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Image: Graphic showing a model of the human heart and ECG curves; Copyright: Tobias Brügmann (University Bonn)/Patrick M. Boyle (John Hopkins University)

Termination of lethal arrhythmia with light

22/09/2016

A research team from the University of Bonn has succeeded for the first time in using light stimuli to stop life-threatening cardiac arrhythmia in mouse hearts. Furthermore, as shown in computer simulations at Johns Hopkins University, this technique could also be used successfully for human hearts.
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Image: Image shows a 3D bone scan ; Copyright: Panthermedia.net/dimdimich

Chemists devise revolutionary 3-D bone-scanning technique

09/09/2016

Chemists from Trinity College Dublin, in collaboration with RCSI, have devised a revolutionary new scanning technique that produces extremely high-res 3D images of bones -- without exposing patients to X-ray radiation.
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Image: Image shows ion accelerator using a lser; Copyright: Felix Mackenroth

A new way of taming ions can improve future health care

08/09/2016

A group of researchers at Chalmers University of Technology has discovered a completely new way of using lasers to accelerate ion beams. In time, the new technique could possibly give more people access to advanced cancer treatment.
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Image: Small bottle with graphene; Copyright: Christopher Gannon/Iowa State University

Engineers treat printed graphene with lasers to enable paper electronics

02/09/2016

The researchers in Jonathan Claussen's lab at Iowa State University have been looking for ways to use graphene and its amazing properties in their sensors and other technologies.
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Image: Software screenshot; Copyright: Eugene Wu

A data-cleaning tool for building better prediction models

31/08/2016

Big data sets are full of dirty data, and these outliers, typos and missing values can produce distorted models that lead to wrong conclusions and bad decisions, be it in healthcare or finance. With so much at stake, data cleaning should be easier.
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Image: Plasma ball; Copyright: Panthermedia.net/sakkmesterke

Plasma – A technology to improve bone healing?

19/08/2016

Cold plasma looks like the glow from the "Star Wars" blue light saber but this beam of energy, made of electrons that change polarity at micro-second or nanosecond speeds, could help bones heal faster.
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Image: Legions of nanorobotic agents target cancerous cells of tumours; Copyright: Montréal Nanorobotics Laboratory

Legions of nanorobots target cancerous tumors with precision

17/08/2016

Researchers have developed new nanorobotic agents capable of navigating through the bloodstream to administer a drug with precision by specifically targeting the active cancerous cells of tumours. This way of injecting medication ensures the optimal targeting of a tumour and avoids jeopardizing the integrity of organs and surrounding healthy tissues.
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Image: design of nanocarriers; Copyright: University of Pennsylvania

Penn researchers improve computer modeling for designing drug-delivery nanocarriers

05/08/2016

Researchers have developed a computer model that will aid in the design of nanocarriers, microscopic structures used to guide drugs to their targets in the body. The model better accounts for how the surfaces of different types of cells undulate due to thermal fluctuations, informing features of the nanocarriers that will help them stick to cells long enough to deliver their payloads.
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Image: Graphic of footwear; Copyright:  Jose-Luis Olivares/MIT

Avoiding stumbles, from spacewalks to sidewalks

29/07/2016

Vibrating footwear could help astronauts and visually impaired earthlings skirt obstacles.
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Image: A graphic that shows the new invention; Copyright: Nano Lab, Tufts University

A thread that collects diagnostic data when sutured into tissue

22/07/2016

For the first time, researchers led by Tufts University engineers have integrated nano-scale sensors, electronics and microfluidics into threads - ranging from simple cotton to sophisticated synthetics - that can be sutured through multiple layers of tissue to gather diagnostic data wirelessly in real time, according to a paper published in Microsystems & Nanoengineering.
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Image: A graphic that shows the construction of a GLAD grating. On the right side is a part of the grating enlarged. Copyright: Shubhra Gangopadhyay/Nanoscale

New nanoscale technologies could revolutionize microscopes, study of disease

20/07/2016

Research completed through a collaboration with University of Missouri engineers, biologists, and chemists could transform how scientists study molecules and cells at sub-microscopic (nanoscale) levels. Shubra Gangopadhyay, an electrical and computer engineer and her team at MU recently published studies outlining a new, relatively inexpensive imaging platform that enables single molecule imaging.
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Image: A close-up of a microcircuit; Copyright: panthermedia.net/bizoo_n

Scientists glimpse inner workings of atomically thin transistor

20/07/2016

With an eye to the next generation of tech gadgetry, a team of physicists at The University of Texas at Austin has had the first-ever glimpse into what happens inside an atomically thin semiconductor device. In doing so, they discovered that an essential function for computing may be possible within a space so small that it's effectively one-dimensional.
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Image: Three microfluidic devices made from transparent plastic; Copyright: SMART

Microfluidic device to study electric field cancer therapy

15/07/2016

Researchers at MIT's research center in Singapore have developed a new microfluidic device that tests the effects of electric fields on cancer cells. They observed that a range of low-intensity, middle-frequency electric fields effectively stopped breast and lung cancer cells from growing and spreading, while having no adverse effect on neighboring healthy cells.
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