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Helping to manage road infrastructure with Google Street View

Geospatial scientists have developed a new program to monitor street signs needing replacement or repair by tapping into Google Street View images. The fully-automated system is trained using AI-powered object detection to identify street signs in the freely available images. Municipal authorities currently spend large amounts of time and money monitoring and recording the geolocation

Helping to manage road infrastructure with Google Street View

A radically different type of X-ray space telescope

A radically different type of X-ray space telescope has been designed at KTH, using advanced optic techniques that were originally developed in medical imaging research. The telescope, which focuses X-rays with a unique Stacked Prism Lens, was unveiled this week in an article in Nature Astronomy. The researchers, from KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm,

A radically different type of X-ray space telescope

Increasing the output of solar desalination by 50%

Rice University engineers boost output of solar desalination system by 50% Rice University’s solar-powered approach for purifying salt water with sunlight and nanoparticles is even more efficient than its creators first believed. Researchers in Rice’s Laboratory for Nanophotonics (LANP) this week showed they could boost the efficiency of their solar-powered desalination system by more than 50% simply

Increasing the output of solar desalination by 50%

A smartphone app that allows a user to easily program any robot to perform a mundane activity

What you do is what the robot does If any factory worker could program low-cost robots, then more factories could actually use robotics to increase worker productivity. This is because workers would be able to shift to taking on more varied and higher-level tasks, and factories could produce a greater variety of products. That’s the

A smartphone app that allows a user to easily program any robot to perform a mundane activity

An idea that could benefit millions of chronic pain sufferers worldwide

Scientists at The University of Manchester are developing a smart phone application connected to goggles which flash light at a special frequency to tune patients’ brains in a ground-breaking treatment for chronic pain. The phone app being developed by the team will eventually allow patients to choose between light, audio, or ‘neurofeedback’ treatments for pain.

An idea that could benefit millions of chronic pain sufferers worldwide

Printing 3D tissues and organs without scaffolding

Engineered tissues and organs have been grown with various degrees of success in labs for many years. Many of them have used a scaffolding approach where cells are seeded onto biodegradable supportive structures that provide the underlying architecture of the organ or tissue desired. But scaffolds can be problematic — ultimately, they should degrade and

Printing 3D tissues and organs without scaffolding

Could Urolithin A from pomegranates help to slow aging processes?

Urolithin A, a metabolite of biomolecules found in pomegranates and other fruits, could help slow certain aging processes. EPFL spin-off Amazentis, in conjunction with EPFL and the Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics, has published a paper in the journal Nature Metabolism outlining the results of their clinical trial. It is a fact of life that skeletal

Could Urolithin A from pomegranates help to slow aging processes?

Using sensory nanoparticles to detect disease

Building on new insights about nanoparticles, investigators develop a test for early detection of diseases, including different types of cancer Investigators from Brigham and Women’s Hospital are taking advantage of a unique phenomenon of nanoparticles to develop a test for early detection of different types of diseases, including cancer. Through previous investigations, Morteza Mahmoudi, PhD,

Using sensory nanoparticles to detect disease

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