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How Bionic Prostheses Use Peripheral Nerve Transfers to Function

Austria: Recovery of Limb Function

How Bionic Prostheses Use Peripheral Nerve Transfers to Function

Modern prostheses offer patients who have had a hand amputated much greater capability in everyday life than was possible with previous prosthetic reconstructive techniques. Redundant nerves from the amputated extremity can be surgically transferred to provide a much better connection between the patient’s body and the prosthesis. read...

Loss in Genetic Diversity of Eastern Gorillas Has Occurred in Just a Few Generations

Sweden: Genetic Diversity

Loss in Genetic Diversity of Eastern Gorillas Has Occurred in Just a Few Generations

The critically endangered Grauer’s gorilla has recently lost genetic diversity and has experienced an increase in harmful mutations. These conclusions were reached by an international team of researchers who sequenced eleven genomes from eastern gorilla specimens collected up to 100 years ago, and compared these with genomes from present-day individuals. read...

Covestro and TU Berlin to Focus on Sustainable Chemistry Solutions

Germany: Green Solutions

Covestro and TU Berlin to Focus on Sustainable Chemistry Solutions

Both the organisations are further enhancing their collaboration by focussing on green solutions for chemistry as well as Industrial Engineering. Together, they have already organised a raw materials summit which showcased alternative, non-fossil raw materials for chemistry. read...

Why our Sense of Smell Declines in Old Age

Age-Related Decline in Neurogenesis

Why our Sense of Smell Declines in Old Age

As mammals age, their sense of smell deteriorates. In a study published in the journal ‘Cell Reports’, an interdisciplinary research team at Helmholtz Zentrum München and the University Medical Centre Mainz investigated why this is the case. read...

There Was No Pause in Global Warming

Germany: Climate Change

There Was No Pause in Global Warming

In a recent study, researchers shed light on the debate about a pause in global warming. James S. Risbey from CSIRO in Australia, lead author of one of the new studies said that their findings showed that there is little or no statistical evidence for a pause in global warming. Neither current nor historical data support it. read...

Nanostructured Tubes Could Make Water Electrolysis More Efficient and Flexible

Hydrogen Production

Nanostructured Tubes Could Make Water Electrolysis More Efficient and Flexible

Working together with external partners, chemists, materials scientists and chemical engineers at FAU have developed an innovative microcell for water electrolysis. They hope to replace standard plate electrodes used to split water into oxygen and hydrogen with compact, nanostructured tubes. They aim to simplify production, increase flexibility of use and avoid the need for expensive precious metals. read...

Foldable Drone Can Fly Through Narrow Holes

Switzerland: Rescue Missions

Foldable Drone Can Fly Through Narrow Holes

A research team from the University of Zurich has developed a new drone that can retract its propeller arms in flight and make itself small to fit through narrow gaps and holes. This is particularly useful when searching for victims of natural disasters. read...

Axol Bioscience Developed New Stem Cell Type for Treatment of Neurodegenerative Diseases

UK: iPSC-Derived Microglia

Axol Bioscience Developed New Stem Cell Type for Treatment of Neurodegenerative Diseases

Axol Bioscience is launching a new line of Human induced Pluripotent Stem Cells (iPSC)-derived Microglia for the consistent and reproducible study of neuroglia and their involvement in neurodegenerative diseases, including Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease. read...

Asahi Kasei Launches Forward Osmosis Membrane System for High-Level Concentration of Liquids

Japan: Forward Osmosis

Asahi Kasei Launches Forward Osmosis Membrane System for High-Level Concentration of Liquids

Asahi Kasei has developed an original forward osmosis (FO) membrane system for the high-level concentration of liquids by dehydration without heating or pressurization. The company is currently fabricating small and medium-sized equipment to be loaned to food and pharmaceutical manufacturers for introduction on a trial basis, with commercialization targeted in 2020. read...

Joint Efforts for Development of Microbiome-Based Diagnostics

France: Cross-Company Cooperation

Joint Efforts for Development of Microbiome-Based Diagnostics

Bioaster announced the initiation of a collaborative program with Bio-Rad Laboratories and Genetic Analysis aimed at evaluating microbial dysbiosis signatures in the field of metabolic disorders. read...