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Using a new laser process to custom shape optical fibers
Tue, 5 May 2015 09:30:00 +0200
Modern medicine relies on optical fibers to cauterize unhealthy veins in a minimally invasive way. Now, Fraunhofer researchers have developed a laser processing method that facilitates automated serie...

Pressure-monitoring stockings to prevent wounds in diabetics
Tue, 5 May 2015 09:30:00 +0200
Diabetics often have little feeling in their feet and don’t perceive the body’s pressure or temperature signals there. This can result in unnoticed wounds that then develop into abscesses. Many diabet...

Generating eco-friendly power with metal rotor blades
Mon, 4 May 2015 09:30:00 +0200
Wind turbines deliver environmentally friendly electricity. Yet the fiber-reinforced plastics often used in very large rotor blades are almost impossible to recycle. Not so with steel blades: since th...

Detecting skin cancer quickly
Mon, 4 May 2015 09:30:00 +0200
Melanoma is aggressive and life-threatening. If it is not detected early, the prospects of recovery drop. Screening is complicated, though. Together with several project partners, Fraunhofer researche...

WPC furniture with low flammability
Mon, 4 May 2015 09:30:00 +0200
Wood is a popular material in interior design, but its water absorbency limits its use in bathrooms, where natural wood easily becomes discolored or moldy. Fraunhofer scientists and partners have deve...

Automated counting of tumor cells in blood
Mon, 4 May 2015 09:30:00 +0200
Biological and medical scientists have been using flow cytometry to count cancer cells for the past 40 years. But the large instruments are expensive and can only be operated by trained personnel. By ...

Improved detection of radio waves from space
Mon, 4 May 2015 09:30:00 +0200
Geodesy is the scientific discipline that deals with the measurement of the Earth. One of the measurement techniques it employs uses radio waves from far-distant objects in space to determine factors ...

Economic and effective security design
Mon, 4 May 2015 09:30:00 +0200
Operators of infrastructures such as power grids and airports are expected to ensure a high level of security – but their financial means are limited. Fraunhofer researchers have developed an analysis...

Getting the perfect fit for artificial hips
Wed, 8 Apr 2015 00:00:00 +0200
When a patient receives a new hip, it is usually adjusted only approximately to leg length. Greater accuracy requires a more precise measuring process as well as adjustable implants. Now, a new type o...

Saving energy with smart façades
Wed, 1 Apr 2015 09:00:00 +0200
Glass-fronted office buildings are some of the biggest energy consumers, and regulating their temperature is a big job. Now a façade element developed by Fraunhofer researchers and designers for glass...