Device brings new precision to brain surgery | Tiny telescope holds hope for macular degeneration | Taking the freehand work out of kidney stone removal
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September 19, 2017
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Device brings new precision to brain surgery
A new laser-powered device drills holes as small as 2.2 millimeters in diameter for brain surgery. The NeuroBlate System delivers heat to the targeted area while keeping itself and the surrounding area cool to avoid destruction of healthy tissue.
ASME (9/2017) 
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Tiny telescope holds hope for macular degeneration
A tiny telescope implanted in place of an eye's lens has received federal approval as a possible remedy for age-related macular degeneration. The scope's pea-size sealed glass cylinder has air pockets on either side of a pair of lenses and works by magnifying images projected onto the retina.
Alliance of Advanced BioMedical Engineering (9/11) 
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This presentation will provide detailed information on various types of pipelines (30-inch diameter & above) and how they degrade. Attendees will benefit greatly from the knowledge of the presenters and their practical experience working daily in pipeline condition assessment, failure investigations and upgrades. Industry Operator Experience (OE) will be shared on failure mechanisms through case studies.
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Taking the freehand work out of kidney stone removal
The complex process of surgically removing kidney stones could be simplified by a system developed at Singapore's Institute of Technical Education. The Percutaneous-Access-to-Kidney-Assist Device eliminates the need for a surgeon to find the target stone freehand, instead automatically guiding the needle to the stone, which is then fragmented.
Channel NewsAsia (Singapore) (9/19) 
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Innovations & Trends
Making silicon photonics a commercial technology
Using the photons of light rather than electrons to transmit data is close to becoming a commercial reality, this analysis notes. "With tremendous growth in hyperscale data centers, we are near the end of the trough of disillusionment for silicon photonics," Eelco Bergman of ASE says.
Semiconductor Engineering (9/18) 
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How "stereotype threat" affects STEM
Minorities may be psyching themselves out of succeeding in science, technology, engineering and math fields, researchers from San Francisco State University say. Researchers have identified a "stereotype threat," in which people are concerned about reinforcing a negative stereotype, and have developed an online tutorial to help educate students about it.
National Public Radio (9/16) 
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GM, Black Girls Code partner to build Detroit's STEM leaders
General Motors is partnering with the nonprofit Black Girls Code to get girls interested in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The organization has accepted a $225,000 grant from GM to help engage women in STEM careers.
TriplePundit (9/15) 
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Polymer micro-containers deliver injectable drugs at different rates
A team at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology reports in Science the development of 3D-printed microstructures of poly lactic-co-glycolic acid resembling tiny cups with lids that will degrade at different rates after injection to deliver medicines or vaccines. The technique opens the possibility of administering multiple drug doses or a full vaccination program with a single injection, MIT professor Robert Langer says.
BBC (9/15) 
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A look at GAF's DecoTech solar roofing product
DecoTech, GAF's answer to Tesla's solar roofs, blends existing roofing industry standards with solar technology. Here's a look at how the product works, what to expect from installation and how the company focuses on contractor installations.
Greentech Media (9/15) 
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Making the Most of Parcel Boundary Data
For a growing list of industries, the importance and widening use of parcel boundary and property data continues to grow. Thankfully, alternatives to traditional parcel acquisition efforts are now available through cost-effective and ready to use solutions. Read our guide to smart decision-making using parcel boundary data
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Leadership & Development
How to facilitate collaboration
Being a good facilitator is about guiding "groups of all sizes toward constructive solutions" and doesn't require any particular job title, writes Brandon Klein. "While it's true that managers are responsible for making things happen day-to-day, their job title doesn't automatically make them great at getting these discussions to run smoothly," he notes.
Fast Company online (9/15) 
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Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement.
Helen Keller,
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