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Image: Schematic representation of the coherent control of a spin defect in an atomic layer of boron nitride; Copyright: Andreas Gottscholl / University of Wuerzburg

Spin defects under control


Boron nitride is a technologically interesting material because it is very compatible with other two-dimensional crystalline structures. It therefore opens up pathways to artificial heterostructures or electronic devices built on them with fundamentally new properties.
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Image: a dark hair man in a suit, smiling; Copyright: University of Houston

Screening for skin disease on your laptop


The founding chair of the Biomedical Engineering Department at the University of Houston is reporting a new deep neural network architecture that provides early diagnosis of systemic sclerosis (SSc), a rare autoimmune disease marked by hardened or fibrous skin and internal organs.
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Image: The interior of a cell on a white background; Copyright: Venera Weinhardt

Viewing the virus close up


Advancing research into how viruses penetrate and act on human cells requires powerful cell imaging approaches. Soft X-ray microscopy is particularly suitable but has so far not been widely available. A pan-European research project called "Compact Cell-Imaging Device" with Heidelberg participation seeks to develop this technology for extensive application in medical research.
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Image: A neural interface that bears resemblance to the head of a jellyfish in that it is equally curved; Copyright: Northwestern University

Tiny machine poised to unlock brain's mysteries


A team of scientists, led by researchers at Northwestern University, Shirley Ryan AbilityLab and the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), has developed novel technology promising to increase understanding of how brains develop, and offer answers on repairing brains in the wake of neurotrauma and neurodegenerative diseases.
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Image: one hand holds a square of fabric under a sewing machine arm; Copyright: Anna-Lena Lundqvist/Chalmers University of Technology

Electronic textiles made with new cellulose thread


A research team led by Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, now presents a thread made of conductive cellulose, which offers fascinating and practical possibilities for electronic textiles.
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Image: a graphic of small human outlines, drops of blood, and fingerprints; copyright: Dennis J.K.H. Luck.

Innovative blood test based on infrared light


A new study carried out by a team of laser physicists, molecular biologists and physicians based at LMU Munich and the Max Planck Institute for Quantum Optics has confirmed the temporal stability of the molecular composition of blood in a population of healthy individuals.
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Image: a man standing in his laboratory; Copyright: Cleveland Clinic

Nanoparticle-delivered COVID-19 vaccine


Researchers from Cleveland Clinic's Global Center for Pathogen Research & Human Health have developed a promising new COVID-19 vaccine candidate that utilizes nanotechnology and has shown strong efficacy in preclinical disease models.
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Image: the white wearable heart monitor on a man's chest; Copyright: Williamson Adams

Wearable heart monitor effective for early detection of atrial fibrillation


A small, wearable heart monitor can detect atrial fibrillation in high-risk patients ten times more frequently than standard tests. This is the result of a new trans-Atlantic study involving researchers from Canada and Germany.
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Image:the polymer; Copyright: 2021 KAUST; Anastasia Serin

Ultrabright dots see beyond skin deep


A polymer that is custom designed to produce light that penetrates murky environments has shown promise in bioimaging trials, where it can detect nano-sized particles underneath the surface of realistic tissue models.
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Image: a male arm with a smartwatch around the wrist; Copyright: PantherMedia / Wavebreakmedia ltd

Wearables can detect COVID-19 symptoms and predict diagnosis


Wearable devices can identify COVID-19 cases earlier than traditional diagnostic methods and can help track and improve management of the disease, Mount Sinai researchers report in one of the first studies on the topic. The findings were published in Journal of Medical Internet Research.
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Image: different tumors and a graphical display in green; Copyright: Hiroshi Takemura from Tokyo University of Science

Near-infrared imaging and machine learning can identify hidden tumors


Near-infrared hyperspectral imaging combined with machine learning can visualize tumors in deep tissue and covered by a mucosal layer, scientists show.
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Image: Representation of a heart on a white background; Copyright: Plank - Med Uni Graz

Cardiovascular diseases: New computer model improves therapy


Using mathematical image processing, scientists at the BioTechMed-Graz research cooperation have found a way to create digital twins from human hearts. The method opens up completely new possibilities in clinical diagnostics.
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Image: Image of a heart, Hydrogel patterning with mCherry -- 3D human heart; Copyright: Batalov et al., PNAS, 2021

Patterned platforms for tissue engineering


Imagine going to a surgeon to have a diseased or injured organ switched out for a fully functional, laboratory-grown replacement. This remains science fiction and not reality because researchers today struggle to organize cells into the complex 3D arrangements that our bodies can master on their own.
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