Category: Research

Researchers in Israel and Germany develop potential alternative to animal testing

Posted on 2015/09/15 in Google+, Health, Innovation, Research, Science & Technology

Researchers in Israel and Germany develop potential alternative to animal testing

"On top of opposition from animal rights groups, more scientists are claiming that animal studies do not accurately predict the human response to drugs or beauty products, especially ones that are used on a regular basis. At the same time, using human cells for safety testing is not practical because they die after a few days outside of the body."

"To address this challenge, the researchers have created a liver-on-a-chip device, also known as a 3D micro-reactor, which mimics human physiology using nanotech-based optoelectronic sensors."

"When testing Tylenol using the technology’s sensors, the researchers were able to detect small, rapid changes in cellular respiration that have never been observed before – suggesting potential damage at much smaller dosages than had previously been observed. Scientists had long believed that liver damage from acetaminophen only occurs at high doses and in cases of diseased or compromised liver function."

"Yissum, the tech transfer arm of Hebrew University, together with the Fraunhofer Institute, submitted a joint provisional patent application earlier this year and are seeking industry partners to take the liver-on-a-chip to market. The global market for this technology is estimated to be worth $17 billion by 2018."

From +Tech Transfer Centralhttp://ow.ly/ScxzA

Researchers in Israel and Germany develop potential alternative to animal testing – Tech Transfer e-News – Tech Transfer Central
Researchers at Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Fraunhofer Institute for Cell Therapy and Immunology in Germany have developed a technology that coul

Surgeons practice on 3D-printed models for kids’ operations

Posted on 2015/08/05 in Google+, Health, Innovation, Research, Science & Technology

"Surgeons at Boston Children's Hospital started using 3D-printed copies of patients' affected body parts to prepare for procedures last year. Now, that move has helped save the lives of four children aged two months to 16 years old who suffered from life-threatening blood vessel malformation in their brains. Their condition gave ride to distinctive anatomies that one of the hospital's neurosurgeon, Edward Smith, said were really tricky to operate on. So, the doctors used a combination of 3D printing and synthetic resins to conjure up copies of the kids' deformed vessels, along with nearby normal counterparts and surrounding brain anatomy. That gave them the chance to practice extensively beforehand and reduce possible complications on the operating table."

From +Engadgethttp://ow.ly/QwtLo 

Surgeons practice on 3D-printed models for kids’ operations
Doctors at Boston Children’s Hospital used 3D-printed copies of four patients’ blood vessels to practice for their surgeries.

Airbus patents supersonic plane that could hit Mach 4.5

Posted on 2015/08/05 in Business, Google+, Innovation, Research, Science & Technology

"A rocket-plane that could fly from Vancouver to Tokyo in three hours instead of 10 has been patented by Airbus."

"Airbus said the plane would be targeted mainly at business travel and VIP passengers 'who require transcontinental return journeys within one day,' and at the military."

"[…] the supersonic plane could carry 20 passengers or two to three tonnes and reach up to 4.5 times the speed of sound (Mach 4.5) — around 5,500 kilometres per hour."

"[…] its main improvement […] is that it reduces the noise of the sonic boom — a loud bang caused by shockwaves created by an object moving faster than the speed of sound."

From +CBC Newshttp://ow.ly/QwyhJ

Airbus patents supersonic plane that could hit Mach 4.5
A supersonic rocket-plane that could theoretically fly from New York to London in an hour has been patented by Airbus.

Monster El Niño Makes Record-Hot Year Look Inevitable

Posted on 2015/07/22 in Google+, Research, Science & Technology

"This is a new kind of heat. In more than 135 years of global temperature data, four of the five hottest months on record all happened in 2015: February, March, May, and now June."

"This has been the hottest start to a year by far, according to data released today by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The record heat is likely to continue as an already strong El Niño weather pattern in the Pacific Ocean continues to intensify, ripping more heat into the atmosphere. This monster El Niño may itself be on track to break records."  

From +Bloomberg Businesshttp://ow.ly/PRkHx

Monster El Niño Makes Record-Hot Year Look Inevitable

Discarded pet goldfish are multiplying and getting kind of ginormous, officials say

Posted on 2015/06/26 in Google+, Health, Research, Science & Technology

Discarded pet goldfish are multiplying and getting kind of ginormous, officials say

"If you have a goldfish, and you are kind of over that goldfish, to the point where you are now wondering whether it might be best to set that goldfish free, please rethink that decision."

"That's the request from the Alberta government, which is trying to get Canadians to refrain from dumping out their fish tanks into ponds. Because those ponds are filling up with those discarded goldfish, which are getting really, really big in the wild."

"'It's quite a surprise how large we're finding them and the sheer number,' Kate Wilson, aquatic invasive species coordinator at Alberta Environment and Parks, told the broadcaster."

"In one case, the municipality of Wood Buffalo pulled 40 of the domestic fish species from a stormwater pond."

"'That's really scary because it means they're reproducing in the wild, they are getting quite large and they are surviving the winters that far north,' said Wilson."

From the +Washington Posthttp://ow.ly/OQana

Discarded pet goldfish are multiplying and getting kind of ginormous, officials say
So if you could not dump your aquariums in lakes or otherwise dispose of your fish in an improper manner, that would be super.