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How Robots Can Help Build Better Doctors

April 16, 2015 10:36 am | by National Science Foundation | News | Comments

A young doctor leans over a patient who has been in a serious car accident and invariably must be experiencing pain. The doctor's trauma team examines the patient's pelvis and rolls her onto her side to check her spine. They scan the patient's abdomen with a rapid ultrasound ... 

5G World Summit to Explore How 5G Will Drive the IoT

April 14, 2015 9:06 am | by WDD Staff | News | Comments

5G is set to become the first network capable of being versatile and scalable enough to enable...

HotSpot Episode 109: High-Tech Armor Monitors Damage to Combatant

April 13, 2015 12:20 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Meaghan Ziemba | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD’s HotSpot, TE signs female driver; an invention by Tel Aviv University...

Driverless Vehicle Makes a Cross-Country Trek

April 10, 2015 9:55 am | by Jon Dipierro, Kasey Panetta, Jason Lomberg, & Janine E. Mooney | Videos | Comments

There has been a lot of enthusiasm and quite a bit of criticism when it comes to self-driving...

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What Brain-Controlled Prosthetics Can Tell Us about the Brain

April 9, 2015 12:37 pm | by Britt Faulstick, Drexel University | News | Comments

The ceremonial opening kick of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Sao Paolo, Brazil, which was performed--with the help of a brain-controlled exoskeleton--by a local teen who had been paralyzed from the waste down due to a spinal cord injury, was a seminal moment for the area of neuroscience that strives to connect the brain with functional prosthetics ...

Iodine-Laced Bindis Fight Malnutrition

April 9, 2015 11:07 am | by David Mantey, Melisa Fassbender, Meaghan Ziemba, Kaylie Duffy | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re savings lives with a tiny dot, driving a super-efficient SuperTruck, rewriting rock history, and going to auction to bet on TRONs light cycle ...

Using Sound Waves to Detect Rare Cancer Cells

April 7, 2015 2:44 pm | by Anne Trafton, MIT News Office | News | Comments

A team of engineers from MIT, Penn State University, and Carnegie Mellon University is developing a novel way to isolate these cells: using sound waves to separate them from blood cells ...

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Better Sensors for Medical Imaging, Contraband Detection

April 7, 2015 10:25 am | by Larry Hardesty, MIT News Office | News | Comments

MIT researchers have developed a new, ultra-sensitive magnetic-field detector that is 1,000 times more energy-efficient than its predecessors. It could lead to miniaturized, battery-powered devices for medical and materials imaging, contraband detection, and even geological exploration ...

The Next Outbreak? We’re Not Ready

April 6, 2015 10:28 am | by Bill Gates, TED Talk | Videos | Comments

Bill Gates suggests, to put all our good ideas into practice, from scenario planning to vaccine research to health worker training ... 

Parkinson's Diagnosis by Typing on a Keyboard

April 2, 2015 10:43 am | by Melanie Gonick/MIT | Videos | Comments

Using the researchers' algorithm for analyzing keystroke patterns could lead to the diagnosis of diseases that impair motor function, such as Parkinson's disease, much earlier than is now possible ...

Typing Patterns Help to Identify Early Onset of Parkinson’s

April 2, 2015 10:40 am | by Anne Trafton, MIT News Office | News | Comments

In a paper appearing in Scientific Reports, the researchers found that their algorithm for analyzing keystrokes could distinguish between typing done in the middle of the night, when sleep deprivation impairs motor skills, and typing performed when fully rested ...

Researchers Build Brain-Machine Interface to Control Prosthetic Hand

April 1, 2015 10:37 am | by Jeannie Kever, University of Houston | News | Comments

A research team from the University of Houston has created an algorithm that allowed a man to grasp a bottle and other objects with a prosthetic hand, powered only by his thoughts ...

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HotSpot Episode 107: FAA Loosens Grip on Commercial Drone Flights

March 30, 2015 11:00 am | by Eric Sorensen, Meaghan Ziemba | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, a speedometer that prevents you from speeding; the FAA loosens its grip on commercial drone flights; the world's smallest hydropower plant; and the priciest wearable is a piece of jewelry ...            

Shape-Shifting Sensor Reports Conditions from Deep in the Body

March 30, 2015 10:55 am | by Michael Baum, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) | News | Comments

Scientists working at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have devised and demonstrated a new, shape-shifting probe, about one-hundredth as wide as a human hair, which is capable of sensitive, high-resolution remote biological sensing that is not possible with current technology ...

Wearable Device Helps Vision-Impaired Avoid Collision

March 27, 2015 4:47 pm | by Mary Leach, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary | News | Comments

Researchers from Massachusetts Eye and Ear, Schepens Eye Research Institute used an obstacle course to evaluate a wearable collision warning device they developed for patients with peripheral vision loss. They found the device may help patients with a wide range of vision loss avoid collisions with high-level obstacles ...

