Paula Spurlock was experiencing intense itching following hip replacement surgery. It turned out that she was allergic to the hip implant and the bone cement used to keep the implant in place. Now, a new test can help to prevent this type of problem for future patients who require an orthopedic implant.
The tail of a seahorse can be compressed to about half its size before permanent damage occurs, engineers at the University of California, San Diego, have found. The tail’s exceptional flexibility is due to its structure, made up of bony, armored plates, which slide past each other.
Panasonic, together with the Belgium-based research institution IMEC, has developed a DNA testing chip that automates all stages of obtaining genetic information, including preprocessing. This development is expected to enable personalized, tailor-made therapy to become widespread.
Amputees are enjoying an improved quality of life with wireless enabled prostheses. The prosthetic sends data to the care-giver to make better informed adjustments, and the patient can even make adjustments from their mobile phone.
A unique pair of eyeglasses developed by a Florida International Univ. student team could revolutionize the lives of the blind, enabling them to walk into a library or a store, pick up any book or a can of soup and read it. The Eyetalk concept has been hailed by venture investors as a potentially breakthrough product that could make a difference for disabled people worldwide.
A new spinal implant developed in Israel, has radically improved the life of at least one patient who, four years ago, believed he would spend his twilight years in constant pain. Seventy-nine-year-old Moshav farmer Yehuda Schwartz suffered from a debilitating back condition common among senior citizens but says, since receiving the implant, he's been given a new lease on life.
To study the effects of improvised explosive devices on soldiers and help provide continuing treatment, Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) researchers have developed IBESS, a sensor system that measures the physical environment of an explosion and collects data that can correlate what the soldier experienced with long-term outcomes.
The University of Connecticut and Pratt & Whitney have created one of the most advanced additive manufacturing laboratories in the country. The new Pratt & Whitney Additive Manufacturing Innovation Center at UConn is the first additive manufacturing facility in the Northeast to work with metals rather than plastics.
As demonstrated in these videos, sitting at rest, the adaptive and multifunctional material is smooth, clear and flat; droplets of water or oil on its omniphobic surface flow freely down its surface. Stretching or bending it makes the fluid surface rougher. The rough surface is opaque, and also confers the ability to precisely control the movement of water or oil droplets.
For the first time scientists have printed human embryonic stem cells using a 3D printer. The Heriot-Watt University team's research could eventually lead to human organs being printed on demand and an end to animal drug testing. Jim Drury reports.
In this installment of Design Tips for Plastic Injection Molding, Kevin Crystal talks about designing living hinges in plastic parts. Using the Protomold Design Cube, Kevin demonstrates the best resins to use when designing living hinges.
Structural adhesives, in both liquid and tape formats, are used in a growing number of applications as replacements for mechanical fasteners, in automotive, construction, medical and energy markets. Watch Fabrico's video on Structural Adhesives to learn more.
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EVPD Proportional Valve Driver overview with Ernie Deoring
Rob Clippard of Clippard Instrument Laboratory illustrates the capabilities of pneumatic components with his demonstration of an "air guitar" that is played through the use of an iPad and an array of Clippard valves and components. These same types of pneumatics can be indicated in a...