A new international database that identifies measurement procedures and materials has debuted to help U.S. makers of in-vitro diagnostic (IVD) medical devices comply their product designs with European Union requirements. The database contains about 100 reference measurement procedures, including 30 developed and maintained by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and lists 96 approved reference materials, 72 of which originate from NIST sources. The U.S. IVD industry shares more than 60 percent of the EU market, which recently issued new regulations on the sale of IVD devices, such as those used to measure blood levels of glucose and cholesterol. For more information, go to http://rbi.ims.ca/3849-536.
For decades, engineers have worked to combat erosion by developing high-strength alloys, composites, and surface coatings. However, in a new paper, a team at Jilin University in China turned to one of the most deadly animals in the world for inspiration -- the yellow fat-backed scorpion.
Green energy is being billed as a way to make communities that are energy deprived more self-sustaining. So it makes sense to use natural materials to create devices that harvest this type of energy. That’s the idea behind a hybrid wind/solar energy harvester made of bamboo that’s been developed by UVM researchers.
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