Research

Samsung grows good quality graphene

Large area, single crystal wafer-scale graphene can be grown, claim Korean scientists from Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology (SAIT) and Sungkyunkwan University.

Growing good quality graphene without crystal boundaries has proved difficult, and much research is still done using flakes of natural graphene as a consequence. Coupling effects with…

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Thin sensor measures forces in artificial limbs

A novel sensors could lead to better-fitting artificial limbs for amputees, is the claim of the University of Southampton.

It has a multidisciplinary team developing thin sensors that can be integrated in the sock-like ‘liner’ worn over the stump of an amputated limb inside the artificial limb socket…

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Brain Stethoscope: both brain scanner and musical instrument

A neuroscientist and a musician explain how they built the Brain Stethoscope, which is both brain scanner and musical instrument.

Why is a cellist and sound artist collaborating with someone who deals with brain disorders?
Chris Chafe: I am working with neurologist Josef Parvizi on what we think is the…

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Space: SpaceX tests landing legs for future rocket reuse

SpaceX is about to stretch its legs. The commercial firm is due to send a cargo capsule to space later this week – and then bring the rocket that carried it back to Earth to test a set of landing legs. These could one day enable rockets to be reused, drastically…

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Qualcomm recognises researchers at Imperial and Cambridge

Qualcomm Technologies has announced the UK winners of the Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship (QInF) programme, rewarding and mentoring PhD students in Europe and the US.

Hanme Kim from Imperial College’s Robot Vision Group Department of Computing, Patrick Snape from Imperial College’s Visual Information Processing Group and Amah Shah from…

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PCB-based microfluidics for low-cost medical sensing

A fresh look at PCB fabrication could lead to on-the-spot medical tests for disease.

Key to the development is the identification, by University of Southampton researchers, that a PCB manufacturing plant has everything needed to make micro-fluidic bio-chemical sensors. Disposable cartridges made like PCBs would clip…

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More on: Conventional components in flexible skin sensor

Last week US researchers revealed a flexible stretchable epidermal sensor made using off-the-shelf ICs, rather than custom components.

In a nutshell, normal components (ground to 1mm think where needed) are mounted on an 0.3mm elastic substrate and connected together by serpentined-serpentine tracks. The substrate and circuit…

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Conventional components in flexible skin sensor

Engineers in the US have demonstrated soft diagnostic skin patches that use of-the-shelf ICs.

The announcement follows a flexible patch with all-flexible components earlier this week.

The patches stick to the skin like a temporary tattoo and incorporate a unique fluid-filled construction with serpentined-serpentine conductive…

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