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Autonomous energy-scavenging micro devices will test water quality, monitor bridges, more

Out in the wilds or anywhere off the grid, sophisticated instruments small enough to fit in a shirt pocket will one day scavenge power from sunlight, body heat, or other sources to monitor water quality or bridge safety, enabling analysis in the field rather than bringing samples and data back to the lab. Researchers at … Continue reading

Greater convenience and safety for wheelchair users

With modern communication aids, users of electric powered wheelchairs can operate a PC and cellphone without human assistance. A new module is set to transform electric powered wheelchairs into communication hubs. Writing text messages and e-mails, surfing the web, making phone calls – all these things can be a real challenge for people with disabilities. … Continue reading

‘Self-cleaning’ pollution-control technology could do more harm than good

Research by Indiana University environmental scientists shows that air-pollution-removal technology used in “self-cleaning” paints and building surfaces may actually cause more problems than they solve. The study finds that titanium dioxide coatings, seen as promising for their role in breaking down airborne pollutants on contact, are likely in real-world conditions to convert abundant ammonia to … Continue reading

Printing artificial bone

Researchers develop method to design synthetic materials and quickly turn the design into reality using computer optimization and 3-D printing. Researchers working to design new materials that are durable, lightweight and environmentally sustainable are increasingly looking to natural composites, such as bone, for inspiration: Bone is strong and tough because its two constituent materials, soft … Continue reading

VIDEO: Fully automated parking

Today’s cars can drive themselves in and out of parking spots completely unassisted – conveniently controlled from the curbside using a smartphone. This is possible thanks to Bosch’s Automatic Park Assist and its remote control function. Thanks to this innovation, tight parking spots – even ones that are barely wide enough to open the car … Continue reading

Automated ‘coach’ could help with social interactions

New software system from MIT could help people improve their conversational and interview skills. Social phobias affect about 15 million adults in the United States, according to the National Institute of Mental Health, and surveys show that public speaking is high on the list of such phobias. For some people, these fears of social situations … Continue reading

Stem cell breakthrough can lead to one diabetes jab a year

The new technique involves engineering blood stem cells into insulin-secreting cells Scientists have made a stem cell breakthrough that could make it possible to treat diabetics with an annual insulin jab, eliminating the need for painful daily injections. The new technique involves engineering blood stem cells into insulin-secreting cells. Experts at London’s Imperial College, led … Continue reading

Loyola surgeon using electrical stimulation to speed recovery in Bell’s palsy patients

A Loyola University Medical Center surgeon is using electrical stimulation as part of an advanced surgical technique to treat Bell’s palsy. Bell’s palsy is a condition that causes paralysis on one side of a patient’s face. During surgery, Dr. John Leonetti stimulates the patient’s damaged facial nerve with an electric current, helping to jump-start the … Continue reading

Polymer Nanoreactors Create Uniform Nanocrystals

The technique could facilitate the use of nanoparticles for optical, electrical, optoelectronic, magnetic, catalysis and other applications Using star-shaped block co-polymer structures as tiny reaction vessels, researchers have developed an improved technique for producing nanocrystals with consistent sizes, compositions and architectures – including metallic, ferroelectric, magnetic, semiconductor and luminescent nanocrystals. The technique relies on the … Continue reading

Polymer Nanoreactors Create Uniform Nanocrystals

The technique could facilitate the use of nanoparticles for optical, electrical, optoelectronic, magnetic, catalysis and other applications Using star-shaped block co-polymer structures as tiny reaction vessels, researchers have developed an improved technique for producing nanocrystals with consistent sizes, compositions and architectures – including metallic, ferroelectric, magnetic, semiconductor and luminescent nanocrystals. The technique relies on the … Continue reading

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