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Is Space Tourism Safe?

October 31, 2014 9:21 am | by Mary Ann Liebert./Genetic Engineering News | News | Comments

Several companies are developing spacecraft designed to take ordinary citizens, not astronauts, on short trips into space. "Space tourism" and short periods of weightlessness appear to be safe for most individuals according ...   

Fireproofing Lithium-Ion Batteries

October 31, 2014 9:07 am | by Michigan Engineering | Videos | Comments

Michigan Engineers have developed an impressive new way to make the world’s most popular...

Microsoft Unveils Fitness Gadget, Health Tracking

October 30, 2014 9:06 pm | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Microsoft is releasing a $199 fitness band that also checks your email and even pays for coffee...

Novel Ultrasound Tech to Screen for Heart Conditions

October 30, 2014 1:26 pm | by UC San Diego | News | Comments

Engineers at the University of California, San Diego have determined for the first time the...

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Ebola & Engineering: Containing an Epidemic

October 29, 2014 4:54 pm | by Michigan Engineering | Videos | Comments

Ebola isn't just a public health issue, it's an engineering problem, says Wallace Hopp, a professor of engineering and business at the University of Michigan. "The same principles we use to design safe aircraft and nuclear reactors can be used to ...

Device Detects Prostate Cancer, Kidney Disease on the Spot

October 29, 2014 9:51 am | by Brigham Young University | News | Comments

When you flush the toilet, you may be discarding microscopic warning signs about your health. But a cunningly simple new device can stop that vital information from “going to waste.” Brigham Young University chemist Adam Woolley and ...  

Fiber Optic ESTOP & U-Beam Sensors

October 29, 2014 9:30 am | by PD&D Staff | Micronor Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

MICRONOR has introduced two new inherently safe, fiber optic signaling products for the industrial automation, robotic, and medical markets. The MR380 series Fiber Optic Emergency Stop offers ESTOP Functional Safety compliance with ...

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How Do We Make the Breast Pump 'Not Suck'?

October 29, 2014 9:16 am | by Melissa Barnes, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

While new mothers are heavily encouraged to breastfeed, the obstacles they face in order to do so after returning to work are many. Breast pumps, as they exist now, do not aid in further encouragement; rather, they greatly ...   

Diagnosing Prostate Cancer Quickly & Safely

October 29, 2014 9:01 am | by Fraunhofer | News | Comments

Distinguishing between benign and malignant prostate tissue is difficult. A new device facilitates the diagnosis for doctors: Through a visual analysis, they can reliably determine if they are dealing with carcinoma within a minute-and-a-half ...

Google Working on Pill That Searches for Illnesses

October 28, 2014 4:52 pm | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Google's latest "moonshot" project involves detecting cancer by swallowing a pill. The pill is packed with tiny magnetic particles, which can travel through a patient's bloodstream, search for malignant cells and report their findings to a ...

HotSpot: A Mouthguard that Detects Head Injuries

October 28, 2014 11:06 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot: Third Eye Design is running a kickstarter campaign for HelSTAR, a wireless, helmet brake and turn signal system, designed to make riders more visible. Studies around the world share the same findings ...  

Economical Process for Micro Energy Harvesting

October 28, 2014 10:06 am | by Fraunhofer | News | Comments

The trend toward energy self-sufficient probes and ever smaller mobile electronics systems continues unabated. They are used, for example, to monitor the status of the engines on airplanes, or for medical implants. They gather the energy they ...

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Innovations Could Feed the Hungry, Streamline Drug Production

October 27, 2014 4:51 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Articles | Comments

The winners included a unique genetic sequence that could allow researchers to produce multiple proteins from a lone strand of mRNA. The sequence, a form of internal ribosome entry site (IRES), was found in the wheat virus Triticum moscaic by ...

New Home Test Shakes Up Colon Cancer Screening

October 27, 2014 12:14 pm | by Marilynn Marchione, AP Chief Medical Writer | News | Comments

Starting Monday, millions of people who have avoided colon cancer screening can get a new home test that's noninvasive and doesn't require the icky preparation most other methods do. The test is the first to look for cancer-related DNA in stool ...

Cutting Power Could Dramatically Boost Laser Output

October 27, 2014 11:30 am | by Steven Schultz, Princeton University, Engineering School | News | Comments

Lasers – devices that deliver beams of highly organized light – are so deeply integrated into modern technology that their basic operations would seem well understood. CD players, medical diagnostics and military surveillance all depend ...

