Novel and simple method to engineer a platform mimicking blood vessels

June 26, 2020 Vijay Soni 0

“SUTD collaborated with Keio University to design and fabricate a versatile platform to replicate the pulsatile blood flow in blood vessels, which allows for in-depth investigation into pathological conditions.” Source: SINGAPORE UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY AND DESIGN The blood circulatory system serves as critical infrastructure for mass transportation of nutrients and [..]

Engineers design a device that operates like a brain synapse

June 26, 2020 Vijay Soni 0

“Ion-based technology may enable energy-efficient simulations of the brain’s learning process, for neural network AI systems.” Source: David L. Chandler | MIT News Office Teams around the world are building ever more sophisticated artificial intelligence systems of a type called neural networks, designed in some ways to mimic the wiring [..]

New discovery allows 3D printing of sensors directly on expanding organs

June 17, 2020 Vijay Soni 0

“Technology could help diagnose and monitor patients with COVID-19” Source: UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA In groundbreaking new research, mechanical engineers and computer scientists at the University of Minnesota have developed a 3D printing technique that uses motion capture technology, similar to that used in Hollywood movies, to print electronic sensors directly [..]

MIT startup wraps food in silk for better shelf life

June 7, 2020 Vijay Soni 0

“Cambridge Crops develops an edible, imperceptible coating that might replace plastic packaging to preserve meats and produce.” Source: Archana Apte | Abdul Latif Jameel Water and Food Systems Lab Benedetto Marelli, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering at MIT, was a postdoc at Tufts University’s Omenetto Lab when he [..]

Smart sponge could clean up oil spills

May 30, 2020 Vijay Soni 0

“Highly porous sponge selectively soaks up oil, sparing water and wildlife” Source: Northwestern Now Story Sponge can absorb more than 30 times its weight in oil and be reused up to several dozen times Secret lies in its oleophilic, hydrophobic, magnetic (OHM) nanocomposite coating Process can turn any cheap sponge [..]

New technology enables fast protein synthesis

May 29, 2020 Vijay Soni 0

“Automated tabletop machine could accelerate the development of novel drugs to treat cancer and other diseases.” Source: Anne Trafton | MIT News Office Many proteins are useful as drugs for disorders such as diabetes, cancer, and arthritis. Synthesizing artificial versions of these proteins is a time-consuming process that requires genetically [..]

Nanodevices show how cells change with time, by tracking from the inside

May 26, 2020 Vijay Soni 0

“The nanodevices have the flexibility to register the movement of the cell’s cytoplasm as the one-cell embryo embarks on its voyage towards becoming a two-cell embryo.” Source: UNIVERSITY OF BATH For the first time, scientists have introduced minuscule tracking devices directly into the interior of mammalian cells, giving an unprecedented [..]

New technology can detect anti-virus antibody in 20 minutes

May 26, 2020 Vijay Soni 0

“If a suitable reagent is developed, this technology could be used to detect antibodies against SARS-CoV-2, the causative virus of COVID-19.” Source: Hokkaido University News Researchers have succeeded in detecting anti-avian influenza virus antibody in blood serum within 20 minutes, using a portable analyzer they have developed to conduct rapid [..]

New urine testing method holds promise for kidney stone sufferers

May 23, 2020 Vijay Soni 0

“Simpler test that can be done in doctor’s office offers results in 30 minutes” Source: Penn State An improved urine-testing system for people suffering from kidney stones inspired by nature and proposed by researchers from Penn State and Stanford University may enable patients to receive results within 30 minutes instead [..]

Genetic barcodes can ensure authentic DNA fingerprints

May 21, 2020 Vijay Soni 0

“Researchers propose a way of ensuring that genetic samples taken in the field for DNA fingerprinting arrive at the laboratory unaltered” Source: DUKE UNIVERSITY DURHAM, N.C. – Engineers at Duke University and the New York University’s Tandon School of Engineering have demonstrated a method for ensuring that an increasingly popular [..]

Machine-learning tool could help develop tougher materials

May 21, 2020 Vijay Soni 0

“Engineers develop a rapid screening system to test fracture resistance in billions of potential materials.” Source: David L. Chandler | MIT News Office For engineers developing new materials or protective coatings, there are billions of different possibilities to sort through. Lab tests or even detailed computer simulations to determine their [..]

MIT engineers propose a safer method for sharing ventilators

May 21, 2020 Vijay Soni 0

“Suggested design could make it easier to divide air flow for Covid-19 patients in emergencies when no other options are available.” Source: Anne Trafton | MIT News Office As more Covid-19 patients experience acute respiratory distress, there has been much debate over the idea of sharing ventilators, which involves splitting [..]

Study unveils details of how a widely used catalyst splits water

May 21, 2020 Vijay Soni 0

“Gold standard” material for generating oxygen from water divulges its molecular mechanisms.” Source: David L. Chandler | MIT News Office A crystalline compound called ruthenium dioxide is widely used in industrial processes, where it’s particularly important for catalyzing a chemical reaction that splits molecules of water and releases oxygen. But [..]

Compact electronic nose to identify human lung diseases

May 17, 2020 Vijay Soni 0

“This device is designed as flexible electronics that can analyze exhaled air, as well as identify pathologies of the respiratory tract and organs.” Source: SKOLKOVO INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY (SKOLTECH) Researchers from Russia and Italy have proposed a compact sensor system that can implement the functionality of the electronic [..]

A soft touch for robotic hardware

May 17, 2020 Vijay Soni 0

“Combined muscles and sensors made from soft materials allow for flexible robots” Source: UNIVERSITY OF TOKYO Robots can be made from soft materials, but the flexibility of such robots is limited by the inclusion of rigid sensors necessary for their control. Researchers created embedded sensors, to replace rigid sensors, that offer [..]

Silver nanocubes make point-of-care diagnostics easier to read

May 12, 2020 Vijay Soni 0

“Researchers use plasmonics to enhance fluorescent markers in lab-on-a-chip diagnostic devices” Source: DUKE UNIVERSITY DURHAM, N.C. – Engineers at Duke University have shown that nanosized silver cubes can make diagnostic tests that rely on fluorescence easier to read by making them more than 150 times brighter. Combined with an emerging [..]

New tool helps distinguish the cause of blood clots

May 12, 2020 Vijay Soni 0

“A tool that uses machine-learning technology can distinguish the cause of different types of blood clots based on subtle differences in their shape” Source: ELIFE A new tool using cutting-edge technology is able to distinguish different types of blood clots based on what caused them, according to a study published [..]

Peptides that can be taken as a pill

May 11, 2020 Vijay Soni 0

“This new method help to identify those peptides that binds a disease target of interest and survive enzymes of the gastrointestinal tract.” Source: ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FÉDÉRALE DE LAUSANNE Peptides are short chains of amino acids that occur in our body, in plants or bacteria to control diverse functions. Several peptides [..]