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Delivery by drone

August 21, 2014 | by Jennifer Chu, MIT News Office | News | Comments

In the near future, the package that you ordered online may be deposited at your doorstep by a drone: Last December, online retailer Amazon announced plans to explore drone-based delivery, suggesting that fleets of flying robots might serve as autonomous messengers that shuttle packages to customers within 30 mins of an order.

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Reducing the Pain

August 21, 2014 4:51 pm | Award Winners

Milliken and Company’s ASSIST Silver is a low-adherent antimicrobial dressing used primarily in burn care for the management of skin grafts. The dressing incorporates three primary features: Active Fluid Management (AFM) technology, an ionic silver antimicrobial and a low-adherent layer.

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A Smart Solution to RNA Detection

August 21, 2014 4:37 pm | Award Winners

RNA detection traditionally requires transfection, laborious sample prep, RNA amplification and/or detection based on standard curves. In contrast, EMD Millipore’s SmartFlare RNA Detection Probes are endocytosed by live cells using existing cellular endocytosis machinery. Sample prep is unnecessary.

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TB Be Gone

August 21, 2014 4:27 pm | Award Winners

MDR-TB is a growing problem, estimated to kill 170,000 people annually and projected to infect more than two million people between 2011 and 2015. Janssen Research & Development LLC’s bedaquiline represents a significant scientific and public health advancement in the treatment of MDR-TB, as the first available medicine developed specifically for pulmonary MDR-TB treatment.

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Saving Childrens’ Lives

August 21, 2014 4:18 pm | Award Winners

Globally, 22 million infants aren’t receiving basic vaccines and 1.5 million children will die each year from vaccine-preventable diseases before they reach age five. This challenge is further complicated by the fact that most vaccines must be refrigerated, and more than a billion people globally don’t have reliable access to electricity. Vaccination rates are lowest in remote and rural locations. As part of Intellectual Ventures’ Global Good program, Intellectual Venture Labs (IVL) approached Stratos Product Development for help in developing an insulated container to strengthen and extend vaccination services in developing countries.

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Microarray for Complex Chemotyping

August 21, 2014 4:05 pm | Award Winners

Whether the application is biofuels, microbial ecological investigation or medical research, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s Berkeley Lab Multiplex Chemotyping Microarray (MCM) has proven to be the most powerful and precise system for investigations of biomass at the molecular level. MCM performs rapid chemical analyses of prospective biofuel crops and microbial communities by combining high-throughput micro-contact printing technology with high-fidelity vibrational spectroscopy and mass spectrometry.

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Medical Tests for the Developing World

August 21, 2014 3:52 pm | Award Winners

Novilytic’s Noviplex Plasma Collection Card is a self-contained, blood-plasma sampling device used to volumetrically collect a plasma aliquot independent of whole blood application volumes. The Noviplex requires no power and circumvents requirements for venipuncture-phlebotomy training, needles, special vials and equipment, refrigeration and centrifugation normally associated with traditional plasma methods.

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Powerful Single-output Laser

August 21, 2014 3:36 pm | Award Winners

Spectral beam combining (SBC) of fiber lasers offers a straightforward approach for power scaling. The approach exploits the broad gain bandwidth to enable large numbers of fiber laser channels to be combined with near-diffraction-limited beam quality. Rigorous application of SBC has allowed a development team including Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Lockheed Martin Laser and Sensor Systems and Advanced Thin Films to develop the EXtreme-power, Ultra-low-loss, Dispersive Element (EXUDE) optical element, the first-ever electrically efficient, near diffraction-limited 30-kW beam combined laser.

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Life Preserver for Fiber Lasers

August 21, 2014 3:19 pm | Award Winners

Isolators are used to block back-reflected light in a fiber laser. Conventional free-space fiber pigtailed isolators can only handle less than 1 W of back-reflected light, which accounts for the main cause of failure for most fiber laser systems. Estimates are that more than 60,000 fiber lasers are at risk of this type of failure, costing operators $75 million a year. With its All-Fiber Isolator, AdValue Photonics Inc. can now provide fiber laser system operators with the ability to handle more than 200 W of back-reflected light.

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LEDs Challenge Xenon Lamps

August 21, 2014 3:04 pm | Award Winners

Physicians and scientists have two major options when it comes to solid-state lighting for applications in fiber optics: conventional lamps, using xenon gas, or LEDs. The lamps, which may be used for tasks ranging from endoscopy in medical settings or borescopy for jet engine inspection, must supply a high level of consistent, high-quality light. Until recently, LEDs couldn’t generate enough high-quality lumens to compete with xenon lamps. But OSRAM GmbH and Osram Sylvania have jointly developed a new white-light LED module based on laser technology.

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A Micro Step Forward

August 21, 2014 1:26 pm | Award Winners

Micro GC technology is a proven technology for gas analysis in laboratory, pilot plant and field applications. The principle benefit of Micro GC over a traditional benchtop gas chromatography (GC) is speed of analysis. INFICON’s temperature-programmable Micro GC Fusion has further improved the Micro GC speed advantage, cutting the average analysis time over an isothermal Micro GC in half.

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Synching Water Quality Results

August 21, 2014 1:08 pm | Award Winners

With the capacity to test over 30 of the most critical water-quality parameters across multiple industries through a four-step process, Industrial Test SystemseXact iDip is the first water testing photometer that provides seamless data transmission and live syncing of test results using Bluetooth at an affordable price.

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An Analytical Balancing Act

August 21, 2014 12:59 pm | Award Winners

Mettler Toledo’s XPE205 analytical balance provides unique performance in analytical weighing and support for the highest requirements for safety, efficiency and ease of compliance. These balances feature two quality management features, the StatusLight and StaticDetect, which take the worry out of weighing and provide users with a high level of trust in their results.

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microTLC Fills Gaps in Detection

August 21, 2014 11:57 am | Award Winners

Filling major gaps in field testing for explosives and narcotics, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s microTLC is a miniaturized, field-portable thin layer chromatography (TLC) kit used to detect and identify unknowns. Originally developed to identify military explosives, the device has been modified to also identify and determine the purity of illicit drugs, pesticides and other compounds.

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Getting to the Depth of Cell Culture

August 21, 2014 11:37 am | Award Winners

EMD Millipore’s Clarisolve depth filters are specifically tuned to the particle size distribution of various pretreatment methodologies enabling a fast and efficient way to clarify high-density streams and easily transfer processes from upstream to downstream without the use of centrifugation.

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A Solid Chromatography Column Solution

August 21, 2014 11:19 am | Award Winners

Waters Corp. has designed CORTECS 1.6 µm Columns to pair seamlessly with UPLC system technology to deliver the highest performance yet for reversed-phase and HILIC separations. CORTECS features a new, patent-pending charged surface modification that improves the peak shape and loading capacity of basic analytes when run in low-ionic strength acidic mobile phases, such as 0.1% formic acid.

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