Posts Tagged 'Biomedical'

Helping Hands

Technology Review (9/28, Grifantini) reports, “Researchers from Harvard and Yale Universities have developed a simple, soft robotic hand that can grab a range of objects delicately, and which automatically adjusts its fingers to get a good grip. The new hand could also potentially be useful as a prosthetic arm.” Unlike other soft robotic hands, this one “has just a few sensors and a single motor, but can pick up a variety of objects with the flexibility of a human hand.” The researchers noted that “people do not normally use a rigid grasp, but keep their fingers relaxed” when reaching for an object in order “to avoid knocking the object over.” Similarly, “making the robotic hand flexible allows it to pick up objects even with minor calculation errors” while “embedded sensors…allow the new hand to feel an object and adjust its grip.”


From ASEE First Bell, September 28, 2009.  All rights reserved.

Database of the Week: Biotechnology and Bioengineering Abstracts

The Biotechnology and Bioengineering Abstracts Database — part of the CSA Illumina suite of databases — provides biomedical engineering students and faculty a window into the journal, conference and other technical literature central to their fields.  This database provides bibliographic coverage of ground-breaking research, applications, regulatory developments and new patents across all areas of biotechnology and bioengineering, including medical, pharmaceutical, agricultural, environmental and marine biology.   This database provides comprehensive international coverage as well as numerous non-serial publications.  You can learn more about this database from its Factsheet or begin searching the database at CSA Illumina.

The Biotechnology and Bioengineering Abstracts Database is one of many information resources brought to you by the Brown Science and Engineering Library!  Ask for a demonstration of this database or about other resources that can help you work faster, smarter and better!

(Use of this database from this address restricted to University of Virginia users only.  Please contact a librarian for assistance, if you are having trouble connecting.)

In the Eye of the Beholder

Researcher Babak A. Parviz of the University of Washington, Seattle, writes in IEEE Spectrum about how nanotechnology will soon be able to create contact lenses capable of superimposing data and information over a wearer’s vision and be able noninvasively to monitor and report on the wearer’s biological or medical state.  Read the full article at

Biotechnology Demystified

The Knovel Library contains hundreds of full-text online resources in a wide variety of science and engineering disciplines, as well as innovative research and analysis tools for using them. Here is one of the latest items to appear in the Knovel Library:


Basic Concepts in Biochemistry – A Student’s Survival Guide (2nd Edition)
Publisher: McGraw – Hill

Description: This second edition of Basic Concepts continues to innovatively review the toughest concepts in biochemistry for maximum comprehension in a short period of time. Unlike conventional texts or review books that stress memorizing facts, this book stresses the mastering of fundamental concepts, so that the reader truly comprehends the material and feels comfortable applying it.  The book uses simple, jargon-free language and award-winning teaching techniques including algorithms, mnemonics and clinical examples.

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July 2020