When doctors or researchers are analyzing diseases, like flu, speed is critical. Veredus Labs. Pte Ltd. has created a molecular diagnostic test that can detect infection within two hours, providing infection information that traditionally would take days to determine. The portable lab-on-chip application just completed evaluation trials at the National University Hospital of Singapore. STMicroelectronics provides the disposable system-on-chip device, which includes processors and the peripherals needed to accurately process and analyze minute patient samples of human blood, serum or respiratory swabs. Since chips are tossed after each use, the risk of cross-contamination is dramatically reduced.
Researchers have been working on a number of alternative chemistries to lithium-ion for next-gen batteries, silicon-air among them. However, while the technology has been viewed as promising and cost-effective, to date researchers haven’t managed to develop a battery of this chemistry with a viable running time -- until now.
Norway-based additive manufacturing company Norsk Titanium is building what it says is the first industrial-scale 3D printing plant in the world for making aerospace-grade metal components. The New York state plant will produce 400 metric tons each year of aerospace-grade, structural titanium parts.
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