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Image: The new Clikx device and an ear model; Copyright: National University of Singapore

New palm-size device for quick, effective treatment of common hearing disorder


A team of researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS) has developed a novel handheld device, known as CLiKX, for the treatment of a condition called Otitis Media with Effusion (OME), or 'glue ear', which is the leading cause of hearing loss and visits to the doctors among children worldwide.
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Image: The growth of biofilm on surfaces with a solution containing Pseudomonas aeruginosa; Copyright: Arnusch Lab/Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

Zap! Graphene is bad news for bacteria


Scientists at Rice University and Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) have discovered that laser-induced graphene (LIG) is a highly effective anti-fouling material and, when electrified, bacteria zapper.
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Image: A man, who is wearing a t-shirt, is sitting outside on a bench; Copyright: Hetman

Researchers create a T-shirt that monitors the wearer's breathing rate in real time


Researchers at Université Laval's Faculty of Science and Engineering and its Center for Optics, Photonics, and Lasers have created a smart T-shirt that monitors the wearer's respiratory rate in real time.
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Image: Graphical summary of science behind antibody biosensor; Copyright: Lin Xue/EPFL

Antibody biosensor offers unlimited point-of-care drug monitoring


A team of EPFL scientists has developed several antibody-based biosensors that have the potential to help healthcare centers in developing countries or even patients in their own homes keep track of drug concentration in the blood.
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Image: Artist's illustration of nano optical fibers detecting femtonewton-scale forces; Copyright: Rhett S. Miller/UC Regents

Nano fiber feels forces and hears sounds made by cells


Engineers at the University of California San Diego have developed a miniature device that's sensitive enough to feel the forces generated by swimming bacteria and hear the beating of heart muscle cells.
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Image: Anticancer nanomaterials in a Petri dish; Copyright: Aalto University

Researchers create anticancer nanomaterials by simulating underwater volcanic conditions


Researchers at Aalto University, Finland, have developed anticancer nanomaterials by simulating the volcano-induced dynamic chemistry of the deep ocean. The novel method enables making nanoclusters of zinc peroxide in an environmentally friendly manner, without the use of additional chemicals.
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New gelatin devices that imitate the activity of the body in bone regeneration


The UPV/EHU-University of the Basque Country is developing structures that can be used as scaffolding in the regeneration of bone defects and which also release growth factors.
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Image: Neurosurgeons performing skull surgery; Copyright: Herrndorf

Future surgery may use an automated, robotic drill


A computer-driven automated drill, similar to those used to machine auto parts, could play a pivotal role in future surgical procedures. The new machine can make one type of complex cranial surgery 50 times faster than standard procedures, decreasing from two hours to two and a half minutes.
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Image: Small round water droplets in a petri dish; Copyright: Oxford University

First synthetic retina for the visually impaired


A synthetic, soft tissue retina developed by an Oxford University student could offer fresh hope to visually impaired people.
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'Smart contact lens sensor' for diabetic and glaucoma diagnosis


A recent study, affiliated with UNIST has proposed the possibility of in situ human health monitoring simply by wearing a contact lens with built-in wireless smart sensors.
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