04/01/2018Medical radiation is a double-edged sword: from a diagnostic perspective, it allows us to look inside the human body, while it can also be used to treat cancer. However, each use exposes patients to radiation, which in turn can pose health risks and should, therefore, be avoided. This is where the European joint research program MEDIRAD comes in.
02/11/2017An implant shows signs of aging and fatigue after a certain amount of time inside the body. It must be replaced since its functionality can no longer be guaranteed. Unfortunately, the inevitable surgery is a major physical as well as mental strain for patients. Now twelve Fraunhofer Institutes have addressed this issue; among them is the Fraunhofer FEP with its knowledge in surface refinement.
01/09/2017It is portable, cheap and can be adapted to many individual experiments – Tom Baden and André Maia Chagas developed the "FlyPi", a modular labware system, based on 3D printing, an open-source manual and self-programmed electronics. The question arises if these open source solutions and the current maker-movement have the potential to transform science.