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Synthetic windpipe is used to replace cancerous one

January 13, 2012


Surgeons in Sweden have replaced the cancerous windpipe of a Maryland man with one made in a laboratory and seeded with the man’s cells.

The Y-shaped scaffold, fashioned from nano-size fibers of a type of plastic called PET that is commonly used in soda bottles, was seeded with stem cells from Christopher Lyles’ bone marrow. It was then placed in a bioreactor — a shoebox-size container holding the stem… read more

Synthetic yeast to brew up vital malaria drug

June 5, 2008

Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, and colleagues have added synthetic genes to yeast to make a key malaria drug.

The genes encode enzymes that enable sugar to be converted into a precursor to artemisinin, used to treat multi-drug resistant malaria. This synthetic organism could be producing enough artemisinin precursor to fulfill worldwide needs for the drug within three years.

Unlike traditional genetic engineering methods, the inserted… read more

Syria ready with bio-terror if U.S. hits Iran

March 6, 2007

Jill Bellamy-Dekker, an American biodefense analyst living in Europe, says if the U.S. invades Iran to halt its nuclear ambitions, Syria is ready to respond with biological weapons, using a variation of smallpox.

She referenced an April 2000 article published by Syrian defense minister General Mustafa Talas, titled “Biological (Germ) Warfare: A New and Effective Method in Modern Warfare.”

System improves automated monitoring of security cameras

New approach uses mathematics to reach a compromise between accuracy, speed
June 7, 2012


A system being developed by Christopher Amato, a postdoc at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL), can perform security-camera analysis to identify potential terrorists or illegal entry more accurately and in a fraction of the time it would take a human camera operator.

“You can’t have a person staring at every single screen, and even if you did the person might not… read more

Systems Biology Graphical Notation: A Visual Language for Biology

August 14, 2009

A newly introduced visual language called Systems Biology Graphical Notation (SBGN) is designed to standardize and simplify a knowledge database containing molecular process, relationships between entities, and links among biochemical activities in the exploding field of Systems Biology.

T-cell ‘nanotubes’ may explain how HIV virus conquers human immune system

January 14, 2008

String-like “membrane nanotube” connections can form between those T-cells that bump into each other and carry proteins between the two cells, which could help explain how the HIV virus infects human immune cells so quickly and effectively.

This indicates that there may be “as-yet-undiscovered ways that these types of cells communicate with each other inside the human body,” said Professor Dan Davis from Imperial College London.

This kind… read more

T-rays technology could help develop Star Trek-style hand-held medical scanners

January 22, 2012


Scientists have developed a new way to create electromagnetic Terahertz (THz) waves (T-rays) — the technology behind full-body security scanners. Their new stronger and more efficient continuous wave T-rays could be used to make better medical scanning gadgets and may one day lead to innovations similar to the Tricorder scanner used in Star Trek.

In the study, researchers from the Institute of Materials Research andread more

Tablet computer market to boom: Deloitte

January 20, 2010

Industry tracker Deloitte predicts the tablet computer market will boom this year with tens of millions of people deciding the notepad-sized devices are “just right” for their needs.

Improvements in graphics, processing power, and wireless broadband Internet availability are making Internet-based tablets (“netTabs”) more attractive, according to analysts.

Tablet lets vision-impaired build a picture in their mind

April 29, 2011

GraVVITAS Tablet

GraVVITAS, a PC tablet that uses vibration and sounds to guide a visually impaired user around a diagram, has been developed by engineers at Monash University’s Faculty of Information Technology.

Designed to enable the user to build a picture of the entire graphic in their mind, the prototype has small external vibrating motors that attach to the user’s fingers.

These motors buzz when the user… read more

Tablets + cloud vs. desktop PCs

March 5, 2012

Windows on an iPad? Believe it. (Credit: Onlive)

As the action moves to tablets, mobile devices, and the cloud, what’s the future for the desktop PC?

Dim, according to OnLive, Inc., which has just introduced Onlive Desktop Plus, which displays a Windows 7 desktop on an iPad, with the full, latest versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Internet Explorer, Adobe Reader, and Flash videos, plus 5 GB of cloud storage.

The trick:a high-speed server farm in the cloud… read more

Tablets, netbooks and smart phones to be CES stars

January 5, 2010

The Google “Nexus One” smart phone, tablet computers, netbooks, 4G wireless broadband Internet technology, e-books, and e-readers will be key innovations at CES.

Forrester Research predicts that six million e-readers will be sold in the United States alone in 2010, doubling the number bought in the country the prior year.

Tactile Gaming Vest Punches and Slices

March 30, 2010

The University of Pennsylvania’s Tactile Gaming Vest (TGV) provides haptic feedback to a game-player’s torso.

Four solenoid actuators in the chest and shoulders in front, plus two solenoids in the back, give you the feeling of a gunshot; vibrating eccentric-mass motors clustered against the shoulder blades make you feel a slashing effect as you get stabbed from behind.

Tactile sensor for better human prostheses, personal assistive robots

June 20, 2012


Researchers at the University of Southern California‘s Viterbi School of Engineering  have developed a BioTac, a robot appendage that can outperform humans in identifying a wide range of natural materials according to their textures, paving the way for advancements in prostheses, personal assistive robots, and consumer product testing.

BioTac sensor is new type of tactile sensor built to mimic the human fingertip, using a newly designed algorithm… read more

Tactile technology guaranteed to send shivers down your spine

August 9, 2011

Surround Haptics

Surround Haptics, a new tactile technology developed at Disney Research, Pittsburgh (DRP) in collaboration with Carnegie Mellon University, makes it possible for video game players and film viewers to feel a wide variety of sensations, from the smoothness of a finger being drawn against skin to the jolt of a collision.

The technology is based on rigorous psychophysical experiments and new models of… read more

Tailor-made skin from ‘ink’ printer

January 24, 2005

Manchester University scientists have developed a printer able to produce human skin to help wounds and burns heal. With more research it could even replace broken bones.

The cells are put into a special printer ink liquid and artificially multiplied. Then, the printer prints the cells on to a plastic surface, which acts like a scaffold to support the cells. Experts say that the plastic could then be surgically… read more

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