Half-Size System Host Board

March 27, 2015 1:46 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Advantech has announced its PCE-4 series product line employing PICMG 1.3 half-size form factor and support for Intel work station-grade CPUs, which offer a higher base frequency than desk-top CPUs and ECC memory support ...

Multi-Port, Multi-Protocol

March 27, 2015 1:40 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

ACCES I/O Products has announced a new family of mini PCI Express (mPCIe) multi-port serial communication cards — the mPCIe-COM Series ...

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Green-Power Initiative

March 26, 2015 3:12 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Skyworks  introduces a step-down, DC-DC converter for automotive, distributed power, industrial, and medical applications that features ...

HotSpot Episode 106: A New App that Animates Your Life

March 23, 2015 11:27 am | by Eric Sorensen, Meaghan Ziemba | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, a ring that provides a shortcut to everything; using virtual reality to decorate your home; making health insurance easy with a new mobile app; and animate your life with Plotagon ...

TGAC's Take on the First Portable DNA Sequencing 'Laboratory'

March 20, 2015 9:04 am | by Hayley London, The Genome Analysis Centre | News | Comments

One of the first research Institutes to be part of MAP, TGAC plans to use the miniaturized sequencing device to conduct live environmental surveillance; rather than gathering samples to take back to the laboratory, enabling the researchers to deliver real-time experimental genetic data for immediate analysis ...

Smart Bandage Detects Invisible Wounds

March 20, 2015 8:39 am | by Roxanne Makasdjian and Phil Ebiner | Videos | Comments

Thanks to advances in flexible electronics, Berkeley engineers, in collaboration with colleagues at UC San Francisco, have created a new "smart bandage" that uses electrical currents to detect early tissue damage from pressure ulcers, or bedsores, before they can be seen by human eyes and while recovery is still possible ...

‘Smart Bandage’ Detects Bedsores Before They are Visible to Doctors

March 20, 2015 8:39 am | by Sarah Yang, Media Relations, UC Berkeley | News | Comments

Thanks to advances in flexible electronics, the researchers, in collaboration with colleagues at UC San Francisco, have created a new “smart bandage” that uses electrical currents to detect early tissue damage from pressure ulcers, or bedsores, before they can be seen by human eyes – and while recovery is still possible ...

HotSpot Episode 105: ESA's Proba-V Infrared Sensor

March 16, 2015 12:16 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Meaghan Ziemba, David Mantey | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, ESA’s Proba-V vegetation-scanning satellite that features a high-speed camera for monitoring vegetation, LTE best practices, the WonderCube, a small, all-in-one mobile solution for on-the-go generation, and the BeeRotor, a tethered flying robot that is able to adjust its speed and follow terrain with ... 

Wireless, Magnetic Brain Stimulation

March 13, 2015 10:30 am | by David L. Chandler, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Researchers at MIT have developed a method to stimulate brain tissue using external magnetic fields and injected magnetic nanoparticles — a technique allowing direct stimulation of neurons, which could be an effective treatment for a variety of neurological diseases, without ... 

Stanford Launches Smartphone App to Study Heart Health

March 11, 2015 3:39 pm | News | Comments

A free iPhone app allows users to contribute to a study of human heart health while learning about the health of their own hearts, and uses a new software framework developed by Apple ...

Photos of the Day: Finger-Mounted Reading Device for the Blind

March 10, 2015 9:30 am | by Larry Hardesty, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Researchers at the MIT Media Laboratory have built a prototype of a finger-mounted device with a built-in camera that converts written text into audio for visually impaired users. The device provides feedback — either tactile or audible — that guides the user’s finger along a line ... 

Biophotonics Poised to Make Major Breakthroughs in Medicine

March 9, 2015 12:26 pm | by National Science Foundation | News | Comments

Imagine having the ability to manipulate light waves in order to see through a skull right into the brain, or being able to use lasers to diagnose a bacterial infection in a matter of minutes. At the Center for Biophotonic Sensors and Systems (CBSS) at Boston University, you might say that technologies ... 

HotSpot Episode 104: Boeing Launches First All-Electric Propulsion Satellites

March 9, 2015 11:16 am | by Eric Sorensen, Meaghan Ziemba, David Mantey | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, a portable monitoring system for Parkinson's patients; a smart lock that needs a secret knock password to open; Boeing launches the first all-electric propulsion satellites; and a prototype prosthetic ankle that features a low-cost camera and a computer-controlled actuator ...

Human Hearts on A Chip Aid Drug Screening

March 9, 2015 10:24 am | by Sarah Yang, University of California - Berkeley | News | Comments

A group of researchers are presenting a network of pulsating cardiac muscle cells housed in an inch-long silicone device that effectively models human heart tissue, and they have demonstrated the viability of this system as a drug-screening tool by testing it with cardiovascular medications ...

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