New fiber optic temperature sensing approach to keep fusion power plants running

The pursuit of fusion as a safe, carbon-free, always-on energy source has intensified in recent years, with a number of organizations pursuing aggressive timelines for technology demonstrations and power plant designs. New-generation superconducting magnets are a critical enabler for many of these programs, which creates a growing need for sensors, controls, and other infrastructure that will allow the magnets to operate reliably in the harsh conditions of a commercial fusion power plant.

A collaborative group led by Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering (NSE) doctoral student Erica Salazar recently took a step forward in this area with a promising new

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SDU researchers and Abena join forces to create face masks that neutralise and alert about corona

Nanoscientists from SDU and Abena, a production and trading company, want to create a face mask that not only neutralises the coronavirus but also alerts the user when the face mask comes in contact with the virus.

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“We believe so much in the technology that we are embarking on the initial trials so that we can hopefully get the face mask on the market as soon as possible. A face mask that encapsulates and neutralises the corona, and at the same time alerts the user when your face mask is exposed to the virus.

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3D-printed bioresorbable airway stent | Technology Org

Narrowing of the trachea or the main bronchi due to injury or illness can end very badly. If patients get too little oxygen, they risk suffocating and often need medical help as quickly as possible.

Surgeons insert stents made of medically usable silicone or metal as a way of treating these patients. Although they quickly bring relief, the implants also have disadvantages: Metal stents have to be removed surgically with some effort, which is a burden for the patients, while silicone stents often migrate away from the insertion site. The reason for this is that the implants are not adapted

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New drone from SDU is ready to inspect powerlines

A team of researchers from the Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller Institute at the University of Southern Denmark has developed an intelligent drone with AI that can inspect high-voltage cables for faults and corrosion.

Photo credit: Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller Institute

Denmark has over 7,000 kilometers of high-voltage cables. To ensure power in the sockets, the cables must be inspected regularly for faults and corrosion.

Today, the inspection task is performed by employees in lift trucks or helicopters, but that is expensive and involves risks due to the height.

Now, researchers from the Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller Institute at the University of Southern Denmark

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An origami-inspired medical patch for sealing internal injuries

Many surgeries today are performed via minimally invasive procedures, in which a small incision is made and miniature cameras and surgical tools are threaded through the body to remove tumours and repair damaged tissues and organs. The process results in less pain and shorter recovery times compared to open surgery.

While many procedures can be performed in this way, surgeons can face challenges at an important step in the process: the sealing of internal wounds and tears.

MIT engineers have design paper-like medical tapes (shown here) that can fold around surgical tools and transform into soft, strong adhesives when pressed

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New technology allows 3D printing bone tissue directly in patients’ bodies

3D printing is the way of the future. Someday our houses may be 3D printed. 3D printers are already used in medicine as well, mostly to print tailored implants. Now scientists at UNSW Sydney have developed a new ceramic-based ink, which enables 3D printing of bone parts complete with the living cells.

Bone -like structures are printed into gelatinous medium containing living cells. Image credit: UNSW

In a lab setting, 3D printing of bones is not new. However, this method does that at room temperature and without any kind of harsh chemicals or radiation. 3D printed structures harden immediately after

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