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October 2014

3D Acoustic Levitation-Particle Manipulation

October 24, 2014

Japanese scientists have been successful in moving an object in a three-dimensional space through a complex system of acoustic levitation, surpassing previous research endeavors that lifted the objects in two dimensions. In order to move [more...]

Why Silicon Valley must join the Ebola battle

October 22, 2014

Electron micrograph of an Ebola virus virion from wiki Mark Zuckerberg recently announced a donation of $25 million to the Centers for Disease Control Foundation to help fight Ebola. He noted that the Ebola epidemic has infected 8,400 [more...]

Fabrication of Glass Microfluidic Devices

October 19, 2014

Material Specifications Glass is a popular substrate for microfluidic (mF) chips, although plastics are becoming more common due to the ease in fabrication.  Several types of glass are used in mF devices, such as soda lime, quartz, and [more...]

Piezoelectric Generator and Actuator

October 19, 2014

This video is a tutorial of how to examine the piezoelectric elements in a lighter and a buzzer. The steps of disassembly as well as testing and exploration are shown.  Kit List: Piezoelectric Disc Order Portable Oscilloscope Order [more...]

Paper Microfluidics

October 19, 2014

This video is a tutorial on creating a paper microfluidic device through wax curing, droplet test, and choosing proper channels. Applications are demonstrated as well, including mixing and chemical sensors. Source from:  Lo, Katey, Joseph [more...]

Flow Cytometry and Inkjet Technology

October 19, 2014

Cytometry is a general name for a group of biological methods used to measure various parameters of cells. Parameters which can be measured by cytometry are cell size and morphology, cell cycle phase, DNA content, the existence or absence [more...]

Beauty of Science: Droplet Dancing-I

October 14, 2014

This video covers the spontaneous motion of dyed liquid droplets as they interact with one another.   After explaining surface tension’s role, the video reveals several cool examples of this surface tension dance in action. [more...]


October 14, 2014

The Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University today announced that its human ‘Organs-on-Chips’ technology will be commercialized by a newly formed private company to accelerate development of [more...]

3D laser lithography

October 13, 2014

Additive manufacturing (AM) or three-dimensional (3D) printing is hitting the headlines with ever-spectacular developments. While AM has been used for years as the de facto standard for rapid prototyping in architectural, aerospace, and [more...]

Nanomotor in Drug Delivery Application

October 13, 2014

Researchers at the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin say they have built the smallest, fastest and longest-running synthetic motor to date. The  nanomotor is a step toward developing miniature machines [more...]

Ultra Highspeed Micromachining with End Mill

October 13, 2014

Ultra Highspeed Micromachining with End Mill from Mohawk Innovative Technology. This micromachining approach is useful in fabricating micro structures on mold inserts or some micro components directly on metal substrates, such as aluminum, [more...]

MEMS Gas Sensors

October 7, 2014

Miniaturized electronic “noses” offer intriguing prospects, such as exhaled-breath analysis and environmental air-quality monitoring with portable devices and mobile phones. Yet detecting the resultant tiny frequency shifts in [more...]

Optical Cell Volume Measurement

October 7, 2014

By Ethan Schonbrun The ability to measure cell volume enables greater understanding of biological processes, including disease development. A new method based on light absorption enables high throughput, less sample processing, and a [more...]

Lab on a breathing chip from A *Start Research

October 4, 2014

Seeding a membrane on a microfluidic chip with human nasal epithelial stem cells enables the formation and observation of beating cilia Human nasal epithelial cells, cultured on a microchip, react to air pollutants just like they would in [more...]

Glass Chip Design Guide- Dolomite Microfluidics

October 4, 2014

Glass Microfluidic Chip from Dolomite-Microfluidics 1 Summary  2 2 Fabrication processes 3    2.1 Fabrication process summary 3    2.2 Isotropic etching 3    2.3 Drilling holes 4    2.4 Glass layer thickness 4    2.5 Fusing [more...]

Rapid Prototyping Comparison from Quickparts

October 4, 2014

Stereolithography (SLA) MultiJet Printing (MJP – ProJet) ColorJet Printing (CJP – ZPrint) Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) Plastic Jet Printing (PJP) QuickPlastic Cast Urethanes (Polys) Applications Excellent for fit and form [more...]

3D Printed Optics

October 2, 2014

The LUXeXceL Group in the Netherlands has announced both the launch of a new additive manufacturing platform that delivers high speed and precision as well as the introduction of a new clear material LUX-Opticlear, which allows high [more...]