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Researcher Predicts Advances in Thermal Materials

To produce electricity, thermoelectric materials capture waste heat from sources such as automobile exhausts or industrial processes. Improving the materials' efficiency will require further reduction of thermal conductivity. A new article from a Georgia Institute of Technology professor...

News : Robotics, Automation & Control
Micro-Tentacles Help Robots Handle Delicate Objects

Engineers from Iowa State University developed micro-tentacles that enable robots to handle delicate objects.

“Most robots use two fingers. To pick things up, they have to squeeze,” said Jaeyoun (Jay) Kim, an Iowa State University associate professor of electrical and computer...

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Bioengineers Develop Printable Silk Inks

To provide a better tool for therapeutics, regenerative medicine, and biosensing, Tufts University bioengineers have created inkjet-printable silks containing enzymes, antibiotics, antibodies, nanoparticles, and growth factors. The purified silk protein, or fibroin, offers intrinsic strength and...

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Gecko-Inspired Gripper Supports Tunable Adhesion

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have developed a gecko-inspired gripper. Like the gecko, the device has the ability to grip and release smooth surfaces like glass. The effective stickiness can also be tuned from strong to week.

News : Medical
Engineers Control Soft Material's Surface Textures

Using a 3D printer and detailed computer simulations, researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology produced soft material with controllable surface textures that can be varied by squeezing. By creating smooth, ridged, or custom-patterned surfaces at will, the technique will allow...

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Engineers Put New Spin on Spider Silk

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have produced samples of strong, resilient spider silk. The spun samples could lead to a variety of biomedical materials, including sutures and scaffolding for organ replacements.

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Neuroprosthetic Device Enables Intuitive Control of Robotic Arm

Through a clinical collaboration between Caltech, Keck Medicine of USC, and Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center, a man paralyzed from the neck down can use a robotic arm to perform a fluid hand-shaking gesture, drink a beverage, and even play "rock, paper, scissors."...

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Octopus Arm Inspires Robotic Surgical Tool

A group of researchers from Italy's Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies created a robotic arm that bends, stretches, and squeezes through cluttered environments. Inspired by the eight arms of an octopus, the device allows surgeons to easily access remote, confined regions of the body and, once there,...

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Engineers Reveal Surgical Robot Security Flaws

University of Washington engineers hacked a teleoperated surgical robot to test how easily a malicious attack could hijack remotely controlled operations. Incorporating security measures will be critical to the safe adoption and use of the robotic technology.

News : Medical
X-Ray Technology Makes Tumors Visible

Using a compact synchrotron source, researchers at the Technische Universität München (TUM) have developed a technology that measures X-ray absorption, phase shifts, and radiation scattering. The technology will help doctors and scientists distinguish between healthy tissue and tumors.

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New Transistor Solders Gaps Between Carbon Nanotubes

A University of Illinois research team developed a new method of soldering gaps in atomically small wires. The more flexible transistor technology, carbon nanotube wires, shows promise in replacing silicon devices.

News : Medical
Researchers Improve Magnetic-Field Detector

A Massachusetts Institute of Technology team has developed a new, ultrasensitive magnetic-field detector. The device could lead to miniaturized, battery-powered devices for medical imaging.

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Inkjet Technology Prints 'Soft Robot' Circuits

A new potential manufacturing approach from Purdue University researchers harnesses inkjet printing to create devices made of liquid alloys. The resulting stretchable electronics are compatible with soft machines, such as robots that must squeeze through small spaces, or wearable electronics.

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Researchers Use Water to Improve Nanowires

Rice University graduate students and researchers have made nanowires between 6 and 16 nanometers wide. The wires are made from a variety of materials, including silicon, silicon dioxide, gold, chromium, tungsten, titanium, titanium dioxide, and aluminum. The development of sub-10-nanometer sizes...

News : Medical
Non-Invasive Method Detects Cancerous Cells

Using MRI, Johns Hopkins researchers developed a cancer detection method that does not rely on injected contrast dyes. The technique noninvasively finds telltale sugar molecules shed by the outer membranes of cancerous cells.

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New Adhesive Works Underwater

An adhesive technology helps to bond human tissue in wet or moist conditions. The chemistry is based on the environmentally-friendly adhesive qualities of mussels and other shellfish.

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Bioplastics Demonstrate Antibacterial Properties

According to a recent study by the University of Georgia College of Family and Consumer Sciences, bioplastics made from protein sources have shown significant antibacterial properties. The materials could be used in medical applications, such as wound healing dressings, sutures, catheter tubes,...

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Medical System-on-a-Chip Reduces Hardware Failure Rate

The Desyre project couples a reconfigurable substrate with runtime-system software support in such a manner that the medical system-on-a-chip can adapt on demand to various types and densities of faults, system constraints, and application requirements.

News : Medical
Researchers Developing Bionic Heart

Scientists at the Texas Heart Institute are working to create a permanent artificial heart.

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Bioengineers Create 'Heart-on-a-Chip'

A “heart-on-a-chip,” built by UC Berkeley bioengineers, houses human heart tissue derived from adult stem cells. The system could one day replace animal models for drug safety screening.

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Magnetic Devices Aid Laparoscopic Surgery

Vanderbilt University researchers have created magnetically-driven laparoscopic instruments.

News : Medical
Artificial 'Smart Skin' Detects Subtle Pressures

A Seoul National University professor developed a synthetic technology that reproduces the sense of touching real human skin. The artificial skin senses pressure, temperature, strain, and humidity. The soft material is also embedded with self-heating elements.

News : Robotics, Automation & Control
Robotic Ankle Keeps an Eye on the Road

Mo Rastgaar, a Michigan Technological University mechanical engineer, and his team have developed a robotic ankle that "sees" where it is going.

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NIH Funding Projects to Develop Assistive Robots

New research in robotics to help with stroke rehabilitation, guide wheelchairs, and assist children with Autism Spectrum Disorder are some of the projects now being funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and its National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB). This...

Features : Manufacturing & Prototyping
3D Endoscope Boosts Safety, Cuts Costs of Surgery

"A lot of things are not easy to solve when you’re trying to break through a new technology right from the get-go,” says Harish Manohara, supervisor of the Nano and Micro Systems Group and principal member of the technical staff at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). Trust a supergroup...

Products : Imaging
Product of the Month: Custom Tuned and Terminated Micro-coaxial Assemblies

High Speed Interconnects, Scottsdale, AZ, announces custom, fine-wire and fine-pitch diagnostic imaging assemblies for medical device OEMs producing next-generation ultrasound equipment.

Features : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Inside Story: Mike Boivin, Manufacturing Manager - New England Catheter

To get a better idea of the importance of New England Catheter’s capabilities for medical device customers, Medical Design Briefs spoke with Mike Boivin, manufacturing manager at New England Catheter.

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Non-Stick Surface Technology Repels Bacteria

Harvard researchers have demonstrated a repellent surface technology that can be used with medical materials to prevent infections caused by biofilms.

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Polymer Coating Brushes Off Bacteria

A*STAR Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology researchers have developed a one-step coating that blocks protein growth and kills surface-bound bacteria on silicone medical devices such as catheters.

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Plasma Sterilizer Protects Medical Instruments

A Ruhr-University Bochum researcher has developed a plasma sterilizer that is specifically suited for ridding medical instruments of germs efficiently, without damaging the material.

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