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How to Collect the Right Data

July 25, 2014 2:46 pm | by Larry Hardesty, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Much artificial-intelligence research addresses the problem of making predictions based on large data sets. An obvious example is the recommendation engines at retail sites like Amazon and Netflix. But some types of data are harder to ...

Nanoparticle "Alarm Clock" Could Awaken Immune Systems Put to Sleep by Cancer

July 25, 2014 2:40 pm | by Dartmouth-Hitchcock Norris Cotton Cancer Center | News | Comments

Tumors protect themselves by tricking the immune system into accepting everything as normal,...

Improved Telemedicine System Connects Doctors to Patients in Rural Areas

July 22, 2014 11:04 am | by Georgia Tech | News | Comments

To get the best care for her three autistic children, Mandi Larkin would drive three hours from...

Let Dead Ears Lie

July 21, 2014 4:27 pm | by David Mantey, Editor-in-Chief | Blogs | Comments

When I die, please don’t grow pieces of me. Whether the practice is in the name of science, art...

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Thin-Walled Diaphragms

July 21, 2014 11:19 am | by PD&D Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Minnesota Rubber & Plastics has announced thin-walled diaphragms for medical devices require high strength and flexibility. Utilizing liquid silicone rubber (LSR) processes, custom design, and injection molding ...

Getting a Grip on Robotic Grasp

July 18, 2014 11:05 am | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Twisting a screwdriver, removing a bottle cap, and peeling a banana are just a few simple tasks that are tricky to pull off single-handedly. Now a new wrist-mounted robot can provide a helping hand — or rather, fingers ...    

Brain-on-a-Chip Tech Assess Effects of Traumatic Axonal Injury

July 17, 2014 11:42 am | by World Scientific | News | Comments

Researchers from the Biomedical Engineering Department of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey recently demonstrated the use of their "Brain-on-a-Chip" microsystem to assess specific effects of traumatic axonal injury ...   

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Robot-Assisted Surgery Controls Disease for 10 Years

July 17, 2014 11:29 am | by Henry Ford Health System | News | Comments

Robot-assisted surgery to remove cancerous prostate glands is effective in controlling the disease for 10 years, according to a new study led by researchers at Henry Ford Hospital. The study also suggested that traditional methods of ... 

Anti-Tank Missile Detector Joins the Fight Against Malaria

July 17, 2014 11:21 am | by Monash University | News | Comments

State-of-the-art military hardware could soon fight malaria, one of the most deadly diseases on the planet. Researchers at Monash University and the University of Melbourne have used an anti-tank Javelin missile detector, more commonly ...

Engineering Newswire 99: Marines Unveil Amphibious Monster Vehicle

July 17, 2014 10:42 am | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re healing bones faster than ever, learning to curve bullets, and test-driving a half-scale amphibious vehicle ...                

A Tool to Fix One of the Most Dangerous Moments in Surgery

July 17, 2014 8:58 am | by TED | Videos | Comments

Surgeons are required every day to puncture human skin before procedures — with the risk of damaging what's on the other side. In a fascinating talk, find out how mechanical engineer Nikolai Begg is using physics to update an important ...

LEMO Acquires Custom Cable Manufacturer Northwire

July 15, 2014 10:44 am | by LEMO | Lemo Usa, Inc., Northwire, Inc. | News | Comments

LEMO is pleased to announce that they have acquired Northwire, Inc., (NWI) a US specialty cable manufacturer of wire and multi-conductor cable and retractiles for the medical, aerospace and defense, energy, and industrial markets ...  

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Novartis, Google to Develop 'Smart' Contact Lens

July 15, 2014 9:09 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Swiss drug developer Novartis will team with technology giant Google to develop a "smart" contact lens that could improve some eye conditions or help diabetics manage their disease. Terms of the agreement between the companies were ...  

Researchers Invent Nanotech Microchip to Diagnose Type-1 Diabetes

July 14, 2014 2:38 pm | by Stanford University Medical Center | News | Comments

An inexpensive, portable, microchip-based test for diagnosing type-1 diabetes could improve patient care worldwide and help researchers better understand the disease, according to the device's inventors at the ...     

3D Printed Anatomy to Mark a New Era for Medical Training

July 14, 2014 2:17 pm | by Monash University | News | Comments

The creators of a unique kit containing anatomical body parts produced by 3D printing say it will revolutionise medical education and training, especially in countries where cadaver use is problematical.The ‘3D Printed Anatomy Series’, developed ...

