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Non-invasive method to predict brain pressure
The only way to accurately measure pressure inside the skull is to insert a catheter or sensor inside. However, this is invasive and techniques with less risk are desired. Intracranial pressure (ICP) needs to be correctly accounted for in a variety of medical situations including neurosurgery, neurology and emergency medicine.
'Smart' replies help humans communicate during pandemic
Daily life during a pandemic means social distancing and finding new ways to remotely connect with friends, family and co-workers. And as we communicate online and by text, artificial intelligence could play a role in keeping our conversations on track, according to new Cornell University research.
Innovators moving to fast-track COVID-19 diagnostic
As the coronavirus pandemic spreads across the world, Purdue University scientists are working to move solutions to diagnose and treat the virus to the marketplace as soon as possible.
Microfluidic device: Heart attack on a chip
The chip allows precise control of oxygen and other conditions to observe cardiac cell behavior.
Printing complex cellulose-based objects
Researchers from ETH Zurich and the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (Empa) have set a new world record: they 3D printed complex objects with higher cellulose content than that of any other additively manufactured cellulose-based parts. To achieve this, they used a clever trick.
Engineers find ankle exoskeleton aids running
Running is great exercise but not everyone feels great doing it. In hopes of boosting physical activity - and possibly creating a new mode of transportation - engineers at Stanford University are studying devices that people could strap to their legs to make running easier.
Chemists activate palladium catalysis by light
A new method was found to produce π-allylpalladium complexes by radical chemistry. The study was published in 'Nature Catalysis'.
Graphite nanoplatelets on medical devices prevent infections
Graphite nanoplatelets integrated into plastic medical surfaces can prevent infections, killing 99.99 per cent of bacteria which try to attach - a cheap and viable potential solution to a problem which affects millions, costs huge amounts of time and money, and accelerates antibiotic resistance. This is according to research from Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, in the journal Small.
Composite metal foams take the heat
North Carolina State University researchers have demonstrated that composite metal foams (CMFs) can pass so-called "simulated pool fire testing" with flying colors, moving the material closer to use in applications such as packaging and transportation of hazardous materials.
The right thumb becomes the left arm
A research team has revealed that a re-association of the right thumb with the virtual left arm can be induced by visuo-motor synchronization in a virtual environment.
Light controls brain cells
In the future, dysfunction in signal transmission in the brain will be investigated and potentially alleviated with the help of light signals. This is the goal of NEUROPA, a new European joint project in which the research group of Prof. Dr. Andreas Möglich at the University of Bayreuth has taken on a significant role.
Breast cancer: App detects harsh side effect of treatment
Some 20 percent of breast cancer survivors will suffer from lymphedema, a potentially severe side effect of treatment that makes arms swell with lymph. The disease is often overlooked, but commercially available app-based technology now makes early detection easier, allowing for proactive treatment.
Sensitive detection of molecules
Short pulses of strong laser light make the concentration of molecules visible. To observe molecules, one has to use sensitive tools. Such measurements would be important for determining the concentration of minute particles in blood samples or during neuronal information transfer in the brain.
Improving 'smart' composites for biomedical sensors
IKBFU Physicists have successfully tested the new magnetic micro wire-based concept of "smart" composites production. The new composites are related to the multiferroic-class materials which have mutually controlled magnetic and electric properties.
Chip for liquid biopsy to detect prostate cancer
Researchers of Sechenov University together with their colleagues from Australia used the microfluidics technology to develop a device able to isolate cancer cells from urine of patients with prostate cancer. The study showed high sensitivity and specificity of the new method in diagnosing prostate cancer. The results obtained were published in Cancers.
Researchers demonstrate new concept of optical fiber sensors
Optical fibers enable our era of the internet, as they carry vast amounts of data all around the world. Fibers are also an excellent sensor platform. They can reach over hundreds of kilometers, simply embedded within structures, and can be installed in hazardous environment where the use of electricity is prohibited. However, optical fiber sensors also face an inherent, fundamental challenge.
Imaging: diamond x-ray micro lens
After the synchrotrons of the fourth generation were invented (these are particle accelerators, which are, in fact, giant research facilities), there was an urgent need for a fundamentally new optics that could withstand high temperatures and radiation loads created by a powerful x-ray stream.
Magnetic whirls in future data storage devices
Magnetic (anti)skyrmions are microscopically small whirls that are found in special classes of magnetic materials. These nano-objects could be used to host digital data by their presence or absence in a sequence along a magnetic stripe.
Augmented reality: system facilitates manual manufacturing
The manufacturing of products made of fiber-reinforced plastics (FRP) often still involves a number of manual work steps: the position and orientation of the semi-finished fiber-reinforced materials must be aligned precisely by hand to ensure that the product has the required levels of stability and flexibility after lamination and curing.
