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Image: Man holding a vaccine storage made of plastic; Copyright: JD Howell, McMaster University

New Method to transport life-saving vaccines


Researchers at McMaster University have invented a stable, affordable way to store fragile vaccines for weeks at a time at temperatures up to 40C, opening the way for life-saving anti-viral vaccines to reach remote and impoverished regions of the world.
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Image:Table in colorful colors representing the evolution of the letter A; Copyright:Y. Lu et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. (2019)

New ultra-fast imaging technology


A new ultra-fast imaging technology with over 3.8 trillion frames per second and large frame number was conducted by the City University of Hong Kong (CityU) and Xi'an Jiaotong University.
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Image: Hands in blue gloves with a liquid phase graphene film deposited on PET substrate; Copyright: Graphene Laboratory, University of Belgrade

2D materials: strain enables new applications


Scientists are pleased to find that the application of mechanical strain appears to manipulate the conductivity of low-dimensional materials, including graphene.
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Image: Man holding a lens; Copyright: WSU

Researchers develop new lens manufacturing technique


Researchers from Washington State University and Ohio State University have developed a low-cost, easy way to make custom lenses that could help manufacturers avoid the expensive molds required for optical manufacturing.
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Image: Graphic of breast cancer; Copyright: / decade3d

Big Data: research breast cancer's spread


Scientists are using a lot of genomic data to identify medical issues sooner in patients, but they're also using it to assist their scientific counterparts in researching diseases better.
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Image: doctor holds hand of a patient with Parkinson`s disease; Copyright: / ocskaymark

Diagnostics: Novel device for Parkinson’s disease


Presently there are no disease-modifying therapies for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease; however, one potential strategy for treatment is to prevent α-synuclein aggregation. As a first step, researchers at Osaka University have developed a device that can assess the degree of α-synuclein aggregation in the brain.
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Image: Mannequin with sunglasses and various microphones around the head; Copyright: Coordinated Science Laboratory at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Research team introduces wearable audio dataset


Researchers studying wearable listening technology now have a new data set to use, thanks to University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign graduate student Ryan Corey and his team.
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Image: close-up of liquid metal drop, used to make the mini-centrifuge; Copyright: RMIT University

Organ-on-a-chip: mini-centrifuge for simpler study of blood cells


A simple innovation the size of a grain of sand means we can now analyse cells and tiny particles as if they were inside the human body. The new micro-device for fluid analysis will enable more tailored experiments in drug development and disease research via new 'organ-on-chip' systems.
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Image: a man playing on an electrical piano; Copyright: Carnegie Mellon University

Smartwatches sense hand activity


We've become accustomed to our smartwatches and smartphones sensing what our bodies are doing, be it walking, driving or sleeping. But what about our hands? It turns out that smartwatches, with a few tweaks, can detect a surprising number of things your hands are doing.
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Image: Breastimages and text on a white background; Copyright: Radiological Society of North America

Novel ai method predicts future risk of breast cancer


Researchers from two major institutions have developed a new tool with advanced artificial intelligence (AI) methods to predict a woman's future risk of breast cancer, according to a new study published in the journal Radiology.
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