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Oct 7, 2017

Light-activated nanoparticles can supercharge current antibiotics

Posted by in categories: nanotechnology, quantum physics

Light-activated nanoparticles, also known as quantum dots, can provide a crucial boost in effectiveness for antibiotic treatments used to combat drug-resistant superbugs such as E. coli and Salmonella, new University of Colorado Boulder research shows.

Multi-drug resistant pathogens, which evolve their defenses faster than new can be developed to treat them, cost the United States an estimated $20 billion in direct healthcare costs and an additional $35 billion in lost productivity in 2013.

CU Boulder researchers, however, were able to re-potentiate existing for certain clinical isolate infections by introducing nano-engineered dots, which can be deployed selectively and activated or de-activated using specific wavelengths of light.

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Oct 7, 2017

Honda’s humanoid disaster robot is designed to search through crumbled buildings

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

In its secretive R&D department, Honda has been developing a bipedal disaster robot designed to climb through crumbled buildings.

Honda unveiled the prototypical E2-DR robot last week at the 2017 International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems in Vancouver, reports IEEE Spectrum. As the Honda video shows, the E2-DR robot can climb ladders, ascend stairs, crawl through tight spaces, and manipulate its body to squeeze through cracks.

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Oct 7, 2017

Using Behavioral Biometrics for Wearable Glasses

Posted by in categories: privacy, security, wearables

Through behavioral biometrics, a wearable glasses continuous authentication system improves privacy protection by detecting imposters through voice & touch.

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Oct 7, 2017

A new surgical glue can seal wounds in just 60 seconds

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

No more staples.

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Oct 7, 2017

Here’s how every major automaker plans to go electric

Posted by in category: transportation

Traditional automakers are increasingly shifting their focus on electric and electrified cars, investing millions and pledging to release new EVs soon.

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Oct 6, 2017

A novel textile material that keeps itself germ-free

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, materials

Scientists have developed a novel weapon in the battle against deadly hospital-acquired infections — a textile that disinfects itself.

And independent tests show it can reduce bacteria levels by more than 90 per cent.

By incorporating the specially-engineered textile in a device designed to be used on hospital doors instead of the traditional aluminium door plate, that part of the door that people push to open it — they aim to bolster hygiene.

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Oct 6, 2017

Putting toxic waste to good use

Posted by in category: nuclear energy

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Oct 6, 2017

These dental fillings could allow your teeth to heal themselves

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

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Oct 6, 2017

This concrete can heal itself, saving billions in construction costs

Posted by in category: materials

Click on photo to start video.

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Oct 6, 2017

This method is easier for physicians and saving lives for patients

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

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