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Supercomputer simulations shed light on how liquid drops combine

22/03/2019

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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Toilet seat that detects congestive heart failure

21/03/2019

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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New material will allow abandoning bone marrow transplantation

20/03/2019

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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Plant cellulose can pave the way for healthy bone implants

19/03/2019

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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Movie technology inspires wearable liquid unit

15/03/2019

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

14/03/2019

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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Injection molding: designing parts faster

13/03/2019

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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Computer kidney could provide safer tests for new medications

12/03/2019

A University of Waterloo researcher has spearheaded the development of the first computational model of the human kidney.
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Low-cost 'cancer probe' could spot deadly melanoma early

08/03/2019

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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Engineered microbe: producing plastic from plants

07/03/2019

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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