The human body is soft, curvilinear, and continuously evolving; modern electronic devices are rigid, planar, and physically static. Recent research has yielded a complete set of advanced materials, manufacturing approaches, and design layouts that eliminates this profound mismatch in properties. The resulting devices can intimately integrate onto or into the human body for diagnostic, therapeutic, or surgical function with important unique capabilities in biomedical research and clinical medicine. These emerging technologies have strong potential to improve human health and to enhance the understanding of living systems. They fall into 3 categories—soft, injectable, and bioreabsorbable electronics—each demonstrated in extensive animal studies and several in initial human trials. The Figure presents images of bioelectronic devices.
Figure. Images of Biocompatible Electronic Devices A, Inflated balloon catheter equipped with arrays of sensors for pressure, flow, and contact along with actuators for ablation therapy and light-emitting diodes for optical characterization. B, Three-dimensional membrane wrapped around the entire surface of the heart for cardiac electrotherapy. C, Actively multiplexed sheet of electronics laminated onto the surface of the brain for high-resolution electrocorticography. D, Wireless electronics mounted on the skin for continuous, multimodal monitoring of physiological status. E, Injectable optoelectronic system threaded through the eye of a sewing needle and wrapped around its shaft to highlight the small dimensions and flexible mechanics. F, Bioresorbable electronic circuit, partially dissolving in a drop of water. All of the constituent materials dissolve at controlled rates into harmless end products when exposed to biofluids.
Ethiopian Airlines is set to buy six more 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft after striking a deal with Boeing at the Paris Air Show.
The order was previously attributed to an unidentified customer on Boeing’s orders and deliveries website.
we will keep investing heavily in technologically advanced and modern airplanes
The Dreamliners complement the airline’s existing 787 that are part of Ethiopian’s long-term strategy to increase capacity and provide greater route flexibility to and from its hub in the capital, Addis Ababa.
“This new addition to our fleet will not only benefit Ethiopian because of its unmatched operating costs, but will also help us to enhance overall travel experience of our customers,” said Tewolde Gebre Mariam, CEO of Ethiopian Airlines. Read more →
My grandmother used to speak of Klansmen riding through Louisiana at night, how she could see their white robes shimmering in the dark, how black people hid in bayous to escape them. Before her time, during Reconstruction, Ku Klux Klan members believed they could scare superstitious black people out of their newly won freedom. They wore terrifying costumes but were not exactly hiding — many former slaves recognized bosses and neighbors under their white sheets. They were haunting in masks, a seen yet unseen terror. In addition to killing and beating black people, they often claimed to be the ghosts of dead Confederate soldiers.You could argue, of course, that there are no ghosts of the Confederacy, because the Confederacy is not yet dead. The stars and bars live on, proudly emblazoned on T-shirts and license plates; the pre-eminent symbol of slavery, the flag itself, still flies above South Carolina’s Capitol. The killing has not stopped either, as shown by the deaths of nine black people in a church in Charleston this week. The suspected gunman, who is white and was charged with nine counts of murder on Friday, is said to have told their Bible-study group: “You rape our women, and you are taking over our country. And you have to go.”
This just in: Tech companies are fighting to be your main source for news.
Twitter will highlight tweets for breaking news, Google launches YouTube Newswire, and LinkedIn ruins the Pulse app to pick stories it thinks you should like. Along with Apple and Facebook, more tech companies want to decide which stories you read.
There’s a shift happening in how we consume news. More people depend on social media and mobile apps to stay informed — and that means more tech companies can influence the news you see.
In this Update report, learn how Twitter wants to put its twist on the news with Project Lightning. Also, Google highlights eyewitness reports with YouTube Newswire, and LinkedIn thinks computers know best on what you want to read on its Pulse app:
Apple is launching its News app later this year to curate top stories, but will it shy away from stories critical of Apple? Facebook’s Paper app also picks articles it deems most important. But perhapsFacebook is working on something that can give users a little more control over the headlines in their feed.
Commentary: It’s almost always a waste of money to spend more on HDMI, USB, optical digital and speaker cables, not to mention DisplayPort, DVI, Ethernet and VGA. But are there any exceptions to the rule? Maybe.
There are few things that come in as wide a variety of prices as cables and interconnects. HDMI cables, for instance, can run from $1 to over $1,000 for the same length. USB cables can be similarly cheap or high-end. Speaker cable is even more extreme, from pennies per foot, to hundreds of dollars for the same 12 inches.
For over two decades, the quest to develop a working malaria vaccine has proven largely fruitless. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), about 3.2 billion people worldwide are at risk of being diagnosed with malaria. Every year, nearly 198 million cases are identified. WHO says a significant number of the almost 200 million cases are from Africa. However in recent times not only is there a potential malaria vaccine in the pipeline, a new device which is capable of diagnosing Malaria in minutes has emerged.
John Lewandowski, co-founder and CEO of Disease Diagnostics Group, has invented a new way of diagnosing the deadly disease using two magnets and a laser pointer. He believes that this will eradicate malaria by strengthening the offensive against it, while curbing issues regarding delay in detection.
Clinical Question Are Echinacea products associated with a reduced incidence and a shorter duration of common colds compared with placebo?
Bottom Line Individual prophylaxis trials show no association with prevention of the common cold, but exploratory meta-analysis suggests that Echinacea products may be associated with a small reduction in cold incidence. In treatment trials, there was no association of Echinacea products with a shorter duration of colds.
Preparations of the plant Echinacea are widely used in North America and Europe for prevention and treatment of the common cold.1 This JAMA Clinical Evidence Synopsis summarizes the results of a Cochrane review2 regarding the association ofEchinacea products with prevention and treatment of colds.
Squeezed profit margins and new technology developments are driving the Nigerian oil and gas industry to adopt new and innovative solutions that enable them to work smarter, faster and above all, cheaper.
By Staff Writer @ IT News Africa
Be there to showcase your digital mobility solutions to the Nigerian oil and gas industry.
Digital technology, including robust data management systems, cloud services and mobile applications is helping global industry operators keep costs low by achieving:
– Increased workforce productivity: develop applications and could services, enabling staff to access relevant tools and systems while out in the field
– Decreased downtime: receive automated reports and increase visibility to remote operations to make informed decisions quickly
– Improved data accuracy – generate automated reports to ensure quality and relevance of data gathered from assets
– Cost savings – shorter project lead times, decreased downtime and faster reporting cycles all contribute to improved productivity, increased efficiency and boosts the bottom line
CWC’s Enterprise Mobility – Nigeria Oil & Gas Forum is the only meeting place for Nigerian oil and gas operators, technology solution providers and OEMs to discuss how to integrate digital solutions to enable smarter and faster workflows as well as maximised return on investment.
Be there to showcase your digital mobility solutions to the Nigerian oil and gas industry.
South African township based business owners have jumped at the opportunity to join a new interactive website, designed to help them connect with their customers and grow their business.
The new website, cando.sa.com, launched by Nampak Bevcan’s consumer facing brand Can Do!, at the end of last year, provides local outlet owners with a platform to profile their businesses as well as engage and interact with potential and existing customers, ultimately increasing their customer base and sales.
The new multidimensional mobile compatible site allows all “kasi based” owners of restaurants, taverns, bars, shisa nyamas and even carwashes to upload their business’ profile and advertise their upcoming events free of charge on the online platform. The only prerequisite being that they sell beverage cans as part of their product offering.
The interactive online community allows young South Africans who are ready to unleash the fun an opportunity to connect with one another and find the freshest and safest can-in-hand parties at township outlets around Mzansi.Read more →