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Vanderbilt scientists invent world's smallest periscopes

A team of Vanderbilt scientists have invented the world's smallest version of the periscope and are using it to look at cells and other micro-organisms from several sides at once. "With an off-the-shelf laboratory microscope you only see cells from one side, the top," says team member Chris Jan...

Students invent protective pouch to enhance cell therapy

Johns Hopkins undergraduates have invented a device to improve cell therapy for diabetes patients by anchoring transplanted insulin-producing cells inside a major blood vessel. A team of five seniors and two freshmen, working with Johns Hopkins doctors and engineers, devised a protective "pouch"...

U of M researchers invent 'flashy' new process to turn soy oil, glucose into hydrogen

Anyone who's overheated vegetable oil or sweet syrup knows that neither oil nor sugar evaporates--oil smokes and turns brown, sugar turns black, and both leave a nasty film of carbon on the cookware. Now, a University of Minnesota team has invented a "reactive flash volatilization process" that hea...

Engineering innovative solutions for 21st century medicine

...next five years. The funding will help to develop integrated teams of clinicians, biomedical scientists and world-class engineers with the capacity to invent high-tech solutions to medical challenges, potentially improving thousands of patients' lives. Sir Mark Walport, Director of the Wellcome Trust, sa...

Protein that triggers plant cell division revealed by researchers

...d must be true because it was a necessary step for asymmetric cell division, but until now no one had been able to see it. So why would nature invent a different protein to solve the same problem? Bergmann explained that it was not surprising to find that plants used a unique protein for their divis...

Researchers create freestanding nanoparticle films without fillers

...nsiderably more complicated and difficult to control," Dickerson explains. To get the method to work, in fact, Dickerson and his colleagues had to invent of new form of EDP, which they call sacrificial layer electrophoretic deposition. They added a spun-cast layer of polymer to the electrodes that serve...

MIT student develops new innovations to selectively kill cancer cells

...rked closely with his advisor, Dr. Sangeeta N. Bhatia, an electrical engineering and computer science professor in the Harvard-MIT Division of HST, to invent novel treatments that could precisely target and destroy tumor cells without affecting healthy tissue. Seeking to improve the specificity of cancer ab...

Simplicity is crucial to design optimization at nanoscale

...nging the same number of nanoscale elements into hierarchies, the performance of a material can be radically changed. This could eliminate the need to invent new materials for different applications. In a follow-up study, Buehler and MIT graduate students Zhao Qin and Steve Cranford ran similar tests usi...

InvoTech Selects M2SYS Technology for Leading-Edge Fingerprint Software Solution

...loyees as they check in/out inventory." "As a research and development company dedicated to pioneering the biometrics industry, our goal is to invent and release creative solutions that solve complex problems in a simple, straightforward manner," commented Michael Trader, President of M2SYS Technolo...

NAS announces initiative to connect entertainment industry with top experts

...nitiative. "The Exchange will provide filmmakers with an invaluable connection to scientific truth, but more importantly, we will have the ability to invent and explore the unknown with the great visionaries of science," said Jerry. Janet Zucker added, "The Exchange will provide a place where scientific a...

Ecologists say metabolism accounts for why natural selection favors only some species

...rate cannot be inherited from a common ancestor. Rather, a particular range of metabolic rates is maintained by natural selection. "Species had to invent diverse tricks to remain near the metabolic optimum, from which the progressive evolutionary increase in body size from prokaryotes to largest verteb...

Collegiate Inventors Competition recognizes top student inventors

...ching the values of steel and its alloys. "This year's finalists are immersed in innovative, important work," said Jeffrey Dollinger, President of invent Now, Inc., a subsidiary of the National Inventors Hall of Fame Foundation. "Once again, the Collegiate Inventors Competition has proven an effective ...

Want to fly? Don't copy the birds and the bees

... to do with the need to flap. "Animals' wings, unlike propellers, have to keep stopping and starting in order produce lift (animals have forgotten to invent propellers, just as they forgot wheels)," he explains. "Think of vigorous waving, or perhaps exuberant rattling of a cocktail shaker - this takes a f...

UCLA researchers clarify function of glucose transport molecule

...he journal Science . "This was a very challenging study that required innovation at each step of the process," said Abramson. "We literally had to invent new approaches to entice the protein into a crystal and then spent years optimizing these crystals to reach a quality suitable for visualization by X-...

Science and technology take center stage this election year

...ing science accessible and relevant to the lives of everyone, which is key to inspiring the next generation of great scientists and engineers who will invent the future. The future economic success of our country depends on Americans out-performing the competition with smart people and innovative ideas. ...

MBL develops infrastructure and portal for Encyclopedia of Life

...rson. We have been creating the unique system of managing information on organisms that underpins the EOL since 2000, says Dr. Patterson. We didnt invent the term taxonomic intelligence, which is the idea that you can emulate the skills and abilities of taxonomists within information systems. But the MB...

Stevens wins Excellence in Technology Education Award

...approach to education and research, said Dr. Lex McCusker, Dean of The Howe School of Technology Management. Not only do Stevens faculty and students invent technology, discover technology and develop technology, they also commercialize it, often in close collaboration with industry. A Stevens-educated sci...

Singapore National Science and Technology Awards

... Scientists in Singapore unravel the inner workings of cells, invent a new global standard in audio compression, develop high bandwidth broadband communications for multimedia gaming and IPTV, and explore novel ways to ...

Primate behavior explained by computer 'agents'

...the two different types of society evolved following the development of some groups ability to reconcile. Agent-based modelling techniques let us invent and remove behaviours to test the explanations of what we see in nature, said Dr Bryson, from the Universitys Department of Computer Science. Usin...

Natural chemical found in broccoli helps combat skin blistering disease

...BS. This is the first suggestion that we may be able to treat this terrible disease, adds Talalay, a co-author of this study. And we didnt need to invent a new drug; sulforaphane is naturally found in our diet. The team will next test whether sulforaphane can stimulate the proper keratin protein in ...

Researchers create artificial enzyme that mimics the body's internal engine

... like a bucket brigade in a Western movie." But the electrons are consumed too fast to study individually, he noted. Therefore, the researchers had to invent a technique that supplied electrons to their enzyme model in a slow and continuous way. They solved the problem by attaching the model to a liquid cry...

Magnetic system could be key to surgery without scars

... Physicians at UT Southwestern Medical Center and engineers at UT Arlington have collaborated to invent a groundbreaking system that could be key to delivering on the promise of surgery without scars. The new technique, which is still in the developmen...

Bacteria in small sea life yield new way to make potential cancer drugs

...ys in the bacteria to produce the small chemicals and to manipulate them to invent new potential drugs. The ability to make these chemicals in the laboratory ...t said. "You can also use genetic engineering to modify these compounds and invent new drugs to target human diseases." Sea squirts live with diverse bac...

PCRM develops world's first cruelty-free insulin assay

... of your own that requires using animals as part of the testing, what do you do? In the case of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, you invent your own test. PCRM president Neal Barnard, M.D., announced today that PCRM has developed the world's first cruelty-free insulin assay, a test used...
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