Berkeley Lab, Imperial College make progress on strong glass scaffolds for bone repairs

By / October 13, 2011

3D visualization of the sintered 6P53B glass scaffolds using the Advanced Light Source’s synchrotron X-ray microcomputed tomography (left and top right) and a corresponding scanning electron microscopy image (bottom right). Credit: LBL. Researchers in the glass and ceramics field seem to be stepping up the search for materials and fabrication techniques that can deliver strong,…

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Addition of ceramic particles, fibers toughens polymer cartilage candidate after gamma exposure

By / October 11, 2011

Credit: F. Jacquot; Wikipedia. Although they are somewhat light on the details, researchers at the Changzhou Institute of Light Industry Technology (CIT) say they may have found a way to address fatigue problems associated with two materials of interest for use as cartilage-like coating material for joint prostheses. Led by Maoquan Xue, the CIT group wanted to see…

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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By / August 25, 2011

Check ’em out: Powerful DOE-developed X-ray technology helps develop promising new drug treatment for melanoma UK study shows radical response to volatile material prices Ford, Toyota announce telematics, hybrid collaboration New computer chip modeled on a living brain can learn and remember 7 ways to give solar market a big bounce Commission approved Apple’s plans…

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Table-top particle accelerators & long-lived data storage from nanostructured glass

By / August 19, 2011

Optical vortex generated using a radial polarization converter. Credit: Altechna; Kazansky et al., University of Southampton. Back in May, University of Southampton researchers published a short paper in Applied Physics Letters regarding how they used novel microscopy-based optical polarization techniques to turn nanostructured silica glass into a new type of relatively inexpensive, data-dense, stable computer memory. Now,…

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Medical device companies appeal to Congress and IRS to avoid excise tax in 2013

By Eileen De Guire / August 15, 2011

A bare-metal coronary stent. Credit: Frank C. Müller; Wikipedia Creative Commons license The 2010 Affordable Health Care Act includes a provision for a 2.3% excise tax to be levied against the revenues of medical device companies starting in 2013 regardless of whether the company generates a profit or not, which means companies could owe more…

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Materials stories that may also be of interest

By / July 29, 2011

Sun-free photovoltaics: Silicon chip micro-reactors contain photonic crystals on both flat faces, with external tubes for injecting fuel and air and ejecting waste products. In use, these reactors would have a photovoltaic cell mounted against each face to convert the emitted wavelengths of light to electricity. Credit: Justin Knight, MIT. Check ’em out: • Uh oh,…

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Customizing medical prostheses with mathematics and additive manufacturing

By Eileen De Guire / July 25, 2011

Topological optimization can be used to custom design prosthetic implants. Credit: Image created by Janet Sinn-Hanlon, Beckman ITG, University of Illinois Mathematics—the common language of science and engineering—often proves to be the doorway between disciplines. The common ground between a skyscraper, an airplane wing, and facial bones may not seem obvious until one realizes that from…

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Materials stories that may also be of interest

By / May 9, 2011

Schematic showing the architecture of the sensor developed at Princeton. Credit Stephen Y. Chou; Princeton. Check ’em out: Princeton engineers make breakthrough in ultrasensitive Raman-based sensor Princeton researchers have invented an extremely sensitive sensor that opens up new ways to detect a wide range of substances, from tell-tale signs of cancer to hidden explosives. The sensor,…

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When applied to venous stasis wounds, borate glass nanofibers (above) developed at Missouri S&T and produced by the Mo-Sci Corporation appear to speed the healing process in a recent 12-person human trial. Credit Peter Wray; ACerS. (click image for high-resolution version)

Videos of the week: Successful wound healing with borate glass nanofibers

By / April 28, 2011

As reported on in the just-published May issue of the Bulletin of The American Ceramic Society, the Mo-Sci Corporation recently announced its development of a novel and inexpensive wound care pad — composed of borate glass nanofibers — that helped speed the healing of venous stasis ulcers in a majority of patients enrolled in a…

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Sensitive sensor-packed microchip and new analytical model could test 100,000 protein–drug interactions in minutes

By / April 22, 2011

A microchip with a nanosensor array (orange squares) is shown with a different protein (various colors) attached to each sensor. Four proteins of a potential medication (blue Y-shapes), with magnetic nanotags attached (grey spheres), have been added. One medication protein is shown binding with a protein on a nanosensor. Credit: Richard Gaster. Stanford University researchers…

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