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Image: Patient testing a brain-computer interface to control an exoskeleton hand; Copyright: AG Klinische Neurotechnologie, Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin

AG Klinische Neurotechnologie, Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin

Controlling neural exoskeletons more precisely with diamond sensors


Brain-computer interfaces are able to restore some mobility to paralyzed people by controlling exoskeletons. However, more complex control signals cannot yet be read from the head surface because conventional sensors are not sensitive enough. A collaboration of Fraunhofer IAF, Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, University of Stuttgart and other industrial partners has taken up this challenge.
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Image: A slide with blood - left and an arm to which a spray is applied - right.; Copyright: Anna Lena Lundqvist/Chalmers

Anna Lena Lundqvist/Chalmers

New spray fights infections and antibiotic resistance


The World Health Organization (WHO) ranks antibiotic resistance as one of the top ten threats to global health. A group of researchers at Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden are now presenting a new spray that can kill even antibiotic-resistant bacteria, and that can be used for wound care and directly on implants and other medical devices.
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Image: Man with dark hair and beard in lab coat wears blue disposable gloves, safety goggles and holds a small container in his hand - Amir Sheikhi; Copyright: Kelby Hochreither/Penn State

Kelby Hochreither/Penn State

Novel microneedle bandage could save lives


Secondary, uncontrolled bleeding from traumatic injury is the leading cause of death of Americans from ages one to 46. Amir Sheikhi, assistant professor of chemical engineering and of biomedical engineering at Penn State, has a plan to change that with a novel microneedle patch that can immediately stop bleeding after injury.
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Image: Graphic of a nanoparticle with attached blood proteins on their way into a cell; Copyright: MPI-P.


In the core of the cell: New insights into the utilization of nanotechnology-based drugs


Novel drugs are based on drug transport using nanoparticles. Whether this drug transport is negatively influenced by an accumulation of blood proteins on the nanoparticle’s surface was not clarified for a long time. Scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research have now followed the path of such a particle into a cell using a combination of several microscopy methods.
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Image: Macro image of a human green eye; Copyright: Kohanova


Better manufacturing and storage of retinal implants


Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a degenerative eye condition. It is the most frequent cause of blindness in humans. In most cases, the chronic progression of the retinal condition is not curable. Fraunhofer researchers have now developed a new method for the production and clinical application of stem-cell-based retinal implants.
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Image: Bio-granules and bio-filaments; Copyright: Fraunhofer WKI | Manuela Lingnau

Fraunhofer WKI | Manuela Lingnau

Bio-based flame retardants for bioplastics


Researchers at the Fraunhofer WKI and the Fraunhofer IAP, in collaboration with industrial partners, have achieved initial success in the development of bio-based flame retardants in bioplastics. In the future, it could therefore be possible to utilize plastics in electronics and electrical engineering that consist of 100 percent bio-based materials.
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Image: Screen-printed electrodes held by a gloved hand; Copyright: Washington State University

Washington State University

Screen-printing method can make wearable electronics less expensive


The glittering, serpentine structures that power wearable electronics can be created with the same technology used to print rock concert t-shirts, new research shows.
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Image: Rong Yang works with an initiated chemical vapor deposition system in her lab; Copyright: Charissa King-O’Brien | Cornell University

Charissa King-O’Brien | Cornell University

Engineers to advance nanomedicine manufacturing using AI


A novel combination of artificial intelligence and production techniques could change the future of nanomedicine, according to Cornell researchers using a new $3 million grant from the National Science Foundation to revolutionize how polymer nanoparticles are manufactured.
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Image: Microresonators made of germanium; Copyright: NTNU


Influenza or a cold? A new technology can help


Is it COVID or the flu? A diagnosis without having to leave the house, just by looking at your smart home device? So far, no. But researchers at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) have developed a microresonator for the long-wave infrared spectrum that could enable new technologies, particularly for particle detection and spectroscopic chemical identification.
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Image: Graphic of a nanoparticle striked by a blue and red light beam; Copyright: MPI-P


How optical microscopes allow detailed investigations of nanoparticles


It sounds like trying to scan a vinyl record with a hammer: Light is actually too "coarse" to image small particles on the nanometer scale. However, in their project "Supercol" – funded by the European Union – scientists want to achieve just that: The investigation of nanoparticles with light.
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