Electrical Energization and Wireless Power Transmission

 
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The proliferation of electronic devices in our digital age has necessitated more convenient methods of power transmission. With varieties of devices such as cell phones, tablets, laptops and digital media players, each requiring a different power plug, users have to cope with an annoying tangle of cables. The most prevalent wireless power transfer technology currently […]

Adhesives from Agricultural By-Products and Waste

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As a result of increased concerns over safety, environment and sustainability, protein-based adhesives have re-gained industry interest as an alternative to petroleum-based adhesives. A greater need now exists for modified protein adhesives that offer results comparable to their petroleum-based counterparts, and that can be produced at a reduced cost. It is currently estimated that up […]

Improved Microwave Susceptor Design for Rapid and Controllable Heating

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Wafer bonding is widely used for packaging micro-fabricated devices such as microfluidic channels, microelectromechanical sensors (MEMS) and optical micro mirrors to ensure a mechanically stable and hermetically sealed encapsulation. This procedure involves heating the wafer, a thin slice of semiconductor material, up to its melting point and then cooling to surround the device. Unfortunately, the […]

Aptamers for the Diagnosis of Virulent Strep A Infections

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The Limitation of Point of Care Strep A Test Kits
Streptococcus A (“Strep A” or GAS) infections are associated with scarlet fever, necrotizing fasciitis, and “strep throat”. There are many different strains of microorganism within the Strep A group, but only a few are virulent and linked to serious human disease. These strains can be identified […]

Myoelectric Training Tool

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Dr. Jason Carey and his team at the University of Alberta have developed software for training and evaluation of upper-limb amputees in advance of receiving myoelectric prosthesis. The training/evaluation tool can be used to aid the rehabilitation of patients who have received targeted muscle reinnervation surgery as well as for patients with amputation at the […]

Method to Enhance Oil Recovery from Fractured Carbonate Reservoirs

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As conventional sources of crude oil diminish, there is a need to exploit other fuel sources in a cost-effective, environmentally-friendly way. One relatively-untapped source is heavy oil/bitumen from fractured carbonates, which contain more than 60% of the world’s oil reserves. The estimated recovery of carbonate reservoirs to date is only ~10% due to the challenges […]