The deadliness of Ebola makes quick diagnosis imperative, but that has been difficult with viruses. Now, partly through the efforts of a mechanical engineering scientist, a group at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has developed a quick detection method. It tests bodily fluid by passing it through a paper with antibodies, binding the fluid to nanoparticles that turn color if Ebola is present.
Schivo Group is including its 3D printing unit as it teams with Stratasys Direct Manufacturing. The combination with Stratasys' Global Manufacturing Network creates Schivo3D, which provides additive manufacturing that's certified for the medical device industry and can serve other industries such as aerospace and consumer products.
Public research in Spain lead to the creation of Marsi Bionics, a company that has created an exoskeleton prototype for children who are unable to walk. The size of the device can be adjusted as the child grows, and its gait adapted to each user. Marsi Bionics initiated a crowdfunding campaign to support additional development of the exoskeleton.
In some situations gut instinct is a better indicator for decision-making than cool and careful analysis, research indicates. Tests confirm that somatic, or bodily, reactions can provide an earlier warning of risk than rational calculation. Heeding such signals can also help decision-makers avoid the problem of being stymied by too much information.
Eight-year-old Zion Harvey is believed to be the youngest patient to undergo a double-hand transplant, which took place earlier this month at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Harvey, who lost his hands and feet to an infection years ago, wears leg prostheses.
An 18-foot shark-shaped craft with a 260-horsepower supercharged engine can travel fast enough beneath the water's surface to spring above it, much like the real sea creature. The passenger-carrying Seabreacher craft is one of the main attractions at Water Adventure Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.
The simultaneous localization and mapping, or SLAM, technology that enables robots to determine where they are can also be used to improve their recognition of objects, according to a research group led by John Leonard, a professor of mechanical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Object recognition for manipulating material things is expected to improve as researchers develop and integrate better computer vision and better software for both recognition and SLAM.
A 2-petawatt laser developed in Japan far outclasses the kilowatt-level laser weapons developed for military use. But the University of Osaka laser has little utility as a weapon, with its power mostly confined to a vacuum due to its tendency to ionize gases in the atmosphere.
A research team from Cornell University demonstrated a method for bending and folding graphene into complex structures -- similar to the paper arts of origami and kirigami -- using micromanipulators. "The ratio of how stretchable versus how bendable paper was, was almost identical to that for graphene," said Paul McEuen, a professor and lead author of a paper on the research.
In a world dazzled by smartwatches, Swatch is returning to mechanical movements to stake its claim in wearables. The new model System51 is produced on a completely automated assembly line, and wearers needn't worry about battery life, because the watch is powered mainly by the user's natural wrist motions.