Green architecture – Human Health Building

By Damir Beciri
20 November 2013

human-health-building-1Built on the northwest corner of Oakland University’s campus, Human Health Building (HBB) emerged from need for more space in university’s School of Nursing and School of Health Sciences. Aside providing the two schools with greater collaborative setting among students, facility and community partners, HBB became the first LEED Platinum certified building on a university… »

Getting closer to skyrmion magnetic data storage

By Maja Bosanac
19 November 2013

riken-skymions-1A research done in collaboration between researches at the RIKEN Institute and the University of Tokyo has revealed a way for structural control of tiny magnetic vortex structures known as skyrmions. The discovery could lead to a compact, low-power alternative to conventional magnetic data storage – a solution vital to dealing with constantly growing volume… »

OptimEDAR – a smart solution for wastewater treatment plants

By Maja Bosanac
17 November 2013

water-treatment-1A group of scientists and engineers within EU-funded project named OptimEDAR have developed equipment that could be improve the efficiency of waste water treatment plants. This system would enable plants to cut energy use by up to 25 percent, while increasing nutrient removal by up to 20 percent.  After conducting more tests, researchers hope that… »

Biodegradable magnesium alloys as next-gen implants

By Maja Bosanac
17 November 2013

kist-magnesium-alloy-1Scientists at the Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST) have succeeded in developing high strength, biodegradable and bioabsorbable Magnesium (Mg), Calcium (Ca) and Zink (Zn) alloys. These alloys have great mechanical properties such as high strength, good tissue compatibility, and medically acceptable corrosion rate. That makes them ideal for next generation of implants used… »

Novel micro sensors for ocean acidification monitoring

By Maja Bosanac
16 November 2013

sea-1Collaboration between researchers at the National Oceanography Centre (NOC), University of Southampton Ocean and Earth Science resulted in development of a novel micro sensor for monitoring the changes in pH levels of seawater. The current form of the device can be used for on-board analysis of seawater samples, but the ultimate goal is to use… »

Robot co-active learning adjusts to context-driven user preferences

By Damir Beciri
16 November 2013

cornell-baxter-robot-1Researchers at the Cornell University created an algorithm which enables robots to “coactively learn” from humans and make adjustments while an action is in progress. Their approach relies on a combination of machine learning, object and user association, and trajectory adjustment could allow robots to operate more reliably when it comes to object manipulation and… »

“Made in Cluj” could serve as emergency artificial blood

By Damir Beciri
2 Comments12 November 2013

artificial-blood-mediafax-foto-raul-stef-1A team of researchers at the Babes-Bolyai University (UBB), Cluj, Romania, took six years of laboratory research to find a way to create artificial blood that could be useful during sudden crisis scenarios when a lot of donor blood is needed. Although preliminary tests on mice were successful, it might take some time before we actually use… »

Intelligent training with FitnessSHIRT and MENTORbike

By Maja Bosanac
11 November 2013

fitnessshirtA group of researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute have developed an intelligent sports shirt called FitnessSHIRT. The shirt can read out physiological signals such as pulse, breathing and changes in heart rate continuously. The interpreted data can be viewed on a smartphone or tablet PC. When combined with an electric bike and a smartphone, the… »