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A new startup company has been formed to commercialize “organs-on-chips” technology developed by the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University. 

 

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Vibrate a solution of rod-shaped metal nanoparticles in water with ultrasound and they’ll spin around their long axes like tiny drill bits.

 

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Miyachi Unitek Corp.’s DC29 linear DC microwelder for small resistance-welding jobs features a 200A to 4,000A output. 

 

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The SVP-Mini and SVP-RM clamping devices from Schunk Inc. are manually actuated and operate on factory-defined set pressures. This results in time and energy savings and reduced setup costs and operating errors, according to the company.

 

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Newport Corp., Irvine, Calif., has entered into an agreement to acquire V-Gen Ltd., a developer and manufacturer of fiber lasers headquartered in Tel Aviv, Israel.

 

Until recently, the Model 6-8 O-ring made by Precision Associates Inc. held the title of the world’s smallest O-ring, but it has been usurped by its even tinier little brother, the 4-4. Th e 4-4 has a 0.004" cross section and a 0.004" ID, while the 6-8 has a 0.006" cross section and an ID of 0.008".

 

A British nanotechnology company has created what it says is the world’s darkest material. It is so dark that it is like looking into a black hole, and can make anything it covers nearly invisible. It is so dark that if the material is crumpled, the human eye cannot discern its shape or form and it appears flat. 

 

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Researchers at the University of Houston, in collaboration with colleagues at Rice University and the University of Washington, developed a graphene nitride material they say is the one of the thinnest possible piezoelectric materials, with layers that measure 1-atom thick. 

 

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Researchers at STF Technologies LLC, a spin-off company from the University of Delaware, are developing a puncture-resistant surgical glove, according to the company’s co-founders Norman Wagner and Richard Dombrowski.

 

 

Precision motion specialist PI (Physik Instrumente) introduced its new 6-axis positioning system, the H-850KMLD hexapod

 

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