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Health, Medicine, & Biotechnology

Briefs : Test & Measurement
Ingestible Sensors Powered by Stomach Acid

A small voltaic cell was developed that is sustained by the acidic fluids in the stomach. The system can generate enough power to run small sensors or drug delivery devices that can reside in the...

Briefs : Test & Measurement
Self-Powered Paper Patch Measures Glucose

The most common methods for glucose self-testing involve monitoring glucose levels in blood. These conventional measurements are not suitable for preventing hypoglycemia during exercise. The...

Briefs : Imaging
Portable Brain Imaging System

Currently, concussion is measured by the symptoms someone experiences, but it is difficult to know what is happening in the brain in any one person. To address this problem, a portable brain imaging system was...

Articles : Materials
Air Force Research Laboratory

The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), headquartered at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio, was formed in October 1997 through the consolidation of four former Air Force laboratories and the Air Force...

Q&A : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Q&A: Dr. Sara Abdollahi, Carnegie Mellon University College of Engineering, Pittsburgh, PA

Researchers in Carnegie Mellon University's College of Engineering have developed a novel approach to optimizing soft-material 3D printing. The Expert-Guided Optimization (EGO) method combines expert judgment with an optimization algorithm that efficiently...

Articles : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Optimized Imager Tracks Cancer and Stem Cells in Medical Research

After earning his doctorate, Debashish Roy set about creating a business from the biological imaging device he'd helped invent as a graduate student. The system held promise...

Articles : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Products of Tomorrow: August 2018

This column presents technologies that have applications in commercial areas, possibly creating the products of tomorrow. To learn more about each technology, see the contact information provided for that...

Briefs : Medical
Crystal-Free Formation of Non-Oxide Optical Fiber

Researchers at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center have devised a method for the creation of crystal-free non-oxide optical fiber preforms. Non-oxide fiber optics are extensively used in...

Briefs : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Diamond Pellet Grinding Tool

NASA Marshall Space Flight Center has developed a numerically controlled grinding tool that eliminates undesirable periodic variations in surface contours in optical and other surfaces — such as mid-spatial...

Briefs : Materials
Printing Flexible, Stretchable Silver Nanowire Circuits

Silver nanowires have drawn significant interest in recent years for use in many applications ranging from prosthetic devices to wearable health sensors due to their flexibility,...

White Papers : Medical
Better Hospital Purchasing Decisions

In today’s healthcare environment, it’s becoming more common to see devices that don’t perform satisfactorily. This trend of more frequent device failures is making purchasing choices an even greater challenge for healthcare executives. This whitepaper discusses the reasons why devices fail, the hidden...

White Papers : Electronics & Computers
Choosing a Medical Power Supply

Since modern medical equipment heavily leverages advances in the computing and electronics fields, it is increasingly critical to select the right power supply to meet functional and regulatory requirements. This paper will discuss the unique design requirements for medical power supplies, and how to select the...

Articles : Nanotechnology
Los Alamos National Laboratory

Established in 1943, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) in New Mexico was site Y of the Manhattan Project for a single purpose: to design and build an atomic bomb, which took just 27 months. The Los Alamos...

5 Ws : Sensors/Data Acquisition
5 Ws of the Injectable Alcohol Monitoring Sensor

Who

Patients in substance abuse treatment programs.

Briefs : Energy
Composite Panel with Integrated Thermal Control

Technological advancements in materials, sensors, and computing have driven demand for higher-performance satellites. Satellites need to be much more capable in a much smaller size with a...

Briefs : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Nuclear Radiation-Detecting Device

A material was developed for nuclear radiation detection that could provide a significantly less expensive alternative to the detectors now in commercial use. Specifically, the high-performance material is...

Briefs : Medical
Imaging Flexible DNA ‘Building Blocks’ in 3-D

Over the past decade, researchers have been working to create nanoscale materials and devices using DNA as construction materials through a process called DNA origami. A single long “sca...

Briefs : Photonics/Optics
Seeing the Brain’s Electrical Activity

Neurons in the brain communicate via rapid electrical impulses that allow the brain to coordinate behavior, sensation, thoughts, and emotion. Scientists who want to study this electrical activity...

Briefs : Nanotechnology
3D-Printed Biomaterials Degrade on Demand

Stereolithography — a method of 3D printing — uses an ultraviolet laser controlled by a computer-aided design system to trace patterns across the surface of a photoactive polymer solution. The...

Briefs : Materials
3D-Printed Device Produces Nanofiber Meshes

Nanofibers are useful for any application that benefits from a high ratio of surface area to volume, such as solar cells that maximize exposure to sunlight, or fuel cell electrodes that catalyze...

White Papers : Medical
UVC LEDs for Infection Prevention: Adding value to medical devices by integrating disinfection

Despite a long standing industry focus, healthcare associated infections (HAIs) continue to be a prevailing concern in the healthcare industry. As infection prevention market continues to grow, medical device OEMs are looking at integrating UVC LEDs as...

White Papers : Robotics, Automation & Control
Guide to Strategic Sourcing with a Contract Manufacturing Partner

Corporate procurement, or sourcing, is moving away from its traditional focus on transactional unit costs and towards the strategic goal of building strong, effective supply chains that deliver great overall value to an organization at the lowest total cost. This guide to...

Question of the Week : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Do You See Applications for Seeing Through Walls?

A recent Tech Briefs TV video demonstrated an artificial-intelligence system developed by MIT researchers. The "RF-Pose" teaches wireless devices to sense people's movement, even from the other side of a wall. See the system in action.

INSIDER : Medical
Wireless System Can Power Devices Inside the Body
Researchers have developed a new way to power and communicate with devices implanted deep within the human body.
Tech Talks : Medical
New Process for Chemical Recycling of PLA Under Mild Conditions

A novel method for recycling PLA using low-temperature, low-pressure reactions with alcohol or water has been discovered by Zeus Research. PLA is used today in many applications ranging from food packaging to implantable medical devices. Because of its sensitivity to thermal...

Tech Talks : Medical
Best Practice Implementation of Parametric Release for EO Sterilization

This presentation will describe the benefits of parametric release and how best to establish a compliant and capable process design. Topics covered include:

Blog : Medical
Studying the Secrets Behind Spider Glue
How does a spider's glue maintain its stickiness, even in high humidity? Researchers in Akron investigated the question.
Podcasts : Materials
Here's an Idea: How 'Simple' Sponges Are Solving Complex Problems

After a disaster like the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf coast, what if a giant sponge could clean up the area and the wildlife around it?

White Papers : Medical
The Case for Automation At Companies of Any Size

Why automate? Universal Robots gives you the top 7 reasons why automation – specifically with cobots – makes sense for operations of any size, detailing the following benefits:

Briefs : Data Acquisition
Wearable System Monitors Stomach Activity

A wearable, non-invasive system was developed to monitor electrical activity in the stomach over 24 hours — essentially an electrocardiogram for the gastro-intestinal (GI) tract. Monitoring for...

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