uncertain immigration status. Not exactly a shocking revelation, I know. However, this finding supports those of a previous review by Robjant and colleagues that demonstrated adverse mental health consequences of immigration detention are consistently recognised internationally. A lack of clinical assessments conducted in detention settings has been identified… Research into immigration detention is sparse and, when it is conducted, it often has various methodological problems. One of the reasons for this is that research in detention...

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