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New Computers Catch up to Primate Brain

December 18, 2014 4:44 pm | by Anne Trafton, MIT News | News | Comments

For decades, neuroscientists have been trying to design computer networks that can mimic visual skills such as recognizing objects, which the human brain does very accurately and quickly. Until now, no computer model has been able to match ...

Lens-Free Microscope Can Detect Cancer at the Cellular Level

December 17, 2014 3:51 pm | by Bill Kisliuk, University of California - Los Angeles | News | Comments

UCLA researchers have developed a lens-free microscope that can be used to detect the presence...

Controlling a Robotic Arm With the Mind

December 17, 2014 9:30 am | by University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences | News | Comments

In another demonstration that brain-computer interface technology has the potential to improve...

Researcher 3D Prints LED onto Contact Lens

December 17, 2014 9:00 am | by John Sullivan, Office of Engineering Communications, Princeton | News | Comments

As part of a project demonstrating new 3D printing techniques, Princeton researchers have...

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Soldier Uniforms May Detect, Neutralize Biological Threats

December 16, 2014 5:10 pm | by C. Todd Lopez | News | Comments

Scientists at the Army Research Laboratory have developed and are producing in small batches synthetic peptides they believe will serve as great replacements for animal-grown antibodies currently used to detect biological hazards. Today, natural ...

Implantable Tech Helps to Regrow Tissue Like Wolverine

December 16, 2014 4:07 pm | by FeyeCon | News | Comments

While Hollywood is spending millions of dollars promoting superhuman characters like the fantastic self-healing mutant Wolverine from X-men, mere mortals like us are actually quite spectacular beings themselves. While we definitely ...  

HotSpot: Stuffing Bras With Actuators & Sensing Tech

December 16, 2014 1:20 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD’s HotSpot, researchers are stuffing bras with actuators and sensing technologies; Berkeley engineers are building organic optoelectronic sensors that can be slapped on like a Band-Aid; Wii’s are rehabbing stroke ...  


Microwave Imaging of the Breast

December 16, 2014 1:05 pm | by American Institute of Physics | News | Comments

Although currently available diagnostic screening systems for breast cancer like X-ray computed tomography (CT) and mammography are effective at detecting early signs of tumors, they are far from perfect, subjecting patients to ...  

New Floor Covering Can Lead to Breathing Problems in Babies

December 15, 2014 11:51 am | by Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ | News | Comments

New flooring in the living environment of pregnant women significantly increases the risk of infants to suffer from respiratory diseases in their first year of life. This is the result of a study carried out by the Helmholtz Centre for ...

California Gets Funding for Earthquake Warning System

December 15, 2014 9:18 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

California has received funding to help begin an earthquake warning system across the state next year. Scientists have tried to make the public alert system available but funding has been a problem. But $5 million was allocated for the ...

The Future of Breast Cancer Screening

December 12, 2014 9:46 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

In 1965, French radiologist Charles Gros built the first X-ray machine dedicated to screening breasts and effectively launched mammography as a viable breast cancer test. The machine, which was built by Thomson CGR, used a special ...  

Robotic Surgery Successfully Removes Head & Neck Tumors

December 12, 2014 9:26 am | by University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Health Sciences | News | Comments

In a groundbreaking new study, UCLA researchers have for the first time advanced a surgical technique performed with the help of a robot to successfully access a previously-unreachable area of the head and neck. This pioneering method can ...


Meniscus Regenerated with 3D-Printed Implant

December 11, 2014 3:28 pm | by Columbia University Medical Center | News | Comments

Columbia University Medical Center researchers have devised a way to replace the knee’s protective lining, called the meniscus, using a personalized 3D-printed implant, or scaffold, infused with human growth factors that prompt the body to ...

Energy Efficient Homes Linked to Asthma

December 11, 2014 3:18 pm | by University of Exeter | News | Comments

The drive for energy efficient homes could increase asthma risks, according to new research. Led by a team at the University of Exeter Medical School, the research has found that a failure by residents to heat and ventilate retrofitted ...

Attacking Ebola With Robots, Software, Remote Controls

December 11, 2014 1:22 pm | by GE Reports | News | Comments

Treating an infectious disease like the Ebola virus is fraught with dangers for both victims and their caretakers. Ebola's fatality rate can reach 70 percent and an errant drop of blood, vomit or other bodily fluid can turn a nurse or a ...

Early Adoption of Robotic Surgery Leads to Organ Preservation for Kidney Cancer Patients

December 11, 2014 11:26 am | by NYU Langone Medical Center / New York University School of Medicine | News | Comments

Patients with operable kidney cancers were more likely to have a partial nephrectomy - the recommended treatment for localized tumors - when treated in hospitals that were early adopters of robotic surgery, according to a new study ...  

