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Where art and technology meet – Kaleidogami and Kinetogami

By Damir Beciri
One Comment29 May 2012

ramani-kaleidogamiThe Japanese art of paper folding Origami (from ori meaning “folding”, and kami meaning “paper”) inspired researchers from Purdue University to develop a method they named Kaleidogami – computational algorithms and tools used to turn a single sheet of paper into precisely folded morphing mechanisms. They also devised a variation of Kaleidogami named Kinetogami –… »

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Termite digestive system biomimicry could lead to biofuel production

By Damir Beciri
2 Comments7 July 2011

scharf-termites-1Although termites represent one of the peskiest household pests, they could prove to be beneficial for biofuel production. Enzymes in termite guts are instrumental in the insect’s ability to break down the wood they eat, and a group of researchers from Purdue University have applied their knowledge of termites to develop a cocktail of enzymes… »

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Gesture recognition could be used by surgeons to control a robotic nurse

By Damir Beciri
One Comment4 February 2011

wachs-gesturesDuring surgery, surgeons routinely need to review medical images and records. However, stepping away from the operating table and touching a keyboard and mouse can delay the surgery and increase the risk of spreading infection-causing bacteria. The new approach which solves that problem is a system that uses a camera and specialized algorithms to recognize… »


Cheap and disposable paper strips could be used for chemical analysis

By Rob Aid
25 January 2011

ziaie-paper-for-rapid-medical-diagnostics-and-chemical-analysisCurrent lab-on-a-chip technology is relatively expensive because chips must be specifically designed to perform certain types of chemical analyses, with channels created in glass or plastic and tiny pumps and valves directing the flow of fluids for testing. In order to counter that, the researchers from Perdue University have invented a technique that uses inexpensive… »


Ferropaper – low-cost technology for small motors and robots

By Damir Beciri
8 January 2010

ziaie-ferropaperAfter writing about ferrofluid sculptures and Stanford scientists that combined carbon nanotubes and paper, in this article we’re going to write about researchers at Purdue University who have created a magnetic ferropaper. The material is made by impregnating ordinary paper (even newsprint) with a mixture of mineral oil and “magnetic nanoparticles” of iron oxide. The… »