Thought for the month

“To know yet to think that one does not know is best; Not to know yet to think that one knows will lead to difficulty.” Lao Tzu, philosopher (6th century BCE).

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Meltaway electronics

Biocompatible electronic devices that dissolve harmlessly into their surroundings after functioning for a precise amount of time have been created by a team of biomedical engineers at Tufts University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. These transient electronic devices are very thin conventional circuits encapsulated in silk proteins, extracted from silkworm cocoons. Aimed at producing a generation of medical implants that would never need surgical removal the researchers have demonstrated the new platform by testing on rats a thermal device designed to monitor and prevent post-surgical infection.

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