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Infographic – Where the World Ships its Plastic Waste

Plastic waste imports

Our friends at Statista posted a chart underscoring the great urgency for this kind of plastic material, this weekend’s infographic. . . . → Read More: Infographic – Where the World Ships its Plastic Waste

Process Devised for Renewable, Biodegradable Plastic

Eugene Chen

A chemistry lab developed a process for economically producing a polymer material from renewable sources that could replace some plastics now derived from petroleum. . . . → Read More: Process Devised for Renewable, Biodegradable Plastic

Electrodes for Implants 3-D Printed on Soft Materials

Electrodes on gummy bears

An engineering team produced with an ink-jet printer working electrodes like those used in medical implants on bio-friendly soft materials rather than metal or silicon. . . . → Read More: Electrodes for Implants 3-D Printed on Soft Materials

Company Claims High Speeds, Resolution in 3-D Printed Tissue

Prellis Biologics founders

A company developing a three-dimensional printing technology to produce human tissue says it can produce tissue with higher resolution, including blood vessels, and higher speeds than before. . . . → Read More: Company Claims High Speeds, Resolution in 3-D Printed Tissue

Brain Stimulation Shown to Restore Limb Mobility in Stroke

brain stimulationgraphic

Mild electronic stimulation to specific brain regions is shown to restore upper limb movements in lab animals induced with stroke, with similar brain signals in humans also identified as targets. . . . → Read More: Brain Stimulation Shown to Restore Limb Mobility in Stroke

Connected Meters, Coaching Help Improve Diabetes Outcomes

Livongo meter

A study of people with type 2 diabetes shows the combination of intensive lifestyle coaching with a blood glucose meter connected to the Internet results in more weight loss and lower blood glucose levels. . . . → Read More: Connected Meters, Coaching Help Improve Diabetes Outcomes

Graphene Circuits Enhanced to Monitor, Image Brain Signals

Graphene model

Engineers and neuroscientists discovered a technique for enhancing the conductivity of graphene electrodes to make them better able to record optical images of brain activity in lab mice. . . . → Read More: Graphene Circuits Enhanced to Monitor, Image Brain Signals

Soil Microbes Yield Rich Antibiotic Sources

Researchers taking soil samples

A group of geo- and bioscience researchers analyzed microbes residing in soil under northern California and discovered many new potential sources of antibiotics, well beyond current sources. . . . → Read More: Soil Microbes Yield Rich Antibiotic Sources

Bacterial Genome Recoded to Produce Stable Protein Drugs

E. coli bacteria

A biotechnology lab devised techniques for genetically engineered bacteria to produce synthetic proteins that can last longer and are more stable than current protein production methods. . . . → Read More: Bacterial Genome Recoded to Produce Stable Protein Drugs

Blood Tests Shown Able to Identify Early Lung Cancer

lung illustration

Results from a large-scale clinical trial show an analysis of blood samples can detect and identify the presence of characteristic DNA indicating a person may have early stages of lung cancer. . . . → Read More: Blood Tests Shown Able to Identify Early Lung Cancer