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Biocompatible Protective Coatings Widen Application Scope in Medical Devices, Finds Frost & Sullivan

August 12, 2014 8:29 am | by PR Newswire | Comments

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Aug. 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Innovations will surge in the protective coatings industry by 2020, giving rise to a range of improved biocompatible and durable coatings that enable implant devices for use in orthopedic, orthodontic and cardiac applications. The...

GE Capital Agents $12.5 Million Senior Secured Credit Facility for Cardiva Medical, Inc.

August 12, 2014 8:28 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

BETHESDA, Md.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug 12, 2014--GE Capital’s Healthcare Financial Services business announced today that it has agented a senior secured credit facility of up to $12.5 million for Cardiva Medical, Inc. The financing is comprised of a $10 million term loan and a $2.5 million...

'Enzyme-Search Engine' Reveals Hidden Possibilities of Nature

August 12, 2014 6:29 am | by PR Newswire | Comments

GRAZ, Austria, Aug. 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- As high-precision miniature tools from nature, enzymes can solve certain tasks perfectly. The search for new industrial usable enzyme functions is very complex. A project of the Austrian Centre of Industrial Biotechnology (acib) and the...

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Bioengineers create functional 3-D brain-like tissue

August 11, 2014 4:45 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Bioengineers have created three-dimensional brain-like tissue that functions like and has structural features similar to tissue in the rat brain and that can be kept alive in the lab for more than two months. As a first demonstration of its potential, researchers used the brain-like tissue to ...

Pairing old technologies with new for next-generation electronic devices

August 11, 2014 4:25 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The spin-Hall effect helps generate 'spin currents' which enable spin information transfer without the flow of electric charge currents. Unlike other concepts that harness electrons, spin current can transfer information without causing heat from the electric charge, which is a serious problem for current semiconductor devices. Effective use of spins generated by the spin-Hall effect can also revolutionise spin-based memory applications.

Malaria medicine chloroquine inhibits tumor growth and metastases

August 11, 2014 4:21 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A recent study by investigators at VIB and KU Leuven has demonstrated that chloroquine also normalizes the abnormal blood vessels in tumors. This blood vessel normalization results in an increased barrier function on the one hand -- thereby blocking cancer cell dissemination and metastasis -- and in enhanced tumor perfusion on the other hand, which increases the response of the tumor to chemotherapy.

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Research Shows Promise for New Nerve Repair Technique

August 11, 2014 4:08 pm | by Alison Perry, University of Kentucky | Comments

A multicenter study including University of Kentucky researchers found that a new nerve repair technique yields better results and fewer side effects than other existing techniques. Traumatic nerve injuries are common, and when nerves are severed, they do not heal on their own and must ...

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Global market for fiber-optic sensors to reach $2.2 billion by 2018

August 11, 2014 3:55 pm | by BCC Research | Comments

BCC Research reveals in its new report, FIBER OPTIC SENSORS: GLOBAL MARKETS, the global market for fiber optic sensors (FOS) is expected to reach $2.2 billion by 2018, registering a five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4.5% from 2013 to 2018. Medical and defense are the two markets where optics have a distinct advantage over competing electronic options.

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Bioengineers: Matrix stiffness is an essential tool in stem cell differentiation

August 11, 2014 3:44 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Bioengineers at the University of California, San Diego have proven that when it comes to guiding stem cells into a specific cell type, the stiffness of the extracellular matrix used to culture them really does matter. When placed in a dish of a very stiff material, or hydrogel, most stem cells become bone-like cells. By comparison ...

Spectacular 3-D sketching system revolutionizes design interaction and collaboration

August 11, 2014 3:29 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Collaborative three-dimensional sketching is now possible thanks to a system known as Hyve-3D that University of Montreal researchers are presenting at the SIGGRAPH 2014 conference in Vancouver. "Hyve-3D is a new interface for 3D content creation via embodied and collaborative 3D sketching," explained ...

New Nano3 microscope will allow high-resolution look inside cells

August 11, 2014 11:59 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The University of California, San Diego's Nanofabrication Cleanroom Facility (Nano3) is the first institution to obtain a novel FEI Scios dual-beam microscope, with an adaptation for use at cryogenic temperatures. The new microscope will enable

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How the woodpecker avoids brain injury despite high-speed impacts via optimal anti-shock body structure

August 11, 2014 11:48 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Scientists and engineers focusing on this challenge might make advances by studying the unique morphology of the woodpecker, whose body functions as an excellent anti-shock structure. The woodpecker's brain can withstand repeated collisions and deceleration of 1200 g

Report: Acquisitions Driving Global Medical Device Market

August 11, 2014 11:31 am | by PR Newswire | Comments

NEW YORK, Aug. 11, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- With global device demand limited, companies are acquiring each other to boost revenues and take advantage of distribution synergies, according to Kalorama Information.  The healthcare market research publisher says the $300-billion plus global...

China Trauma Fixation Market Outlook, Size, Share, Analysis, and Forecast to 2020

August 11, 2014 11:31 am | by PR Newswire | Comments

ALBANY, New York, August 11, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- ResearchMoz presents this most up-to-date research on China Trauma Fixation Market Outlook to 2020. "China Trauma Fixation Market Outlook to 2020" provides key market data on the China Trauma Fixation market. The report provides...

Customized surface inspection

August 11, 2014 11:25 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Before a workpiece leaves the production plant, it is subjected to rigorous inspection: because even the most infinitesimal fracture or impact point could diminish the reliability or durability of a component. And when it comes to safety-critical applications – such as in the automotive or aerospace industries – manufacturers can only use the most impeccable parts. But esthetic aspects also count ...

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