7 diagnostic devices to boost healthcare in the developing world

The World Health Organization estimates that a quarter of death and disease globally is caused by hazards and environmental burdens in developing countries with little to no access to preventative care and diagnostic devices. Since developing countries are poor agricultural regions that are still becoming economically and socially advanced, it is harder for doctors to

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Paper pump powers microfluidic devices for less than a dime

North Carolina researchers have developed a pump that powers microfluidic devices using paper. The inexpensive paper pump – developed by researchers at  North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill – uses capillary actions to power portable microfluidic devices, which control fluids of 1 ml or less volume. “One longstanding

Wearable generator that harvests heat could power devices

Researchers at North Carolina State University developed a wearable that can harvest body heat to power devices with at least 20 times the efficiency of other methods, the school reported yesterday. The study, published in the journal Applied Energy, was conducted at the National Science Foundation’s Nanosystems Engineering Research Center for Advanced Self-Powered Systems of