Weekly Tech Roundup | Oct 25, 2019

Weekly tech roundup: Halloween 2019 edition

Halloween is creeping around the corner. The pumpkins are on resting comfortably on front porches and ghosts float freely from bare tree branches.

If you’ve been planning your Halloween costume for months, we’ve heard you’re not alone.

This week’s roundup features technologies that may seem a bit spooky or maybe even otherworldly, but we think you’re going to want to take a peek.

Spooky or not, someone out there is enduring a problem that these technologies can solve. And you could be the entrepreneur or business owner who brews the solution.

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Quantum ghost imaging

Army scientists recently invented a system for creating an image using the quantum properties of sound or quantum particles.

The ability to image distant objects through smoke or clouds is a problem that plagues satellite imaging analysts, firefighters, drivers, oceanographers, astronomers, military personnel, and medical personnel. This ghost imaging system provides reflective object imaging with improved sensitivity in the presence of an obscuring medium.

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Hydrogel human eye model

Army researchers developed a replacement for current post-mortem ocular tissue with application in areas of biomedical testing, training, and tissue replacement or wound repair.

Other applications include ophthalmology training and tissue culture research and development, wherein the model eye could be used to test chemical irritants and production of artificial tissue for research or transplantation, e.g., as a bioengineered cornea.

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Casket transport vehicle

The Department of Veterans Affairs invented a specialized vehicle that assists in the transportation and installation of caskets.

Conventional approaches for transporting a casket to the burial site, positioning, and lowering the casket into the ground require at least four people to accomplish the task. This new system is configured to need only one or two people, which saves time and money.

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Skin model incorporating a functional vasculature

Navy researchers developed a vascularize human skin model that can address the systemic responses associated with the skin such as bacterial and viral infection, nutrient delivery, waste removal, in-transit cancer cell migration, chemical and biological agent transmission through the skin, and skin oxygenation studies.

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3D-printed artificial lungs

A biomedical engineer at the Department of Veterans Affairs has designed a 3D-printed artificial lung for treating lung disease.

The new artificial lungs incorporate surface areas and blood priming volumes that are a fraction of current technologies, thereby decreasing device size and reducing the body’s immune response.

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Safer, environmentally friendly smokescreen composition

Army scientists have developed a pyrotechnic formulation to generate a smoke screen for obscuring effects and for ground-to-air signaling which provides excellent smoke effects but produces less toxic products than the conventional formulations.

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