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Powering Modern Medicine

November 12, 2010 11:25 am | by Sol Jacobs | Articles | Comments

Primary lithium batteries enable advanced medical devices to be smaller, lighter, and more feature-rich. This article showcases a number of different chemistries and features several real world applications for which these batteries are used.

Company Finds ‘Spine-Tingling’ Alternative to Surgical Device Redesign

November 12, 2010 10:59 am | by Tom Solon and Peter Fatone | Articles | Comments

The Project: An accelerated lead was needed on a lead screw in a spinal surgical device that would enable fewer turns to generate the necessary motion without increasing the load. The Solution: A custom assembly consisting of a combination metal-screw, polymer-based nut, and bushing system was provided that fit into the original device, eliminating any need for a redesign.

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Spencer board in favor of buyout

November 12, 2010 10:34 am | by Mass High Tech: The Journal of New England Technology | News | Comments

The board of directors at Spencer Pharmaceutical Inc. have indicated in a press release that they are in favor of the unsolicited buyout offer it received for 97 cents per share.

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Charging Forward With Lithium-Ion Battery Technology

November 12, 2010 10:15 am | by Marko Dimitrijevic | Articles | Comments

Enhancements in protection methods and power densities, combined with reduced costs have medical device manufacturers looking at lithium-ion battery technology to solve a number of design challenges for their portable devices. This article reviews a variety of advantages of this technology, and examines recent advances that make it well suited for this industry.

The Spookiness Of Quantum Mechanics

November 12, 2010 9:36 am | Podcasts | Comments

It's been 75 years since Albert Einstein decried the "spooky action at a distance" of quantum entanglement. Tom Siegfried, editor-in-chief of Science News, explains how quantum mechanics is being put to use, even though scientists still don't quite understand how it works.

The Evolving Minds Of Humans

November 12, 2010 9:36 am | Podcasts | Comments

Why do humans have consciousness? In his new book, Self Comes To Mind, neurologist Antonio Damasio argues that consciousness gave humans an evolutionary advantage. Damasio describes the differences between self and mind, and traces the evolutionary path of the human brain.

Quantifying Happiness

November 12, 2010 9:35 am | Podcasts | Comments

Harvard researchers have developed a Web tool for volunteers to record what they're doing and how they feel while doing it. The goal? To measure happiness. Doctoral student Matt Killingsworth describes some early results suggesting many people aren't "living in the moment."

A Conversation With The New NSF Director

November 12, 2010 9:35 am | Podcasts | Comments

Subra Suresh, former dean of engineering at MIT, was sworn in last month as director of the National Science Foundation, which doles out billions of dollars for basic research each year. Suresh talks about his priorities and how the NSF's budget is likely to fare with the new Congress.

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Bye, Bye Ivory Tower. Scientists Pledge To Speak Out

November 12, 2010 9:35 am | Podcasts | Comments

This week, a group of scientists called the "rapid response team" has promised to speak up about climate change and take skeptics head-on, even if that means participating in political debates. But does this verge on advocacy? And is that a problem? Ira Flatow and guests discuss.

Flying By A Small, Hyperactive Comet

November 12, 2010 9:35 am | Podcasts | Comments

When it comes to comets, gassy is good, or at least informative, says astronomer Michael A'Hearn. NASA's Deep Impact probe has been snapping pictures of Hartley 2 -- a small comet that is spewing a lot of gas and dust for its size. What do researchers hope to learn from the comet?

How To Hunt For Lichens

November 12, 2010 9:34 am | Podcasts | Comments

Lichens grow practically everywhere, but they have been neglected by scientists for years, says James Lendemer, a lichenologist with New York Botanical Garden. Lendemer took Science Friday on a trip to the Tannersville Cranberry Bog in Pennsylvania to explore the diversity of lichens living there.

Interleukin genetic test sales bump up in Q3

November 12, 2010 9:33 am | by Mass High Tech: The Journal of New England Technology | News | Comments

Waltham-based diagnostics company Interleukin Genetics Inc. has reported that it has significantly narrowed its loss due to increased sales of its genetics tests.

Foundation Medicine names Cronin as new SVP

November 12, 2010 9:33 am | by Mass High Tech: The Journal of New England Technology | News | Comments

Foundation Medicine Inc. has appointed Maureen Cronin, a former VP of translational research at Genomic Health Inc., in the newly created role of senior vice president of research and product development.

Misonix Announces New Distribution Agreement for South Africa

November 12, 2010 8:35 am | by Bio-Medicine.Org | News | Comments

FARMINGDALE, N.Y., Nov. 12, 2010 /- Misonix, Inc. (Nasdaq: MSON ), a developer of state of the art, ultrasonic medical device technology, which worldwide is used for acute health conditions, has entered into a new, three year, exclusive distribution agreement with Applied Bio Surgical...

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Dehaier Medical Announces Third Quarter 2010 Financial Results

November 12, 2010 8:35 am | by Bio-Medicine.Org | News | Comments

BEIJING, Nov. 12, 2010 /PRNewswire-Asia-FirstCall/ -- Dehaier Medical Systems Ltd. (Nasdaq: DHRM ) ("Dehaier" or the "Company"), an emerging leader in the development, assembly, marketing and sale of medical devices and homecare medical products in China, today announced its financial...

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