Nanodevice to Improve Cancer Treatment Monitoring

October 27, 2014 11:18 am | by University of Montreal | News | Comments

In less than a minute, a miniature device developed at the University of Montreal can measure a patient's blood for methotrexate, a commonly used but potentially toxic cancer drug. Just as accurate and ten times less expensive ...   

Implantable Device for Remote Control Release of Drugs

October 24, 2014 12:20 pm | by Houston Methodist | News | Comments

Houston Methodist Research Institute scientists will receive about $1.25 million from the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space to develop an implantable device that delivers therapeutic drugs at a rate guided by remote control ...

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Obama Looks to Inventors for Ways to Fight Ebola

October 24, 2014 9:36 am | by Jim Kuhnhenn, Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama is looking for a few smart ideas from the science and technology fields that could help address the challenge posed by Ebola. Obama met with members of his Council of Advisers on Science and Technology on ...  

Device for Endoscopic Management of Gastrointestinal Defects

October 24, 2014 9:33 am | by American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy | News | Comments

An international multicenter study reports that over-the-scope clip (OTSC) placement is a safe and effective therapy for the closure of gastrointestinal (GI) defects, which includes anastomotic leaks, fistulae and perforations. Clinical success was ...

New Microscope Collects Dynamic Images of the Molecules that Animate Life

October 24, 2014 9:13 am | by Howard Hughes Medical Institute | News | Comments

Over the last decade, powerful new microscopes have dramatically sharpened biologists' focus on the molecules that animate and propel life. Now, a new imaging platform developed by Eric Betzig and colleagues at the Howard Hughes Medical ...

Drones Help Show How Infectious Diseases Spread

October 23, 2014 3:20 pm | by Cell Press | News | Comments

Unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, can collect detailed information in real time at relatively low cost for ecological research. In a new Opinion piece published in the Cell Press journal Trends in Parasitology, experts ...    

Novel Software to Stratify Cancer Patients into Risk Categories

October 23, 2014 2:08 pm | by International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer | News | Comments

Computer-Aided Nodule Assessment and Risk Yield, is a novel software tool developed at Mayo Clinic that can automatically quantitate adenocarcinoma pulmonary nodule characteristics from non-invasive high resolution computed ...   

First Protein Microfiber Engineered for Medical & Nanotech Applications

October 23, 2014 12:00 pm | by New York University, Polytechnic School of Engineering | News | Comments

Researchers at the New York University Polytechnic School of Engineering have broken new ground in the development of proteins that form specialized fibers used in medicine and nanotechnology. For as long as scientists have ...   

The Future of Early Cancer Detection

October 23, 2014 9:45 am | by TED | Videos | Comments

Along with a crew of technologists and scientists, Jorge Soto is developing a simple, noninvasive, open-source test that looks for early signs of multiple forms of cancer. Onstage at TEDGlobal 2014, he demonstrates a working prototype ...

iPhones Capture Tough Ocular Images

October 22, 2014 10:55 am | by American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) | News | Comments

Smartphone technology is a widely available resource which may also be a portable and effective tool for imaging the inside of the eye, according to results of a study released at AAO 2014, the 118th annual meeting of the American Academy ...

Supercomputers Link Proteins to Drug Side Effects

October 22, 2014 10:48 am | by DOE/Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory | News | Comments

New medications created by pharmaceutical companies have helped millions of Americans alleviate pain and suffering from their medical conditions. However, the drug creation process often misses many side effects that kill at least ...  

From Wearables to Implantables to…What’s Next?

October 22, 2014 10:04 am | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | Blogs | Comments

Some time has passed since the Apple announcement of the company’s “iWatch” (at least as of the time I’m writing this) and all the pomp and circumstance that goes along with it. Unfortunately, from the mobile healthcare aspect, it was ...

Atom-Width Graphene Sensors Could Provide Insights into Brain Function

October 22, 2014 9:56 am | by DARPA | News | Comments

Understanding the anatomical structure and function of the brain is a longstanding goal in neuroscience and a top priority of President Obama’s brain initiative. Electrical monitoring and stimulation of neuronal signaling is a mainstay ...

'Eyecane' Aids Navigational Abilities for Blind

October 21, 2014 12:12 pm | by IOS Press BV | News | Comments

White Canes provide low-tech assistance to the visually impaired, but some blind people object to their use because they are cumbersome, fail to detect elevated obstacles, or require long training periods to master. Electronic travel aids ...

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