The War on Error

July 14, 2014 9:54 am | by Craig Jones, VP Global Supports Services, PRISYM ID | Blogs | Comments

Product recall is a key issue for the global medical devices industry. With expensively manufactured devices, as well as hard-earned brand reputations, routinely destroyed in the wake of a recall notice, the costs are high; productivity, profitability and ...

New Simple Setup for X-Ray Phase Contrast

July 11, 2014 12:36 pm | by Technische Universität München | News | Comments

X-ray phase-contrast imaging can provide high-quality images of objects with lower radiation dose. But until now these images have been hard to obtain and required special X-ray sources whose properties are typically only found a ...  

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Virtual Finger Enables Researchers to Navigate 3D Images

July 11, 2014 12:17 pm | by Steven Cooper, Edelman Public Relations | News | Comments

Researchers have pioneered a revolutionary new way to digitally navigate three-dimensional images. The new technology, called Virtual Finger, allows scientists to move through digital images of small structures like neurons and ...    

June 2014: Testing the World’s Largest Wind Turbines

July 9, 2014 4:27 pm | by PD&D Staff | Digital Editions | Comments

In this issue: Answering I/O Design Challenges; Too Much of a Useless Thing; Searching for Exoplanets; Powering Remote Wireless Devices for 40 Years; Regulations Driving Adoption of Non-Phthalate Material for Medical Tubing; Testing the World’s Largest Wind Turbines; How to Make Customer Input Useful …

Scientists Criticize Europe's $1.6B Brain Project

July 8, 2014 9:48 am | by Frank Jordans & John-Thor Dahlburg | News | Comments

Dozens of neuroscientists are protesting Europe's $1.6 billion attempt to recreate the functioning of the human brain on supercomputers, fearing it will waste vast amounts of money and harm neuroscience in general. The 10-year Human Brain Project is largely funded by ...

MIT Finger Device Reads to the Blind in Real Time

July 8, 2014 9:44 am | by Rodrique Ngowi, Associated Press | News | Comments

Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are developing an audio reading device to be worn on the index finger of people whose vision is impaired, giving them affordable and immediate access to printed words. The so-called FingerReader ...

Chemical Scanner Could Change Shopping

July 8, 2014 9:44 am | by Jon Gerberg, Associated Press | News | Comments

An Israeli inventor has created a scanner that he says could change the way we shop and take care of ourselves — by reading the chemical makeup of foods, drugs and other items we use. The tiny gadget is still limited to a few key ...  

Muscle-Powered Bio-Bots Walk on Command

July 2, 2014 12:48 pm | by University of Illinois | News | Comments

A new generation of miniature biological robots is flexing its muscle. Engineers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign demonstrated a class of walking “bio-bots” powered by ...           

Shrinky Dinks Close the Gap for Nanowires

July 2, 2014 12:22 pm | by Liz Ahlberg, University of Illinois | News | Comments

How do you put a puzzle together when the pieces are too tiny to pick up? Shrink the distance between them. Engineers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are using Shrinky Dinks ...          

Photos of the Day: GE’s Calorie-Counting Technology

July 2, 2014 11:37 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

A GE team together with researchers at Baylor University’s Department Electrical and Computer Engineering are testing a new calorie counting system on simple mixtures of oil, water and sugar. They have built a prototype, but the prize is ...

Universal Calorie Counter Within Reach? These Researchers are Cracking the Code

July 2, 2014 11:36 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

A few years ago, Matt Webster decided to dispatch with the annual birthday surprise dilemma and asked his wife whether she’d like as a gift an activity monitor. She was not impressed. The problem wasn’t him asking, but the technology itself ...

Infographic: Rise of the Robots

July 2, 2014 11:23 am | by Jorge Izquierdo, vice president, Market Development, PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies | News | Comments

A market report recently published by PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, indicates that the use of robots in a number of industries has more than tripled in the past five years. By 2018, robots are projected to be used for 27 percent of new line installations for ...

Seeing Your True Colors: Standards for Hyperspectral Imaging

July 2, 2014 10:51 am | by Mark Esser, NIST | News | Comments

Today, doctors who really want to see if a wound is healing have to do a biopsy or some other invasive technique that, besides injuring an already injured patient, can really only offer information about ...        

Electronics-to-Wear Light Up Health Care

July 2, 2014 10:45 am | by European Commission, CORDIS | News | Comments

For most electronic circuit boards, if you try to bend them, they snap and are rendered useless. But this is set to change. A European research project called PLACE-IT has come up with a new type of flexible electronics that won’t break when ...

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