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LEDs Shown to Reduce Alzheimer’s Brain Plaques

Pulsating LED lights were shown in lab mice to reduce amyloid-beta plaque deposits associated with Alzheimer’s disease on brain cells, with the lead researchers starting a company to commercialize the technology. . . . → Read More: LEDs Shown to Reduce Alzheimer’s Brain Plaques

Laser-Immunotherapy Now in Cancer Clinical Trial

A new type of cancer treatment that precisely attacks tumors with synthetic antibodies activated by laser beams is being tested in an early-stage clinical trial. . . . → Read More: Laser-Immunotherapy Now in Cancer Clinical Trial

Mobile Multichannel Biomarker Detector Designed

An engineering lab designed a portable testing device connected to a smartphone that can analyze multiple specimen samples for a leading cancer biomarker. . . . → Read More: Mobile Multichannel Biomarker Detector Designed

Inexpensive Hydrogen Storage Devised for Solar Energy

An engineering team in Switzerland designed a system for producing hydrogen from solar power with abundant available materials, providing an inexpensive and feasible energy storage method. . . . → Read More: Inexpensive Hydrogen Storage Devised for Solar Energy

Smart Laser Device Tracks, Kills Mosquitoes

Photo sequence showing photonic fence illuminating and killing mosquito with laser (Intellectual Ventures Laboratory)

23 May 2016. Tests with two species of insects show an electronic device called a photonic fence can identify, track, and kill harmful bugs while in flight. Results of the tests, conducted by Intellectual Ventures Laboratory in Bellevue, Washington, developer . . . → Read More: Smart Laser Device Tracks, Kills Mosquitoes

Collaboration Explores Humanitarian Satellite Applications

Microsatellite nodes in lab before launch (NASA)

28 April 2016. A start-up satellite imaging provider and agency of the United Nations are partnering on new ways to use satellite imaging to further the UN’s humanitarian, peace-keeping, and climate change mitigation missions. Financial terms between BlackSky Global LLC in Seattle and the United Nations Institute . . . → Read More: Collaboration Explores Humanitarian Satellite Applications

NSF Grant Funds Biosensing Laser Research

Yuze “Alice” Sun (University of Texas, Arlington)

9 February 2016. An engineering professor at University of Texas in Arlington received a grant from National Science Foundation for research on lasers with fluid samples to detect indicators of disease. Yuze Sun, known as Alice, is the recipient of a $500,000 Faculty Early Career Development award . . . → Read More: NSF Grant Funds Biosensing Laser Research

Electronic Stimulation Shown to Reduce Arthritic Knee Pain

(Akha, Wikimedia Commons)

5 January 2015. Results from a clinical trial show a device emitting electronic pulses reduced more pain in the knees of people with osteoarthritis, compared to a placebo. Findings from the study, conducted by a team from University of Messina in Italy, appear in the January 2016 issue of the journal . . . → Read More: Electronic Stimulation Shown to Reduce Arthritic Knee Pain

Trial Tests Vibrating Mattress to Prevent Infant Apnea

Stochastic resonance mattress for preterm babies (Wyss Institute, Harvard University)

24 November 2015. A mattress that provides occasional mild vibrations was shown in a clinical trial to prevent episodes of interrupted breathing in preterm babies, a condition known as infant apnea. Results of the study testing the device, developed at the Wyss Institute, a . . . → Read More: Trial Tests Vibrating Mattress to Prevent Infant Apnea

ARPA-E Funding 41 Energy Generation, Efficiency Projects

Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz speaking at 1776 (A. Kotok)

23 November 2015. Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy, or ARPA-E, the agency funding riskier energy research and development initiatives in the U.S., announced funding for 41 new projects, including those at 19 private companies. The grants totaling $125 million were revealed today by Secretary of . . . → Read More: ARPA-E Funding 41 Energy Generation, Efficiency Projects