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Image: Grey and white image of small circles; Copyright: Morteza Mahmoudi, Brigham and Women's Hospital

Sensory nanoparticles to detect disease


Investigators from Brigham and Women's Hospital are taking advantage of a unique phenomenon of nanoparticles to develop a test for early detection of different types of diseases, including cancer.
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Image: several metal cubes in two rows, the upper one printed with the powder and having a smoother structure than the lower one printed without the powder; Copyright: IMAT - TU Graz

Innovative powder revolutionizes 3D metal printing


At TU Graz a steel powder has been developed for additive manufacturing which decisively simplifies the production of complex components. In a spin-off funding programme, work is now being done on market maturity.
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Image: man holding up a model of the overall structure of the shape-memory material; Copyright: Paul Scherrer Institute/Mahir Dzambegovic

New material with magnetic shape memory


Researchers at the Paul Scherrer Institute PSI and ETH Zurich have developed a new material whose shape memory is activated by magnetism. It retains a given shape when it is put into a magnetic field. It is a composite material consisting of two components.
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Image: Illustration of a snail at a twig; Copyright: Younghee Lee

Superstrong, reversible adhesive that works like snail slime


If you've ever pressed a picture-hanging strip onto the wall only to realize it's slightly off-center, you know the disappointment behind adhesion as we typically experience it: it may be strong, but it's mostly irreversible.
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Image: Hydrogel for wound healing; Copyright: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University

Wound healing: Molecular bait for hydrogels


The team led by Brown School of Engineering bioengineer Antonios Mikos and graduate student Jason Guo have developed modular, injectable hydrogels enhanced by bioactive molecules anchored in the chemical crosslinkers that give the gels structure.
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Image: two mantis shrimps fighting; Copyright: University of California, Berkeley image/Roy Caldwell

Creature inspires materials that can handle their own impact


The mantis shrimp, one of the ocean's most ornery creatures, can take on attacks from its own species without getting injured. Its strategy could solve a big manufacturing problem: Creating lighter materials that absorb a lot of energy from a sharp impact within a limited amount of space.
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Image: an older woman uses an inhaler; Copyright: / Marina Appel

COPD: Electronic inhaler monitoring reduces hospitalizations


In one of the first-of-its-kind studies, Cleveland Clinic researchers found that the use of electronic inhaler monitoring, in combination with a disease management program, is associated with reduced healthcare utilization in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
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Image: a young woman sitting in front of a monitor; Copyright: Maxwell Photography

Predict seizures before they happen


A study has found a pattern of molecules that appear in the blood before a seizure happens. This discovery may lead to the development of an early warning system, which would enable people with epilepsy to know when they are at risk of having a seizure.
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Image:a male hand with six fingers; Copyright: / Ingram Vitantonio Cicorella

Extra finger for robotic limbs


Worldwide, about one in every 500 babies are born with extra fingers or toes - a condition known as polydactyly. Often seen as a 'birth defect', extra digits are usually removed shortly after birth. The findings could show us how to tap into the brain's resources to control robotic extra limbs and digits.
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Image: A medical device with a model of the human jaw; Copyright: Samara Polytech

How to simulate the lower jaw


A simulator for the lower jaw has been developed at Samara Polytech. The device is intended for the prevention and treatment of diseases of the temporomandibular joint (TMJ).
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