Organic Electronics Could Lead to Cheap, Wearable Medical Sensors

December 11, 2014 11:03 am | by Sarah Yang, UC Berkeley | News | Comments

Future fitness trackers could soon add blood-oxygen levels to the list of vital signs measured with new technology developed by engineers at UC Berkeley. UC Berkeley engineers have created a pulse oximeter sensor composed of all-organic ...


Light-Based Tech Tracks Oxygen Levels Underwater

December 11, 2014 9:14 am | by SPIE--International Society for Optics and Photonics | News | Comments

Swimmers looking to monitor and improve technique and patients striving to heal injured muscles now have a new light-based tool to help reach their goals. A research article by scientists at the University of Essex in Colchester and ... 

'Adventure' Themed Product Prototypes Unveiled at MIT

December 10, 2014 5:20 pm | by David Chandler, MIT News Office | News | Comments

At a packed and festive presentation in MIT's Kresge Auditorium that felt more like a movie premiere than the conclusion of a serious class, last night dozens of students in eight teams presented the results of a semester of work in ...  

Bionic Bra Proves Necessity Is Not the Mother of Invention

December 10, 2014 9:22 am | by Melissa Barnes, Associate Editor, Medical Device Technology | Blogs | Comments

The recent story about a "Bionic Bra" from the University of Wollongong had me wondering...why?! Of all the medical devices we have a dire need for, a sensor-equipped, "smart yarn"-infused, automatic-tightening bra certainly isn’t one of ... 

Fluorescent Imaging Tech Could Help Surgeons Remove More Cancerous Tissue

December 9, 2014 3:01 pm | by Purdue University | News | Comments

Officials at On Target Laboratories LLC, whose fluorescent imaging technology could help surgeons remove more cancerous tissue than previously possible, have announced that patients are being enrolled in a Phase 2 clinical trial to determine ...

NASA, Houston Hospital Work on Spacesuit Issue

December 9, 2014 9:16 am | by Juan A. Lozano, Associated Press | News | Comments

The empty spacesuit that sat on the operating table in a lab at Houston Methodist Hospital's research institute made for an unusual patient. The bulky garment ended up in the state-of-the-art research lab after NASA sought ...   

Infographic: Remarkable Advances in Engineering

December 8, 2014 11:43 am | by Ohio University, Russ College of Engineering & Technology | News | Comments

Advances in computer and electrical engineering have been revolutionary over the past few decades, changing the way we live, work and play. From new advances in medicine to automotive technology and biotechnology, electrical and ...  

Where Hockey & Engineering Collide

December 8, 2014 10:34 am | by New Jersey Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Adam Finkle, a forward on the Highlanders club hockey team, will never forget the powerful collision that sent him hurtling to the ice in a hotly contested game against Seton Hall his junior year. What hit him harder still, however, was the slow-paced ...

Why Employees Leave Their Jobs

December 8, 2014 9:50 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

With fewer Baby Boomers retiring after years of economic uncertainty and more Millennials beginning their careers, today’s workforce is divided almost evenly between Millennials, Generation X and Boomers. The diverse makeup of ... 

3D Printed Heart Could Reduce Heart Surgeries in Children

December 8, 2014 9:21 am | by European Society of Cardiology | News | Comments

New 3D printed heart technology could reduce the number of heart surgeries in children with congenital heart disease, according to Dr Peter Verschueren who spoke on the topic at EuroEcho-Imaging 2014.1 Dr Verschueren brought 3D ...  

E-Cigarette Tech Takes Off as Regulation Looms

December 8, 2014 9:20 am | by Michael Felberbau, AP Tobacco Writer | News | Comments

Just a few years ago, early adopters of e-cigarettes got their fix by clumsily screwing together a small battery and a plastic cartridge containing cotton soaked with nicotine. Now, the battery-powered contraptions have computer chips to ...

3D Organ Printing to Transform Transplants

December 4, 2014 12:43 pm | by Yale University | News | Comments

Researchers at Yale School of Medicine's Department of Surgery and Yale School of Engineering & Applied Science have joined forces with a leading three-dimensional biology company to develop 3D printed tissues for transplant research ...

Robot Control Theory Applied to Improve Prosthetic Legs

December 4, 2014 12:38 pm | by University of Texas at Dallas | News | Comments

A University of Texas at Dallas professor applied robot control theory to enable powered prosthetics to dynamically respond to the wearer’s environment and help amputees walk. In research available online and in an upcoming print issue of ...

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