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Depression is detectable in the blood

Researchers at the MedUni Vienna have demonstrated the possibility of using a blood test to detect depression. While blood tests for mental illnesses have until recently been regarded as impossible, a recent study clearly indicates that, in principle, depression can in fact be diagnosed in this way and this could become reality in the not … Continue reading

“Virtual periscope” sees above-surface/airborne objects from underwater

The virtual periscope may have potential uses in addition to submarines “Up periscope!” may become a submarine commander’s outdated order, thanks to a team of Technion-Israel Institute of Technology researchers who have developed a new technology for viewing objects above the water’s surface without a periscope poking its head above the waves. Associate Professor Yoav … Continue reading

Scientists Make Breakthrough in Fight Against Tsetse Fly

Promises to yield powerful genetic tools that could one day eliminate the disease from sub-Saharan Africa After 10 years of research, scientists have finally been able to understand the DNA code for the devastating tsetse fly. This will help in controlling trypanosomiasis disease in livestock and sleeping sickness in humans. According to a study published … Continue reading

Industry experts project solar energy electricity generation costs can be lower than coal, natural gas, and nuclear

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign use a printing process to assemble tiny cells into multilayer stacks for extraordinary levels of photovoltaic conversion efficiency – 36.5%. As an energy source, the Sun has always been a dependable provider. Although it freely shines on everyone, the ability to capture and convert the Sun’s abundant … Continue reading

Saving Crops and People with Bug Sensors – Important Subset of The Internet of Things

Inexpensive wireless sensors with 99 percent accuracy expected to have applications fighting insect-borne diseases, such as malaria, and insects that damage crops University of California, Riverside researchers have created a method that can classify different species of insects with up to 99 percent accuracy, a development that could help farmers protect their crops from insect … Continue reading

Lessening our dependence on rare-earth minerals for magnets

Next-generation permanent magnets will rely more heavily on iron or other abundant materials and less on rare earths Scientists at the Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory have observed magnetic properties typically associated with those observed in rare-earth elements in iron. These properties are observed in a new iron based compound that does not contain rare … Continue reading

Flexible battery, no lithium required

Rice University lab creates thin-film battery for portable, wearable electronics A Rice University laboratory has flexible, portable and wearable electronics in its sights with the creation of a thin film for energy storage. Rice chemist James Tour and his colleagues have developed a flexible material with nanoporous nickel-fluoride electrodes layered around a solid electrolyte to … Continue reading

The latest chapter for the self-driving car: mastering city street driving

We’re heading toward an achievable goal—a vehicle that operates fully without human intervention Jaywalking pedestrians. Cars lurching out of hidden driveways. Double-parked delivery trucks blocking your lane and your view. At a busy time of day, a typical city street can leave even experienced drivers sweaty-palmed and irritable. We all dream of a world in … Continue reading

Cartilage Breakthrough: Collagen for the knee

Cartilage damage is the most common form of joint disease. Recently, the German biotechnology company Amedrix has developed collagen implants for damaged cartilage that allow cells from surrounding tissues to migrate into the implants. The processes for collagen purification as well as GMP-compliant manufacturing of the collagen implants were developed in cooperation with the Fraunhofer … Continue reading

Testing for safe water – with just 1 pill

Want to know if a well is contaminated? Drop a pill in a vial of water and shake vigorously. If the colour changes, there’s the answer. Inspiration can come in many forms, but this one truly was a breath of fresh air. A group of McMaster researchers has solved the problem of cumbersome, expensive and … Continue reading