Novel gene-encoding bio-patch that can regrow bone

By Maja Bosanac
10 November 2013

metacarpal-fracturesA group of researchers at the University of Iowa (UI) have developed an implantable bio-patch to regenerate missing or damaged bone in a living body, using existing cells. They put DNA into a nano-sized particle that delivers bone-producing instructions directly into cells. The bio-patch could have several potential uses in dentistry and could also be… »

Using natural hydrothermal vents as deep-sea batteries

By Maja Bosanac
9 November 2013

rov-and-using-power-from-hydrothermal-vents-1Collaboration between researchers at the RIKEN Institute, Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science, and University of Tokyo resulted in development of a robust robotic system that uses natural hydrothermal vents on the sea floor to generate electricity. This novel system is simple and corrosion-resistant, and it could be used to revolutionize ocean exploration and improve our… »

inFORM system – morphing relief as a Tangible User Interface

By Damir Beciri
8 November 2013

mit-inform-system-1A group of researchers at MIT developed a prototype of a Tangible User Interface (TUI) with ability to dynamically create user interfaces by altering its layout. Named inFORM, the system id built on top of grid-like shape-changing display. It could make use of the way we perceive objects to create an intuitive interface with logical… »

An imaging system helps in tumors detection during surgery

By Maja Bosanac
6 November 2013

surgeryA group of researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute have developed a multispectral fluorescence camera system – a new surgical aid that makes hidden tumors visible during an operation. In near future, this special camera could be integrated into various medical imaging systems, such as surgical microscopes and endoscopes, in order to assist surgeons during tumor… »

Nickelate synaptic transistors could improve parallel computing

By Damir Beciri
5 November 2013

nickelate-synaptic-transistor-1Materials scientists at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) have created a new type of transistor that mimics the behavior of a synapse. The synaptic transistor simultaneously modulates the flow of information in a circuit and physically adapts to changing signals. The technology could lead to creation of a new kind of… »

Bo and Yana – robots that make programming fun and accessible for children

By Maja Bosanac
2 Comments3 November 2013

bo-and-yana-robots-1A start-up called Play-i consisting of a team of engineers, inventors and designers, has introduced delightful robots that fuse play with programming for kids of all ages. The robots work by utilizing Bluetooth to wirelessly connect to a touch-enabled mobile device like an iPad. They make computers science education accessible and fun for children ages… »

Lumicyano – novel technique to detect fingerprints

By Maja Bosanac
2 Comments3 November 2013

lumicyano-1Collaboration between researchers at the Laboratoire de Photophysique et Photochimie Supramoléculaire et Macromoléculaire (CNRS/ENS Cachan) and specialized French firm Scene Technology resulted in development of Lumicyano – an innovative product that uses fluorescence to detect fingerprints. It will enable crime scene investigators (CSIs) to highlight fingerprints far more promptly and at a lower cost compared… »

Aluminum studs make solar panels up to 22 percent more efficient

By Maja Bosanac
28 October 2013

aluminum-studs-solar-panels-1A team of researchers at the Imperial College London and their international collaborators in Belgium, China and Japan have demonstrated that the efficiency of all solar panel designs could be improved by up to 22 percent by covering their surface with aluminum studs that bend and trap light inside the absorbing layer. Solar panels covered… »