Scientists grow perfect human blood vessels in a petri dish
Scientists have managed to grow perfect human blood vessels as organoids in a petri dish for the first time. The breakthrough engineering technology dramatically advances research of vascular diseases like diabetes, identifying a key pathway to potentially prevent changes to blood vessels—a major cause of death and morbidity among those with diabetes.
Inexpensive biosensor provides instant and accurate results
Using a small and inexpensive biosensor, researchers have built a diagnostic tool that provides health care practitioners almost instant diagnosis of a bacterial infection.
DIY ultrasound for the future
Engineers at the University of British Columbia have developed a new ultrasound transducer, or probe, that could dramatically lower the cost of ultrasound scanners to as little as $100. Their patent-pending innovation—no bigger than a Band-Aid—is portable, wearable and can be powered by a smartphone.
Not too wet, not too dry: plasma-treated fuel cell gets it just right
Fuel cells hold promise as a clean, renewable source of energy. But keeping them dry has long been a challenge, as they produce water during the process of converting hydrogen and oxygen into electricity.
Bacteria-powered solar cell converts light to energy when overcast
Researchers have found a cheap, sustainable way to build a solar cell using bacteria that convert light to energy. Their cell generated a current stronger than any previously recorded from such a device, and worked as efficiently in dim light as in bright light.
New method to create self-tinting windows
Researchers have developed a simple, cost-effective technique for making smart windows that could lead the way for wide-scale adoption of this energy-saving technology.
3D printed tissues could advance cancer research
Researchers hope to make advances in tissue replacement and cancer research through a new technology that can produce living, 3D printed bio-tissues.
IDTechEx Printed Electronics USA 2017 Award Winners
At the 14th IDTechEx Printed Electronics USA conference and exhibition held in Santa Clara on November 15-16, four organizations were honored for their great achievements in developing and commercializing printed electronics technologies.
Better, cheaper bio-ink may be used to create artificial organs
Investigating gelatin-based hydrogel for regenerative medicine.
IDTechEx analyst Nadia Tsao interviewed Aspect Biosystems' Tamer Mohamed and Thomas Lum on 16 June, 2017. Aspect Biosystems is a Canadian 3D bioprinting company developing a proprietary lab-on-a-printer technology.
Flexible sensor holds potential for foldable touch screens
Picture a tablet that you can fold into the size of a phone and put away in your pocket, or an artificial skin that can sense your body's movements and vital signs. A new, inexpensive sensor could help make advanced devices like these a reality.
Safer 3D printed medical products
A chemical compound developed by researchers makes it possible to create biological tissue with a light projector you can buy at Walmart.