This week on Txchnologist we looked at big innovation in miniature. First, a research team has developed a small, inexpensive device capable of analyzing 170,000 different molecules in a blood sample, meaning a complete medical checkup might be at hand—literally.
Next, a Stanford bioengineer has developed a microscope that can magnify objects 2,000 times. No big deal, you say? The kicker is that the microscope is flat, rugged, made of paper and costs just 50 cents.
Bioengineers looking for better alternative fuels are finding new sources by altering sorghum and sugarcane. Their work is making the crops produce more oil and be more tolerant of colder climates.
Cornell engineers have developed a smartphone- and solar-powered test for Kaposi sarcoma, a cancer that affects a disproportionate number of people in Africa. Columbia University researchers, meanwhile, have discovered that wetting dehydrated spores of certain bacteria can be used to produce electricity or power robot muscles.
Now we’re bringing you the news and trends we’ve been following this week in the world of science, technology and innovation.