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Mobile Phone-Based Microscopes Diagnose Parasites in the Field

A local lab technician in the Ivory Coast is being trained on a portable, handheld, battery-operated microscope. (Photo: Dr. Isaac Bogoch) Handheld, mobile phone-based microscopes can be used in developing countries after minimal training of community laboratory technicians to diagnose intestinal parasites quickly and accurately. A community-based study carried out in the Republic of Ivory Coast in West Africa found that two different handheld microscopes could both effectively rule in individuals infected by parasites.

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10-Minute Tech Talk: Design for Selective Laser Sintering

Designing for industrial-grade 3D printing has fewer considerations than traditional manufacturing processes. However, elements such as surface finish, feature size, and build orientation can impact part performance.

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The High Frontier: In-Space Manufacturing at NASA MSFC

A presentation on additive manufacturing (AM) capabilities and applications at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) will highlight the Center’s history in 3D printing. Find out about the latest AM technologies in use at NASA MSFC, how they work, and how they are being utilized to further NASA’s efforts to create a sustainable, lower-cost launch capability.

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Emerging Trends in Bioabsorbable Vascular Scaffolds

Extensive development efforts towards a Bioabsorbable Vascular Scaffold (BVS) as a clinically superior therapy for the treatment of coronary and peripheral artery disease continues around the world. As advancement continues, engineers are tasked to create a BVS with thinner struts. Additionally, as the utility for BVS based therapies outside the coronary vasculature is explored, an additional host of challenges is likely to be uncovered.

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Space Station Crew 3D Prints Student-Designed Tool

The tool created by student Robert Hillan was printed on the International Space Station. (NASA) A college student who won a NASA design challenge recently had the tool he designed 3D-printed on the Additive Manufacturing Facility on the International Space Station. The Multipurpose Precision Maintenance Tool was printed by astronaut Jeff Williams onboard the station.

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Thinking About Switching CAD Platforms? Check out this report.

As CAD vendors adjust their licensing and software models and as your business deals with staffing and marketing changes it only makes sense to re-assess software requirements. With this report from Tech Clarity, you’ll have a fantastic guide to leverage on your journey.  Now you’ll have all the critical factors to consider when assessing your CAD platform. The in-depth examination covers topics such as: * Why change; * Setting organizational expectations; and * What’s import to leading CAD users.

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Bacteria Helps Make Chemicals from Wood Waste

(Photo: Colourbox) The present-day chemical industry is based on oil. Many chemical products – from plastics through to detergents and solvents, to medication and crop protection products – have their origins in oil and its constituents. A research team has demonstrated an alternative manufacturing method for a major basic chemical product, succinic acid, which can be manufactured in a cost-effective, environmentally friendly and safe manner using bacteria.

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