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Video: Watch these 3-D printed magnetic devices change shape and perform tricks

By Faye Oney / July 11, 2018

Researchers at MIT have fabricated small flexible magnetic structures using a 3-D printer and ink fused with magnetic particles. The structures could be used to remotely control biomedical devices for drug delivery or for pumping blood, among other functions.

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Go ahead and dive in—Urine content is just a ‘drop in the bucket’

By Faye Oney / July 6, 2018

Researchers have conducted studies on the amount of urine in an average swimming pool. The results show that you’re probably not in any danger.

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Newest glass material ‘Glassomer’ is used to fabricate small glass structures

By Faye Oney / June 29, 2018

Researchers have developed a glass composite that could be used in fabricating intricate objects. “Glassomer,” a material made of a polymer and quartz, could be useful in a wide variety of industrial applications.

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Video: Tiny devices deliver drugs, treat diseases through wireless technology

By Faye Oney / June 13, 2018

Researchers have developed a technology to power tiny implantable devices that could be used to monitor medical conditions or treat diseases from inside the human body. The technology uses radio waves, rather than batteries, to power and communicate with the devices.

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Video: This tiny tooth sensor could soon monitor your health

By Faye Oney / May 30, 2018

Researchers have developed a tiny sensor that can be inserted into a patient’s gum or on a tooth to detect gum disease and monitor health by analyzing saliva. This device could eventually replace the traditional pinprick to analyze a patient’s blood.

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Video: Watch this 3-D printer print an electronic device on human skin

By Faye Oney / May 16, 2018

Researchers have successfully used a 3-D printer to print an electronic circuit on human skin. The technology could help soldiers on the battlefield to detect chemical or biological agents, and the medical field for treating wounds and constructing skin grafts.

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Video: Banishing bacteria on biomedical implants—Graphene spikes slice and dice, could prevent infection

By April Gocha / April 18, 2018

Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology have devised a way to contract graphene to kill bacteria on the surface of biomedical implants, using a thin layer of atomically thin graphene spikes to slice bacteria apart.

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Electrophoretic deposition coats metal implants with glass fibers to improve bone-to-implant bonding

By April Gocha / April 17, 2018

An international team of researchers has developed a feasible approach to add bioactivity to metallic biomedical implant surfaces, using electrophoretic deposition to form coatings comprised of oriented bioactive phosphate glass fibers.

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3-D printing high-quality, low-cost optical lenses in under four hours

By Faye Oney / April 3, 2018

A research team developed a 3-D printing process to make a high-quality, low-cost optical lens that could be fabricated a lot quicker than conventional methods and used in a number of applications for the optical and medical industries.

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Electronic circuits are 3-D printed with silver nanowire ‘ink’ for variety of flexible devices

By Faye Oney / March 6, 2018

Researchers have developed a process that uses silver nanowires to print electronic circuits on flexible surfaces. Their method could be promising for the future of flexible and wearable electronics, especially for the medical industry.

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