Seattle, WA (Scicasts) – For less than $100, University of Washington researchers have designed a computer-interfaced drawing pad that helps scientists see inside the brains of children with learning disabilities while they read and write.
Sydney, Australia (Scicasts) – UK and Australian scientists have been able to show ways in which we can markedly improve drug targeting of solid tumours, using tiny ‘biosensors’ along with new advanced imaging techniques.
Gaithersburg, MD (Scicasts) – It's not reruns of "The Jetsons", but researchers working at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have developed a new microscopy technique that uses a process similar to how an old tube television produces a picture―cathodoluminescence―to image nanoscale features.
Toronto, ON, Canada (Scicasts) – A University of Toronto team – including researchers from Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Institute of Biomaterials & Biomedical Engineering – has created an electronic chip that can analyze blood and other clinical samples for infectious bacteria with record-breaking speed.
Zurich, Switzerland (Scicasts) – Motivated by extraordinary requirements for neuroscience, IBM Research, EPFL, and ETH Zürich through the Swiss National Supercomputing Center CSCS, are exploring how to combine different types of memory – DRAM, which is standard for computer memory, and flash memory that is akin to USB sticks – for less expensive and optimal supercomputing performance.
Daejeon, Republic of Korea (Scicasts) – Today's technological innovation enables smartphone users to diagnose serious diseases such as diabetes or lung cancer quickly and effectively by simply breathing into a small gadget, a nanofibre breathing sensor, mounted on the phones.
Columbus, OH (Scicasts) – According to a report from The Ohio State University, new technology under development at Institute is paving the way for low-cost electronic devices that work in direct contact with living tissue inside the body.
Cambridge, UK (Scicasts) – From the mouth to the small intestine, the digestive system presents a series of challenges designed to protect us by killing ingested bacteria. If a microbe survives the digestive enzymes in saliva and the corrosive acid of the stomach, the toxic fat-emulsifying bile acids in the small intestine will probably kill it. [Video]
Hinxton, UK (Scicasts) – More than 60 leading health care, research and disease advocacy organizations from across the world are joining together to form an international alliance dedicated to enabling secure sharing of genomic and clinical data.
Portland, OR (Scicasts) – The surgeon who more than two decades ago pioneered deep brain stimulation surgery in the United States to treat people with Parkinson's disease and other movement disorders has now developed a new way to perform the surgery ― which allows for more accurate placement of the brain electrodes and likely is safer for patients.
Washington, DC (Scicasts) – As antiretroviral drugs that treat HIV have become more commonplace, the incidence of Kaposi's sarcoma, a type of cancer linked to AIDS, has decreased in the United States.
Washington, DC (Scicasts) – To test the severity of a viral infection, clinicians try to gauge how many viruses are packed into a certain volume of blood or other bodily fluid. This measurement, called viral load, helps doctors diagnose or monitor chronic viral diseases such as HIV/AIDS and hepatitis.
Berkeley, CA (Scicasts) – Every chemist's dream, to snap an atomic-scale picture of a chemical before and after it reacts, has now come true, thanks to a new technique developed by chemists and physicists at the University of California, Berkeley.
Cambridge, MA (Scicasts) – Over the past three decades, researchers have found various applications of a method for attaching molecules to gold; the approach uses chemicals called thiols to bind the materials together.
Atlanta, GA (Scicasts) – Paper is known for its ability to absorb liquids, making it ideal for products such as paper towels. But by modifying the underlying network of cellulose fibres, etching off surface "fluff" and applying a thin chemical coating, researchers have created a new type of paper that repels a wide variety of liquids – including water and oil.
La Jolla, CA (Scicasts) – Scientists at the University of California, San Diego, have designed tiny spherical particles to float easily through the bloodstream after injection, then assemble into a durable scaffold within diseased tissue.