13 Oct 2022
Human Brain Cells in a Dish Learn to Play Pong
A Melbourne-led team has for the first time shown that 800,000 brain cells living in a dish can perform goal-directed tasks - in this case the simple tennis-like computer game, Pong. Now they are going to find out what happens when their DishBrain is affected by medicines and alcohol.
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16 Mar 2022
Titomic are an Australian metal additive manufacturing company making cold spray printers using 'Titomic Kinetic Fusion' technology. IDTechEx spoke with non-executive director Dr. Andreas Schwer at Formnext 2021.
24 Feb 2022
How Sound Waves Could Help Regrow Bones
Researchers have used sound waves to turn stem cells into bone cells, in a tissue engineering advance that could one day help patients regrow bone lost to cancer or degenerative disease.
The innovative stem cell treatment offers a smart way forward for overcoming some of the field's biggest challenges, through the precision power of high-frequency sound waves.
2 Sep 2021
Smart Wound Dressings with Built-In Healing Sensors
Researchers have developed smart wound dressings with built-in nanosensors that glow to alert patients when a wound is not healing properly. The multifunctional, antimicrobial dressings feature fluorescent sensors that glow brightly under UV light if infection starts to set in and can be used to monitor healing progress.
19 Aug 2021
Technology That Can Double The Power Harvested From Ocean Waves
The untapped potential of ocean wave energy is vast - it has been estimated that the power of coastal waves around the world each year is equivalent to annual global electricity production. With over 35,000 km of coastline, Australia is ideally placed to tap into this power source. Analysis shows Australia could produce twice its current electricity output by harvesting just 17% of its wave energy.
28 May 2021
New Technique Breaks the Mould for 3D Printing Medical Implants
Researchers have flipped traditional 3D printing to create some of the most intricate biomedical structures yet, advancing the development of new technologies for regrowing bones and tissue.
The emerging field of tissue engineering aims to harness the human body's natural ability to heal itself, to rebuild bone and muscle lost to tumours or injuries.
8 Apr 2021
New Approach Could be Key to Next-Generation Transparent Electronics
A new study, out this week, could pave the way to revolutionary, transparent electronics. Such see-through devices could potentially be integrated in glass, in flexible displays and in smart contact lenses, bringing to life futuristic devices that seem like the product of science fiction.
21 Jan 2021
Bio-inspired: How Lobsters Help Make Stronger 3D Printed Concrete
New research shows that patterns inspired by lobster shells can make 3D printed concrete stronger, to support more complex and creative architectural structures. Digital manufacturing technologies like 3D concrete printing have immense potential to save time, effort and material in construction.
26 Nov 2020
New Findings Speed Progress Towards Affordable Gene Therapy
In a promising advance for affordable, personalised medicine, researchers have used metal-organic frameworks to successfully deliver the genetic snipping tool CRISPR/Cas9 into human cancer cells.
Researchers used metal-organic frameworks enhanced with a green tea phytochemical coating to target human prostate cancer cells for the first time.
8 Sep 2020
New Electronic Skin can React to Pain Like Human Skin
Researchers have developed electronic artificial skin that reacts to pain just like real skin, opening the way to better prosthetics, smarter robotics and non-invasive alternatives to skin grafts.
22 May 2020
Electrics and Electronics Becomes User-Dedicated Smart Material
An important new trend is buying electrics and electronics you customise to function not just shape. See the new IDTechEx report, "Complete Electronics as Smart Material, User-Customized 2020-2040". Builders, textile manufacturers, those doing home improvement and others are starting to buy electrically-smart materials direct from materials companies, bypassing the electronics industry.
1 May 2020
Personalised Nutrition Smart Patch to Reduce Diabetes Risk
A wearable smart patch will deliver precision data to help people personalise their diets and reduce their risk of developing lifestyle-related chronic diseases like Type 2 diabetes.
19 Feb 2020
Touch-Responsive Indium Tin Oxide is Very Thin and Flexible
The first highly transparent, touch-responsive and conducting ultra-flexible thin sheets of indium tin oxide have been made by researchers in Australia. Made using a new liquid metal printing technique, the sheets are just 1.5 nm thick and can be deposited onto a variety of substrates - which can then be rolled up like a tube.
29 Jan 2020
Nano-thin Flexible Touchscreens Could be Printed Like Newspaper
Researchers have developed an ultra-thin and ultra-flexible electronic material that could be printed and rolled out like newspaper, for the touchscreens of the future.
13 Jan 2020
Ultrasound Can Make Stronger 3d-Printed Alloys
Researchers have used sound vibrations to shake metal alloy grains into tighter formation during 3D printing.
20 Dec 2019
Australian-First Microgrid Brings Renewable Energy to Apartments
More people living in rental accommodation will soon have access to cheaper, renewable energy as part of an Australian-first microgrid project.
12 Dec 2019
Adding Copper Strengthens 3D Printed Titanium, Study Finds
Successful trials of titanium-copper alloys for 3D printing could kickstart a new range of high-performance alloys for medical device and aerospace applications.