Brain Circuits Multitask to Detect, Discriminate the Outside World

March 5, 2014 - A new study found that neural circuits in the brain rapidly multitask between detecting and discriminating sensory input, such as headlights in the distance. That’s different from how electronic circuits work, where one circuit performs a very specific task. The brain, the study found, is wired in way that allows a single pathway to perform multiple tasks.

Self-Administration of Flu Vaccine with a Patch May be Feasible, Study Suggests

February 26, 2014 -- The annual ritual of visiting a doctor’s office or health clinic to receive a flu shot may soon be outdated, thanks to the findings of a new study published in the journal Vaccine. The research, which involved nearly 100 people recruited in the metropolitan Atlanta area, found that test subjects could successfully apply a prototype vaccine patch to themselves.

Personalized Medicine Best Way to Treat Cancer, Study Argues

February 24, 2014 - A new study found evidence that assessing the route to cancer on a case-by-case basis might make more sense than basing a patient’s cancer treatment on commonly disrupted genes and pathways.

Georgia Tech Professor Chairs AAAS Panel on Pandemic Emergency Response

February 21, 2014 - To help coordinate a rapid response to pandemics, a professor at Georgia Tech has designed software that combines biological data on the pandemic with demographic data of the at-risk population so that health officials can develop a game plan to limit the pandemic’s spread.

Hazmat Response: Chemical Companion Evolves from Information Resource to Sophisticated Decision-Support System

February 19, 2014 -- Researchers have released a new version of the Chemical Companion Decision Support System (CCDSS), a software system that provides first responders with detailed and easy-to-access information about chemicals that may be associated with hazmat incidents.

Single Chip Device to Provide Real-Time 3-D Images from Inside the Heart and Blood Vessels

February 18, 2014 -- Researchers have developed the technology for a catheter-based device that would provide forward-looking, real-time, three-dimensional imaging from inside the heart, coronary arteries and peripheral blood vessels. With its volumetric imaging, the new device could better guide surgeons working in the heart.

Silicon-Germanium Chip Sets New Speed Record

February 18, 2014 -- A research collaboration has demonstrated the world's fastest silicon-based device to date. The investigators operated a silicon-germanium (SiGe) transistor at 798 gigahertz (GHz) fMAX, exceeding the previous speed record for silicon-germanium chips by about 200 GHz.

Solar-Induced Hybrid Fuel Cell Produces Electricity Directly from Biomass

February 18, 2014 -- Researchers have developed a new type of low-temperature fuel cell that directly converts biomass to electricity with assistance from a catalyst activated by solar or thermal energy. The hybrid fuel cell can use a wide variety of biomass sources, including starch, cellulose, lignin – and even switchgrass, powdered wood, algae and waste from poultry processing.

Researchers Hijack Cancer Migration Mechanism to “Move” Brain Tumors

February 16, 2014 -- One factor that makes glioblastoma cancers so difficult to treat is that malignant cells from the tumors spread throughout the brain by following nerve fibers and blood vessels to invade new locations. Now, researchers have learned to hijack this migratory mechanism, turning it against the cancer by using a film of nanofibers thinner than human hair to lure tumor cells away.

Intergraph Acquires GT STRUDL Engineering Software System from Georgia Tech

February 10, 2014 -- GT STRUDL, a structural engineering software system developed at Georgia Tech, has been acquired by Intergraph®, a leading producer of engineering enterprise software.