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Proto Labs’ latest Cool Idea! could improve quality of life for 37 million people without sight

The latest deserving idea to receive the Proto Labs Cool Idea! Award, is a Braille labeller by Silicon Valley-based innovation laboratory 6dot. The labeller aims to solve a persistent challenge among the 37 million people around the world without sight: identifying everyday objects.



3D imagery to improve visualisation of liver cancer

Tumours can be highlighted so that surgeons can plan extraction operations more effectively



Bacteria could improve digestive health

The researchers used a colony of mice raised in a large plastic bubble, called an isolator, that was completely sterile, lacking even a single bacterium.



Self-destructing bacteria improve biofuel production

An Arizona State University research team has developed a process that removes a key obstacle to producing lower-cost, renewable biofuels.



Parent mentors can improve the asthmatic

UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers have found that informed adults can help families stave off complications associated with asthma.



qPCR Products Improve Sensitivity in Toxicogenomic Studies

Thermo Fisher Scientific is now assisting researchers at the University of Surrey, Guildford, UK as they study changes in gene expression within cultured human cells that are exposed to drugs and toxicants.



Cancer drug may improve memory

A drug now used to treat cancer may also be able to restore memory deficits in patients with Alzheimer's disease, according to a new study conducted by scientists.



Medical news: How to improve UK health

Medical scientists from Southampton have contributed to a major new report published today, setting out plans to enhance the nation's health by improving diet, increasing physical activity and cutting harmful drinking.



Improve your PCR performance

Second-generation enzyme brings robust performance with difficult templates, improved tolerance to common PCR inhibitors, higher yield and sensitivity.



Use green chemistry to improve sustainability

In the face of ever-growing international competition, chemical companies in the UK are increasingly looking for ways to improve performance.



Blue conveyor belts help improve hygiene standards

Hygiene is the key issue in any food processing. However, the hygienic design of conveyer belts which transport food are little considered. Olaf Heide reports.



LIMS improve data quality and deliver a fast turnaround

Laboratory information management systems provide quality data to management for faster decision making and with the ability to dynamically update manufacturing systems. Mike Hatton reports.



European initiatives improve the dissemination of bioinformatics

BioModels, the world's first database of annotated biological models, is the result of a collaborative project led by the European Bioinformatics Institute and the SBML Team, an international group that develops opensource standards to describe biological systems.



Using genomics to help improve contaminant identification

Discovering why some foods spoil and how bacteria survive heat treatments designed to preserve our produce has got one step closer Being able to identify contaminants accurately, and early on, could allow us to buy crunchier vegetables and less highly processed food in the future according to the researchers.



Using ultrasound technology to improve biotech drug economics and safety

In the high-stakes race to bring new biotech drugs to market faster, manufacturers rely on innovative technologies to improve yields and safeguard purity.



LIMS system installed to improve quality control for dairy products

Freek Rooze looks at the use of a laboratory information management system for the quality control of dairy products.



Using new analytical technology to improve biotech production

As the need to understand bioprocesses grows, continuous online measurement using accurate and reliable analytical techniques is essential. As Richard Ahearne explains, innovative multiple task equipment is now bringing advanced process control nearer.



Prosthetics study to improve mobility of amputees

Research by the University of Salford, University of Manchester and prosthetics company Blatchford’s Endolite Technology Centre will help to enhance the mobility of people with above-knee amputations by improving the energy efficiency of prosthetic legs.



Could fruit help to improve vascular health?

Scientists at the University of Warwick and consumer goods manufacturer Unilever are joining forces to identify whether the nutrients in everyday fruit and vegetables could help to improve people’s cardiovascular health and protect them from Type-2 diabetes.



Flow reactors improve process reproducibility, scalability & yields

The FlowSyn™ range of integrated, flow reactor systems from Uniqsis Ltd. has been designed to handle everything from homogeneous single reactions to complex, multi-reagent reactions. A range of optional gas addition, microwave, low temperature and binary pump (4-channel) modules further enhance the operational versatility of the FlowSyn system.



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