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Microsoft Needs a “Splash” with Windows 10

July 29, 2015 | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

Global rollouts of Microsoft’s new operating system (OS) Windows 10 begin at midnight and, with the release, the company is “opting for significance over stability,” according to Kevin Paul Scott, co-founder of brand consulting firm ADDO Worldwide.

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North Carolina Readies for Wind Power

July 13, 2015 3:33 pm | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

A ceremonial groundbreaking on North Carolina’s first wind power project, which will create roughly 250 jobs and build 104 wind turbines on 22,000 acres, is slated for Tuesday, July 14. It’s a great example of how the maturing technology is enabling development that only a few years ago wouldn’t have been considered.

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Microrobots To Take On Blocked Arteries

July 13, 2015 8:06 am | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

It may be nothing like the a battle between Optimus Prime and Megatron, but mechanical engineers at Drexel Univ. are designing microrobots that will battle with blocked arteries. Part of a surgical toolkit assembled by South Korea’s DGIST, the microrobots are chains of three or more iron oxide beads, linked by chemical bonds and magnetic force, that shimmy and wriggle via an external magnetic field which causes the bead to rotate.

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Design for First 3D-Printed Vehicle Fleet Released

July 10, 2015 1:20 pm | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

Taking to the pavement in a sleek 3D-printed vehicle may be just around the corner. This week, Local Motors, a technology company that designs, builds and sells vehicles, announced the winning design for a competition aimed at finding a design to serve as a model for the first fleet of 3D-printed vehicles, which the company plans to debut in the first quarter of 2016.

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Improving Weighing Performance During Typhoons

July 8, 2015 8:29 am | by Mettler Toledo | Comments

Environmental disturbances cause issues with balance stability around the world. Peak typhoon season in particular creates significant weighing challenges for balance users—measurement issues standard balance filters simply can’t compensate for. Mettler Toledo set out to find a solution for these adverse effects on weighing that could be utilized during such disturbances.

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R&D 100 Flashback: Xerox’s Xerox CiPress 325 Production Inkjet System, A Waterless Way to Print

July 8, 2015 8:13 am | by Lindsay Hock, Editor | Comments

Every Wednesday, R&D Magazine will feature a R&D 100 Flashback, chosen from our R&D 100 archive of winners. This week’s flashback is Xerox Corp.’s Xerox CiPress 325 Production Inkjet System, which won in 2013. Many high-speed printing technologies rely on the use of water-based inks, which are resource-intensive to produce and complicate the printing through the necessary drying process.

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Full Conference Program Announced for 2015 R&D 100 Awards & Technology Conference

July 7, 2015 11:48 am | by Advantage Business Media | Comments

Advantage Business Media’s R&D Magazine, sponsor of the R&D 100 Awards, today announced the full conference agenda for the R&D 100 Technology Conference to be held November 12-13, 2015 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Pinpointing the Onset of Metastasis

June 24, 2015 1:43 pm | by Lindsay Hock, Editor | Comments

Within the oncology community, a debate is raging about two controversial topics. The first is overdiagnosis. According to a recent report in The Wall Street Journal, some leading cancer experts say that zealous screening is finding ever-smaller abnormalities that are being labeled cancer or precancer with little or no justification.

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Liquid Gold

June 18, 2015 12:30 pm | by George Karlin-Neumann, the Digital Biology Center at Bio-Rad Laboratories | Comments

Blood is the great aggregator of the body’s physiology. Many tumors slough off fragments of DNA into the bloodstream, which can be detected with a minimally invasive blood draw using advanced DNA tests—also known as a liquid biopsy. One of the challenges preventing liquid biopsy from becoming a clinical reality has been reliably finding the cancerous DNA in the vast sea of healthy DNA.

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More Than Just a Pretty Face

June 10, 2015 11:30 am | by Tim Studt | Comments

The developers of the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) describe their project as “a new and liberating lab typology that promotes collaboration and medical discovery, attracting the best researchers from around the world.” With design by global design and consulting firm Woods Bagot, SAHMRI was the first project completed within the new South Australian Health and Biomedical Precinct.

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2015 Laboratory of the Year Vital Stats

June 10, 2015 8:32 am | by Lindsay Hock, Editor | Comments

Introducing the 2015 Laboratory of the Year winners.

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2015 Laboratory of the Year Judges

June 8, 2015 3:00 pm | by Lindsay Hock, Editor | Comments

R&D Magazine would like to thank the judges of the 49th Laboratory of the Year competition.

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A Sustainable Environment

June 8, 2015 1:30 pm | by Lindsay Hock, Editor | Comments

On September 19, 2014, the Smithsonian Institution opened the doors of its greenest building to date: The Charles McC. Mathias Laboratory on the campus of the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) in Edgewater, Md. Designed to be the first LEED-Platinum building for the institution, the Mathias Lab demonstrates a renewed commitment by the Smithsonian and the U.S. Congress to invest in crucial environmental research.

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A Window To Containment Facility Design

June 8, 2015 9:24 am | by Lindsay Hock, Editor | Comments

Can a high containment lab have windows? Can the traditional model of a high containment lab be turned inside out? Can a high containment facility offer better life quality? The answer to all these questions is yes. Home to three international reference labs for 10 exotic viral diseases of livestock, The Pirbright Institute focuses on virology and, specifically, animal health, including zoonotic diseases.

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The Possibilities of 3D Printing: It’s Only the Beginning

June 5, 2015 6:00 pm | by Dr. Elena Polyakova, Chief Operating Officer, Graphene 3D Lab | Comments

The future of 3D printing is bright and full of exciting promise. But the most intriguing scenario for this technology isn’t in the manufacture of objects we see every day—that will only be a small niche in the 3D-printing industry. Instead, 3D printing will realize its full potential when it enables people to innovate and create all new objects and devices in a one-touch process.

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Laser-Based Ultrasonics

June 5, 2015 4:00 pm | by Manjusha Mehendale, Senior Systems Scientist, Rudolph Technologies Inc., Flanders, N.J. | Comments

The need for improved performance of devices has led to the development of 3-D stacking of chips. Through-silicon via (TSV) has emerged as a viable and preferred technology for achieving such high-performance devices due to its short wiring length and reduced resistance and capacitance (RC) delay. It also offers the most design flexibility, lower manufacturing costs and allows for integration of heterogeneous chips.

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