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Briefs : Medical
‘Liquid Biopsy’ Chip Detects Metastatic Cancer Cells in a Drop of Blood
‘Liquid Biopsy’ Chip Detects Metastatic Cancer Cells in a Drop of Blood

A chip developed by mechanical engineers at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), Worcester, MA, can trap and identify metastatic cancer cells in a small amount of...

‘Liquid Biopsy’ Chip Detects Metastatic Cancer Cells in a Drop of Blood
Briefs : Medical
Advanced Mobility Aid Addresses Failings of Current Devices
Advanced Mobility Aid Addresses Failings of Current Devices

Researchers from the Medical Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (ARMC), Sheffield, UK, are developing an advanced mobility aid that could change the lives of millions of...

Advanced Mobility Aid Addresses Failings of Current Devices
Briefs : Materials
Hydrogel Dressing Could Eliminate Traditional Bandages for Burns
Hydrogel Dressing Could Eliminate Traditional Bandages for Burns

For patients with second-degree burns, it’s not always the initial injury that hurts most. The daily, sometimes hours-long bandage changes can be the most excruciating...

Hydrogel Dressing Could Eliminate Traditional Bandages for Burns
Briefs : Medical
Bionic Wheelchair Breaks New Barriers
Bionic Wheelchair Breaks New Barriers

People confined to a wheelchair are still confronted with insurmountable obstacles in everyday life — even in today’s more wheelchair-accessible society. There are often no elevators in a building...

Bionic Wheelchair Breaks New Barriers
Briefs : Medical
Biomedical Skin-Like Bandage Is Stretchy, Durable, and Long Lasting
Biomedical Skin-Like Bandage Is Stretchy, Durable, and Long Lasting

A skin-like biomedical technology that uses a mesh of conducting nanowires and a thin layer of elastic polymer might bring new electronic bandages that monitor biosignals...

Biomedical Skin-Like Bandage Is Stretchy, Durable, and Long Lasting
Briefs : Photonics/Optics
Glass Fibers with Potential Far Beyond Transmitting Light
Glass Fibers with Potential Far Beyond Transmitting Light

Glass fibers do everything from connecting us to the Internet to enabling keyhole surgery by delivering light through an endoscope. But as versatile as today’s fiber optics are,...

Glass Fibers with Potential Far Beyond Transmitting Light
Briefs : Materials
New ‘Bottlebrush’ Electroactive Polymers Make Dielectric Elastomers Increasingly Viable for Use in Devices
New ‘Bottlebrush’ Electroactive Polymers Make Dielectric Elastomers Increasingly Viable for Use in Devices

Material can change shape and size when exposed to a relatively small electric field.

A multi-institutional research team...

New ‘Bottlebrush’ Electroactive Polymers Make Dielectric Elastomers Increasingly Viable for Use in Devices
Briefs : Medical
Fluorescent Sensor Provides Low-Cost Diagnosis of Cystic Fibrosis
Fluorescent Sensor Provides Low-Cost Diagnosis of Cystic Fibrosis

New device provides a cheaper, easier way to detect levels of chloride in sweat.

Scientists have developed a new diagnostic test for cystic fibrosis, a genetic...

Fluorescent Sensor Provides Low-Cost Diagnosis of Cystic Fibrosis
Briefs : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Energy-Efficient Biomedical Sensor Hub for Wearable Health Applications
Energy-Efficient Biomedical Sensor Hub for Wearable Health Applications

A new sensor hub integrated as a system-on-chip (SoC) has been designed for use in a broad range of wearable health devices and applications. The SoC was developed by...

Energy-Efficient Biomedical Sensor Hub for Wearable Health Applications
Briefs : Medical
Creating a Slippery Slope on the Surface of Medical Implants
Creating a Slippery Slope on the Surface of Medical Implants

Implanted medical devices such as left ventricular-assist devices for patients with heart failure or other support systems for patients with respiratory, liver, or other end organ...

Creating a Slippery Slope on the Surface of Medical Implants
Briefs : Imaging
Motion Capture Technology Brings a New Age of Mobility to Veteran Amputees
Motion Capture Technology Brings a New Age of Mobility to Veteran Amputees

For veterans who have lost a limb, a prosthesis is a lifeline. An artificial device not only provides mobility and enables routine activity, it can be life giving —...

Motion Capture Technology Brings a New Age of Mobility to Veteran Amputees
Briefs : Medical
The Helping Hand Project: Changing Lives One Hand at a Time
The Helping Hand Project: Changing Lives One Hand at a Time

Swing a baseball bat, eat with a fork and knife, steer a bike with both handles — without two hands, a child can’t do any of these ordinary activities that most children take...

The Helping Hand Project: Changing Lives One Hand at a Time
Briefs : Medical
Promising Biomaterial to Build Better Bones with 3D Printing
Promising Biomaterial to Build Better Bones with 3D Printing

A Northwestern University research team has developed a 3D printable ink that produces a synthetic bone implant that rapidly induces bone regeneration and growth. This hyperelastic...

Promising Biomaterial to Build Better Bones with 3D Printing
Briefs : Medical
Toward Visible-Light-Based Imaging for Medical Devices
Toward Visible-Light-Based Imaging for Medical Devices

MIT researchers have developed a technique for recovering visual information from light that has scattered because of interactions with the environment — such as passing through human...

