Scientists Develop Method to Visualize a Genetic Mutation

A team of scientists has developed a method that yields, for the first time, visualization of a gene amplifications and deletions known as copy number variants in single cells. Significantly, the breakthrough, reported in the journal PLoS Biology, allows early detection of rare genetic events providing high resolution analysis of the tempo of evolution. The method Read more about Scientists Develop Method to Visualize a Genetic Mutation[…]

A new, fossil-free bioplastic is emerging

According to lab experiments, it is more durable than both regular plastic and other bioplastics, and is potentially better suited for recycling. Almost all plastic is made from crude oil, and plastic production currently accounts for 4-6% of global oil consumption. The development of renewable bioplastics is progressing, but relatively few are actually being used. Read more about A new, fossil-free bioplastic is emerging[…]

Bioplotter for novel implants

Cellulose obtained from wood has amazing material properties. Empa researchers are now equipping the biodegradable material with additional functionalities to produce implants for cartilage diseases using 3D printing. It all starts with an ear. Empa researcher Michael Hausmann removes the object shaped like a human ear from the 3D printer and explains: «In viscous state Read more about Bioplotter for novel implants[…]

Producing vaccines without the use of chemicals

Producing vaccines is a tricky task – especially in the case of inactivated vaccines, in which pathogens must be killed without altering their structure. Until now, this task has generally involved the use of toxic chemicals. Now, however, an innovative new technology developed by Fraunhofer researchers – the first solution of its kind – will Read more about Producing vaccines without the use of chemicals[…]

Study identifies three simple ‘clinical risks’ and two biomarkers that could be used to screen patients with irregular heart rhythm

Researchers at the University of Birmingham have found two biomarkers that could be used to identify a heart condition known as atrial fibrillation in patients who have three ‘clinical risks’. Atrial fibrillation is the most common heart rhythm disturbance, affecting around 1.6 million people in the UK. Those with atrial fibrillation may be aware of Read more about Study identifies three simple ‘clinical risks’ and two biomarkers that could be used to screen patients with irregular heart rhythm[…]

A new type of anticounterfeiting device

Researchers from the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) have invented a new type of anticounterfeiting device that can be useful for counterfeit deterrence of important documents such as identity cards, passports and banknotes. Calling it “holographic colour prints”, the research team led by Associate Professor Joel Yang demonstrated an optical device that appears Read more about A new type of anticounterfeiting device[…]

Transforming super-sensitive touch sensors pave the way to wirelessly monitor blood flow after surgery

A new device developed by Stanford University researchers could make it easier for doctors to monitor the success of blood vessel surgery. The sensor, detailed in a paper published Jan. 8 in Nature Biomedical Engineering, monitors the flow of blood through an artery. It is biodegradable, battery-free and wireless, so it is compact and doesn’t need to be Read more about Transforming super-sensitive touch sensors pave the way to wirelessly monitor blood flow after surgery[…]

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Learning Factory for Industrial Cleaning Technologies

We know it from our own homes: bulky kitchen utensils and appliances are difficult to clean. In industry, complex components are more the rule than the exception and present big challenges for the design of cleaning systems. A simulation will be able to help in the future. In the Learning Factory for Industrial Cleaning Technologies, Read more about Learning Factory for Industrial Cleaning Technologies[…]

Tiny device to speed up memory while also saving power

The more objects we make “smart,” from watches to entire buildings, the greater the need for these devices to store and retrieve massive amounts of data quickly without consuming too much power. Millions of new memory cells could be part of a computer chip and provide that speed and energy savings, thanks to the discovery Read more about Tiny device to speed up memory while also saving power[…]

A new 3D printing technique makes bone implants to be precisely fitting

Cancerous tumors, infections or bad fractures can make it necessary to surgically remove bones and insert implants in their place. In collaboration with European partners, Fraunhofer researchers have now developed a technique with which bone implants that are precisely fitting, stable and variable in dimensions can be 3D-printed from a special plastic. The secret lies Read more about A new 3D printing technique makes bone implants to be precisely fitting[…]

A New Rescue Missions Drone

A research team from the University of Zurich has developed a new drone that can retract its propeller arms in flight and make itself small to fit through narrow gaps and holes. This is particularly useful when searching for victims of natural disasters. Inspecting a damaged building after an earthquake or during a fire is Read more about A New Rescue Missions Drone[…]

Smart Service World – Internet-based Services for Business

The Glass@Service joint project was launched in March 2016, funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) as part of the “Smart Service Welt – Internetbasierte Dienste für die Wirtschaft” (Smart Service World – Internet-based Services for Business) technology competition. The goal of the project is to establish interactive personalized visualization Read more about Smart Service World – Internet-based Services for Business[…]