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  • Pop-Up Sensor May Help Robotic Surgery

    Inspired by origami, pop-up manufacturing fabricates micromachines by layering laser-cut materials into thin, flat plates that pop up into complete electromechanical devices.

  • Filterless Water Desalination Achieved with Shock Electrodialysis

    Researchers use water flowing through low-cost porous media, which could be relatively easy to scale up for desalination or water purification.

  • Phone App Offers Alternative to Stethoscope

    With the new device, doctors can control the volume, listen to and discuss sounds with patients and record them for future reference.

  • Energy-Absorbing Material Under Development at Purdue with GM Help

    Purdue University engineers are working with General Motors to develop an energy-absorbing material that could offer greater protection on the football field or in an earthquake zone.

  • IEEE e-Health Standard Protects Biometric Data

    BOPS promotes protection of biometric data by providing identity assertion, role gathering, multilevel access control, assurance and auditing.

  • Device That Cleans Using Bubbles Has Medical Applications

    Testing found that StarStream is 1,000 times more effective than water alone in decontaminating the microorganism that is a major cause of hospital-acquired infections.

  • Bioengineers Streamline Process for Making Medical App Sensors

    Researchers essentially had to build the sensors upside down so that their functioning part was exposed after they were removed from the wafer.

  • Artificial Skin Offers Sense of Touch to Prosthetics

    Stanford University engineers have created a plastic skin-like material that can detect pressure and deliver a signal directly to a living brain cell.

  • Russia to Help Bolivia Develop Nuclear Energy Center

    The $300 million center will include participation by Argentina, among other South American countries.

  • Spring-Mass Technology Bids for the Future of Walking Robots

    The system is based on a concept called "spring-mass" walking that combines passive dynamics of a mechanical system with computer control.

  • 3D Printing Could Replace Transplants with Organ Rebuilding

    Carnegie Mellon researchers developed a method of printing soft materials inside a support bath material.

  • The Lab-on-Chip Revolution: Finding the Right Niche

    The field is on the verge of a major breakout across applications that range from medicine to oil production.

  • Prosthetics That Tune Themselves While in Use

    Retuning of power prosthetics can be costly, so researchers developed an algorithm that can adapt the limb to changing conditions.

  • Internet of Medical Things: Nurturing Innovation

    Digital health, also known as virtual healthcare, promises better quality of care at a lower cost, which is the objective of all modern healthcare systems.

  • Global Land Degradation Said to Cost Trillions Annually

    Forfeited ecosystem services worldwide due to land degradation said to be 10-17% of global GDP.

  • Big Data, Analytics and Healthcare: IBM Opens a New Frontier

    The Watson platform will now have access to more than half a billion medical images with the intention of developing new image analytics capabilities.

  • Device Aims to Improve Urine-to-Water Process on Space Station

    Membranes let through water molecules, but an electrostatic charge makes sure that any unwanted ions—including salt—stay behind.

  • Cooling Towers and the Fight Against Harmful Microbes

    A recent deadly outbreak of Legionnaire’s disease focuses attention on cooling towers and their cleanliness.

  • Success Reports with Non-Invasive Spinal Cord Stimulation

    Five men with complete motor paralysis were able to voluntarily generate step-like movements thanks to a new strategy that non-invasively delivers electrical stimulation to their spinal cords.

  • Barley Gene Could Help Cut Greenhouse Gases from Rice Production

    Researchers find that rice can be cultivated to emit virtually no methane from its paddies during growth.

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