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Diagnosing Infectious Diseases at the Point-of-Care

March 30, 2015 12:16 pm | by European Commission, CORDIS | News | Comments

A new ‘lab-on-a-disc’ technology developed by an EU project research team can diagnose malaria and other febrile infectious diseases simultaneously in just an hour – allowing faster point-of-care treatment and precise drugs administration ...

Shape-Shifting Sensor Reports Conditions From Deep in the Body

March 30, 2015 11:38 am | by National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) | News | Comments

Scientists working at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the National...

Fireside Chat: Pushing for Higher Temperature Capacitors

March 30, 2015 10:16 am | by PD&D Staff | Articles | Comments

I see the European and North American companies focusing on higher temperature capacitors where...

Cow Amputee Adjusts to Life on Prosthetic Foot

March 30, 2015 9:37 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Ten weeks since his rescue, Dudley, the young cow who was suffering from a severed foot, is now...

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Medtronic Buys Out Colorado-Based Hearing Aid Maker

March 27, 2015 4:13 pm | by Jacob Meister, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

Medical device giant Medtronic has announced its buyout of Sophono, a Boulder, Colo. based hearing aid maker, for an undisclosed amount...

Wearable Device Helps Vision-Impaired Avoid Collision

March 27, 2015 11:20 am | by Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary | News | Comments

People who have lost some of their peripheral vision, such as those with retinitis pigmentosa, glaucoma, or brain injury that causes half visual field loss, often face mobility challenges and increased likelihood of falls and collisions ...

First Fully-Implantable Micropacemaker Designed for Fetal Use

March 27, 2015 11:16 am | by Children's Hospital Los Angeles | News | Comments

A team of investigators at Children's Hospital Los Angeles and the University of Southern California have developed the first fully implantable micropacemaker designed for use in a fetus with complete heart block. The team has done ...  

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3D Printing a Smile on Your Face

March 27, 2015 10:26 am | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Articles | Comments

Although additive manufacturing equipment and materials have been around since the early 1980s, 3D printing didn't become common knowledge to much of the public until two decades later. Today, the applications for this technology seem ...

Novel Plastic for 'Artificial Muscles'

March 26, 2015 2:20 pm | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

A plastic used in filters and tubing has an unusual trait: It can produce electricity when pulled or pressed. This ability has been used in small ways, but now researchers are coaxing fibers of the material to make even more electricity for ...

MDT Live Preview: The Impact of 3D Printing on Healthcare

March 24, 2015 10:00 am | by Jon Dipierro and Sean Fenske | Videos | Comments

3D printing is emerging as a truly disruptive technology, affecting an array of industries including healthcare. It can be readily used for prototyping and parts manufacture, but stands to make a much bigger impact. As a medical technology ...

New Surgery Simulators Made by 3D Printing Pioneers

March 23, 2015 2:02 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

Virtual reality training solutions may be able to provide surgeons with the next-best experience save actually operating on a patient. 3D Systems has released two new modules ...

America II Signs Distribution Agreement with IQD Frequency Products

March 20, 2015 4:26 pm | by IQD Frequency Products & America II Electronics, Inc. | News | Comments

IQD Frequency Products has strengthened its distribution network with the appointment of America II Electronics, Inc., one of the world's largest distributors of semiconductors and electronic components, as a global franchise. With four ...

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Sandia Showcases Biology Tech Breakthroughs

March 20, 2015 12:48 pm | News | Comments

Technologies developed in Sandia National Laboratories’ biosciences program could soon find their way into doctors’ offices — devices like wearable microneedles that continuously analyze electrolyte levels and a lab-on-a-disk that can test a ...

Ultrasound Tech Fights Intense Acne

March 19, 2015 3:42 pm | by Sonia Fernandez, UC Santa Barabara | News | Comments

Acne, a scourge of adolescence, may be about to meet its ultra high-tech match. By using a combination of ultrasound, gold-covered particles and lasers, researchers from UC Santa Barbara and the private medical device company Sebacia have ...

New Probe Uses Computer Vision, 3D Geometry & Vapor Sensors

March 19, 2015 3:10 pm | by GE Reports | News | Comments

In 1870s, the famous French neurologist Jean-Martin Charcot, who influenced his young student Sigmund Freud so much that Freud named his son after him, took on a painful subject – the pressure ulcer. “I have often been a witness to this ...