App to determine risk of preterm birth
An improved mobile phone app will help identify women who need special treatments at the right time and reduce emotional and financial burden on families and the NHS.
Miniaturized 'warehouse robots' for biotechnology applications
UCLA engineers have developed minuscule warehouse logistics robots that could help expedite and automate medical diagnostic technologies and other applications that move and manipulate tiny drops of fluid. The study was published in Science Robotics.
Cold sintering at record low temperatures
Barium titanate is an important electroceramic material used in trillions of capacitors each year and found in most electronics. Penn State researchers have produced the material at record low temperatures, and the discovery could lead to more energy efficient manufacturing.
Stretchable, wearable coils may make MRI easier on patients
Anyone who has had a mammogram or an MRI knows how uncomfortable and awkward the tests can be. Now, Purdue University researchers have taken technology used in the defense and aerospace industries to create a novel way of doing some medical imaging.
Researchers combine lasers and terahertz waves in camera
A team of physicists at the University of Sussex has successfully developed the first nonlinear camera capable of capturing high-resolution images of the interior of solid objects using terahertz (THz) radiation.
Next-generation lithium metal batteries
A Washington State University research team has developed a way to address a major safety issue with lithium metal batteries - an innovation that could make high-energy batteries more viable for next-generation energy storage.
Improving carbon-nanotube-based fibers
Researchers recently developed a technique that can be used to build carbon-nanotube-based fibers by creating chemical crosslinks; the technique improves the electrical and mechanical properties of these materials.
The human touch: highly sensitive sensors
Ultrathin crack-based sensors operate on a principle similar to a spider's sense organ and display remarkable sensitivity to movement.
Low-cost 'smart' diaper
Now MIT researchers have developed a "smart" diaper embedded with a moisture sensor that can alert a caregiver when a diaper is wet. When the sensor detects dampness in the diaper, it sends a signal to a nearby receiver, which in turn can send a notification to a smartphone or computer.
Hybrid microscope for digital biopsy
By adding infrared capability to the ubiquitous, standard optical microscope, researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign hope to bring cancer diagnosis into the digital era.
Wouldn’t it be handy if you were able to record your baby’s heartbeat or even take an ultrasound scan just using a smartphone app at home, without having to make an appointment to visit your obstetrician or go to the hospital, with all the additional travel and waiting time that entails? Technology is currently being developed which ought to make this possible in the near future.
Making 3-D printing smarter with machine learning
University of Southern California: Manufacturers, medical device companies and the general public will soon have access to powerful AI-driven 3-D printing software, the result of six years of research.
Diabetes: coin-sized smart insulin patch
UCLA biomedical engineers, in collaboration with UNC School of Medicine and MIT researchers, led preclinical experiments for a new device to automatically manage glucose levels and deliver needed insulin quickly.
The shape of water
Scientist combine data analysis techniques with molecular dynamics simulations to understand the structure of water on material surfaces.
AI can spot when correlation does mean causation
AI can merge overlapping and incomplete medical datasets and then determine which variables are causative, giving new possibilities for old data; scientists at Babylon demonstrated the potential of the AI on data from tumors and protein structures.
Handheld 3D printer for severe burns
Researchers develop a skin printer that works like a paint roller, depositing bio ink that speeds up wound healing.
Acoustically driven microrobot
Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in Stuttgart have designed and fabricated an untethered microrobot that can slip along either a flat or curved surface in a liquid when exposed to ultrasound waves.
Hybrid technique to produce stronger nickel for manufacturing
Nickel is a widely used metal in the manufacturing industry for both industrial and advanced material processes. Now, Purdue University innovators have created a hybrid technique to fabricate a new form of nickel that may help the future production of lifesaving medical devices, high-tech devices and vehicles with strong corrosion-resistant protection.
Sustainable 3D-printed super magnets
Magnetic materials play important roles in electrical products. These materials are usually manufactured by means of established production techniques and use of rare earth metals. Several research teams at TU Graz are working on alternative, more environmentally friendly production methods.
Materials for the future
Richard D. James from the University of Minnesota works as a Mercator Fellow on shape memory materials at Kiel University.
Sensors: method detects defects in 2D materials
To further shrink electronic devices and to lower energy consumption, the semiconductor industry is interested in using 2D materials, but manufacturers need a quick and accurate method for detecting defects in these materials to determine if the material is suitable for device manufacture.
Less may be more in next-gen batteries
The process of developing better rechargeable batteries may be cloudy, but there's an alumina lining.