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Ultrasensitive Temperature Sensors Made from Tobacco Cells

March 31, 2015 2:47 pm | by ETH Zurich | Comments

Humans have been inspired by nature since the beginning of time. We mimic nature to develop new technologies, with examples ranging from machinery to pharmaceuticals to new materials. Planes are modeled on birds and many drugs have their...

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Bionic Hand Powered by Thoughts Alone

March 31, 2015 2:24 pm | by University of Houston | Comments

A research team from the University of Houston has created an algorithm that allowed a man to grasp a bottle and other objects with a prosthetic hand, powered only by his thoughts. The technique, demonstrated with a 56-year-old man whose...

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3D Printing Tech Providing 'Robohand' to 7-Year-Old Girl

March 31, 2015 10:54 am | by John Rogers, Associated Press | Comments

Seven-year-old Faith Lennox never thought she needed a left hand; after all, she couldn't remember losing hers when she was only 9 months old. But when it came to getting one custom made in a day by a 3D printer, that was a different story...

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Prize-Winning Pulmonary Diagnostic System for Rural India

March 31, 2015 9:47 am | by Jennifer Evans, Johns Hopkins University | Comments

SpiroSense, a seven-member team from Johns Hopkins University, took top honors in the 2015 National Undergraduate Global Health Technology Design Competition held at Rice University March 27. The team captured first place in the annual...

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New App Helps Doctors Screen for Alcoholism

March 31, 2015 9:31 am | by Monash University | Comments

A mobile phone app that will enable doctors to screen people for harmful drinking and refer them to support services has received State Government funding. The innovation, which received funding as part of the inaugural VicHealth Innovation...

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Designing Integrated Circuits for Better Hearing Aids

March 31, 2015 9:23 am | by University of Texas at Arlington | Comments

A University of Texas at Arlington electrical engineering researcher is developing a more efficient, low-power integrated circuit for directional hearing aids that will lead to a better quality of life for hearing impaired people. Sungyong Jung...

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Brain-Controlled Devices Mimic Natural Motor Control

March 31, 2015 9:17 am | by Cognitive Neuroscience Society | Comments

Neuroscientists are taking inspiration from natural motor control to design new prosthetic devices that can better replace limb function. In new work, researchers have tested a range of brain-controlled devices - from wheelchairs to robots...

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A 3D Human Skin Map

March 31, 2015 9:11 am | by University of California - San Diego | Comments

Researchers at the University of California, San Diego Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences used information collected from hundreds of skin swabs to produce three-dimensional maps of molecular and microbial variations across...

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'Wikipedia' for Neurons Indexes Physiological Information

March 31, 2015 9:01 am | by Jocelyn Duffy, Carnegie Mellon University | Comments

The decades worth of data that has been collected about the billions of neurons in the brain is astounding. To help scientists make sense of this “brain big data,” researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have used data mining to create...

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Microsecond Imaging Could Probe Cells and Organs for Disease

March 30, 2015 11:47 am | by Emil Venere, Purdue University | Comments

A vibrational spectroscopic imaging technology that can take images of living cells could represent an advanced medical diagnostic tool for the early detection of cancer and other diseases. High-speed spectroscopic imaging makes it possible...

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Patented Surgical Instrument Allows Surgeons to Obtain Real Time Biopsies

March 30, 2015 11:35 am | by New York College of Health Professions | Comments

New York College of Health Professions announces a valuable addition to their world class Intellectual Properties portfolio with U.S. Patent #8,996,098 donated by its Chairman under the College's Intellectual Properties policy. This patent...

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'Atomic Chicken-Wire' Is Key to Faster DNA Sequencing

March 30, 2015 10:17 am | by University of Melbourne | Comments

An unusual and very exciting form of carbon - that can be created by drawing on paper- looks to hold the key to real-time, high throughput DNA sequencing, a technique that would revolutionize medical research and testing. Led by Dr. Jiri...

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'Google Maps' for the Body Zooms in on Single Cells

March 30, 2015 10:12 am | by University of New South Wales | Comments

A world-first UNSW collaboration that uses previously top-secret technology to zoom through the human body down to the level of a single cell could be a game-changer for medicine, an international research conference in the United States...

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Assay Simultaneously Detects HIV Antibodies and Viral RNA

March 30, 2015 9:07 am | by New York University | Comments

New York University College of Dentistry (NYUCD) has received a sub-award in the amount of $335,000 from a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to complete the development...

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Recipe for Antibacterial Plastic: Add Egg Whites

March 30, 2015 8:59 am | by University of Georgia | Comments

Bioplastics made from protein sources such as albumin and whey have shown significant antibacterial properties, findings that could eventually lead to their use in plastics used in medical applications such as wound healing dressings, sutures...

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