Hydrogen-powered cars and recycling CO2

New powder could help cut CO2 emissions

Long-acting contraceptive designed to be self-administered via microneedle patch

Bioadhesive, wirelessly-powered implant emitting light to kill cancer cells

Conventional photodynamic therapy induces cancer cell death by using photosensitizing agents, which localize in tumours and activate with exposure to a specific wavelength of light. In recent years, low-dose and long-term photodynamic therapy (metronomic photodynamic therapy, mPDT) has shown promise in treating cancers (lat. carcinoma) in internal organs. The problem with mPDT is, however, is that because the light intensity is extremely low (1/1000 of the conventional method), the antitumor effect cannot be obtained if the light source shifts even slightly away from the tumour, making the illumination insufficient. Nevertheless, scientists at the Waseda University in collaboration with the National Defense Medical College, and the Japan Science and Technology Agency developed a new bioadhesive, wirelessly-powered light-emitting device which could better treat cancers in delicate organs.

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Brighter blue lights for faster communication

The high-performance blue-light-emitting diodes useful for both solid-state lighting and visible-light communication have been developed by the researchers at KAUST. These superluminescent diodes (SLDs) could become primary light sources and make data communication available at the flick of a light switch, including the internet, and audio and video entertainment. Light-emitting diodes have superior durability and ability to produce white light with minimal heat generation and energy loss compared to incandescent light bulbs. They are becoming ubiquitous in everyday lighting applications ranging from general lighting to automotive headlamps and medical devices.

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A new benchmark in cell-grown meat

Aleph Farms, Technion-Israel Institute (Technion) spinoff company,  has developed a technology for creating steak from a few cow cells in a bioreactor. Aleph Farms' clean meat is closer to free-range meat due to a proprietary approach that focuses on directly growing the edible part of the animal in 3D using four types of cells, ensuring an end product that resembles the taste, texture, and structure of farmed meat.  Cell-grown meat technology is gaining interest for its promise of production of slaughter-free meat, without the need for devoting vast tracts of land, water, feed and other resources to raise cattle. This comes at a time when the adverse impacts of climate change and the effects on agriculture and livestock sectors, is under the spotlight.  Cell-grown meat is typically grown from a few cells of a living animal, extracted painlessly. These cells are nourished and grow to produce a complex matrix that replicates muscle tissue.

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New switches make multiple frequency bands easier and cheaper to manage in wireless devices

New cost-cutting solar cells with 10-times faster growth rate

Inkjet-printed device helps monitor a patient’s blood sugar levels

A novel material for transparent and flexible displays

The next generation of flexible and transparent displays will require a high-performing and flexible polymeric material that has the optical and thermal properties of glass. The material must be transparent to visible light and have a low coefficient of thermal expansion (CTE). Unfortunately, such a polymeric material has not been available. However, a researchers' group at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) has succeeded in making a new polymeric material with an exceptionally low CTE value while retaining high transparency and excellent thermal and mechanical properties. The method developed for amorphous polymers with a controlled CTE can be applied to control the thermal expansion of organic materials as well. 

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Sound-based touch input technology for smart tables and mirrors

Time passes so quickly, especially in the morning. Your hands are so busy brushing your teeth and checking the weather on your smartphone. You might wish that a mirror could turn into a touch screen and free up hands. That wish can be achieved very soon. A researchers' team at Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) has developed a smartphone-based touch sound localization technology to facilitate ubiquitous interactions, turning objects like furniture and mirrors into touch input tools. This technology analyzes touch sounds generated from a user’s touch on a surface and identifies the location of the touch input. For instance, users can turn surrounding tables or walls into virtual keyboards and write lengthy e-mails much more conveniently by using only the built-in microphone on their smartphones or tablets. Moreover, family members can enjoy a virtual chessboard or enjoy board games on their dining tables.

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A new approach for the treatment of pulmonary diseases

Ethris is Technical University of Munich (TechUniM) spinoff company, which develops innovative therapies based on its own patented platform technology with a high potential for diversification that enables new therapies to be developed for diseases for which there were not previously any suitable treatment options. Ethris was founded by Dr. Carsten Rudolph and Prof. Christian Plank. The company has established a number of strategic partnerships both with leading academic and medical institutions in Germany and abroad and with corporate biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies around the globe.

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