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LISTEN: 3D printed organs and the future of health care

With ever-advancing technologies and artificial intelligence creeping into the workforce, job security for current and future generations has never been more worrying. Economic instabilities have shown just how quickly some industries can boom and others perish. So how is British Columbia’s job market going to evolve and what do we do to help workers get…

The Bionic Mushroom

A white button mushroom equipped with 3D-printed graphene nanoribbons (black) collects electricity generated by 3D-printed cyanobacteria (green). Image: Sudeep Joshi / Stevens Institute of Technology Mushrooms can delight the palate, be turned into packaging, and knock you dead. Now they have a new power—generate electricity by working as the substrate for a bacteria and graphene…

Mazor X Stealth robot-assisted spinal surgery launches in US

Mazor X robotic-assisted spinal surgical platform. (Credit: Mazor Robotics) Medtronic has launched its Mazor X Stealth robotic-assisted spinal surgical platform in the U.S., touting its recent use in its first commercial procedures. The first uses of the system took place at Louisville, Ky.’s Norton Healthcare and Reston, Va.’s Reston Hospital Center, the Fridley, Minn.-based medtech giant…

US developed technology translates thoughts directly into speech

Researchers at Columbia University in New York have created a system that translates thoughts directly into recognisable speech. The neuroengineers behind the system, from the university’s Zuckerman Institute, claim that it marks a major step towards the development of brain-computer interfaces for patients with limited or no ability to speak such as those living with…

Nike’s Adapt BB is an app-controlled, self-lacing basketball shoe

With the companion Adapt mobile application, players are able to input different fit settings over the course of a game, as well as check the sneakers’ battery and change their LED colors. The other benefit to having wireless connectivity in the Adapt BB is that it will support firmware updates, which means it is expected…

ENGINEERING.com | Information & Inspiration for Engineers

3 Digital Transformation Mistakes Manufacturers Make – and How to Avoid ThemTransition to digital manufacturing is often hampered by lack of strategy, being unprepared for employee pushback and data overload.More >> How to Fix Simulation by Going LeanMark Zebrowski, former automotive simulation analyst, advocates a lean simulation strategy.More >> How a Tiny Curiosity Motor Identified…