Thought for the month

“It is a general popular error to suppose the loudest complainers for the public to be the most anxious for its welfare.” Edmund Burke, politician (1729 – 97).

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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