Non-Invasive Measurement/Estimation of Blood Glucose

NineSigma, representing a global food manufacturer with sales of multi-billion dollars, seeks technologies to measure or estimate blood glucose levels in a non-invasive manner. In this RFP, proposals for technology that is intended for human use and is at least in the prototype stage.

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The average life expectancy grows longer globally. The significance of technologies that offer simple ways to monitor the human body conditions is becoming greater. The Client has worked on the development of non-invasive blood glucose monitoring technology with great usability. They have faced challenges in terms of accuracy and other

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New Treatment Target Discovered That Halts Osteoarthritis-Like Knee Cartilage Degeneration

There is currently no cure for osteoarthritis, but a group of scientists believe they’ve discovered a method through which a simple knee injection could potentially stop the disease’s effects. These researchers showed that they could target a specific protein pathway in mice, put it into overdrive and halt cartilage degeneration over time. Building on that finding, they were able to show that treating mice with surgery-induced knee cartilage degeneration through the same pathway via the state of the art of nanomedicine could dramatically reduce the cartilage degeneration and knee pain. These findings were published in Science Translational Medicine.


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Affordable Quick-Charge Battery for Electric Vehicles Lowers Range Anxiety

Engineers from Penn State University are working on a new lithium iron phosphate battery that could provide electric vehicles (EVs) with 400 km-worth of range and charge in as little as 10 minutes. If successful, the new battery could significantly reduce the anxiety that owners of EVs have about running out of change on the road.

“We developed a pretty clever battery for mass-market electric vehicles with cost parity with combustion engine vehicles,” said co-author Chao-Yang Wang. “There is no more range anxiety and this battery is affordable”.

They key to the battery’s rapid recharging and long-life (the battery is

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How aerosols are formed | Technology Org

ETH Zurich researchers conducted an experiment to investigate the initial steps in the formation of aerosols. Their findings are now aiding efforts to better understand and model that process – for example, the formation of clouds in the atmosphere.

Aerosols are suspensions of fine solid particles or liquid droplets in a gas. Clouds, for example, are aerosols because they consist of water droplets dispersed in the air. Such droplets are produced in a two-step process: first, a condensation nucleus forms, and then volatile molecules condense onto this nucleus, producing a droplet. Nuclei frequently consist of molecules different to those that

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Model analyzes how viruses escape the immune system

One reason it’s so difficult to produce effective vaccines against some viruses, including influenza and HIV, is that these viruses mutate very rapidly. This allows them to evade the antibodies generated by a particular vaccine, through a process known as “viral escape.”

MIT researchers have now devised a new way to computationally model viral escape, based on models that were originally developed to analyze language. The model can predict which sections of viral surface proteins are more likely to mutate in a way that enables viral escape, and it can also identify sections that are less likely to mutate, making

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Rockefeller begins testing of new COVID-19 antibody drug in people

With the green light from the FDA, Rockefeller scientists started human trials this week for a new monoclonal antibody drug as a potential treatment for COVID-19.

Monoclonal antibodies are mass-produced replicas of natural antibodies made by the immune system to fight viruses. Designed to prevent people with early COVID-19 from developing severe disease, the treatment can be life-saving and is urgently needed as hospitals continue to be inundated by repeated surges of infection, and mass vaccinations are still several months away.

Monoclonal antibodies attaching to coronaviruses.

“If administered early, monoclonal antibodies could stop the virus in its tracks before the

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