A next-generation washing device has been developed by a German-based company Dolfi. This hand-sized device will clean your clothes with the power of ultrasonic technology. Dolfi is great for everything the users would normally hesitate to throw into a washing machine. Dolfi isn’t just a pretty package - this compact but powerful device consumes about 80 times less energy than a conventional washing machine, helping you make a huge positive impact for the planet and, of course, for your wallet. With Dolfi, you can save on dry cleaning cost for delicates, on hotel or laundry services while you're traveling and on overweight charges on your luggage from packing extra clothing.
A futuristic fire truck concept that is able to simply drive over traffic has been developed by the Russian engineer and inventor, Dahir Semenov. It is a well-known fact that other cars are one of the biggest challenges that emergency service vehicles face. Indeed, at the wrong moment, the groups of professional firefighters have to spend painful minutes waiting while all cars in the vicinity try to pull over to the sidewalk in order to create conditions for a truck to squeeze through. Such accidents happen because in actual fact the fire trucks are not designed to squeeze through anything. Dahir Semenov has an apparently long history of ludicrously futuristic ideas, ranging from underground delivery systems to a flying monorail.
A novel method to enable miniature drug-filled nanocarriers to dock on to immune cells, which in turn attack tumors has been developed by the team of researchers at the Mainz University Medical Center and the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research. In the future, this may lead to targeted treatment that can largely eliminate damage to healthy tissue. In modern medicine, patients receiving medication to treat tumors or for pain therapy are often given drugs that disperse throughout the entire body, even though the section of the organ to be treated may be only small and clearly demarcated. To promote drug delivery to exact sites and cell types, the surface of nanocarriers is functionalized with targeting antibodies or ligands, typically coupled by covalent chemistry.
A novel method to maintain water and water-based solutions in a liquid state at temperatures far below the usual 'freezing point' for greatly extended periods of time has been developed by the researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital. This approach can enable safe, extended preservation of blood cells, tissues, and organs, along with improved food preservation. Water and other aqueous solutions in the sorts of volumes we deal with every day normally freeze when cooled below the freezing point of 0° C or 32° F. The novel method is about covering the surface of such a liquid with a solution that does not mix with water, like mineral oil, to block the interface between water and air, which is the major site of crystallization.
A breakthrough 3-D-printed device that could someday help patients with long-term spinal cord injuries regain some function has been developed by the team of engineers at the University of Minnesota. A 3-D-printed guide, made of silicone, serves as a platform for specialized cells that are then 3-D printed on top of it. The guide would be surgically implanted into the injured area of the spinal cord where it would serve as a type of bridge between living nerve cells above and below the area of injury. The hope is that this would help patients alleviate pain as well as regain some functions like control of muscles, bowel, and bladder. A bioengineered spinal cord is fabricated via extrusion‐based multi-material 3D bioprinting.
Exclusive interview for SPINOFF.COM with Nuka Team - Katya Mykhalko, Eugene Shylo, and Nikita Vladykin - about their eternal stationery. The team has two products: the eternal notebook and the eternal pencil. Not only the pencil but also any ordinary pen can be attached to the notebook with the help of magnetic fasteners. The notebook is completely waterproof and it can be rewritten endlessly. It is impossible to tear out its pages. The pencil is made of a specific metal alloy which interacts with the paper by oxidizing it. The unnecessary writing can be erased with the help of rubber, and the notebook allows keeping only the current information. The customers can use the pencil throughout their lives.