May 10th We Like: TB Sniffing Rats, Physical Virtual Simulation, and Test Driven Development Reply

Ratting Out TB: Scientists Train Rodents To Diagnose Disease

Ratting out TB

From Wikimedia Commons

Rats are notorious for spreading nasty diseases. Think the plague, lassa fever and even salmonella. But could some jumbo-size African rodents help health workers diagnose diseases more quickly? They just might. A group in Tanzania is training rats to detect tuberculosis in people. The critters in question are African giant pouched rats. They are about twice the size of your average house gerbil — and half as pretty.



Virtusphere is a hollow sphere, which is placed on a special platform that allows the sphere to rotate freely in any direction according to the users steps. Transmitting a virtual environment to our wireless head mounted display, users can move freely 360 degrees creating the most immersive virtual experience.

Test Driven Development

Test Driven Development

From Wikimedia Commons

Test-driven development (TDD) is a software development process that relies on the repetition of a very short development cycle: first the developer writes an (initially failing) automated test case that defines a desired improvement or new function, then produces the minimum amount of code to pass that test, and finally refactors the new code to acceptable standards (Click link above to learn about the latest study).

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