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Snake Study Supports Bio-Inspired Robotics

A University of Cincinnati team has acquired a better understanding of how brown tree snakes lodge themselves in place during climbing. The resulting knowledge could lead to new bio-inspired robotic designs.

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Lightweight, Strong Metal Improves Energy Efficiency

Missouri University of Science and Technology researchers have created a lightweight but very strong structural metal that could improve energy efficiency in biomedical applications. The team mixed silicon carbide into a molten magnesium-zinc alloy that uniformly dispersed and stabilized the...

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Robotic Endoscope Offers Better Way to Open Airways

A laryngoscope — invented in the late 19th century — or other intubation tools currently available require human visual guidance to open airways. A team at The Ohio State University developed a robot that intubates patients with greater accuracy.

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Surgical Probe Determines Where Tumors End

New tool uses light to image tissue in real time.

An interdisciplinary team of researchers at the University of Illinois has performed a clinical study comparing a new surgical tool that uses light to ensure that surgeons are completely removing cancerous tumors against traditional...

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'Pop-Up' Sensors Support Robotic Surgery

As complex robots replace hand-held scalpels, an increasing number of today's surgeries are being performed from behind a computer console. Researchers at Harvard University's John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Science and the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering have built...

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Silicon Anodes Improve Lithium-Ion Batteries

Current lithium-ion batteries normally use graphite anodes. University of Waterloo researchers have created lighter, long-lasting batteries from silicon. The silicon anode materials have a much higher capacity for lithium and are capable of producing batteries with almost 10 times more energy.

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Tiny Lenses Magnify Large Fields of View

Drawing inspiration from an insect's multi-faceted eye, University of Wisconsin-Madison engineers have created tiny lenses with vast range of vision. An array of the miniature lenses — each no bigger than the head of a pin — can capture a panorama image covering a 170-degree field of view.

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Anti-Corrosive Coating Strengthens Steel

A new surface coating developed by researchers at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences make steel stronger, safer, and more durable. The new anti-corrosive and anti-fouling surface material, made from rough nanoporous tungsten oxide, repels any kind of liquid, even after...

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Laser-Based Imaging Could Ensure Safer Brain Surgery

A stimulated Raman scattering (SRS) microscope currently being tested at the University of Michigan allows surgeons to quickly spot the difference between tumor tissue and normal brain tissue. Since June, the SRS microscope has imaged more than 60 patient samples from the operating room.

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UV-Light Robot Reduces Hospital Infection Rates

New research from Penn Medicine infection control specialists found that ultraviolet (UV) robots helped reduce the rates of transmission of the common bacterial infection known as Clostridium difficile. The robots flash UV lights across a hospital room to lock onto DNA of organisms and kill...

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Virtual Models Improve Aortic Aneurysm Treatment

Researchers at the University of Montreal Hospital Research Centre (CRCHUM) have developed virtual models that can be used in angiography rooms to address aortic aneurysms and help medical professionals visualize the area being treated. To provide more personalized treatments, the new software...

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Prosthetic Heart Valve Restores Blood Flow

VeloX, a prosthetic heart valve developed by National University of Singapore researchers, can be implanted through a small incision for the treatment of a serious heart valve disorder called mitral regurgitation. The device is particularly beneficial to patients who are of high surgical risk or are...

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'Active' Technology Supports Multi-Material 3D Printing

The ability to integrate disparate materials and properties within printed objects is the next frontier in 3D printing. Harvard University researchers have designed new multimaterial printheads that mix and print concentrated viscoelastic inks, enabling simultaneous control of composition...

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Smart Robot Finds Best Combinations for Cancer Treatments

A new research robot from Uppsala University engineers finds optimal treatment combinations for cancer treatments. The robotic system plans and conducts experiments with many substances, and draws its own conclusions from the results, according to Dr Claes Andersson, leading scientist in...

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Ultrasonic Tool Cleans Medical Instruments

An ultrasonic technology developed by researchers from the University of Southampton removes contaminants from surgical steel. The StarStream device creates tiny bubbles which automatically scrub surfaces.

