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  • 3D Printed Soft, Hopping Robot

    Using a 3-D printer, Harvard researchers create an autonomous soft machine.

  • Exoskeleton Technology Takes a Step Forward

    A convergence of medical, military and industrial research and development investment is driving the field forward like never before.

  • Electrodes Used to Record Brain Waves and Convert Them to Text

    Researchers decode speech from brain activity, possibly leading to communications with machines via brain activity alone.

  • Device Could Diagnose Heart Attacks Inexpensively

    Scientists have developed a new way to diagnose heart attacks—with a simple, thermometer-like device, doctors could diagnose heart attacks using less materials and with a lower cost.

  • IEEE Releases “Building Code for Medical Device Software Security”

    IEEE has released a set of guidelines that establish a baseline to enable secure software development and production practices of medical devices.

  • Researchers Boost Walking Efficiency with Unpowered Exoskeleton

    An unpowered exoskeleton increases walking efficiency for humans, according to an article published in Nature.

  • Maple Syrup Extract Could Help Combat Superbugs, Canadian Researchers Say

    A concentrated extract of maple syrup makes disease-causing bacteria more susceptible to antibiotics, according to chemical engineering researchers at McGill University in Canada.

  • Liquid Metal Property Could Lead to Shape-Shift Robots

    A team of scientists at Tsinghua University in China has found a liquid metal alloy with self-propulsion and shape-shifting abilities.

  • 3D Designs for Neural Tissue Engineering

    A researcher writing in the journal Neural Regeneration poses a potential solution to one of the greatest challenges in medicine: fighting neurological diseases.

  • Global Water Use May Outstrip Supply by Mid-century, Spur Innovation

    Population growth could cause global demand for water to outpace supply by mid-century if current levels of consumption continue. But it would not be the first time this has happened, a Duke University study finds.

  • University of Illinois to Create Engineering-Medical School, Said to Be a First

    The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is establishing what it says is among the first colleges of medicine in the U.S. focused on the intersection of medicine and engineering.

  • Waging War on the Super Bugs: “It’s a Huge Collective Effort”

    Since the debut of penicillin 70 years ago, antibiotics have justifiably established their reputation as a true miracle drug, curing hundreds of millions worldwide from bacterial infections that once amounted to a death sentence.

  • Quantum Radar Could Detect Objects Invisible to Conventional Systems

    An international research team has developed a prototype quantum radar that it says has the potential to detect objects invisible to conventional systems. The radar is a hybrid system that uses quantum correlation between microwave and optical beams to detect objects of low reflectivity, such as cancer cells or aircraft with a stealth capability.

  • Design Innovations Led to a Compact, Simple-to-Use Medical Defibrillator

    You've seen those live-saving defibrillators in offices, shopping malls and even homes, standing at the ready for immediate use in case of a medical emergency.

  • Serving a Thirsty World, Trends in Desalination, Part 2

    Desalination is used to produce water that is potable for drinking, industrial use and irrigation. The engineering challenges of desalination projects include not just technology, but also geography, environmental impact, finance and politics.

  • Gases Excluded from Montreal Climate Deal Are Harming Ozone, Researchers Say

    A report finds that a man-made chemical, dichloromethane, which is not included in a United Nations treaty aimed at protecting the ozone layer, is contributing to ozone depletion.

  • Bendable Implant Taps Nervous System without Damaging It

    Body implants that can interface with the nervous system run up against a basic material problem: wires are stiff and bodies are soft. Researchers at the École Polytechnique Fédérale, in Lausanne, Switzerland, have designed a soft, flexible electronic implant, which they say has the same ability to bend and stretch as dura mater, the membrane that surrounds the brain and spinal cord.

  • Wastewater Treatment Technology for Developing Countries

    Engineers have developed a wastewater treatment technology for use in developing countries that can reduce total energy consumption by 90%.

  • AWWA to Congress: Stricter Nutrient Pollution Management Is Needed

    In testimony before the U.S. House Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy, American Water Works Association Water Utility Council Chair Aurel Arndt explains that better management of nutrient pollution is key to keeping drinking water safe from cyanotoxins.

  • Brain-computer Interface Works Wirelessly

    After more than a decade of engineering work, researchers at Brown University and Blackrock Microsystems have commercialized a wireless device that can be attached to a person’s skull and transmit via radio thought commands collected from a brain implant.

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