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3-D model links facial features and DNA

March 21, 2014 11:49 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

DNA can already tell us the sex and ancestry of unknown individuals, but now an international team of researchers is beginning to connect genetics with facial features, degrees of femininity and racial admixture. In essence, by including sex and racial admixture, researchers can learn....

Switching an antibiotic on and off with light

March 21, 2014 11:40 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Scientists of the KIT and the University of Kiev have produced an antibiotic, whose biological activity can be controlled with light. Thanks to the robust diarylethene photoswitch, the antimicrobial effect of the peptide mimetic can be applied in a spatially and temporally specific manner.

High-speed source-driver designed for pulsed current applications

March 21, 2014 10:56 am | Supertex, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Supertex (Sunnyvale, CA) introduces the MD2133, a high-speed source-driver for pulsed current applications. The MD2133 is programmable and is targeted for medical ultrasound beam-forming applications. It can also be used in High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU)....

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Computers see through faked expressions of pain better than people

March 21, 2014 10:10 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A joint study by researchers at the University of California San Diego and the University of Toronto has found that a computer system spots real or faked expressions of pain more accurately than people can. The work, titled "Automatic Decoding of Deceptive Pain Expressions," is published in the latest issue of Current Biology.

Pocket Diagnosis

March 19, 2014 4:39 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A new app which turns any smartphone into a portable medical diagnostic device could help in the fight against diseases including HIV, tuberculosis and malaria in the developing world. A recently-developed mobile phone application could make monitoring conditions much clearer and easier....

This app could prevent 1,600 deaths every day

March 19, 2014 3:58 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

The move towards mobile medicine is pretty incredible in a few different ways. For one, it offers an aging population —in the U.S. it’s the baby boomers—an option for treatment that doesn’t involve more doctor’s offices or hospitals than necessary. On the other hand, mobile medicine provides a great way....

MU study uses video-game device with goal of preventing patient falls

March 19, 2014 10:59 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Technology used in video games is making its way to hospital rooms, where researchers at the University of Missouri hope to learn new ways to prevent falls among hospital patients. Between 700,000 and 1 million people each year fall in U.S. hospitals, according to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality....

Researchers devise new, stretchable antenna for wearable health monitoring

March 19, 2014 10:35 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed a new, stretchable antenna that can be incorporated into wearable technologies, such as health monitoring devices. “Many researchers have developed prototype sensors for wearable health systems, but there was a clear need....

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Reducing anxiety with a smartphone app

March 19, 2014 8:57 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Playing a science-based mobile gaming app for 25 minutes can reduce anxiety in stressed individuals, according to research published in Clinical Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. The study suggests that “gamifying” a scientifically-supported intervention...

Researchers Devise New, Stretchable Antenna for Wearable Health Monitoring

March 18, 2014 11:13 am | by eurekalert! | News | Comments

Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed a new, stretchable antenna that can be incorporated into wearable technologies, such as health monitoring devices. The extremely flexible antennas contain silver nanowires and can be incorporated into wearable health monitoring devices.

Fighting antibiotic resistance with 'molecular drill bits'

March 17, 2014 12:41 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

In response to drug-resistant "superbugs" that send millions of people to hospitals around the world, scientists are building tiny, "molecular drill bits" that kill bacteria by bursting through their protective cell walls. They presented some of the latest developments on these drill bits, better known to scientists as antimicrobial peptides (AMPs).

Researchers created a mouse that expresses a fluorescing ‘biosensor’ in every cell of its body

March 14, 2014 11:38 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Garvan and UK researchers have created a mouse that expresses a fluorescing ‘biosensor’ in every cell of its body, allowing diseased cells and drugs to be tracked and evaluated in real time and in three dimensions. The mouse also allows diseased cells and drugs to be tracked and evaluated in real time and in three dimensions.

Researchers write languages to design synthetic living systems useful for new products, health care

March 14, 2014 9:16 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Researchers at Virginia Tech and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have used a computer-aided design tool to create genetic languages to guide the design of biological systems. Known as GenoCAD, the open-source software was developed to help synthetic biologists capture biological rules to engineer organisms that produce useful products or health-care solutions from inexpensive, renewable materials.

