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First real-time detector for intravenously delivered drugs

By Maja Bosanac
One Comment22 September 2013

first-real-time-detector-for-intravenouslyCurrently, computerized automated systems deliver drugs intravenously in exact volumes to hospital patients. However, these intravenous (IV) drug delivery systems cannot recognize which medications are in the tubing nor can they determine the concentration of the drug. A group of electrical and computer engineering students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) have developed… »

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Novel microfluidic method for bioseparation

By Maja Bosanac
18 September 2013

target-moleculesResearchers at the Brown University have devised a simple new technique that can separate tiny amounts of the target molecules from biological samples by single motion of a magnet under a microchannel. The novel microfluidic method is important and broadly applicable, especially in biological diagnostic platforms that require binding and separation of known target biomolecules,… »

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Sol Chip – integrated solar energy harvesting for sensor nodes

By Damir Beciri
17 September 2013

sensors-solar-power-1Increased interest for sensor networks in various applications are forcing research groups to come up with ways to power the individual sensor modules remains a sticking point in these sorts of applications. While wiring and batteries can be viable solutions for small-scale projects, researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute came up with tiny solar cells that… »

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HITECA high temperature capacitor increases efficiency of electric vehicles

By Damir Beciri
8 August 2013

hiteca-ceramic-capacitor-1Scientists at the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) have developed a new lead-free, high temperature ceramic capacitor that could improve the efficiency and reliability of electric and hybrid vehicles. Aside having applications in the automobile industry, HITECA capacitors could improve high temperature electronics in the aerospace, power, oil and gas sectors, as well as in high… »

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Creating Mini Mona Lisa image with 30 microns in width

By Maja Bosanac
7 August 2013

gtech-mini-lisa-curtisA team of researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) has recreated the Mona Lisa, one of the most famous paintings, on the smallest canvas. They painted the “Mini Lisa” on a substrate surface which measures just 30 microns in width or one-third the width of a human hair. The team was able… »

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Researchers found that certain patterns might be used to repel sharks

By Maja Bosanac
29 July 2013

sams-sharksuit-1Collaboration between world-leading shark researchers at the University of Western Australia (UWA) and researchers at biotechnology company Shark Attack Mitigation Systems (SAMS) resulted in development of wetsuits designed to either confuse sharks or make surfers and divers invisible to them. In order to create wetsuits that may decrease life-threatening attacks on humans, researchers have used… »

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Wet-spun graphene oxide flakes create a more robust carbon fiber

By Damir Beciri
27 July 2013

carbon-fiber-knots-1Relying on large flakes of graphene oxide that were developed back in 2010 at the Rice University, Rice researchers developed a new carbon fiber with improved strength of its knots. This more robust carbon fiber could be used to increase the strength of many products that use carbon fiber, such as composite materials used in… »

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Using phthaloyl peroxide to streamline the manufacture of phenols

By Damir Beciri
26 July 2013

wine-glass-1Researchers at the University of Texas at Austin and University of California, Los Angeles, have discovered a new chemical reaction that has the potential to lower the cost and streamline the manufacture of compounds ranging from agricultural chemicals to pharmaceutical drugs. The reaction resolves a long-standing challenge in organic chemistry in creating phenolic compounds from… »