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Biochemical ‘fingerprints’ reveal diabetes progression

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Researchers from Umeå University in Sweden describe a new method to study biochemical changes that occur in the pancreas during the development of diabetes. The method, recently published in Scientific Reports, is based on molecular spectroscopy and can be used to extract biochemical profiles (or "fingerprints") containing information about disease progression. The method could facilitate improved understanding of the mechanistic processes on molecular and cellular levels that are key to the development of diabetes.The method uses vibrational microspectroscopic technology, including Fourier Transform Infrared (FT-IR) and Raman microspectroscopy. Different compounds have...Powered by WPeMatico

Stretchable biofuel cells extract energy from sweat to power wearable devices

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A team of engineers has developed stretchable fuel cells that extract energy from sweat and are capable of powering electronics, such as LEDs and Bluetooth radios. The biofuel cells generate 10 times more power per surface area than any existing wearable biofuel cells. The devices could be used to power a range of wearable devices.The epidermal biofuel cells are a major breakthrough in the field, which has been struggling with making the devices that are stretchable enough and powerful...Powered by WPeMatico

New technique to treating mitral valve diseases: First patient data

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Heart valve diseases in advanced age are frequent and require customised therapeutic options. A new development in this field has been used for the first time worldwide at Inselspital, Bern University Hospital. Its Department of Cardiology has now evaluated the first international patient data.More and more people are fulfilling the wish for an active lifestyle into old age. But the societal trend is proceeding to the detriment of the heart, because...Powered by WPeMatico

IVAM Marketing Prize recognizes convincing technology marketing for the tenth time

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How advanced technology can best be packaged for marketing has been demonstrated by the companies that applied for the IVAM Marketing Prize in the past nine years. With the prize the IVAM Microtechnology Network recognizes creative and convincing achievements in technology marketing. In April 2018 the prize will be awarded for the tenth time.The competition for the IVAM Marketing Prize was launched in 2009, because there were various awards for technical innovations, but none that appreciated...Powered by WPeMatico

Nagoya physicists resolve long-standing mystery of structure-less transition

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Nagoya University-led team of physicists use a synchrotron radiation X-ray source to probe a so-called 'structure-less' transition and develop a new understanding of molecular conductorsWe normally associate conduction of electricity with metals. However, some of the high measured conductivities are found in certain organic molecular crystals....Powered by WPeMatico

Chronic stress induces fatal organ dysfunctions via a new neural circuit

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New research reveals the mechanisms behind the effects of chronic stress and tiny inflammations in the brain on fatal gut failure.Hokkaido University researchers revealed that fatal gut failure in a multiple sclerosis (MS) mouse model, EAE, under chronic stress is caused by a newly...Powered by WPeMatico

Scientists from the MSU studied new liquid-crystalline photochrom

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Members of the Faculties of Chemistry and Fundamental Physical and Chemical Engineering at the Lomonosov Moscow State University in collaboration with foreign partners have synthesized and studied new liquid-crystal photochromic polymers.Members of the Faculties of Chemistry and Fundamental Physical and Chemical Engineering at the Lomonosov Moscow State University in collaboration with foreign...Powered by WPeMatico