Design & Development News

  1. Elon Musk Wants To Merge Biological Intelligence With AI Technology

    Technology entrepreneur Elon Musk has confirmed his involvement in a medical research startup called Neuralink, which was registered in California last July.

  2. Graphene-Based Neural Probes Monitor Brain Activity In High Resolution

    A consortium of European scientists has developed a probe to monitor brain activity in high resolution using graphene, a material that offers additional flexibility while maintaining biocompatibility.

  3. Lab-On-A-Chip Could Automate Pathogen Detection Process “In a Single Device”

    Researchers in Germany have developed a platform that miniaturizes complex laboratory processes commonly used for pathogen detection into lab-on-a-chip (LOAC) technology. The researchers’ proof-of-concept study demonstrated the technology’s ability to detect pathogens including sepsis, salmonella, and E. coli using one instrument.

  4. BYU Researchers Develop Flexible Glass For Microfluidic Nanodevices

    Researchers at Brigham Young University (BYU) have developed a new method to fabricate flexible nano-scale membranes using surface micromachining and silica thin films. 

  5. Graphene Harvests Solar Energy To Power ‘Electronic Skin’

    University of Glasgow researchers have developed a layer of graphene that can harvest sunlight to power 'electronic skin,' whose development holds much promise in the fields of prosthetics and robotics.

  6. Testing Male Fertility At Home? There’s An App For That

    New smartphone technology has made at-home fertility testing for men as simple as pregnancy testing for women, according to Harvard scientists.

  7. Blocking Certain Immune Cells Could Prevent Scar Tissue From Forming On Implants

    New research has shown that, by selectively blocking certain immune cells, scientists may be able to prevent the formation of scar tissue on implanted medical devices, which could substantially improve their biocompatibility and extend their functional use.

  8. Wirelessly Powered Pacemaker Implanted In A Pig

    Advances in technology engineered at the National University of Singapore (NUS) and Stanford University have improved the efficiency of energy transfers of electromagnetic power through tissue, effectively powering a pacemaker implanted in an adult pig.

  9. Minimally-Invasive Brain Imaging May Be Possible With Surgical Needles

    By substituting a glass surgical needle for the endoscope, a proof-of-concept study in mice has demonstrated technology that might lead to a minimally invasive method for imaging deep brain tissue, one that could provide a better understanding of neurological conditions.

  10. AliveCor’s AI-Enabled Platform For Early Afib Detection Backed By Mayo Clinic, Omron

    The next generation of AliveCor’s electrocardiogram (ECG) technology for mobile devices — Kardia Pro — includes an AI platform that allows for earlier detection of atrial fibrillation (Afib), a leading cause of stroke.