We've all heard that diamonds are a girl's best friend, but in her hip? Yes. University of Alabama physics professor Yogesh Vohra used a chemical vapor-deposition process to bond diamond particles onto a metal surface, which creates a smooth coating that is resistant to wear. Those properties make it a candidate for use in artificial hip bones. The diamond film has a hardness value of about 80% of that of a perfect crystalline diamond. Vohra received a patent for the process and uses thereof. For more information, call (205) 934-6662.
The Beam Store from Suitable Technologies is managed by remote workers from places as diverse as New York and Sydney, Australia. Employees attend to store visitors through Beam Smart Presence Systems (SPSs) from the company. The systems combine mobility and video conferencing and allow people to communicate directly from a remote location via a screen as well as move around as if they are actually in the room.
An MIT research team has invented what they see as a solution to the need for biodegradable 3D-printable materials made from something besides petroleum-based sources: a water-based robotic additive extrusion method that makes objects from biodegradable hydrogel composites.
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