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Skillful use of the hands in moving body parts, as reducing a dislocation, or changing the position of a fetus.
(science and technology)
Use of the hands in the performance of a task.



(1) A movement of the hand or of both hands related to the performance of certain processes (for example, the handling of some mechanism); a complex procedure in hand labor requiring great precision.

(2) A clever swindle, a contrivance, a juggle with facts for the sake of achieving an unseemly goal; the same as a machination.

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This paper presents the work on developing an intuitive interface for manipulating particles through OT with the use of VR (Virtual Reality).
Roman Kaiser, director of the natural-scents research unit for the Geneva-based company Givaudan, favors studying, rather than manipulating, floral fragrances.
I think we'd be able to go higher and lower by further manipulating the genetics," says MIT chemist Kristi D.
Unlike previously proposed methods, their so-called sticker model offers a way of storing and manipulating data, encoded as strings of 0s and 1s, using DNA molecules of fixed length and identity.
The really stunning thing here is that manipulating just one molecule can perturb such complicated behavior," Yin says.
Deliberately manipulating cigarette recipes to provide smokers with what manufacturers knew to be a pharmacologically active, addictive substance would amount to selling a drug, Kessler said.
Although eventually the enzymes would become more efficient, he and his colleagues hope to make them work faster and process more kinds of contaminants by manipulating the bacteria in the laboratory, "If we can understand the mechanism, then we may be able to improve the activity," he says.
In the past, interferometers accomplished their precise measurements by manipulating electrons, neutrons or light.
Photonic devices resemble electronic devices, but work by manipulating photons and light beams instead of electrons and currents.