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May 25, 2018
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Crowdsourcing to guide river-cleaning robot
Online crowdsourcing and robotics will soon combine to help clean up the Chicago River. A battery-powered floating robot is equipped with a beaklike tool to grab floating garbage as directed by users online taking turns at the controls.
ASME (5/2018) 
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Nanoparticles look promising for fighting brain cancer
Nanoparticles may provide an answer where few good options exist to fight glioblastoma, an especially pernicious form of brain cancer. The liposome particles developed by researchers at MIT are capable of crossing the blood-brain barrier and delivering two types of carefully selected cancer-fighting drugs.
New Atlas (5/25) 
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Fla. woman fitted for hydraulic microprocessor foot, ankle
Theresa Neubeaur of Florida became the 15th person in the US to receive Ottobock's hydraulic microprocessor foot and ankle, which gives her more flexibility and enables her to wear shoes with different heel heights. The prosthesis has an articulating ankle, a microprocessor gyroscope and accelerometer, so "the foot always knows where it is in space," said Ottobock product specialist Jeremy Hines.
WTXL-TV (Tallahassee, Fla.) (5/22) 
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Ohio students build prosthetic hands
Students at every grade level in Grandview Heights, Ohio, along with school staff and community volunteers, built 265 prosthetic hands for children in Honduras and India. Corporate team-building company Corporate Motivation organized the Hands of Gratitude project, which gave a parts kit and instructions to each team of students.
ThisWeek Community News (Lewis Center, Ohio) (5/18) 
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Cayman Islands to release biotech mosquitoes in test project
The testing of biotech mosquitoes as a means of eradicating Aedes aegypti mosquitoes will resume in the Cayman Islands later this month. The project will also use traditional mosquito management strategies, such as spraying insecticides from a plane, once the biotech mosquitoes are released into the test areas.
Cayman Compass (Cayman Islands) (5/21) 
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Study: Biotech potato, pest management strategy cut fungicide use by up to 90%
Scientists from Wageningen University & Research and Teagasc, the Irish authority on agriculture and food development, have developed a biotech potato that, combined with a new pest management strategy, requires minimal fungicide use. The biotech Desiree potato combined with the new pest management approach resulted in a consistent fungicide reduction of 80% to 90%.
ScienceAlert (Australia & New Zealand) (5/18) 
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Experimental Ebola virus treatment seems effective in NHPs
Researchers at Texas Biomedical Research Institute are developing an Ebola virus treatment that can reduce viral load enough to allow the patient's immune system to clear the rest of the infection. The treatment has been effective in nonhuman primates, whose immune responses are so similar to humans' that "we are confident in saying, if we are able to protect a monkey against the Ebola virus, it should work in humans," said scientist Ricardo Carrion.
KHOU-TV (Houston) (5/18) 
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Innovations & Trends
Apple teams with VW for driverless cars
Apple teams with VW for driverless cars
(Remko De Waal/AFP/Getty Images)
Apple is developing driverless car technology in partnership with Volkswagen. Sources say that the first order of business is transforming some of VW's T6 Transporter vans into driverless shuttles for Apple employees.
The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (5/23) 
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Leadership & Development
2 questions spur frank feedback discussions
Steve Jobs demanded brutally honest feedback from his underlings but realized they'd naturally be reluctant to deliver such frank assessments. To overcome this hesitance, Jobs would assemble his team and then alternate repeatedly between two simple questions -- What's working? and What isn't? -- asked of individual members.
Inc. online (5/23) 
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Drones, Submersibles and Crawlers: Robotic Technology Solutions for Inspection and Maintenance
ASME's Robotics for Inspection and Maintenance Forum, June 26 - 27 in Houston, is designed to help you apply the latest #robotics and unmanned aerial systems (UAS) technologies to your business and incorporate advanced data analytics to increase safety, lower the cost of inspection or maintenance of industrial assets and improve your business outcomes. Register by June 8 and save $100.
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