Scientists at The University of Texas at Austin have figured out how to make structures – like houses or cages – that are small enough to corral bacterial cells. The enclosures can be built in any shape and are 3-D printed using a modified laser, the team reported Oct. 7 in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
In an advance that could dramatically shrink particle accelerators for science and medicine, researchers used a laser to accelerate electrons at a rate 10 times higher than conventional technology in a nanostructured glass chip smaller than a grain of rice.
This concept is for any cyclist fanatics out there. Usually, bicycle riders use a pouch or backpack to carry a wallet, a mobile phone, water bottles and more. Bicycle riders’ backpacks are a must-have item for outdoor activities. On top of this, the SEIL bag gives bicycle riders a safety feature instead of using hand signals. The LED and flexible PCB applied SEIL bag is not only just a backpack, but also a safety device controlled by you. The SEIL bag provides you with a simple controller that can transmit many basic signals on the LED display as well as custom messages for others who are driving or walking around you. Simply using the detachable wireless controller enables various signals such as directions and emergency indicators.
You can add custom signals through our mobile app. It’s now working only with Android-based phones but as soon as they get permission from Apple, they will provide an app for iPhone users too.
Opportunity: Study Suggests Night Light Color May Affect Your Mood
A new animal study reported in the Journal of Neuroscience suggests that nocturnal light exposure may induce depressive responses and alter neuronal structure.
In the study involving Siberian hamsters (Phodopus sungorus), senior author Prof Randy Nelson from the Ohio State University, first author Dr Tracy Bedrosian of the Salk Institute, and their colleagues, found that blue light had the worst effects on mood-related measures, followed closely by white light. But hamsters exposed to red light at night had significantly less evidence of depressive-like symptoms and changes in the brain linked to depression, compared to those that experienced blue or white light.
“The findings may have important implications for humans, particularly those whose work on night shifts makes them susceptible to mood disorders,”
To improve nightshift workers’ moods, there might be an opportunity to implement redlights instead of white or blue ones.
A new type of plastic developed at Duke University that actually gets stronger when it is stressed.
"The carefully designed molecular structure of the material is what gives it this unusual property. Like all plastics, this one has a backbone composed mostly of carbon. However, the carbon atoms are arranged in a series of triangles extending down in long chains with two bromine atoms at one point.
The researchers included a molecule called a carboxylate in this plastic to utilize those bonding sites. This cross-links multiple chains and increases the material’s strength at the site of damage. Because this material reacts to mechanical force instead of light, heat, or chemical exposure, it is called a mechanophore.”
This could be implemented into phones, to make more durable medical implants or even stronger prosthetics that resist wear and tear.
Innovation: AT&T's Solar Powered Charging Stations
Since June 18th, 25 solar-powered charging stations have sprouted in parks, beaches and other outdoor spaces as part of a pilot project from the wireless provider in partnership with the city. The stations — 12.5-foot steel poles with three petal-shaped solar panels fanning out on top — can accommodate up to six devices at a time regardless of wireless carrier, with dedicated ports for iPhones, Androids, BlackBerrys and standard USB charging cables. Designed by a Dumbo-based firm, Pensa, with solar technology from Goal Zero, a mobile solar start-up, they are to remain in place in spots like Union Square Park, Metrotech Plaza and Rockaway Beach for three to four weeks at a time until October. If successful, AT&T could expand to other cities. The project will cost $300,000 to $500,000.
Innovation: Kite Patch - Anti-mosquito Force Field
"Essentially, the Kite Patch is a little square sticker that emits a cloak of chemical compounds that blocks a mosquito’s ability to sense humans. According to its developers, users simply have to place the patch onto their clothes, and they become invisible to mosquitoes for up to 48 hours. This is big news for developing countries like Uganda, where residents have little beyond mosquito nets and toxic sprays to combat the illness-spreading insects."
The Kite Patch was created by a collaborative team made up of innovation venture capital group ieCrowd and Olfactor Laboratories. They intend to ship these off soon as they have raised more than enough money on their Indiegogo campaign.