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Virtual Reality Makes for Better-Trained Surgeons

December 13, 2017

Osso VR has a question for you: How skilled is your surgeon, really?

Some medical technologies can require hundreds of uses before a surgeon becomes proficient with them. Typical surgeon training involves working with cadavers, but doing this only allows trainees one, maybe two, sessions' worth of experience. The rest of their training consists of watching videos and animations. Five to six months later they can get their first patient, which could be you or one of your loved ones.

Smart Hydrogels Eyed for Targeted Drug Delivery, Stem-Cell Therapy

December 13, 2017

Researchers in China have made a breakthrough in the development of materials for next-generation medical applications with the development of a new hydrogel that not only is made of organic proteins, but also responds to light.

Why Engineers Need to Pay More Attention to Fonts

December 12, 2017

Remember two spaces after the period? A lot of people once took this as a hard and fast grammatical rule. In reality it had nothing to do with grammar and everything to do with engineering.

For obvious mechanical reasons, old typewriters were designed with only one font (we call it Courier today). The block fonts used in typewriters didn't have the best spacing so typists would put a second space after every period in order to increase readability. Now that we have PCs and a plethora of well-designed fonts to choose from, two spaces are no longer necessary.

Ultra-Thin Solar Cell Is Waterproof, Stretchable for Repeated Wash and Use

December 12, 2017

Researchers continue to search for new, lightweight, and renewable ways to power wearable devices and sensor-filled clothing for tracking health, fitness, and providing other types of data.

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Virtual Reality Makes for Better-Trained Surgeons

By Chris Wiltz | December 13, 2017

Osso VR has a question for you: How skilled is your surgeon, really?

Some medical technologies can require hundreds of uses before a surgeon becomes proficient with them. Typical surgeon training involves working with cadavers, but doing this only allows trainees one, maybe two, sessions' worth of experience. The rest of their training consists of watching videos and animations. Five to six months later they can get their first patient, which could be you or one of your loved ones.

Smart Hydrogels Eyed for Targeted Drug Delivery, Stem-Cell Therapy

By Elizabeth Montalbano | December 13, 2017

Researchers in China have made a breakthrough in the development of materials for next-generation medical applications with the development of a new hydrogel that not only is made of organic proteins, but also responds to light.

Why Engineers Need to Pay More Attention to Fonts

By Chris Wiltz | December 12, 2017

Remember two spaces after the period? A lot of people once took this as a hard and fast grammatical rule. In reality it had nothing to do with grammar and everything to do with engineering.

For obvious mechanical reasons, old typewriters were designed with only one font (we call it Courier today). The block fonts used in typewriters didn't have the best spacing so typists would put a second space after every period in order to increase readability. Now that we have PCs and a plethora of well-designed fonts to choose from, two spaces are no longer necessary.

Ultra-Thin Solar Cell Is Waterproof, Stretchable for Repeated Wash and Use

By Elizabeth Montalbano | December 12, 2017

Researchers continue to search for new, lightweight, and renewable ways to power wearable devices and sensor-filled clothing for tracking health, fitness, and providing other types of data.

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