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Image: man doing sports while wearing a cardiobelt; Copyright: Robert Stürmer / Empa

Wearable membrane for your health

03/07/2020

It is not only in summer that it can get hot during sports activities, because sport during winter also hasits pitfalls. Outside it is freezing cold, and insulating clothing is a must. To ensure that we don’t freeze in our wet clothes during our well-earned breaks, Empa researchers have developed an electro-osmotic membrane, which keeps clothing dry and thus warm.
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Image: Silver robot with blue tires in a tiled room; Copyright: Fraunhofer IVV

Mobile robot cleaner takes production hygiene to a higher level

02/07/2020

Production lines and hygiene zones have to be spotlessly clean. And absolute cleanliness is critical wherever food is processed and medical instruments are handled. Now Fraunhofer researchers have come up with a mobile cleaning device that sanitizes equipment and production spaces to standards in a reproducible way.
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Image: graphic of the chemical reaction; Copyright: Junichi Yamaguchi, Yasunobu Sugimoto, Shintaro Sato, Hiroko Yamada

The next generation of miniaturized electronics

01/07/2020

With literally the thickness of one carbon atom and electrical properties that can surpass those of standard semiconductor technologies, graphene nanoribbons promise a new generation of miniaturized electronic devices.
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Image: Images of macrophages (red) in which the active substance (green) is distributed; Copyright: Hala Al Khoury / Uni Halle

Implants: Can special coatings reduce complications after implant surgery?

30/06/2020

New coatings on implants could help make them more compatible. Researchers at the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU) have developed a new method of applying anti-inflammatory substances to implants in order to inhibit undesirable inflammatory reactions in the body. Their study was recently published in the "International Journal of Molecular Sciences".
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Image: sweat patch on human skin; Copyright: Jennifer M. McCann/ Penn State

Simple device monitors health using sweat

26/06/2020

A device that monitors health conditions in the body using a person's sweat has been developed by Penn State and Xiangtan University researchers, according to Huanyu "Larry" Cheng, assistant professor of engineering science and mechanics, Penn State.
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Image: Printed vessel phantom with guide wire for a catheter; Copyright: Vanessa Stachel/Fraunhofer IPA

AI for medical technology

25/06/2020

Small and medium medical-technology enterprises (SME) in Baden Württemberg are set to soon use artifical intelligence (AI) methods for the improvement and new development of their products.
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Image: A montage of three pictures showing a tablet computer, an electronic component and a small round sensor; Copyright: Fraunhofer IBMT

Intelligent ultrasonic sensors for postoperative bladder monitoring

24/06/2020

After surgeries on the bladder, prostate or kidneys, a permanent irrigation of the bladder is often decisive for a successful healing process. An intelligent system called "VisIMon" was designed to support this. The Fraunhofer Institute for Biomedical Engineering IBMT is developing the miniaturized ultrasound system for automated monitoring of bladder irrigation.
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Urine test reveals quality of your diet

23/06/2020

Scientists have completed large-scale tests on a new type of five-minute urine test that measures the health of a person's diet, and produces an individual's unique urine 'fingerprint'.
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Image: Dark-haired man in black suit - Sayed Omid Sayedaghaee; Copyright: University of Arkansas

Improve magnetoelectric response

19/06/2020

University of Arkansas physicists have documented a means of improving the magnetoelectric response of bismuth ferrite, a discovery that could lead to advances in data storage, sensors and actuators.
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Image: hydrogel transplants on a black background; Copyright: Institute of Industrial Science, the University of Tokyo

Diabetic mice improve with retrievable millimeter-thick cell-laden hydrogel fiber

18/06/2020

In a new study, researchers at the Institute of Industrial Science, The University of Tokyo discovered that the diameter of cell-laden hydrogels determines its longevity after transplantation, paving the way for efficacious cell therapy for T1DM.
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