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Vaccine based on gold nanorods for respiratory syncytial virus

By Maja Bosanac
30 June 2013

vaccineA team of researchers at the Vanderbilt University has devised a new vaccination method that uses tiny gold particles to mimic a virus and carry specific proteins to the body’s specialist immune cells. Unlike the conventional approach to vaccines, the new technique does not use inactive or dead viruses during the vaccination process, thus eliminating… »

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Wearable exoskeleton helps paraplegics walk

By Damir Beciri
6 Comments3 November 2012

vanderbilt-exoskeleton-brian-shaffeOver a year ago we reported about a smart lower-limb prosthetic developed by researchers at the Vanderbilt University, and they recently presented a powered exoskeleton that enables people with severe spinal cord injuries to perform tasks such as standing, walking, sitting and climbing stairs. Although these exoskeletons haven’t yet been approved for home use, their… »

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SUAVe could enable more efficient archaeological mapping

By Damir Beciri
2 Comments4 August 2012

vanderbilt-suaveAside being used by military and in search and rescue missions, UAVs can be used to gather data from archaeological sites. Currently used methods in archaeological mapping usually require years to map the sites, but a Semi-autonomous Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (SUAVe) developed by a group of researchers from Vanderbilt University can be used to complete… »

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Math study for visually impaired made easier with tablet app

By Damir Beciri
9 March 2012

haptic-math-appIn their effort to study the effectiveness of haptic technology – technology that takes provides feedback to user’s sense of touch by applying forces, vibrations or motions – researchers from the Vanderbilt University designed an application that could assist visually impaired students to master algebra, geometry, graphing and other subjects that are particularly hard to… »

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Smart lower-limb prosthetic enables amputees to walk with less effort

By Damir Beciri
3 Comments18 August 2011

lower-limb-prosthetic-goldfarbhuttoResearchers from the Vanderbilt University developed a prosthetic with powered knee and ankle joints that operate in unison, thus allowing its wearers to walk without the leg-dragging gait characteristic of conventional artificial legs. The bionic leg is programmed to use the motion data in order to predict what the person is trying to do and… »