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Flexible Fracture Method inspired by skin

The Associate Professor, Guy German, in the biomedical engineering department as Binghamton University, New York, has dedicated time to researching ways to extend the lifetime of biomedical devices. He has done this through moving cracks away from the crucial components. His team at Binghamton University have developed both single and dual layered membranes from silicone based polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS), which has been inspired by the topography of the natural human skin. The layers are said to help control the amount of cracks and prevent damage to electrical and critical components of the device.   “Even though this membrane looks and feels exactly like a normal, boring membrane, you stretch it and you can get cracks to deviate at 45-degree angles away from where it ordinaril

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New Life Saving Heart Pump Developed

A medical research team at Leicester University are currently developing a brand new heart pump which can help those who are suffering with heart failure. Also known as the LVAD - or Left Ventricular Assist Device - the artificial heart pump can be used on those who are currently waiting for a heart transplant, but are not likely to survive the wait.  The surgery will include a laparoscopic surgery, where the new heart pump can be inserted not into, but next to the existing heart, as to avoid as much possibility of infection and blood clotting. The LVAD is said to save and improve the quality of lives of patients worldwide and is being funded by the British Heart Foundation.  Dr David Adlam, Associate Professor and Interventional Cardiologist in the Department of Cardiovas

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