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Life-Changing Ideas Win Google Impact Challenge

August 6, 2014 11:12 am | by Oxford University | Comments

Two projects involving Oxford University technology are winners of the 2014 Google Impact Challenge, and will each receive £500,000. The two projects are smart glasses for people with sight loss to make the most of their remaining vision...

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Institutions Collaborate Toward Sharing and Standardizing Neuroscience Data

August 6, 2014 11:00 am | by The Kavli Foundation | Comments

This is the first collaboration launched by “Neurodata Without Borders,” a broader initiative with the goal of standardizing neuroscience data on an international scale, making it more easily sharable by researchers worldwide. This first...

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DeXcellence Places Second at Innovation Challenge

August 6, 2014 10:55 am | by Mike Williams, Rice University | Comments

A team of recent Rice engineering graduates took second place in the annual Texas Instruments Innovation Challenge with the DeXcellence motion-analysis device developed for cerebral palsy patients. The Rice team of Sonia Garcia, Shaurya Agarwal...

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New Tools Advance Bio-Logic

August 6, 2014 10:47 am | by Rice University | Comments

Researchers at Rice University and the University of Kansas Medical Center are making genetic circuits that can perform more complex tasks by swapping protein building blocks. The modular genetic circuits engineered from parts of otherwise...

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Scientists Create Remote-Controlled Nanoscale Protein Motors

August 6, 2014 10:39 am | by Shara Tonn, Stanford | Comments

In every cell in your body, tiny protein motors are toiling away to keep you going. Moving muscles, dividing cells, twisting DNA – they are the workhorses of biology. But there is still uncertainty about how they function. To help biologists...

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Physicians Deactivate Heart Pump with Catheter-Based Approach

August 6, 2014 10:32 am | by Stanford | Comments

Donna Jackson’s heart, on the verge of failing two years earlier, had made a strong recovery. By spring 2013, she no longer needed the left ventricular assist device, or LVAD, that had been implanted in her chest almost three years earlier...

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A Chance Hospital Encounter Sent an Engineer on an Improbable Mission

August 6, 2014 10:09 am | by GE Reports | Comments

One sunny Thursday afternoon last October, Lyman Connor climbed on his bicycle and pedaled from his Roanoke, Va., home for a ride along the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway. He didn’t make it back that day. Riding down one of the parkway’s steep...

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Photos of the Day: The Boy and the Bionic Hand

August 6, 2014 10:08 am | by GE Reports | Comments

Lyman Connor, a GE engineer who writes software for turbines and power plants, has always been a tinkerer. Among the tools in his garage is a 3D printer, which he decided to use to build a low-cost bionic hand. High-end electronic limbs use...

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Customized Knee Implants Have More Natural Motion Compared to Off-the-Shelf Versions

August 6, 2014 8:44 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

ConforMIS, Inc., a medical device company providing the only truly customized total knee implant systems for patients, today announced results from two in vivo clinical studies comparing the motion patterns of patients treated with ConforMIS...

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Japan Scientist in Research Scandal Found Dead

August 5, 2014 4:32 pm | by Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press | Comments

A senior Japanese scientist embroiled in a stem-cell research scandal has apparently committed suicide, police said Tuesday. Yoshiki Sasai had supervised and co-authored stem-cell research papers that had to be retracted due to falsified...

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Butterflies Could Hold Key to Probes that Repair Genes

August 5, 2014 3:50 pm | by Clemson University | Comments

New discoveries about how butterflies feed could help engineers develop tiny probes that siphon liquid out of single cells for a wide range of medical tests and treatments, according to Clemson University researchers. The National Science...

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3-in-1 Optical Skin Cancer Probe

August 5, 2014 3:42 pm | by American Institute of Physics | Comments

As thousands of vacationers hit the beach this summer, many of them will expose their unprotected bare limbs to direct UV sunlight, potentially putting them at risk of skin cancer later in life. To fight back, scientists can also turn to light...

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Advanced Thin-Film Technique Could Deliver Long-Lasting Medication

August 5, 2014 3:23 pm | by Peter Dizikes, MIT News Office | Comments

About one in four older adults suffers from chronic pain. Many of those people take medication, usually as pills. But this is not an ideal way of treating pain: Patients must take medicine frequently, and can suffer side effects, since the...

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Codman Neuro Launches New Envoy Guiding Catheters

August 5, 2014 2:59 pm | by Codman Neuro | Comments

Codman Neuro, part of DePuy Synthes Companies of Johnson & Johnson, announced the launch of the ENVOY DA XB Distal Access Guiding Catheter and the 7F ENVOY Guiding Catheter for neurovascular procedures. The announcement was made at...

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World’s Smallest Propeller Could Be Used for Microscopic Medicine

August 5, 2014 2:54 pm | by Kevin Hattori, American Technion Society | Comments

If you thought that the most impressive news in shrinking technology these days was smart watches, think again. Scientists are quietly toiling in their laboratories to create robots that are only nanometers – billionths of a meter – in length...

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