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Femtosecond Laser Generates Ultra-Short Light Pulses

A laser created by a team at the University of Warsaw generates ultrashort pulses of light, even under extremely difficult external conditions like large temperature gradients of more than 120 degrees Celsius. The process of generating femtosecond laser pulses takes place within a specially...

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Engineers Improve Sepsis Treatment Device

An improved blood cleansing device from Harvard University's Wyss Institute mimics the actions of the spleen. The sepsis treatment technology cleanses pathogens and toxins from blood circulating through a dialysis-like circuit.

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Researchers Give Simple Robotic Grippers More Dexterity

A simple robotic gripper created by engineers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) can adjust its hold using the environment. The team's model predicts the force with which a gripper must push against surrounding fixtures in order to adjust its grasp. The new approach allows...

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Computer-Based Platform Improves Facial Transplant Surgeries

Physicians and engineers at Johns Hopkins and Walter Reed National Military Medical Center have developed a computer platform that provides rapid, real-time feedback before and during facial transplant surgery. The achievement may someday improve face-jaw-teeth alignment between donor...

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Adjustable-Focus Endoscope Reduces Discomfort

Researchers from the National University of Singapore have created an endoscopic probe that delivers adjustable-focus capabilities in a slimmer package. The miniature and solid tunable-lens technology enables compact optical zoom with autofocus capability. The device switches from a wide...

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Two-Armed Upper-Body Rehabilitation Robot

Exoskeleton provides precise therapy while tracking data.

A team of engineers at The University of Texas at Austin have developed a first-of-its kind, two-armed, robotic rehabilitation exoskeleton that, they say, could provide a new method of high-quality, data-driven therapy to patients...

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Newly Created Photonics Hub in NY

The Research Foundation for the State University of New York (RF SUNY) will lead a new Manufacturing Innovation Institute to secure US leadership in manufacturing integrated photonics. The new institute, announced by Vice President Biden, will focus on emerging technologies, including “needleless” tests for...

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Novel Fibers Maintain Electrical Resistance When Stretched

University of Texas at Dallas researchers have made electrically conducting fibers that can be reversibly stretched to over 14 times their initial length. Electrical conductivity of the fibers increases 200-fold when stretched.

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Tiny Mechanical Wrist Supports Needlescopic Surgeries

A tiny mechanical wrist from a team of engineers and doctors at Vanderbilt University’s Medical Engineering and Discovery Laboratory will be used on needle-sized surgical robots. The wrist is less than 1/16th of an inch (2 mm) thick.

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Sound Waves Isolate Circulating Tumor Cells

Using sound waves, researchers from the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering gently culled circulating tumor cells (CTCs) from blood samples. The contact-free nature of the method assures that original cell characteristics are maintained.

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Device Maintains Donor Liver Health Outside Body

A sterile medical device preserved the health of a deceased donor liver and allowed the organ to repair itself. The liver was then successfully transplanted to a 43-year-old patient in Ontario. The device, which mimics human physiological functions, is part of a Phase 1 clinical trial at UHN's...

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Researchers Mold Silicon into Intricate Shapes

A mold developed by Cornell University researchers can shape liquid silicon out of organic polymer materials. The self-assembling organic polymers create a template dotted with precisely sized and shaped nanopores. The development could lead to exact single-crystal silicon nanostructures.

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Stacking Approach Creates New 2D Materials

Researchers from Penn State University have worked with University of Texas at Dallas engineers to induce different two-dimensional materials to form directly on top of one another. The stacking approach achieves clean interfaces between layers — an important factor for novel nanoelectronic...

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'Photo-Doping' Process Improves Semiconductor Properties

Using a "photo-doping" process, Michigan State University scientists changed the electronic properties of materials in a way that more easily allows an electrical current to pass through. By shooting an ultrafast laser pulse into the material, the properties change and appear chemically...

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Hospital Integrates Imaging Techniques to Create 3D Heart Model

By integrating two common imaging techniques, experts from Spectrum Health Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital have produced a three-dimensional anatomic model of a patient’s heart. The hybrid prototype could provide better diagnostic capability and improved interventional and...

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