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Transplant organ delivered for the first time by drone

The University of Maryland and their School of Medicine counterpart devised and developed a custom built drone which would become the first unmanned aerial system of its kind to deliver a transplant organ. Due to the importance of transplant organs, the drone has been created with a backup power distributor, dual batteries, backup propellors and even a parachute system to ensure that whatever happens in an emergency, the drone is able to maintain and monitor the human organ.  “We built in a lot of redundancies, because we want to do everything possible to protect the payload,” said Anthony Pucciarella, director of operations at the UMD UAS Test Site. The process was devised with simply everything in the mind. The drone was developed with temperature, barometric pressure, GP

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Virtual Reality for training at Rolls Royce & Qatar Airways

Rolls-Royce and Qatar Airways have begun investigating ways to bring virtual reality technology into their training programs to help ease the demand of engineers. The number of engineers needed to repair aircraft is rising daily, and could be said to double by 2036. As a result, both companies want to find an innovative way to build skills and refresh skills of aircraft engineers.  The IntelligentEngine vision uses HTC Vive VR equipment to allow the engineers to become fully immersed in an engineering virtual reality, where they can use touch, sight and sound to separate parts of an engine.  “We developed a fully-immersive VR version of the engine,” said Moss. “In fact, everything that you can do in real life is remodelled in the engine, so you can take the engine to pie

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New Hydrogel Patch developed to reduce heart attack damage

Soochow, China, Fudan University and Brown University, US, have collaborated to design and create a hydrogel patch which can reduce the amount of damage caused from the aftermath of a heart attack and publishing it in Nature Biomedical Engineering. Created used food starch, the new hydrogel patch is adhesive, meaning that is can be placed and stick directly on to the heart.  It is said to work by preventing the heart from remodelling, which can occur as the result of a heart attack, and also reduces the function of the heart’s main pumping chamber. The international team tried to create a patch which has the perfect thickness and stiffness to create a supportive cure, which isn’t too restrictive.  “Part of the reason that it’s hard for the heart to recover after a

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Real Time Sweat Monitor has launched

Sweati, alongside the Imperial College London, have developed and now launched their non-invasive device. The new real-time sweat monitor can track glucose, lactate and hydration, by using microfluidics and chip technology. The device itself is relatively small, fitting in the palm of your hand and about two credit cards in thickness and has been designed with athletes, soldiers and diabetics in mind. “Imagine a device that will be able to tell you when to fuel, when to hydrate and what pace to run at,” said Sweati founder and CEO James Mayo. “That means no more hitting the dreaded ‘wall’ whilst running a marathon. Sweati will make working out enjoyable and efficient. “For diabetics, it would mean no more blood draws interrupting their day as the patch will continuou

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New toilet seat to monitor heart health

The Rochester Institute of Technology in the US have developed a toilet seat that is capable of monitor the patient’s heart health. Able to monitor blood pressure, oxygen levels and heart rate - as well as the different types of activity on the heart - the device is said to be able to help patients monitor signs for heart failures, strokes and weight.  As a result, patients are able to determine whether or not hospital admission is necessary, and detect symptoms and signs of a condition before the patient has begun noticing. Therefore, healthcare systems will be more likely to treat the condition as early as possible, and thus has have a better chance to treating it.  “Typically, within 30 days of hospital discharge, 25 per cent of patients with congestive heart failur

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Skin cells to be printed directly onto wounds with new mobile bio printer

Scientists at the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine have developed a device which can print skin cells that would be able to help treat wounds such as burns and diabetic ulcers.  The device is able to scan a location of the body (the wound) which can then send data to a software. As a result, the bio printer can then print cells - created using a combination of the patient’s skin cells and a hydrogel which when mixed creates a printable biomaterial - and administer them directly onto the wound, layer by layer.  “The unique aspect of this technology is the mobility of the system and the ability to provide on-site management of extensive wounds by scanning and measuring them in order to deposit the cells directly where they are needed to create skin,” said

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First prosthetic hand with sensations successfully implanted

A patient with an amputated hand in Sweden has received the first prosthetic, fitted with tactile sensations, researched and developed by Dr Max Ortiz, alongside other key universities such as Essex University. The new prosthetic hand is said to allow recipients to have greater levels of dexterity, not to mention the new ability to feel. It is able to do this by using titanium implants to send electrodes that mimic the ability to feel, sending the identical information to the brain. This is a significant breakthrough in the medical field as current prosthetic hands can only manage a limited amount of movements, such as opening and closing the hand, as well ass a limited amount of sensory feedback. Following this procedure, the patient is now learning how to load the hand alone wit

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Copper Bioactive Glass Implant to treat bone infection

A group of researchers for the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland have developed a form of glass implant which uses a high amount of copper - said to treat the bone infection osteomyelitis.  The team discovered that bioactive glass with copper is able to promote bone growth and kill bacteria simultaneously, and therefore no need for antibiotics or further treatment. It works by attracting blood cells and bone cells to the source so increase bone growth rapidly, whilst fighting the chance of bacteria growing and spreading. They have claimed it will speed the healing process and is a major improvement on current treatments.  “Osteomyelitis is notoriously difficult to treat,” said first author Emily Ryan, a recently qualified PhD student in the RCSI Department of Anatomy

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New Synthetics able to mimic protein behaviour

A team at Liverpool University have created a new material which is able to mimic proteins. Designed using metal ions and small peptide molecules, the new porous synthetic has a similar structural change and chemical activity to the proteins.  “These porous materials use the same atomic-scale mechanisms as proteins to switch between structures, which gives us the opportunity to develop new ways to manipulate and change molecules with synthetic materials that are inspired by biology,” said research lead Matt Rosseinsky, a professor of chemistry at Liverpool University. “This offers exciting scientific possibilities, for example in catalysis, through the design of materials that can dynamically select the structure needed for a particular task.” Claimed to be the first

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Autonomous vehicles coming quicker than we think?

The Joint European Torus (JET), based in Oxfordshire, UK, is known for housing the largest fusion reactor in the world and carries out a large amount of research when it comes to nuclear fusion. Their latest project, however, is more than just studying nuclear fusion, but researching ways to use nuclear fusion in autonomous vehicles.   Using a test called RACE, the team at JET have been researching ways nuclear fusion can help support robotic devices and their development. The installation of equipment into extremely small space caused the reactor shell to activate by neutron bombardment, in turn causing a nuclear fusion reaction which can be used within nuclear fusion studies but also outside.  “We are increasingly concerned with decommissioning, not just at Sellafield b

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