Analyzing sweat to diagnose diseases with a bandage-like biosensor

“Flexible and Superwettable Bands as a Platform toward Sweat Sampling and Sensing” Like other biofluids, sweat contains a wealth of information about what’s going on inside the body. However, collecting the fluid for analysis, usually by dripping or absorbing it from the skin’s surface, can be time-consuming and messy. Now, researchers have developed a bandage-like

Analyzing sweat to diagnose diseases with a bandage-like biosensor

Manufacturing of biobased plastics gets easier

A one-step method enables scalable and more environmentally friendly production of plant-derived plastic monomers, paving the way towards the mass production of a sustainable alternative to petroleum-based materials. An international team, including Kiyotaka Nakajima of Hokkaido University, Japan, and Emiel Hensen of Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands, has developed an energy-efficient method to synthesize

Manufacturing of biobased plastics gets easier

A new solar evaporator could make small-scale desalination more practical

A self-cleaning device made of wood aims to make small-scale desalination more practical About a billion people around the world lack access to safe drinking water. Desalinating salty water into drinkable water can help to fill this dangerous gap. But traditional desalination systems are far too expensive to install and operate in many locations, especially

A new solar evaporator could make small-scale desalination more practical

Biocomputers take a huge step towards reality

ETH researchers have integrated two CRISPR-Cas9-based core processors into human cells. This represents a huge step towards creating powerful biocomputers. Controlling gene expression through gene switches based on a model borrowed from the digital world has long been one of the primary objectives of synthetic biology. The digital technique uses what are known as logic

Biocomputers take a huge step towards reality

Faster computer programs possible with a novel data compression technique

Researchers free up more bandwidth by compressing “objects” within the memory hierarchy A novel technique developed by MIT researchers rethinks hardware data compression to free up more memory used by computers and mobile devices, allowing them to run faster and perform more tasks simultaneously. Data compression leverages redundant data to free up storage capacity, boost

Faster computer programs possible with a novel data compression technique

Animal-free chemical toxicity testing may become outdated with a new algorithm

With around 80,000 untested chemicals in use, Rutgers-led innovation addresses an urgent environmental safety need The use of animals to test the toxicity of chemicals may one day become outdated thanks to a low-cost, high-speed algorithm developed by researchers at Rutgers and other universities. Toxicity testing – determining the amount of exposure to a chemical

Animal-free chemical toxicity testing may become outdated with a new algorithm

Nanoscale batteries that use water-splitting technology could power the tech of the future

Smaller, faster, better: Nanoscale batteries may power future technology Inside modern cell phones are billions of nanoscale switches that flip on and off, allowing the phone to function. These switches, called transistors, are controlled by an electrical signal that is delivered via a single battery. This configuration of one battery to power multiple components works

Nanoscale batteries that use water-splitting technology could power the tech of the future

Could a blockchain protocol stop counterfeit pharmaceuticals

Portland State University researcher Nirupama Bulusu wants to prevent counterfeit pharmaceuticals from flooding the market. Bulusu recently published a blockchain protocol that could do just that. Bulusu, professor of computer science at the Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science, worked with PSU computer science doctoral student Naif Alzahrani to publish “A new product anti?counterfeiting blockchain

Could a blockchain protocol stop counterfeit pharmaceuticals

Researchers have printed the world’s first 3D vascularised engineered heart using a patient’s own cells and biological materials

Engineered heart completely matches the immunological, cellular, biochemical and anatomical properties of the patient In a major medical breakthrough, Tel Aviv University researchers have “printed” the world’s first 3D vascularised engineered heart using a patient’s own cells and biological materials. Their findings were published on April 15 in a study in Advanced Science. Until now, scientists in

Researchers have printed the world’s first 3D vascularised engineered heart using a patient’s own cells and biological materials

New nanogenerator creates electricity from snowfall

The first-of-its-kind nanogenerator designed by UCLA researchers and colleagues also acts as a weather station UCLA researchers and colleagues have designed a new device that creates electricity from falling snow. The first of its kind, this device is inexpensive, small, thin and flexible like a sheet of plastic. “The device can work in remote areas

New nanogenerator creates electricity from snowfall

A technique for brain training capable to induce changes of neural networks in less than one hour

Train your brain, change your brain Less than one hour of brain training with neurofeedback leads to a strengthening of neural connections and communication among brain areas. This is the main finding of a new study conducted at D’Or Institute for Research and Education (IDOR), published today in Neuroimage. According to the authors, the study

A technique for brain training capable to induce changes of neural networks in less than one hour

New technology makes fuel cells more powerful, more durable, less expensive

One of the most promising clean energy technologies just got even better. Researchers from the University of Delaware have developed the most powerful, durable hydroxide exchange membrane fuel cell components on record, which they recently described in the journal Nature Energy. The key ingredient? Membranes made from poly(aryl piperidinium) polymers. Fuel cells work by converting

New technology makes fuel cells more powerful, more durable, less expensive

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