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28
Mar
2016

Robot climbs up pipes to clean power station boiler tube walls

Designed to remove the danger to humans working in hazardous power station environments, the ICM climbing ...

Cleaning power station boiler tube walls is a dirty and troublesome job that is not only hazardous, but can generally only be done during station down times to minimize the risk to human cleaners. To help address this problem, a new robot has been developed that is specifically designed to climb and clean boiler tube walls, even in confined spaces and at elevated particulate levels.

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Category: Robotics

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28
Mar
2016

Multifunctional hand truck works as a wagon, bike trailer and more

The Erovr transforms to provide multiple ways of wheeling gear around

Hand trucks, wagons and mover's dollies are all handy tools with their own uses. Unless you have a regular need for each one, you probably don't want to devote the money and storage space needed to own all three, though. With the Erovr, you don't have to. This multifunctional gear hauler folds and snaps into all those tools and more, giving you numerous ways of rolling belongings around the home, driveway and beyond.

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Category: Around The Home

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28
Mar
2016

Microneedle patch drip feeds cancer drugs directly into melanomas

Fluorescence imaging of a microneedle patch

The emerging field of immunotherapy has uncovered some powerful new weapons in the fight against cancer, but tumor cells can be quite crafty in the way they go undetected by our immune system. In an advance that could play a part in neutralizing these stealthy attributes, researchers have developed a microneedle patch that can be worn on the skin to more effectively deliver immunotherapy drugs directly to the site of a melanoma.

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Category: Medical

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28
Mar
2016

Smartphone and laser attachment form cheap rangefinder

The prototype sensor used the camera in an ordinary smartphone and a commodity laser emitter that ...

A team of researchers at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) led by Li-Shiuan Peh has come up with a new infrared depth-sensing system. The new system, which works outdoors as well as in, was built by attaching a US$10 laser to a smartphone, with MIT saying the inexpensive approach could be used to convert conventional personal vehicles, such as wheelchairs and golf carts, into autonomous ones.

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Category: Electronics

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