This week on Txchnologist, we looked at discoveries from the distant past and innovations driving us into the future. First, D. J. Pisano, an astronomer at West Virginia University, discovered a river of hydrogen flowing through space, which may help explain star formation in spiral galaxies.
Next, new insights into falcons’ hunting techniques are helping humans build structures that may save half-a-million birds from crashing into wind turbines per year. Researchers are using a novel combination of video footage and computer simulation models to better understand hunting patterns.
Researchers at Penn State University have, for the first time, operated tiny metal “nanomotors” within living cells. This breakthrough in nanotechnology could soon change the way medicine is delivered and create new pathways for disease treatment.
Several European universities and hospitals have banded together to design a prosthetic hand that lets the wearer feel again. No longer confined to Star Wars films, this achievement enables amputees to feel what they are touching and to differentiate between objects.
With the Sochi Winter Olympics in full swing, the National Science Foundation and NBC teamed up to take a closer look at the new aerodynamic suits athletes are using to slice through air.
Finally, we followed an advance that may bring us closer to fusion power. Researchers at Lawrence Livermore National University have reported results showing more power was generated than used in their fusion reaction.
Now we’re bringing you the news and trends we’ve been following this week in the world of science, technology, and innovation.
Before every contraction, the potential energy trapped in chemical bonds within cardiac muscle cells is released and converted into the mechanical power of the heartbeat. But, like all energy, that which is harnessed to power the heart is never destroyed; it just changes form as it radiates away from the organ as heat and vibrations of surrounding tissue and fluid.
Now, a science team has announced a breakthrough in harvesting the energy released from the movement of the beating heart, the breathing lung and the flexing diaphragm. They’ve developed a superthin device that can be attached to an organ to generate electricity from its movements.
Fixing heart defects in children can be complicated, and the more information doctors can get before surgery the better.
To help provide that information, Justin Ryan, an artist turned biomedical engineer, is using his technical skills as an artist to make three-dimensional models of a heart to help doctors operate on children’s hearts.