Boeing, South African Airways (SAA) and SkyNRG announced they are collaborating to make sustainable aviation biofuel from a new type of tobacco plant. This initiative broadens cooperation between Boeing and SAA to develop renewable jet fuel in ways that support South Africa's goals for public health as well as economic and rural development.
A nasal brush test can rapidly and accurately diagnose Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD), an incurable and ultimately fatal neurodegenerative disorder, according to a new study.
The Food and Drug Administration says it will begin regulating laboratory-developed tests, a growing class of medical diagnostics that have never before been subject to federal oversight.
Unexplained rash? Check your iPad. It turns out the popular tablet computer may contain nickel, one of the most common allergy-inducing metals. Recent reports in medical journals detail nickel allergies from a variety of personal electronic devices, including laptops and cellphones.
A new generation of miniature biological robots is flexing its muscle. Engineers have developed a class of walking “bio-bots” powered by muscle cells and controlled with electrical pulses, giving researchers unprecedented command over their function.
Biomedical engineering students have designed a lightweight, easy-to-conceal shirt-like garment to deliver life-saving shocks to patients experiencing serious heart problems. The students say their design improves upon a wearable defibrillator system that is already in use.
A Stanford electrical engineer has invented a way to wirelessly transfer power deep inside the body and then use this power to run tiny electronic medical gadgets such as pacemakers, nerve stimulators or new sensors and devices yet to be developed.
Stem cells demonstrate a bizarre property never before seen at a cellular level, according to a new study. The property– known as auxeticity– is one which may have application as wide-ranging as soundproofing, super-absorbent sponges and bulletproof vests.
Inspired by natural materials such as bone—a matrix of minerals and other substances, including living cells—MIT engineers have coaxed bacterial cells to produce biofilms that can incorporate nonliving materials, such as gold nanoparticles and quantum dots.
A collaboration of surgeons successfully transplanted kidneys into 50 recipients using an innovative robot-assisted procedure in which the organ is cooled with sterile ice during the operation.
Thermo Fisher Scientific announced that it has signed an agreement to sell its cell culture (sera and media), gene modulation and magnetic beads businesses to GE Healthcare, a unit of General Electric Company, for approximately $1.06 billion.
ImmunoChemistry Technologies (ICT) has changed ownership and is now majority women-owned. The company will continue to develop new products to help researchers discover new treatments and drugs for cancer and other diseases affecting both animals and humans.
A new approach developed by researchers could enable the most detailed x-ray images ever— including clear views of soft tissue without any need for contrast agents.
An experimental device is letting paralyzed people drive wheelchairs simply by flicking their tongue in the right direction. Key to this wireless system: Users get their tongue pierced with a magnetic stud that resembles jewelry and acts like a joystick.
Scientists have charted a significant signaling network in a tiny organism that's big in the world of biofuels research.
A study shows for the first time that X-ray lasers can be used to generate a complete 3-D model of a protein without any prior knowledge of its structure.
Researchers have recently developed a new technique for profiling enzyme activities in cell lysate, a fluid containing the internal contents of cells, allowing them to analyze the enzyme reactions within cells.
Researchers report that the deletion of any single gene in yeast cells puts pressure on the organism’s genome to compensate, leading to a mutation in another gene.
The first trickle of fuels made from agricultural waste is finally winding its way into the nation's energy supply, after years of broken promises and hype promoting a next-generation fuel source cleaner than oil.
Researcher Finds Way to Reduce Unnecessary Lab Tests, Decrease Patient Costs by Modifying Software DesignNovember 5, 2013 12:36 pm | News | Comments
When patients undergo diagnostic lab tests as part of the inpatient admission process, they may wonder why or how physicians choose particular tests. Now, a researcher and her colleagues have studied how to modify these lists to ensure health professionals order relevant tests and omit unnecessary lab tests.
Research into clinical use of microbeam radiation therapy (MRT) has been limited because of the sheer size of the technology required to generate the beams. Now, researchers have developed a new microbeam emitter which has scaled down the technology, opening the doors for clinical research.
The ankle is often considered an anatomical jumble, and its role in maintaining stability and motion has not been well characterized. Now, researchers have measured the stiffness of the ankle in various directions using a robot called the “Anklebot.”
New research is laying the groundwork for touch-sensitive prosthetic limbs that one day could convey real-time sensory information to amputees via a direct interface with the brain.
Sartorius Stedim Biotech today made a cash offer to acquire the UK company TAP Biosystems Group plc (TAP Biosystems), through its wholly owned subsidiary Sartorius Stedim Biotech GmbH. The proposed transaction, which is subject to customary closing conditions, including the approval of TAP’s shareholders, values the equity of TAP Biosystems at approximately €33 million.
Inspired by how wireless communication networks use multiple radio frequencies to communicate with multiple users, researchers have developed a new high-speed microscopy technique that is an order of magnitude faster than current fluorescence-imaging technologies.