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Image: Oil drops on water with a velvet background; Copyright: / Jaroslav Frank

Supercomputer simulations shed light on how liquid drops combine


Scientists have revealed the precise molecular mechanisms that cause drops of liquid to combine, in a discovery that could have a range of applications.
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Image: a man with a dark beard holds a toilet seat with electronic patterns into the camera; Copyright: A. Sue Weisler/RIT

Toilet seat that detects congestive heart failure


With 1 million new cases of congestive heart failure diagnosed each year, a revolutionary product is making it easier for hospitals to monitor patients with the condition in the comfort of their own homes.
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Image: a woman in a nice dress stands at a large industry machine to produce nanofibre; Copyright: Sergey Gnuskov/NUST MISIS

New material will allow abandoning bone marrow transplantation


Scientists from the National University of Science and Technology "MISIS" developed nanomaterial, which will be able to rstore the internal structure of bones damaged due to osteoporosis and osteomyelitis.
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Image: Aerogel Bone Implants - looks like two cotton pads in a glas; Copyright: Clare Kiernan, UBC

Plant cellulose can pave the way for healthy bone implants


Researchers from the University of British Columbia and McMaster University have developed what could be the bone implant material of the future: an airy, foamlike substance that can be injected into the body and provide scaffolding for the growth of new bone.
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Image: finger with wearable technology to convert mechanical energy into electrical energy; Copyright: Wenzhuo Wu/Purdue University

Movie technology inspires wearable liquid unit


A fascination with movie technology that showed robots perform self-repair through a liquid formula inspired a Purdue University professor to make his own discoveries - which are now helping to lead the way for advancements in self-powering devices such as consumer electronics and defense innovations.
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Light provides control for 3D printing with multiple materials


Successful applications have come despite the fact that most 3D printing techniques can only produce parts made of one material at a time. More complex applications could be developed if 3D printers could use different materials and create multi-material parts.
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Image: A graphic model of an unordered pile of brown tubes; Copyright: Fraunhofer LBF

Injection molding: designing parts faster


Using a new calculation process, it is now possible to predict fiber orientation-dependent component behavior in relation to shaped elements at an early stage and thus design the component in accordance with the expected load.
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Image: graphic model of kidneys in the human body; Copyright: Kaulitzki

Computer kidney could provide safer tests for new medications


A University of Waterloo researcher has spearheaded the development of the first computational model of the human kidney.
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Image: a hand on a desk and a plastic tube that takes a laser probe of the skin; Copyright: Lou Corpuz-Bosshart

Low-cost 'cancer probe' could spot deadly melanoma early


Melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, is diagnosed in more than 130,000 people globally every year. Now, work is being done on a tool to help in its early detection: a simple, compact laser probe that can distinguish between harmless moles and cancerous ones - in a matter of seconds.
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Image: hands holding a petri dish with microbes; Copyright: Photo by Chelsea Mamott, GLBRC

Engineered microbe: producing plastic from plants


With a few genetic tweaks, a type of soil bacteria with an appetite for hydrocarbons shows promise as a biological factory for converting a renewable - but frustratingly untapped - bounty into a replacement for ubiquitous plastics.
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