Nanotechnology

Nano-scale devices and micro-machines

A “GPS” for inside your body

Investigating inside the human body often requires cutting open a patient or swallowing long tubes with built-in cameras. But what if physicians could get a better glimpse in a less expensive, invasive, and time-consuming manner? MIT … READ MORE

Tomorrow’s doctors must be engineers too

The medical profession is changing, and so must medical education. When King Li went to medical school 40 years ago, he sometimes felt like he was trying to memorize the human body. “I’d see these curves in the textbook, and have … READ MORE

Nature’s armour: A lobster tale

Biological structures may provide insight to prevent and treat sports-related injuries. Lobsters and other crustaceans have exoskeletons with extraordinarily high impact resistance that has been studied for manufacturing stronger … READ MORE

Plug-and-play diagnostic devices

Modular blocks could enable labs around the world to cheaply and easily build their own diagnostics. Jose Gomez-Marquez, co-director of MIT’s Little Devices Lab, holds a sheet of paper diagnostic blocks, which can be easily printed … READ MORE

Bloodless revolution in diabetes monitoring

Scientists have created a non-invasive, adhesive patch, which promises the measurement of glucose levels through the skin without a finger-prick blood test. The device can measure glucose levels without piercing the skin. University … READ MORE

How to turn clinicians into makers

Providing training and resources, MakerHealth helps nurses and doctors hack medical equipment to improve patient care. Physician Chris Zahner at the University of Texas Medical Branch designing sensor systems in the MakerHealth Space. … READ MORE

Does smart clothing have a future?

This fall it will be possible to answer a call just by making a simple gesture on your jacket. You will be able to receive GPS directions, skip a song or turn up the music volume without having your mobile phone in your palm. The … READ MORE

Success in 3D bio-printing of cartilage

A team of researchers at Sahlgrenska Academy has managed to generate cartilage tissue by printing stem cells using a 3D bio-printer. The fact that the stem cells survived being printed in this manner is a success in itself. In … READ MORE

3D printable implants may ease damaged knees

Printable hydrogel matches the strength and elasticity of human cartilage. A cartilage-mimicking material created by researchers at Duke University may one day allow surgeons to 3D print replacement knee parts that are custom-shaped … READ MORE

“Knitted muscles” provide power

Researchers have coated normal fabric with an electroactive material, and in this way given it the ability to actuate in the same way as muscle fibres. The technology opens new opportunities to design “textile muscles” that could, … READ MORE

Silly putty with serious sensing capabilities

Jonathan Coleman holding a piece of G-Putty while his son Oisin holds a piece of Silly Putty. Naoise Culhane Photo Many composites blend stiff materials, such as glass or carbon fibers, into a softer elastic polymer matrix to generate … READ MORE

Miniature magnetic resonance in Edmonton

Microscopic gem the key to new development in magnetic lab-on-a-chip technology. The discovery opens up a world of possible miniaturized platforms for health care, technology, energy, environmental monitoring, and space exploration. … READ MORE
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