Thin, flexible electronics will revolutionize everything from user interfaces to packaging

flexible electronics

Recent breakthroughs in printed and flexible electronics herald a whole new age of gadgets, imaging devices and user interfaces.

The nature of the underlying electronics needs to change as our computing requirements change. We’re moving into an era of wearable gadgets that require flexibility and new user interfaces – and there are many advances required to make that happen.

 

 

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Medical Technology is ‘Changing the Face of Healthcare’

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Rate of MRI and CT/PET scans ordered or provided have tripled from 1996 to 2007

A boom in medical technology over the past decade or two has led to a surge in certain medical tests and increased prescription drug use, say authors of a report that provides a snapshot of Americans’ health today.Imaging, assisted reproductive technologies, prescription drugs and knee replacements have all seen a dramatic rise since the early ’90s, says Amy Bernstein, the report’s lead author, a health scientist for the National Center for Health Statistics. The center, part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, released the 33rd annual Report on the Nation’s Health Wednesday. It includes a special section on health technology.

 

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Nanoscale Imaging

Nanoscale Imaging 

Donut shaped blood cells

By using nanoptical scanning probe microscopes, scientists are able to reveal the going-ons inside humans and animals with stunning clarity. Take the above set of donut-shaped blood cells – which have been treated with an antibiotic called phyllomelittin taken from the skin of a monkey frog – now decidedly more appetizing than when in a normal, bloody-looking state. (I’m sure many of you relaxed back into your seat Homer Simpson-style with an “Mmm… Monkey frog donuts…”)

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A New Way To Detect Cancer Early

A New Way To Detect Cancer Early 

 

A prototype device employs the same magnetic phenomenon used to write data to computer hard drives.

A new system for detecting cancer proteins uses the same magnetic phenomenon that lets computer hard drives read and write data. The Stanford University researchers developing the system hope that it will detect cancer in its earlier stages, when it’s easier to treat. MagArray, a startup in Sunnyvale, CA, will commercialize the technology.

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New Telescope To Attempt To Catalog Entire Night Sky

New Telescope To Attempt To Catalog Entire Night Sky 

The Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) is “a proposed ground-based 6.7 meter effective diameter (8.4 meter primary mirror), 10 square-degree-field telescope that will provide digital imaging of faint astronomical objects across the entire sky, night after night.” What’s that mean? Well, it means, if it’s built, we’ll have a telescope attempting to catalog the entire night sky into an absolutely massive 150 petabyte database. Awesome!

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Toxin Free Gold Nanoparticles

Toxin Free Gold Nanoparticles 

Researchers from the University of Missouri have made a major contribution to the field of medicine and the use of gold nanoparticles to treat everything from arthritis to cancer and in new modes of medical imaging — not to mention the dozens of other fields that utilize gold nanoparticles in processes and/or products.

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Interventional Radiology Suites Of The Future

Interventional Radiology Suites Of The Future 

Interventional Radiology being an advanced area of medicine and science needs equipment that can match the needs of radiologists. A superior imaging system, which provides enhanced diagnosis, treatment planning and improved therapeutic interventions is what is the most important.

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