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4D smart scaffolds for tissue engineering

4D smart scaffolds for tissue engineering

May 25, 2018 United States
While 3D bioprinting is widely used to construct complex biocompatible structures, researchers are now attempting to extend the technique into the fourth dimension. Here, 3D printed objects can be made to "self-transform" over time, which means that they can take on different forms or functions when exposed to physical stimuli such as osmotic pressure, heat, current UV light or other energy sources.
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3D printer that can create complex biological tissues

3D printer that can create complex biological tissues

May 23, 2018 United States
A bioengineer has developed a technique that uses a specially adapted 3D printer to build therapeutic biomaterials from multiple materials. The advance could be a step toward on-demand printing of complex artificial tissues for use in transplants and other surgeries.
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Researchers operate lab-grown heart cells by remote control

Researchers operate lab-grown heart cells by remote control

May 23, 2018 United States
Researchers have developed a technique that allows them to speed up or slow down human heart cells growing in a dish on command — simply by shining a light on them and varying its intensity. The cells are grown on graphene, which converts light into electricity, providing a more realistic environment than standard plastic or glass laboratory dishes.
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LifeLeaf first-ever non-invasive glucose monitoring wearable

LifeLeaf first-ever non-invasive glucose monitoring wearable

May 22, 2018 United States
LifePlus Inc has entered the multi-billion-dollar smart medical wearables category with the introduction of Lifeleaf - the world's first non-invasive continuous blood glucose monitoring multi-sensor wearable device. In addition to blood glucose monitoring, the patent-pending multi-sensor device non-invasively monitors heart rate, blood pressure, respiration rate and oxygen saturation.
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IDTechEx TV3D-printed smart gel walks underwater, moves objects

3D-printed smart gel walks underwater, moves objects

May 21, 2018 United States
Engineers have created a 3D-printed smart gel that walks underwater and grabs objects and moves them. The watery creation could lead to soft robots that mimic sea animals like the octopus, which can walk underwater and bump into things without damaging them. It may also lead to artificial heart, stomach and other muscles, along with devices for diagnosing diseases, detecting and delivering drugs and performing underwater inspections.
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Robots grow mini-organs from human stem cells

Robots grow mini-organs from human stem cells

May 18, 2018 United States
An automated system that uses robots has been designed to rapidly produce human mini-organs derived from stem cells.
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Using machine learning to see inside live human cells

Using machine learning to see inside live human cells

May 18, 2018 United States
The first predictive and comprehensive, 3D model of a live human cell, allowing researchers around the world to see many structures inside a living cell together at the same time.
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Miniaturised gas sensors open new markets

Miniaturised gas sensors open new markets

May 15, 2018
There is an increasing demand for monitoring environmental air conditions both indoors and outdoors, as poor air quality is a growing threat to the public health.
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AI oncologist to help cancer patients

AI oncologist to help cancer patients

May 15, 2018 United States
Recently researchers developed a new method for automating the contouring of high-risk clinical target volumes using artificial intelligence and deep neural networks.
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Emerging technology trends featured at IDTechEx (Part 2)

Emerging technology trends featured at IDTechEx (Part 2)

May 15, 2018 Worldwide
Monika Dunkel continues to explore worldwide technology and market trends in nine key areas, and opportunities they present for the UK.
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Natural cures plus biomedical devices prompt bone health, growth

Natural cures plus biomedical devices prompt bone health, growth

May 14, 2018 United States
A research team is bringing together natural medical cures with modern biomedical devices in hopes of bringing about better health outcomes for people with bone diseases.
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Emerging technology trends featured at IDTechEx (Part 1)

Emerging technology trends featured at IDTechEx (Part 1)

May 14, 2018 United Kingdom
Monika Dunkel, Knowledge Transfer Manager Emerging Technologies, Innovate UK recently reported on the technology trends featured at the recent IDTechEx Show! IDTechEx show presenters and exhibitors gave an overview of key market and technology trends in nine emerging technologies. Set in Berlin on 11th and 12th April 2018 this European show attracted visitors and exhibitors from across Europe, Israel, US and a noteable South Korean presence.
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Organic printing inks may restore sight to blind people

Organic printing inks may restore sight to blind people

May 11, 2018 Sweden
A simple retinal prosthesis is being developed using cheap and widely-available organic pigments used in printing inks and cosmetics, it consists of tiny pixels like a digital camera sensor on a nanometric scale. Researchers hope that it can restore sight to blind people.
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Transparent transistors fabricated onto the sharp curves

Transparent transistors fabricated onto the sharp curves

May 10, 2018 United States
Transparent transistors fabricated onto the sharp curves of a tiny glass tube are paving the way toward a therapeutic advance for diabetes sufferers.
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Connected sensors for the prevention of chronic ulcers

Connected sensors for the prevention of chronic ulcers

May 10, 2018
As advancements in connectivity and miniaturization of electronics are made, smart sensors are beginning to find traction within the wound care pathway.
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Sweating the small stuff

Sweating the small stuff

May 9, 2018 United States
When people sweat, they unknowingly release a wide range of chemicals that can noninvasively inform clinicians on anything from stress hormone levels to glucose. But it's hard for researchers to glean this information -- unless you sweat a lot. Emerging wearable devices using stimulant gels have provided a way to induce sweat locally on the body. However, sweat can dilute these gels, which degrades their long-term viability.
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Portable 3D skin printer to repair deep wounds

Portable 3D skin printer to repair deep wounds

May 9, 2018 Canada
Researchers have developed a handheld 3D skin printer that deposits even layers of skin tissue to cover and heal deep wounds. The team believes it to be the first device that forms tissue in situ, depositing and setting in place, within two minutes or less.
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IDTechEx Show! Berlin 2018 Findings

IDTechEx Show! Berlin 2018 Findings

May 8, 2018
Here the IDTechEx analysts in attendance present a commentary on the show's highlights in their respective fields of research
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Next-generation wireless pacemakers

Next-generation wireless pacemakers

May 8, 2018 United States
A Rice University student team's demonstration of a next-generation, wireless pacemaker array could point to the future of medical sensors.
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Wearable enables pregnant women to detect serious health complications

Wearable enables pregnant women to detect serious health complications

May 7, 2018 United States
Researchers are developing an app and wearable technology to enable pregnant women to use a smartphone to detect whether they have or are susceptible to a condition that could lead to serious health complications for them or their unborn child.
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Link between neuroscience and immunity

Link between neuroscience and immunity

May 3, 2018 United States
A detailed account of how the central and peripheral nervous systems signal the immune system could lead to new therapies — including those in the new field of bioelectronic medicine.