October 2010

News: Medical
Rewiring a Damaged Brain

Researchers are developing microelectronic circuitry to guide the growth of axons in a brain damaged by an exploding bomb, car crash, or stroke. The goal is to rewire the brain connectivity and bypass the region damaged by trauma, in order to restore normal behavior and movement.

News: Software
A 'Smart' Cane for the Visually Impaired

University of Arkansas at Little Rock researchers are inventing a "smart" cane that will help guide visually impaired users with a Flash LADAR (laser detection and ranging) sensor that provides a more detailed "picture" of the physical environment.

News: Medical
New Chips Could Replace Current Method of Testing Medical Devices

Princeton engineers have developed a sensor that may revolutionize how drugs and medical devices are tested for contamination, and in the process also help ensure the survival of two species of threatened animals. In the wild, the African clawed frog produces antibacterial...

News: Photonics/Optics
Improved Brain Imaging Using a Novel Brush Optrode

One of the main techniques for measuring and monitoring mental activity, called functional near infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS), can often be impaired because a person's hair gets in the way. A team of researchers at the University of Texas at Dallas and the University of Texas at Arlington have...

News: Robotics, Automation & Control
Robot Assisted Therapy for Prostate Cancer

A first-of-its-kind clinical trial of robot-assisted brachytherapy for treating prostate cancer will take place at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. Prostate brachytherapy, which requires accurate insertion of some 60 to 120 radioactive seeds in very specific places in the prostate, calls for a high...

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Ralph Bright on the Power of Power Cords

Understanding power system components and how to connect them correctly is critical to meeting regulatory requirements and designing successful electrical products for worldwide markets. Interpower’s Ralph Bright defines these requirements and explains how to know which cord to select for your application.

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