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Salt detectors block interfering radiation

March 11, 2014 2:54 pm | Calsensors | Product Releases | Comments

Cal Sensors (Santa Rosa, CA) launched a new line of single channel detectors (SCD) that block unwanted radiation below 1.2 microns. Exploiting the innate transmission bandwidth of Silicon, the new SCD-Si detectors are packaged with anti-reflection Silicon windows to block

Blind can 'hear' colors and shapes, show Hebrew U. researchers

March 10, 2014 9:37 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

What if you could "hear" colors? Or shapes? These features are normally perceived visually, but using sensory substitution devices (SSDs) they can now be conveyed to the brain noninvasively through other senses.  At the Center for Human Perception and Cognition, the blind and visually impaired are being offered tools, via training with SSDs, to receive environmental visual information and interact with it in ways otherwise unimaginable.

Engineering Newswire: Body mounted joystick gives astronauts touch feedback

March 10, 2014 9:27 am | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we're getting touchy feely with a body-mounted joystick, 3D-printing heart attack predictors, and installing a fifth eye. This episode features touchy feely body joysticks: To help astronauts experience touch-based feedback in weightlessness...

Samuel Achilefu, WUSTL scientists develop high-tech glasses that detect cancer cells during surgery

March 10, 2014 9:01 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A team of scientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis (WUSTL) and the University of Arizona (UA) in Tucson led by SPIE Fellow Samuel Achilefu have created a pair of high-tech glasses that help surgeons visualize cancer cells during surgeries, which glow blue when viewed through the glasses.

Volume of notifiable disease reporting may double with required electronic lab reporting

March 7, 2014 1:25 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Public health departments nationwide are already feeling the strain from budget cuts. But their case report volumes are forecasted to double when federal requirements for automated electronic laboratory reporting of notifiable diseases go into effect next year, according to a new study.

Photos of the Day: The AT Black Knight Transformer

March 7, 2014 8:55 am | News | Comments

The AT Black Knight Transformer is the world’s first roadable, vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) aircraft. It has the ability to transform from a VTOL helicopter to an off-road vehicle. The Black Knight was designed as a rapid-response evac vehicle for wounded soldiers or cargo transport.

Snap-action switch includes electrical life of 100,000 cycles typically

March 6, 2014 3:47 pm | Cit Relay & Switch | Product Releases | Comments

The CIT Relay & Switch (Minneapolis, MN) SM3 Series snap-action switch offers choice a of single pole single throw or a single pole double throw circuit. This UL/CUL recognized switch is available in 0.110" quick connect, solder lug, PC terminal and right angle PC termination.

Valve controller features 24 watt temperature controllers for J-type thermocouples

March 6, 2014 3:27 pm | Nordson Efd Llc | Product Releases | Comments

Nordson EFD (East Providence, RI) introduces the new ValveMate 9000, state-of-the-art precision valve controller. The intricate microprocessor circuitry ensures the dispensing of precise, accurate, and repeatable amounts of the adhesives, lubricants, and other assembly fluids....

New shrinking gel steers tooth tissue formation

March 5, 2014 2:00 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A bit of pressure from a new shrinking, sponge-like gel is all it takes to turn transplanted unspecialized cells into cells that lay down minerals and begin to form teeth. The bioinspired gel material could one day help repair or replace damaged organs, such as teeth and bone, and possibly other organs as well.

7 things I’ll need for my house in 2025

March 3, 2014 7:47 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

I can’t wait to live in GE’s home of the future. (Last week, I talked about the car I must have, so it seems fitting that my next topic be about my dream house. As with the car, this is assuming an unlimited budget and available technology.) Last week, I headed to Allentown, PA to the Da Vinci Science Center in order to see an exhibit called Home 2025.

UCLA study finds robotic-assisted prostate surgery offers better cancer control

February 28, 2014 4:47 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

An observational study from UCLA's Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center has found that prostate cancer patients who undergo robotic-assisted prostate surgery have fewer instances of cancer cells at the edge of their surgical specimen and less need for additional cancer treatments like hormone or radiation therapy than patients who have traditional "open" surgery.

3-D imaging sheds light on Apert syndrome development

February 28, 2014 3:47 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Three dimensional imaging of two different mouse models of Apert Syndrome shows that cranial deformation begins before birth and continues, worsening with time, according to a team of researchers who studied mice to better understand and treat the disorder in humans.

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