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System Turns Medical Data into Interactive 3D Images

New data-display technology developed at Kent State University will provide doctors with an improved ability to evaluate commonly used medical images. The technology allows for interactive viewing of large image data sets from virtually any medical imaging device. The new system is compatible with all imaging devices, will translate and display data immediately and in its entirety, and allows for user- friendly manipulation of the data for evaluation and analysis. While the technology can be applied to any large 3D or 4D data set, it is most readily applicable to medical images. For instance, CT scans generate large 3D and 4D data sets. The new technology will produce 3D, high-quality, real-time images of the data to help medical professionals more clearly view and rapidly extract important diagnostic information about the body's structures or disease processes. For more information, click here.

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Tech Needs of the Week

Wanted: Orthobiologics to Treat Spine-Related Diseases An organization seeks new orthobiologic technologies (bone replacement materials and antibiotical carriers) that stimulate bone growth in spinal fusion repairs. They also are seeking FDA-approved materials with strength and stiffness close to cortical bone. To respond to this Tech Need, click here. An antimicrobial agent is needed that features a targeted action. The agent will be applied to human hands and must selectively kill transitory microflora, while preserving useful flora. The method must be safe for human use, easily applied, and have a quick action. To respond to this Tech Need, click here. The Technology Needs of the Week are anonymous requests for technology, distributed through the yet2.com marketplace, that you and your organization may be able to fulfill. Responding to a Tech Need is the first step to gaining an introduction with a prospective "buyer" for your technology solution.

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Fully Integrated Prosthetic Arm Provides Sensory Feedback

A research team led by the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory has developed a prototype of the first fully integrated prosthetic arm that can be controlled naturally, provides sensory feedback, and allows for eight degrees of freedom. Proto 1 is a complete limb system that also includes a virtual environment used for patient training, clinical configuration, and to record limb movements and control signals during clinical investigations. The natural control and integrated sensory feedback demonstrated with Proto 1 are enabled by Targeted Muscle Reinnervation (TMR), a technique that involves the transfer of residual nerves from an amputated limb to unused muscle regions in appropriate proximity to the injury. During clinical evaluation, a patient demonstrated substantial improvements in functional testing, such as the ability to reposition the thumb for different grips, remove a credit card from a pocket, and stack cups while controlling grip force using sensory feedback versus vision. Click here for the full story.

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Raman Software Named PTB Product of the Month

The LS5 software from HORIBA Jobin Yvon (Edison, NJ) has been named Photonics Tech BriefsÂ’ (PTB) Product of the Month for May. Designed with a kernel-based modular structure, it operates all Raman products including the automated LabRAM ARAMIS, high-resolution LabRAM HR, and T64000 triple spectrograph. The software records Raman images in any shape or format. The software incorporates custom accessories such as FT-IR, temperature-controlled stages, and additional detectors. For more information, see page 20a of the May issue of PTB or click here.

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Current Attractions: Leslie Molzahn of NASAÂ’s Dryden Flight Research Center

Supersonic speed would allow travelers to cut significantly their travel time, but due to the resulting sonic booms, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and similar bodies restrict supersonic travel to transoceanic only. To solve this problem, Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. (Savannah, GA) partnered with NASA Dryden in an investigation of the Quiet Spike, a sonic- boom suppressor. Leslie Molzahn was part of Dryden’s investigative team. “There could be a huge commercial application [of the Quiet Spike] if the sonic boom can be mitigated to have less impact on people and resources on the ground,” noted Molzahn. “One could potentially get the FAA to lift their restrictions.” Read the “Who's Who at NASA” interview with Leslie Molzahn on page 10 of the May issue, or click here.

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Techs of the Week: Fire-Retardant Technology

Technologies are available to improve fire-retardant effectiveness of melamine systems in nylon. More information here. A fire-retardant compound is available that is comprised of one fibrous layer and a layer comprised of a particulate fire-retardant material. More information here. The Technologies of the Week describe inventions offered for license through the yet2.com marketplace. Search over $2.5 billion of licensable technologies at www.yet2.com.

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New Solar Cell Increases Efficiency and Lowers Cost

Scientists at the University of New South Wales (UNSW, Sydney, Australia) developed a process to boost the efficiency of solar cell technology that also lowers the total cost. The UNSW researchers deposited a thin film of silver onto a solar cell’s surface and then heated it to 200 degrees Celsius. This broke the film into tiny “islands” of silver that boosted the cell’s light-trapping ability. The advance could see the price of an installed solar system for an average house fall from around $20,000 to $15,000 (Australian). “Most thin-film solar cells are between eight and 10% efficient,” said Dr. Kylie Catchpole, a co-author of the study, “but the new technique could increase efficiency to between 13 and 15%.” For more information, click here.

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