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Feb 14, 2019

A Trojan Horse Approach to Cancer

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, electronics

A research team led by Professor Johann de Bono at the Institute of Cancer Research, London has successfully tested a new drug that has infiltrated different forms of cancer in an ongoing human trial [1].

The drug is called tisotumab vedotin (TV) and works like a ‘Trojan Horse’ by hiding a cancer-killing payload inside an antibody, which allows it to infiltrate the tumor and attack it from the inside.

The antibody seeks out a surface receptor on tumor cells known as ‘tissue factor’ (TF). TF is expressed by many tumor cells and contributes to a variety of pathological processes, including thrombosis, metastasis, tumor growth, and tumor angiogenesis. Once the antibody has located the TF receptor, it binds to it, and the cancer-killing payload is able to enter the tumor cell and destroy it from the inside.

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Feb 6, 2019

Move Over, Spintronics: Here Comes Magnonics to the Rescue of Electronics

Posted by in categories: electronics, particle physics

New type of logic gate promises to completely replace electricity with magnetic spin waves for computation.

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Feb 5, 2019

Ceramic holds promise for greener optical devices

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A lead-free ceramic that could be used in applications ranging from optical sensors and switches to creams for protecting against ultraviolet (UV) light has been developed by A*STAR researchers.

Ceramics made from potassium sodium niobate (KNN) are promising alternatives to lead-based ceramics in electro-optical applications. However, it is both challenging and costly to improve KNN’s performance by ensuring it has a high density, fine-grained, chemically uniform microstructure.

Known as PLZT, lanthanum modified lead zirconate titanate is one of the most widely used electro-optic ceramics. Yet there are serious ecological concerns regarding toxicity to the environment and living organisms once devices made with it are discarded; PLZT contains around 60 per cent of lead (by weight). The search is on to find lead-free replacements for PLZT.

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Jan 29, 2019

Ordinary cameras can now photograph out-of-sight objects

Posted by in categories: computing, electronics

Thanks to a new photo-analyzing computer program, a photographer’s line of sight no longer has to be a straight shot.

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Jan 28, 2019

Exponentials at play (and in future contact lenses): increasingly smaller, cheaper & more powerful computation, sensors & cameras will open a realm of possibilities…

Posted by in categories: electronics, futurism

Exponentials at play (and in future contact lenses): increasingly smaller, cheaper & more powerful computation, sensors & cameras will open a realm of possibilities… #xMed

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Jan 27, 2019

Meet The Kenyan Engineer Who Created Gloves That Turn Sign Language Into Audible Speech

Posted by in categories: electronics, mobile phones

Photo: Roy Allela

Twenty-five-year-old Kenyan engineer and innovator, Roy Allela, has created a set of gloves that will ultimately allow better communication between those who are deaf and those who are hearing yet may not necessarily know sign language. The Sign-IO gloves in essence translate signed hand movements into audible speech.

Allela’s gloves feature sensors located on each finger that detect the positioning of each finger, including how much each finger will bend into a given position. The glove connects via Bluetooth to an Android phone which then will leverage use the text-to-speech function to provide translated speech to the hand gestures of a person signing.

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Jan 27, 2019

High-Speed & High-Definition Book Scanner

Posted by in category: electronics

This is how they digitize books 📚.

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Jan 27, 2019

A new tooth-mounted sensor will soon help you lose weight

Posted by in category: electronics

… the sensor can monitor how much sugar, salt, and alcohol a person has consumed, and transmit that information wirelessly to a mobile app.


Although there are many advantages, it could be problematic for one particular group of people.

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Jan 26, 2019

Say goodbye to Alexa and hello to gadgets listening to the voice inside your head

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Arnav Kapur’s AlterEgo lets him communicate, switch TV channels, and more by talking silently to himself.

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Jan 23, 2019

Special camera simulates birds’ color vision

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Have you ever wondered what the world looks like to birds? Well, Swedish scientists have created a camera that will show you. Amongst other things, it has revealed that birds see tree foliage as much more than just a uniform “wall of green.”

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