Category Archives: Innovation

Invention could help diabetics with safer, surer insulin injection

Insulin is a hormone made by the pancreas that regulates sugar in the blood.

“Normally, you have an automatic pancreas,” says Shawn Michels, a University of Wisconsin–Madison student and diabetic who has invented an add-on to insulin injectors, “but my pancreas is manual so I have to give myself injections when I want to reduce my blood sugar levels or eat food with carbohydrates.”

Driverless-vehicle options now include scooters

At MIT’s 2016 Open House last spring, more than 100 visitors took rides on an autonomous mobility scooter in a trial of software designed by researchers from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL), the National University of Singapore, and the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART).

Deconstructing chit chat

Working closely with speech therapists, Professor Lee and colleagues developed TalkBetter, an app that coaches parents as they converse with their child using speech guidelines set by the therapist. Details of the app were published in a 2014 article titled “TalkBetter: family-driven mobile intervention care for children with language delay” in the Proceedings of the ACM conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing, where the paper won the Best Paper Award.

Gentle sensors for diagnosing brain disorders

Flexible, low-cost sensor technology leading to safer and improved diagnoses and treatment of brain disorders has been developed by Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) scientists.

Development of a Novel Mass Analysis Technique That Can Be Performed Even with an Ordinary Business Card

An ICYS-MANA researcher, Kota Shiba, International Center for Young Scientists (ICYS), National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS), and Genki Yoshikawa, a Group Leader of the Nanomechanical Sensors Group, International Center for Materials Nanoarchitectonics (MANA), NIMS, developed a new mass analysis technique that operates under a completely different principle from that of conventional techniques. The new technique can be performed even with a hand-held paper strip, applying gas flow to the strip at a constant flow rate, causing the strip to deform, and calculating the molecular weight of the applied gas based on the principle that the amount of deformation (deflection) varies according to molecular weight of the applied gas.

Another brick in the molecule

Chemical engineers and chemists from Rice University and China’s Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics have made something so useful and unusual they aren’t yet sure how much it’s worth.

New Study Seeks to Use Human Serum to Detect Heart Attacks

A new study, led by Prof. Jaesung Jang at Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST), South Korea, has developed a new sensor for early detection of heart attack in humans.

Tiny high-performance solar cells turn power generation sideways

University of Wisconsin—Madison engineers have created high-performance, micro-scale solar cells that outshine comparable devices in key performance measures. The miniature solar panels could power myriad personal devices — wearable medical sensors, smartwatches, even autofocusing contact lenses.

KAIST Team Develops Semi-transparent Solar Cells with Thermal Mirror Capability

A Korean research team has created semi-transparent perovskite solar cells that demonstrate high-power conversion efficiency and transmit visible light while blocking infrared light, making them great candidates for solar windows.

New concept turns battery technology upside-down

The new version, which substitutes a simple gravity feed for the pump system, eliminates that complexity. The rate of energy production can be adjusted simply by changing the angle of the device, thus speeding up or slowing down the rate of flow.