January 2019

SynDaver Introduces Engineering Kit that Allows STEM Students to Build Function Human Mannequin with 3D Printer

SynDaver, an advanced biotechnology company that specializes in in developing synthetic animal and human stimulators for medical testing as well as training, is all set to debut its advanced engineering kit for STEM students during the International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare (IMSH), held at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas. The engineering kit includes electronics, pneumatics, hydraulics and associated templates, enabling students in STEM education

social influence

In a new study, a research team found evidence that indicates children are likely to be susceptible to social influence when they reach the age 12. Findings of the study, which involved 155 children between the ages of 6 and 14 (some of whom were acoustic), were detailed in a paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. It is understood that humans are generally vulnerable to social

Hierarchical Porous Titanium Nitride

A team of researchers at Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) has recently created high-rate, ultra-stable lithium-sulfur batteries (LSBs) by employing hierarchically porous titanium nitride (h-TiN) as a host material for sulfur. It achieved high-rate performance and excellent cycle stability for LSBs. The control of massive amounts of energy is needed for use in smart grid systems and electric vehicles. To that end, there had been an increasing

Electric Vehicle

China’s electric vehicle maker NIO Inc., among rivals to Elon Musk’s Tesla, launched a convertible bond worth $650 million on Wednesday, nearly four months after it listed in New York, according to Reuters’ news. The company’s move to raise capital through an equity-link bond is equivalent to that of iQiyi, China’s Netflix-like video streaming platform which sold a convertible bond valued $750 million in November last year. Reuters reported that

Smoking

Studies have shown that smoking is major life-threatening factor that often results in accelerated aging and premature death. As measured by DNA methylation, quitting smoking not only improves the lifespan but also reduces biological age. However, most smokers find it difficult to quit. In a study, a group of researchers from Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center and Gero developed a method to keep a track on rejuvenating effect of quitting

Low-Carbon Diets

In a new study of diets of over 16,000 people in the United States, it was found that climate friendly diet or low-carbon diets are not only good for the environment but are also quite healthy. Findings of the study are detailed in a research paper published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Food production majorly contributes to the climate change and according to recent estimates, the environmental pressure

Walgreens

Walgreens, one of the America’s largest retail pharmacies, has agreed to pay a total amount of $60 million in settlement for allegations that the company was overcharging government healthcare plans which include Medicaid for prescription medicines, as announced by Stein Mitchell Beato & Missner LLP today. It is the largest-ever settlement by a pharmacy chain that would resolve claims that Walgreen had defrauded the U.S. government with maximum of 39

Virtual Reality

In a new study, researchers at the University of British Columbia (UBC) have found a gap between how people respond psychologically in virtual reality and how they respond in actual reality. According to UBC professor Alan Kingstone, people expect virtual reality experiences to mimic real life experiences and tend to induce similar forms of thoughts and behavior. The study, appeared in the journal Scientific Reports, showed that there is a huge

Recycling

Efficient recycling process is of high importance to reduce the amount of plastics being dumped in the landfills. Currently, it is not economically viable to sort plastics to enable their recycling. Many plastics, for example, contain flame retardants to resist ignition, reduce flame spreading, minimize smoke formation, and prevent them from dripping. Quantity and types of flame retardants added to plastics may vary considerably, due to the need to tailor

Polymers

Organic polymers find wide application in LEDs, sensors, solar cell, and other products. One particular type of polymers called ‘S-PPVs’ were theoretically regarded as promising but it was almost impossible to generate these polymers from a technical perspective. After years of work, a group of researchers at TU Wien has successfully identified a new chemical synthesis process to produce S-PPVs, which has now been patented. Sulfur (S-PPVs) over Oxygen (O-PPVs)