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AI-based 'OxyGAN': method to measure tissue oxygen levels


New AI-based algorithm processes tissue oxygenation data faster and more accurately than conventional techniques.
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All Scalpels to the OR, Please!


Fraunhofer IPK and Charité CFM Facility Management GmbH are developing an AI-based system to automatically check trays of surgical instruments for completeness.
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Sound waves power new advances in drug delivery and smart materials


Pioneering research shows how high-frequency sound waves can help build smart materials, new nanoparticles & deliver drugs to the lungs for painless, needle-free vaccinations.
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Identifying compound classes through machine learning


Bioinformaticians at Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Germany together with colleagues from Finland and the USA, have now developed a unique method with which all metabolites in a sample can be taken into account, thus considerably increasing the knowledge gained from examining such molecules.
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A single molecular switch reveals atomic-scale light dynamics


Researchers at the the University of Regensburg and the MPSD in Hamburg have developed a groundbreaking method to detect the dynamics of light on such a small scale with high temporal resolution.
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Ultracompact metalens microscopy breaks FOV constraints


The pursuit of ever-higher imaging resolution in microscopy is coupled with growing demands for compact portability and high throughput. While imaging performance has improved, conventional microscopes still suffer from the bulky, heavy elements and architectures associated with refractive optics.
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Scientists use bacteria as micro-3D printers


A team at Aalto University has used bacteria to produce intricately designed three-dimensional objects made of nanocellulose. With their technique, the researchers are able to guide the growth of bacterial colonies through the use of strongly water repellent - or superhydrophobic - surfaces.
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Scientists create hybrid tissue construct for cartilage regeneration


Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine scientists (WFIRM) have developed a method to bioprint a type of cartilage that could someday help restore knee function damaged by arthritis or injury.
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Tips for making nanographene


Nanographene is a material that is anticipated to radically improve solar cells, fuel cells, LEDs and more. Typically the synthesis of this material has been imprecise and difficult to control. For the first time, researchers have discovered a simple way to gain precise control over the fabrication of nanographene.
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A material that "bruises" like the skin?


Development of a next-generation mechano-sensitive material where parts requiring repair can be distinguished by color. 850% improved sensitivity compared to existing materials.
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How to make tomorrow's technology using ink-jet printed graphene


The University of Nottingham has cracked the conundrum of how to use inks to 3D-print novel electronic devices with useful properties, such as an ability to convert light into electricity.
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A new spin on atoms gives scientists a closer look at quantum weirdness


When atoms get extremely close, they develop intriguing interactions that could be harnessed to create new generations of computing and other technologies. These interactions in the realm of quantum physics have proven difficult to study experimentally due the basic limitations of optical microscopes.
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Dynamic photonic barcodes record energy transfer at the biointerface


Cavity-enhanced radiative energy transfer converts biomolecular information from a single droplet into trillions of distinctive photonic barcodes.
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Innovation spins spider web architecture into 3D imaging technology


Innovation spins spider web architecture into 3D imaging technology. Purdue University innovators are taking cues from nature to develop 3D photodetectors for biomedical imaging.
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New tool pulls elusive COVID-19 marker from human blood


Canadian researchers create method to measure severity of the pandemic virus.
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Terahertz waves can image early-stage breast cancer without staining


Team of researchers at Osaka University make key breakthrough towards on-site cancer diagnosis.
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Nanodevices: tracking from the inside


For the first time, scientists have added microscopic tracking devices into the interior of cells, giving a peek into how development starts.
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A new material for separating CO2 from industrial waste gases, natural gas, or biogas


Chemists at the University of Bayreuth have developed a material that could well make an important contribution to climate protection and sustainable industrial production
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Deep learning algorithms: CT technology produces spectral images


Rensselaer, First-Imaging, and GE Global researchers develop a deep neural network to perform nearly as well as more complex dual-energy CT imaging technology
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An alternative to animal experiments


Researchers of the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have cultured so-called intestinal organoids from human intestinal tissue, which is a common byproduct when performing bowel surgery. These small "miniature intestines" can be used for molecular biological examinations and allow for a direct application of research results to humans, thereby making animal experiments redundant.
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Handheld robotic exoskeleton to improve hand mobility problems


The Engineering Design and Technological Development Group (DIDET), from the University of AlicanteArtefactosLAB, has once again taken a step forward in terms of social innovation with the design of a new handheld robotic exoskeleton. Named [flick], this robotic exoskeleton improves the lives of people with limited or no ability to move due to neurological and/or physiological disorders.
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