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Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Taking a cue from the structural complexity of trees and bones, Washington State University engineers have created a way to 3D print two types of steel in the same circular layer using two welding machines. The resulting bimetallic material proved 33–42 percent stronger than either metal alone, thanks in part to pressure caused between the metals as they cool together.
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R&D: Medical
Researchers have developed an implantable device that could provide a long-term supply of insulin to the body. The implant was designed to shield insulin-producing, or islet, cells from damaging immune responses, while continuously generating oxygen to sustain them.
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R&D: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Researchers have developed a sensor that can perceive combinations of bending, stretching, compression, and temperature changes, all using a robust system that boils down to a simple concept: color.
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R&D: Materials
A single strand of fiber has the flexibility of cotton and the electric conductivity of a polymer, called polyaniline. The newly developed material showed good potential for wearable e-textiles. Researchers tested the fibers with a system that powered an LED light and another that sensed ammonia gas.
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R&D: Materials
Scaffold insertion also appeared to be as safe as angioplasty, in terms of procedure-related complications.
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R&D: Medical
Researchers have laid the groundwork for a soft robotic tool and control system that could grant surgeons an unprecedented degree of maneuverability within the brain.
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R&D: Materials
Instead of using toxic chemicals or optical masks for patterning, a research team used laser direct patterning technology to form laser-induced graphene (LIG) on e-textiles and successfully manufactured graphene-based e-textiles.
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R&D: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Researchers have invented sensor-based noninvasive medical devices to make the monitoring and treatment of certain physiological and psychological conditions timelier and more precise.
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R&D: Manufacturing & Prototyping
A microprinter can print piezoelectric films 100 times faster for the production of MEMS for sensors, wearable, or implantable medical devices, offering the possibility to lower the mass production costs.
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Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
An advancement in 3D bioprinting of native-like skeletal muscle tissues has been made by scientists at the Terasaki Institute for Biomedical Innovation (TIBI).
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Features: Medical
With COVID behind them and patients and their physicians returning to elective procedures, Smith & Nephew is seeing strong market revenue growth in 2022, according to CEO Deepak Nath, who spoke during its first quarter trading update.
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Features: Medical
With all the benefits implantable systems offer therapy developers, clinicians, and patients, it is easy to see why market projections for this segment are on the rise.
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Briefs: Medical
Researchers at MIT and Tufts University have devised an alternative computational approach based on a type of artificial intelligence algorithm known as a large language model.
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Briefs: Medical
A research team has designed a new microneedle patch to offer a highly effective nonantibiotic approach for the treatment of skin infection.
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Briefs: Medical
A team of scientists has developed novel technology with the potential to change the future of drug delivery. The device developed represents the first implantable drug-delivery system that is triggered by external light sources of different wavelengths, and not by electronics.
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Briefs: Medical
A bionic pancreas — a wearable, pocket-sized, automated insulin delivery device — has been cleared by the FDA. The iLet Bionic Pancreas is now commercially available.
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Briefs: Materials
The new method utilizes antioxidants in the form of polymer-stabilized crystals. Traditional methods grow crystals within reactors, but using microfluidics, the researchers can create crystals that are all the same size and dosage.
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Briefs: Medical
The Intracellular Drug Delivery Centre will help predict the stability, efficacy, performance, and any potential adverse reactions of RNA vaccines and therapeutics.
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Briefs: Medical
With the help of an AI, researchers have succeeded in designing synthetic DNA that controls the cells’ protein production.
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Features: Manufacturing & Prototyping
In this Expert Insight, Nadia Hajjar, Category Manager for Life Sciences at Porex, provides perspective on the ins and outs of designing custom components, including leveraging customization to decrease device complexity and reduce component costs.
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R&D: Medical

Engineers have unveiled what they call an intervertebral disc-on-a-chip, a world-first precision engineered toolbox for research into lower back pain, the leading cause of disability worldwide.

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Briefs: Wearables
A new smart material developed by researchers at the University of Waterloo is activated by both heat and electricity, making it the first ever to respond to two different stimuli.
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R&D: Medical

A simple and accurate glucose-meter-based test incorporates a novel fusion protein could someday be used to monitor SARS-CoV-2 antibody levels. Glucose meters are readily available and easy to...

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R&D: Wearables

A novel wearable for infants provides reliable assessment of motor abilities during early development. The smart jumpsuit, called MAIJU (Motor Assessment of Infants with a Jumpsuit), is a...

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R&D: Medical

Researchers have developed a medical instrument called Clinical Antimicrobial Susceptibility Test Ramanometry for Helicobacter pylori (CAST-R-HP) that holds promise as a powerful new tool in the diagnosis...

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R&D: Wearables
Researchers have developed a device to noninvasively measure cervical nerve activity in humans.
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R&D: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Researchers have demonstrated a new technique for directly printing electronic circuits onto curved and corrugated surfaces.
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R&D: Medical
Using a simple set of magnets, researchers have devised a sophisticated way to monitor muscle movements.
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R&D: Wearables
Researchers demonstrate that graphene can greatly improve electrical circuits required for wearable and flexible electronics such as smart health patches and other flexible devices.
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Eric Dietsch on the Benefits of Nitinol Wire
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