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Thinnest Feasible Membrane Produced

April 18, 2014 1:31 pm | by Fabio Bergamin, ETH Zurich | Comments

A new nano-membrane made out of the “super material” graphene is extremely light and breathable. Not only can this open the door to a new generation of functional waterproof clothing, but also to ultra-rapid filtration. The membrane produced by ...

Intelligent Prosthetic Liners Could Ease Pain for Lower Limb Amputees

April 18, 2014 1:09 pm | by University of Southampton | Comments

A new device could help to relieve the pain and discomfort experienced by thousands of amputees as a result of poorly fitting replacement lower limbs. Researchers are developing a prototype of the world’s first prosthetic ...      

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X-Ray Detector on Plastic Delivers Medical Imaging Performance

April 18, 2014 12:50 pm | by Holst Centre | Comments

Researchers from Holst Centre and imec have demonstrated the first ever X-ray detector produced on a plastic substrate that is capable of medical-grade performance. The proof-of-concept device delivers high-resolution, dynamic images at ...

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Beating the Clock for Sufferers of Ischemic Stroke

April 18, 2014 12:46 pm | by The Hong Kong Polytechnic University | Comments

A ground-breaking computer technology raises hope for people struck by ischemic stroke, which is a very common kind of stroke accounting for over 80 percent of overall stroke cases.  Developed by ...       

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Photos of the Day: Monitoring the Natural Anti-Distraction System

April 18, 2014 10:54 am | by Simon Fraser University | Comments

John McDonald, a Canada Research Chair in Cognitive Neuroscience, and other scientists first discovered the existence of the specific neural index of suppression in his lab in 2009. But, until now, little was known about how it helps us ...

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Scientists Discover Brain’s Anti-Distraction System

April 18, 2014 10:28 am | by Simon Fraser University | Comments

This discovery opens up the possibility that environmental and/or genetic factors may hinder or suppress a specific brain activity that the researchers have identified as helping us prevent distraction. This is the first study to reveal our ...

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Credit-Card-Sized Anthrax Detector

April 18, 2014 9:57 am | by Sandia National Laboratories | Comments

A credit-card-sized anthrax detection cartridge developed at Sandia National Laboratories and recently licensed to a small business makes testing safer, easier, faster and cheaper. Bacillus anthracis, the bacteria that causes anthrax, is commonly ...

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FDA Warns of Cancer Risk with Fibroid Procedure

April 17, 2014 4:41 pm | by Matthew Perrone - AP Health Writer | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration is warning women that a surgical procedure to remove noncancerous growths from the uterus could inadvertently spread cancer to other parts of the body. The agency is discouraging doctors from performing the...

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Leading Boston-Based Plastic Surgeon Launches New Line of Facial Implants

April 17, 2014 4:41 pm | by Matrix Surgical | Comments

Boston’s leading cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Michael Yaremchuk, has announced a partnership with Matrix Surgical USA to manufacture and distribute his new line of patented facial implants. The craniofacial implant system will be marketed under...

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Poop-Powered Diagnostics for Liver Condition in Newborns

April 17, 2014 3:11 pm | by Johns Hopkins Medicine | Comments

Fecal color and consistency are well-known markers of digestive health in both children and adults, but paying attention to a newborn’s shade of poop can be a decided lifesaver in babies born with the rare, liver-ravaging disorder biliary...

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Adhesive Gel Facilitates Organ Repair

April 17, 2014 2:59 pm | by CNRS (Délégation Paris Michel-Ange) | Comments

A significant breakthrough could revolutionize surgical practice and regenerative medicine. A team led by Ludwik Leibler from the Laboratoire Matière Molle et Chimie (CNRS/ESPCI Paris Tech) and Didier Letourneur from the Laboratoire Recherche...

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Beaming on a Balance Beam

April 17, 2014 2:52 pm | by Rice University | Comments

A 10-year-old Special Olympian is able to work her way along a balance beam without a helping human hand; an assistive device from a crew of Rice University freshmen gave her the independence she so desired. Macy Bouchard has been working...

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Neuromorphic Computing "Roadmap" Envisions Analog Path to Simulating Human Brain

April 17, 2014 2:40 pm | by Rick Robinson, Georgia Institute of Technology | Comments

In the field of neuromorphic engineering, researchers study computing techniques that could someday mimic human cognition. Electrical engineers at the Georgia Institute of Technology recently published a "roadmap" that details innovative...

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ulrich medical USA Releases New Spinal Implant for U.S. Market

April 17, 2014 11:34 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

ulrich medical USA, Inc. has announced the U.S. market release of the tezo spine implants for multiple surgical approaches to lumbosacral interbody fusion. "We are experiencing a segmental market shift in the degenerative spine sector...

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Bionic Ankle 'Emulates Nature'

April 17, 2014 11:25 am | by Rob Matheson, MIT News Office | Comments

These days, Hugh Herr, an associate professor of media arts and sciences at MIT, gets about 100 emails daily from people across the world interested in his bionic limbs. Messages pour in from amputees seeking prostheses and from media outlets...

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