Wearable terahertz scanning device for inspection of medical equipment and the human body.

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Figure. Terahertz imaging of a human hand using arrays of carbon nanotubes: (left) human hand inserted into the imaging device, and (right) resulting scan of the human hand.

(Tokyo, 15 November 2016) Scientists at Tokyo Institute of Technology have developed a portable and wearable terahertz scanning device made using arrays of carbon nanotubes, for non-invasive inspection of three-dimensional objects without requiring bulky peripheral optical components. The device is expected to have wide ranging applications including the noninvasive inspections of medical and drug delivery equipment such as syringes, as well as in medicine for imaging cancer cells, blood clots, sweat glands, and teeth. The findings are published in Nature Photonics, November 2016.

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British Safety Council celebrates 60 years of saving lives

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In 2017, the British Safety Council will celebrate its 60th anniversary. To demonstrate the contribution it has made to improving the safety and health of workers over the years, the charity will release a digital record of historic materials, long-thought to have been lost, and will use this opportunity to reaffirm its commitment to employers by offering targeted support to small charities and small companies.

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Postcards of the Army Service Corps, 1902-1918 Coming of Age

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This book is a visual celebration of the achievements of the Army Service Corps in turning around the logistics disaster of the Crimean War into a modern supply system that, from 1902, provided a dependable supply system for the British Army. A fascinating story that is recommended.

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Juntendo University research: Stem cells provide sound in vitro models for deafness

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Schematic of the culture of connexin 26 expressing gap junction plaque forming cells and the recapitulation of disease symptoms in cells cultured from connexion deficient mice. Cx26 – connexin 26; Cx30 – connexin 30; GJ – gap junction. Courtesy Stem Cell Reports

(Juntendo, 11 November 2016) A collaboration, including researchers from Juntendo University, demonstrate differentiation from stem cells into specialised cells thought to be the most important therapeutic target for the treatment of hereditary deafness.

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JSAP research highlights: Modulated doping improves GaN-vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers

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(Tokyo, 11 November 2016) Researchers at Meijo University and Nagoya University in Japan demonstrate a design of GaN-based vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSELs) that provides good electrical conductivity and is readily grown. The findings are reported in Applied Physics Express.

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