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Image: structure of the new and two old superconductors; Copyright: Tokyo Metropolitan University

Superconductors: new design strategy

15.10.2019

Scientists from Tokyo Metropolitan University have created a new layered superconducting material with a conducting layer made of bismuth, silver, tin, sulfur and selenium.
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Image: robot with artificial skin; Copyright: Astrid Eckert / TUM

Robots: sensory ability through artificial skin

11.10.2019

Sensitive synthetic skin enables robots to sense their own bodies and surroundings - a crucial capability if they are to be in close contact with people. Inspired by human skin, a team at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has developed a system combining artificial skin with control algorithms and used it to create the first autonomous humanoid robot with full-body artificial skin.
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Image: desert floor; Copyright: PantherMedia / tomwang

Cracking and self-healing materials

10.10.2019

Cracks in the desert floor appear random to the untrained eye, even beautifully so, but the mathematics governing patterns of dried clay turn out to be predictable--and useful in designing advanced materials.
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Image: ink is applied to a carrier plate with a 3D-Printer; Copyright: Empa

3D-Printing: Wood on our Skin

09.10.2019

Physiological parameters in our blood can be determined without painful punctures. Empa researchers are currently working with a Canadian team to develop flexible, biocompatible nanocellulose sensors that can be attached to the skin. The 3D-printed analytic chips made of renewable raw materials will even be biodegradable in future.
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Image: images of the eye captured with an optical imaging system; Copyright: AdOM Advanced Optical Methods Ltd.

Imaging: improves diagnosis and treatment of dry eye disease

08.10.2019

Researchers have developed a new non-invasive optical imaging system that promises to improve diagnosis and treatments for dry eye disease. Dry eye, which often causes irritation and blurred vision, occurs when there is instability in the inner layer of the tear film that protects the outside of the eye.
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Image: x-ray of a lung; Copyright: PantherMedia / almoond

Smart clothes: shirt could be used to monitor lung disease

04.10.2019

A smart shirt that measures lung function by sensing movements in the chest and abdomen has proved to be accurate when compared to traditional testing equipment, according to research presented at the European Respiratory Society International Congress. Researchers have used the smart shirts to reliably measure breathing in healthy people while carrying out a range of everyday activities.
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Image: Printer head on a solvent-cast 3D printer depositing the functionalized polymer inks layer-by-layer from a needle; Copyright: Lehigh University/Stephanie Veto

Regenerative medicine: biofabrication for multiple tissues

03.10.2019

Organs, muscles and bones are composed of multiple types of cells and tissues that are carefully organized to carry out a specific function. For example, kidneys are able to filter waste from the blood because of how their specialized cells and tissues are arranged. Disrupting this organization dramatically affects how cells and tissues do their job effectively.
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Image: Illustration of a person in whose heart a beam and several particles are guided; Copyright: Mindy Takamiya

X-rays: safer, more effective cancer radiation therapy using nanoparticles

02.10.2019

An element called gadolinium delivered into cancer cells releases killer electrons when hit by specially tuned X-rays. The approach, published in the journal Scientific Reports, could pave the way towards a new cancer radiation therapy.
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Image: Blood Vessels under microscope ; Copyright: ETH Zurich / Daniel Razansky

Artificial intelligence improves biomedical imaging

01.10.2019

Scientists at ETH Zurich and the University of Zurich have used machine learning methods to improve optoacoustic imaging.
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Image: Brainscan; Copyright: Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics

Real-time MRI for early detection of stroke

27.09.2019

An international research group at the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics developed a brain imaging method for improved and early assessment of stroke. Now published in PNAS, their study presents a methodology which monitors calcium ion fluctuations in the brain using a molecular functional MRI approach.
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