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New Translational R&D Hub to Boost Clinical Diagnostics

Singapore: NUS-Agilent Hub

New Translational R&D Hub to Boost Clinical Diagnostics

The National University of Singapore (NUS), Agilent Technologies, and the National University Hospital (NUH), have established Singapore’s first integrated translational R&D hub. It's purpose is to leverage biochemical innovation and research data analytics for developing new methods of translating clinical research into clinical diagnostics. read...

A Tiny Pump Makes Robots Softer

Switzerland: Robotics

A Tiny Pump Makes Robots Softer

Scientists at EPFL have developed a tiny pump that could play a big role in the development of autonomous soft robots, lightweight exoskeletons and smart clothing. Flexible, silent and weighing only one gram, it is poised to replace the rigid, noisy and bulky pumps currently used. read...

Stem Cell Injection Might Prevent Myelomeningocele

USA: Spinal Bifida

Stem Cell Injection Might Prevent Myelomeningocele

A new study provides compelling evidence of how an injection of human amniotic fluid stem cells can be used to protect the spinal cord of a fetus from myelomeningocele (MMC). The finding could lead to a new strategy for treating this debilitating birth defect. read...

Bonneville Labs to Implement Labtwin's Digital Assistant

Germany: Artificial Intelligence

Bonneville Labs to Implement Labtwin's Digital Assistant

Labtwin announced a partnerships with CA-based life science shared lab facilities Bonneville Labs and Lab Launch. Both groups provide smart lab facilities to scientists and emerging biotech companies. read...

Olympus Launches the First Global Image of the Year Award

Germany: The Art of Science

Olympus Launches the First Global Image of the Year Award

With the Image of the Year Award Olympus recognizes the best in life science imaging worldwide. Participants can win a CX43 microscope with a DP27 digital camera, X Line objectives, or an OM-D E-M5 Mark II camera. read...

Used Car Batteries Could Power Farms in the Developing World

UK: Second Life of Batteries

Used Car Batteries Could Power Farms in the Developing World

The number of electric vehicles increases rapidly. Now the question arises on what to do with used batteries. Researchers at the University of Warwick have found a way not just to recycle those used batteries, but repurpose them as small energy storage systems (ESS). read...

Merck Acquires Lab Informatics Company

Germany: Laboratory Software

Merck Acquires Lab Informatics Company

Merck has acquired BSSN Software, a Germany-based laboratory informatics company that makes data more readily accessible for ease of integration, collaboration, analysis and long-term archiving. Financial details were not disclosed. read...

Synthetic Biology Enhances Communication Between Plants and Microbes

UK: Crop Yields

Synthetic Biology Enhances Communication Between Plants and Microbes

An interdisciplinary research collaboration between the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge has engineered a novel synthetic plant-microbe signalling pathway that could provide the foundation for transferring nitrogen fixation to cereals. Enhancing the root microbiota has enormous potential for improving crop yields in nutrient-poor soils and reducing chemical fertiliser use. read...

Soft Robots: Grippers with a Sensitive Touch

Switzerland: Robotics

Soft Robots: Grippers with a Sensitive Touch

Over the next three years, researchers from various European institutes will be working together with the Dutch Polymer manufacturer Supra Polix on the next generation of robots: (soft) robots that ‘feel pain’ and heal themselves. The partners can count on three million Euro in support from the European Commission. read...

New Method Identifies Important Bacteria Groups

USA: Gene Flow

New Method Identifies Important Bacteria Groups

Identifying species among plants and animals has been a full-time occupation for some biologists, but the task is even more daunting for the myriad microbes that inhabit the planet. Now, MIT researchers have developed a simple measurement of gene flow that can define ecologically important populations among bacteria and archaea, including pinpointing populations associated with human diseases. read...