Posts Tagged 'research'

Environmentally-Friendly Alternative To Styrofoam

According to Washington State University –

Washington State University researchers have developed an environmentally-friendly, plant-based material that for the first time works better than Styrofoam for insulation.

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Scientists Give Mice Infrared Night Vision

According to Extreme Tech –

Like us, mice can’t see in the infrared. Well, most mice can’t. There are a few rodents in a laboratory that can see infrared light after being enhanced with special nanoparticles. The team thinks a similar procedure could work on humans, giving you night vision without any bulky goggles. You just need to be willing to get nanoparticles injected into your eye

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Interesting Fast 3D Printing Technique

From TechCrunch –

3D printing has changed the way people approach hardware design, but most printers share a basic limitation: they essentially build objects layer by layer, generally from the bottom up. This new system from UC Berkeley, however, builds them all at once, more or less, by projecting a video through a jar of light-sensitive resin.

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No One Violates The Universal Law of Urination

According to SmithsonianMag.com –

The team filmed rats, dogs, goats, cows and elephants urinating and gathered footage from YouTube of others relieving themselves. Combining this with data on mass, bladder pressure and urethra size, they were able to create a mathematical model of urinary systems to show why mammals take the same time to empty their bladder, despite the difference in bladder size.

Electronic Bandages Could Speed Up Healing

According to Engadget –

Scientists have known for a long time that electricity can speed up healing for skin wounds, but the necessary power has usually tied patients to electrotherapy machines. In the future, though, it might not be much more complicated than treating a wound the old-fashioned way.

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World’s Fastest Camera – 10 Trillion Frames Per Second

According to Phys.org –

. . . nothing beats a clear image, says INRS professor and ultrafast imaging specialist Jinyang Liang. He and his colleagues, led by Caltech’s Lihong Wang, have developed what they call T-CUP: the world’s fastest camera, capable of capturing 10 trillion (1013) frames per second (Fig. 1). This new camera literally makes it possible to freeze time to see phenomena—and even light—in extremely slow motion.

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Laser-equipped Shoes Help Parkinson’s Patients Walk

According to TechCrunch –

Here’s an unexpected but pleasant little way tech might be able to improve a few lives: laser shoes. Yes, seriously. Shoes equipped with small laser emitters were shown in recent tests to help sufferers of Parkinson’s disease to walk normally.

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New 3D Printed Silicone Artificial Heart [video]

Read about the heart HERE.

PillCam – Medical Camera In A Pill

According to ExtremeTech –

Here’s how it works. There are three versions of the device: the PillCam ESO, for the esophagus, the PillCam SB for the stomach, and the PillCam Colon for the lower GI tract. All versions of the PillCam contain a little chemical battery that’ll give it eight to ten hours of recording time, plus a light source and two tiny CCD cameras. A patient who’s about to use it will strap on a belt containing a receiver and an SD card or equivalent storage medium. Then they swallow the tiny pill. The camera proceeds through the GI tract, takes between 2,600 and 57,000 pictures while it’s on its way through, and “produces no pain or even sensation as it moves through the colon” over a period of a few hours.

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Artificial Womb Successfully Grew Baby Sheep

TheVerge reported –

Inside what look like oversized ziplock bags strewn with tubes of blood and fluid, eight fetal lambs continued to develop — much like they would have inside their mothers. Over four weeks, their lungs and brains grew, they sprouted wool, opened their eyes, wriggled around, and learned to swallow, according to a new study that takes the first step toward an artificial womb. One day, this device could help to bring premature human babies to term outside the uterus — but right now, it has only been tested on sheep.

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Horseshoe Crabs And Their Blue Blood

From PopularMechanics –

Meghan Owings plucks a horseshoe crab out of a tank and bends its helmet-shaped shell in half to reveal a soft white membrane. Owings inserts a needle and draws a bit of blood. “See how blue it is,” she says, holding the syringe up to the light. It really is. The liquid shines cerulean in the tube. Their distinctive blue blood is used to detect dangerous Gram-negative bacteria such as E. coli in injectable drugs such as insulin, implantable medical devices such as knee replacements, and hospital instruments such as scalpels and IVs. Components of this crab blood have a unique and invaluable talent for finding infection, and that has driven up an insatiable demand. Every year the medical testing industry catches a half-million horseshoe crabs to sample their blood.

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