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A disclosed technology allows a factory-installed seatbelt to be tightened from gentle to extreme. The seatbelt works like an aircraft seat belt: when tightened, it stays tight.View this technology here. A technology has been made available improving how safely children are strapped in their safety seats. View this technology here. The Technologies of the Week describe inventions offered for licensethrough the yet2.com marketplace. Search over $2.5 billion of licensable technologies.

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Anti-Cancer Protein

Researchers at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (Boston, MA) have found that the p53 protein, known to guard against cancer-causing DNA damage, provides an entirely different level of cancer protection: by prompting the skin to tan in response to ultraviolet light from the sun, p53 deters the development of melanoma skin cancer. New melanoma treatments could result from the discovery. “The number one risk factor for melanoma is an inability to tan; people who tan easily or have dark pigmentation are far less likely to develop the disease,” said the study's senior author, David E. Fisher, MD, PhD, director of the Melanoma Program at Dana-Farber and a professor in pediatrics at Children's Hospital Boston.. “This study suggests that p53, one of the best-known tumor-suppressor proteins in our body, has a powerful role in protecting us against sun damage in the skin.” For more information, click here.

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Drug Tooth

Medical researches at Information Society Technologies (Brussels, Belgium) are developing the IntelliDrug controlled drug delivery system, where medication is stored and released from an implanted tooth. The fake tooth is a micro-system comprising of a medication reservoir and release mechanism, a built-in intelligence, micro- sensors, and micro-actuators. The IntelliDrug device will be placed in the oral cavity. The medicine is contained in a small reservoir. Drugs would be released in a controlled manner according to a patient’s needs, for periods lasting days, weeks, or months. The device can be reloaded in a simple non-invasive way. The released medicine will be either absorbed by the oral mucosa or swallowed by the patient. For more information, click here.

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Technology Business Briefs

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NASA News

The Subregional Bone Assessment, a NASA study of the long-term effects of microgravity on the bones of International Space Station crewmembers, showed that the astronauts lost roughly 11% of their total hipbone mass over the course of their mission, more than an elderly woman in a year. While bone mass was regained after a year on Earth, bone structure and density had not recovered. The research focused on weight bearing bones including the hip, which experiences the highest amount of bone loss during a space mission and is the site of the most fractures in the elderly. One of the first the Human Research Program investigations, similar human health experiments have been done to understand and reduce health and performance risks to astronauts in space. The research aims to predict and address health issues facing astronauts during long-term missions on the Moon, to Mars, or on other microgravity missions. For more information, click here.

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Chemical Analysis Tool

Purdue University researchers have created a handheld sensing system its creators liken to Star Trek's "tricorder" used to analyze the chemical components of alien worlds. The new portable system is an ultrafast chemical analysis tool that could be used for detecting everything from cancer in the liver to explosives residue on luggage and "biomarkers" in urine that provide an early warning for diseases. The instrument is a miniature mass spectrometer combined with a technique called desorption electrospray ionization, or DESI. Unlike conventional mass spectrometers, which are cumbersome laboratory instruments that weigh more than 300 pounds, the new handheld device weighs less than 20 pounds and can be used in the field. For more information, click here.

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Foundation Solidification

Methods are available for the determination of building stability in the event of an earthquake. These methods involve the development of existing shaking table technology to allow more efficient characterization of structural properties. View this technology here. An approach accompanied by a comprehensive algorithm and a software tool has been disclosed that increases the accuracy and reduces the cost for the evaluation of structures under seismic conditions. View this technology here. The Technologies of the Week describe inventions offered for licensethrough the yet2.com marketplace. Search over $2.5 billion oflicensable technologies at http://www.techbriefs.com/techsearch .

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