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  • Optical Sensors Improve Railway Safety
    Optical Sensors Improve Railway Safety
    30 September 2013
    A string of fiber-optic sensors running along a 36-km stretch of high-speed commuter railroad lines connecting Hong Kong to mainland China has taken more than 10 million measurements over the past few years in a demonstration that the system can help safeguard commuter trains and freight cars against accidents.

  • Scientists Rig Hospital-grade Lightweight Blood Flow Imager on the Cheap
    Scientists Rig Hospital-grade Lightweight Blood Flow Imager on the Cheap
    26 September 2013
    Tracking blood flow in the laboratory is an important tool for studying ailments like migraines or strokes and designing new ways to address them. Now, using $90 worth of off-the-shelf commercial parts including a webcam and a laser pointer, researchers at the University of Texas at Austin (UT-Austin) have duplicated the performance of expensive, scientific-grade LSCI instruments at a fraction of the cost.

  • Tiny Camera Records Details of Scene without Losing Sight of the Big Picture
    Tiny Camera Records Details of Scene without Losing Sight of the Big Picture
    25 September 2013
    New system could be used to build a camera that pans and zooms with no moving parts

  • Spinning CDs to Clean Sewage Water
    Spinning CDs to Clean Sewage Water
    23 September 2013
    Audio CDs, all the rage in the ‘90s, seem increasingly obsolete in a world of MP3 files and iPods, leaving many music lovers with the question of what to do with their extensive compact disk collections. While you could turn your old disks into a work of avant-garde art, researchers in Taiwan have come up with a more practical application: breaking down sewage.

  • First Real-Time Detector for Intravenously Delivered Drugs May Help Eliminate Life-Threatening Medical Errors
    First Real-Time Detector for Intravenously Delivered Drugs May Help Eliminate Life-Threatening Medical Errors
    19 September 2013
    A new optical device developed by a team of electrical and computer engineering students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) can identify the contents of the fluid in an intravenous (IV) line in real-time, offering a promising way to improve the safety of IV drug delivery.

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