Robotic Materials Change with World Around Them

March 19, 2015 3:04 pm | by University of Colorado at Boulder | News | Comments

Prosthetics with a realistic sense of touch. Bridges that detect and repair their own damage. Vehicles with camouflaging capabilities. Advances in materials science, distributed algorithms and manufacturing processes are bringing ...    

Robot Model Provides Insight on Infant Learning

March 19, 2015 2:58 pm | by Indiana University | News | Comments

An Indiana University cognitive scientist and collaborators have found that posture is critical in the early stages of acquiring new knowledge. The study, conducted by Linda Smith, a professor in the IU Bloomington College of Arts and ...

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Today in Engineering History: Rocket-Powered Sled Tested

March 19, 2015 2:43 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Blogs | Comments

On this day in history, 1954, the Sonic Wind No. 1 rocket sled was tested on rails for the first time in Alamogordo, New Mexico. Six rockets produced 27,000 pounds of thrust. Air Force Lt. Col. John Stapp rode the rocket sled at Holloman ...

Engineering Newswire 132: Bulletproof Laptop Bag Could Save Your Life

March 19, 2015 10:52 am | by Kaylie Duffy, Andrew Berg, Ben Munson | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re sending gas-sensing capsules to your gut, stopping speeding projectiles with a laptop bag, and 3D printing a flowery pavilion with a unique cement ...                                                  

Health Insurer Data Breach Could Affect 11M People

March 17, 2015 4:41 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Premera Blue Cross, a health insurer based in the Pacific Northwest, said Tuesday that it was the victim of a cyberattack that could affect 11 million people. The company said hackers gained access to its systems on May 5 and that ...   

'Smart Bandage' Detects Bed Sores

March 17, 2015 1:08 pm | by University of California - Berkeley | News | Comments

Engineers at the University of California, Berkeley, are developing a new type of bandage that does far more than stanch the bleeding from a paper cut or scraped knee. Thanks to advances in flexible electronics, the researchers ...      

Legal Action Against GM Will Continue

March 16, 2015 5:26 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Despite the settlement of one high-profile case against General Motors, other cases are moving forward and company executives could still be questioned about their role in the deadly ignition switch recall, a plaintiffs' attorney said ...

Sharing Ideas Helps GE Scientists Scale New Heights

March 16, 2015 2:23 pm | by GE Reports | News | Comments

The first GE research lab opened in a barn behind a scientist’s home in Schenectady, N.Y., in 1900. The wooden structure employed three people before it burned down a year later. It was an inauspicious beginning for one of the largest ...

Today in Engineering History: Supertanker Spills 68 Million Gallons of Oil

March 16, 2015 1:18 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Blogs | Comments

On this day in history, 1978, a large supertanker ran aground off the coast of France. The Amoco Cadiz was approximately 334 meters long, and was able to carry 250,000 tons of crude oil. Amoco, an American company, owned the supertanker ...

Would You Buy a $17,000 Apple Watch?

March 16, 2015 10:25 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, ECN | Blogs | Comments

To answer the question, I definitely would not drop $17,000 on a watch, but I would definitely spend $350 on an Apple Watch. The $17,000 price tag can be achieved only by an (expensive) combination of options. First, you would select ...

Necklace Can Help Track Food Intake

March 16, 2015 9:15 am | by Bill Kisliuk, University of California, Los Angeles | Videos | Comments

A sophisticated necklace developed by researchers at the Univ. of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science can monitor food and drink intake, which could help wearers track and improve their ...

Alaska Air Guardsmen Rescue Snowmachiner

March 13, 2015 11:49 am | by Sgt. Marisa Lindsay, Alaska National Guard Public Affairs | News | Comments

Airmen with the Alaska Air National Guard's 210th, 211th and 212th Rescue Squadrons rescued a 65-year-old man who was injured while snowmachining near the Tanana River, approximately 24 miles southwest of Fairbanks, March 8 ...          

Aerial Resupply Lands on Ground Troops

March 13, 2015 11:44 am | by Jeff Sisto, NSRDEC Public Affairs | News | Comments

The U.S. Army is streamlining efforts to provide squad- and platoon-level ground Soldiers, operating in austere environments, with an organic aerial resupply capability that will empower and sustain them on the battlefield. The Enhanced ...

'Iron Man' Presents Boy with Bionic Arm

March 13, 2015 10:23 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Just like Tony "Iron Man" Stark, Robert Downey Jr. is a part-time superhero — at least in the eyes of one seven-year-old boy. In a video posted online Thursday, the actor, dressed as Stark, who becomes Iron Man in the movies, presents ...

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