Needs to be changed only once a week
South African pharmaceutical company, Cipla Medpro, in conjunction with the Microbiology Department at the University of Stellenbosch, has announced the development of what is being touted as a breakthrough in wound dressing.
The team behind the Wound Dressing Project recently received a prestigious NSTF-BHP Billiton Award nomination in the category of Outstanding Contribution to SETI through Research leading to Innovation. Team leader, Professor Leon Dicks – Department of Microbiology, University of Stellenbosch – describes the product as a nanofibre wound dressing with controlled release of antimicrobial peptides for patients with burn wounds.
Designed specifically for tasks that require heavy lifting, such as commerce or nursing
Researchers from the Tokyo University of Science in Japan are now developing a light exoskeleton concept that can carry items as heavy as 40 kilograms with little to no difficulty. Created by professor Hiroshi Kobayashiand his team of experts, the exoskeleton is affixed to the hips and shoulders by straps and a padded waistband, while its A-shaped frame is equipped with four pneumatic artificial muscles (lightweight rubber blades encased in mesh) that contract when pressurized air is pumped in and can exert up to 30 kilograms of instant support for extra strenuous tasks. The frame is specially designed to augment the functions of the arms and back specifically in tasks that require heavy lifting, such as commerce or nursing.