Toward Visible-Light-Based Imaging for Medical Devices
Briefs : Medical
DARPA Helps Paralyzed Man Feel Again Using a Brain-Controlled Robotic Arm
DARPA Helps Paralyzed Man Feel Again Using a Brain-Controlled Robotic Arm

A DARPA-funded research team has demonstrated for the first time in a human a technology that allows an individual to experience the sensation of touch directly in the...

DARPA Helps Paralyzed Man Feel Again Using a Brain-Controlled Robotic Arm
Briefs : Medical
Complex Nanomachines Could Carry Pharmaceuticals, Detect Disease
Complex Nanomachines Could Carry Pharmaceuticals, Detect Disease

UCLA nanoscience researchers have determined that a fluid that behaves similarly to water in our day-to-day lives becomes as heavy as honey when trapped in a nanocage of a...

Complex Nanomachines Could Carry Pharmaceuticals, Detect Disease
Briefs : Medical
Killing Cancer Cells May Be Possible With “Hairy” Nanorods
Killing Cancer Cells May Be Possible With “Hairy” Nanorods

Materials scientists from Georgia Tech have developed a new strategy for crafting one-dimensional nanorods from a wide range of precursor materials. Based on a cellulose...

Killing Cancer Cells May Be Possible With “Hairy” Nanorods
Briefs : Robotics, Automation & Control
Edible Battery Could Power Ingestible Medical Devices
Edible Battery Could Power Ingestible Medical Devices

Nontoxic, edible batteries could one day power ingestible devices for diagnosing and treating disease. One team reports new progress toward that goal with their batteries made with...

Edible Battery Could Power Ingestible Medical Devices
Briefs : Medical
New Device Could Improve Diagnosis of Ear Infections
New Device Could Improve Diagnosis of Ear Infections

A new device developed by researchers at MIT and a physician at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center could greatly improve doctors’ ability to accurately diagnose ear infections. That...

New Device Could Improve Diagnosis of Ear Infections
Briefs : Medical
3D Graphene Shows Promise for Bone Implants
3D Graphene Shows Promise for Bone Implants

Flakes of graphene welded together into solid materials may be suitable for bone implants, according to a study led by Rice University scientists. The Rice lab of materials scientist Pulickel...

3D Graphene Shows Promise for Bone Implants
Briefs : Wearables
Implanted Devices Can Talk Through Wi-Fi
Implanted Devices Can Talk Through Wi-Fi

University of Washington (UW) engineers have introduced a new way of communicating that allows devices such as brain implants, contact lenses, and smaller wearable electronics to talk to everyday...

Implanted Devices Can Talk Through Wi-Fi
Briefs : Medical
Tiny Solar Cells Deliver Big Power
Tiny Solar Cells Deliver Big Power

Engineers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have created microscale solar cells that could power a multitude of personal devices, including wearable medical sensors, smartwatches, and autofocusing...

Tiny Solar Cells Deliver Big Power
Briefs : Materials
Biodegradable Polymer Is Stronger and Longer Lasting
Biodegradable Polymer Is Stronger and Longer Lasting

Polylactic acid, or PLA, is a biodegradable polymer commonly used to make a variety of products, from disposable cups to medical implants to drug-delivery systems. A team of Brown...

Biodegradable Polymer Is Stronger and Longer Lasting
Briefs : Medical
Gaming Camera Aids MS Treatment
Gaming Camera Aids MS Treatment

A device commonly found in living rooms around the world could be an inexpensive and effective means of evaluating the walking difficulties of multiple sclerosis (MS) patients. The Microsoft Kinect is a 3D...

Gaming Camera Aids MS Treatment
Briefs : Medical
Dust-Sized Sensors Could Create “Electroceuticals”
Dust-Sized Sensors Could Create “Electroceuticals”

University of California, Berkeley engineers have built the first dust-sized, wireless sensors that can be implanted in the body, bringing closer the day when a Fitbit-like device could...

Dust-Sized Sensors Could Create “Electroceuticals”
Briefs : Test & Measurement
NIST Illuminates Transfer of Nanoscale Motion Through Microscale Machine
NIST Illuminates Transfer of Nanoscale Motion Through Microscale Machine

As U.S. industry develops smaller mechanical systems, they face bigger challenges — microscopic parts are more likely to stick together and wear out when they make...

NIST Illuminates Transfer of Nanoscale Motion Through Microscale Machine
Briefs : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Electrochemical Etching Improves 3D printing of metals
Electrochemical Etching Improves 3D printing of metals

Researchers at Arizona State University have made potentially game-changing progress in the emerging realms of 3D printing and additive manufacturing — an advance that could have a...

Electrochemical Etching Improves 3D printing of metals
Briefs : Medical
“Smart” Sutures Collect Diagnostic Data

Implantable diagnostic devices and smart wearable systems that are capable of in situ sample collection and integration with the complex 3D structure of biological tissues offer significant opportunities for diagnosing and treating diseases. To that end, researchers led by Tufts University engineers...

Briefs : Medical
Ankle Exoskeleton Aids or Enhances Mobility

Clutches can be used to enhance the functionality of springs or actuators in robotic devices. A research team headed up by Steve Collins, an associate professor of mechanical engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, created a lightweight, low-power clutch used to control spring engagement in an ankle...

Briefs : Medical
Pulse Sensor Measures Artery Health

Checking the state of arterial health could become as simple as monitoring a patient’s blood pressure. New technology developed at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) could soon make detecting the process of plaque buildup in vessels a routine part of a...

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