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Image: The new laser sensor may enable better medical examinations; Copyright: / Robert Przybysz

Compact fiber laser may enable wearable tech and better endoscopes


By creating a new twist on fiber optic sensors, researchers in China have developed a smart, flexible photoacoustic imaging technique that may have potential applications in wearable devices, instrumentation and medical diagnostics.
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Image:a new bloodpump; Copyright: Penn State

Building a safer heart pump


Blood pumps are increasingly a bridge-to-transplant for patients with end-stage heart disease or heart failure, but blood clots and strokes can put patients in peril before they receive a donor heart. Now a four-year, $3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health may solve this problem and perhaps open the pumps' use for less-sick patients who could benefit from them.
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Image: redox-active organic molecules and magnetic metal ions; Copyright: Kasper Steen Pedersen and We Love People

Novel nano material for quantum electronics


An international team led by Assistant Professor Kasper Steen Pedersen, DTU Chemistry, has synthesized a novel nano material with electrical and magnetic properties making it suitable for future quantum computers and other applications in electronics.
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Image: O-BUTTON, customer-specific OLED elements for textile integration; Copyright: Fraunhofer FEP, Photograph: Jan Hesse

OLED integration in textiles: functional and eye-catching


Organic light-emitting diodes (OLED) are mainly known from televisions and smartphone displays. The Fraunhofer Institute for Organic Electronics, Electron Beam and Plasma Technology FEP as a partner for customer-specific OLED development and production is now presenting OLED elements that can be integrated into textiles. OLED could be used for medical treatment aswell.
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Image: Left to right: Yuanxun

How electromagnetic waves and magnetic materials interact


A new tool to model how magnetic materials, which are used in smartphones and other communications devices, interact with incoming radio signals that carry data. It accurately predicts these interactions down to the nanometer scales required to build state-of-the-art communications technologies.
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Image: Components manufactured by using 3D printing with fiber-reinforced plastics; Copyright: Fraunhofer IMWS

Brightlands Materials Center and Fraunhofer IMWS work together


Advanced 3D printing with thermoplastic composites: To achieve that goal, the Fraunhofer Institute for Microstructure of Materials and Systems IMWS in Halle (Saale) and Brightlands Materials Center in the Netherlands are going to collaborate. Together, the partners want to optimize fiber-reinforced thermoplastics to make them ideally suited for 3D printing on an industrial scale.
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Image: A vacuum arc melter; Copyright: Texas A&M University Newswire

New smart materials could open new research field


A group of new smart materials discovered by researchers at Texas A&M University and their colleagues has the potential to significantly improve the efficiency of fuel burn in jet engines, cutting the cost of flying. The materials, which could also reduce airplane noise over residential areas, have additional applications in a variety of other industries.
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Image: A sample part printed from bulk metallic glass via the TPF-based FFF process; Copyright: 2018 The Authors. Published by Elsevier.

At last, a simple 3D printer for metal


The 3D printing of plastics has largely come of age in the last decade, solving many of the engineering challenges in the process, these solutions are now ready to be applied to the 3D printing of metal
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Image: Honey drops are patterned on a glass substrate; Copyright: Daniele Foresti, Jennifer A. Lewis, Harvard University

Printing with sound


Harvard University researchers have developed a new printing method that uses sound waves to generate droplets from liquids with an unprecedented range of composition and viscosity. This technique could finally enable the manufacturing of many new biopharmaceuticals, cosmetics, and food and expand the possibilities of optical and conductive materials.
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Image: Additive Manufacturing; Copyright: Empa

Tough nuts, cracked in a smart way


Welding, printing, crushing concrete – an Empa team monitors noisy processes with the help of artificial intelligence. This way you can literally hear production errors and imminent accidents.
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