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Here's How To Wash Your Hands The Right Way

Video: Apparently, there are two schools of thought when it comes to washing your hands. There’s the US CDC (Centres for Disease Control and Prevention) approved way, which we all do already. Which is wrong. And there’s the WHO (World Health Organisation) method, which is better and cleaner and “microbiologically more effective”. Which is right. The CDC way? Just rubbing your hands together. The WHO way? Well, it’s something else.

Why Is Christopher Nolan So Obsessed With Hands?

Video: Closeups on hands might seem like too small a detail to become a trademark of a director’s visual style, but looking back on Nolan’s oeuvre shows just how much they reveal about his characters.

Why Aren't Human Fingers All The Same Length?

The human hand is remarkably different from that of other primates, with shorter fingers, a smaller palm and a significantly stronger thumb; of course, the most notable feature of our hands is the ability of the thumb to perfectly and comfortably oppose (come into square contact at the tips) each finger of the same hand. While we can’t know with 100 per cent certainty all the factors that led to the evolution of our hands, it would seem it all revolves around this perfect opposability, and the various advantages that provides in certain scenarios, that has dictated the length of each finger.

While You Weren't Looking, Dell Announced A Crazy Futuristic Tablet

Yesterday, you were probably too busy gawking at Cupertino’s precious new watch and giant smartphones to notice anything else that happened in the world of technology. There’s no shame in that. But if you were paying attention to the 2014 Intel Developers Conference in San Francisco, you might have gotten a glimpse of a pretty intriguing tablet. Michael Dell himself walked out on stage to announce the device. Here’s the scoop.

This Incredible Star Wars-Style Bionic Hand Let An Amputee Feel Again

We geeks all have the same platonic prosthesis ideal: Luke Skywalker’s awesome Star Wars mech-hand. We’re getting there, bit by bit. Dennis Aabo Sørensen’s new hand is almost there; it let him feel again.

Getting Robots To Pick Things Up Is Actually Really Hard

Our hands are a pretty major feat of evolution (opposable thumbs! dexterity!), and it’s hard to artificially replicate everything they can do. Especially when it comes to super fine motor skills like picking up very flat, thin or small objects. As part of DARPA’s ARM program, iRobot and collaborators at Harvard and Yale are working on versatile robot “hands” that can bear significant weight while also producing subtler gestures.

Wrinkly Fingers Evolved To Help You Grip Wet Objects

If you’ve ever sat in a bath staring at your fingers as they wrinkle involuntarily, you’re in good company. Now, a team of scientists has worked out why it happens.

How Do You Function, When One Hand Is Out Of Commission?

So, uh… cat bites are pretty bad, as it turns out. I was in the emergency room yesterday, after my sweet cat Franny sunk a tooth into the top of my left hand, causing it to swell up like a balloon. I’m now on a strong antibiotic and some strong painkillers, but it’s still a baseball mitt-sized mit that hurts like hell in any position other than upright and can’t be used. I’m typing with just my right hand, right now.

Motion-Sensing 'Aural Gloves' Make Hands Sing

American Sign Language may soon be obsolete if these motion-sensing gloves come to market. For now, a UBC team are the only ones to enjoy harmonizing with their own themselves.

Prune Fingers May Help You Hold Onto Things

Scientists know a lot about the body, but they don’t know everything. Take, for example, the pruning that occurs when you spend too much time in the water. Scientists don’t know why these wrinkles occur only on the hands and feet.

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