Tech and You: Tablet that folds up into a phone; Human antibodies produced in lab & more

By NewsX Bureau | Updated: 25 July 2017 10:38 AM
  • A team of researchers led by Facundo Batista of Francis Crick Institute in London have developed a method to artificially produce specific human antibodies. The technique could speed the production of antibodies by body’s ‘B-cells’ that fight off infections by bacteria, viruses, and other invasive pathogens. Apart from specific antigen, ‘B-cells’ also need DNA fragments called ‘CpG Oligonucleotides’ to start multiplying and developing into plasma cells, which the team has managed to produce.

  • A bus-cum-mini hotel called ‘Cabin’ is running on the roads of San Francisco. The transportation service start-up bus called ‘Cabin’ is a luxury bus full of private sleeping pods that drives passengers between Los Angeles and San Francisco while they sleep. These comfortable rides will cost passengers just $50. Each rider will be provided with a private sleep cabin that includes a window with a light-blocking shade & Wi-Fi.

  • Researchers at the Drexel University, Philadelphia have created a nano material called MXene. The nanomaterial differs from traditional batteries because it opens up more paths for ions to move quickly throughout the material, meaning more of them can get to the charging ports at a much quicker rate. A revolutionary electrode design uses the two-dimensional material MXene to enable this process. At a basic level, MXene is a hydrogel squished between oxide metal.

  • Lenevo stunned attendees at the third annual Lenovo Tech World as it revealed Lenovo Folio, a tablet with a screen that fold in half into a phone. The tablet has a 7.8-inch screen with 1,920 x 1,440 resolutions. The tablet is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor and runs on Android 7.0 Nougat. When folded, the tablet shrinks down into a 5.5-inch phone. Lenevo has said that Folio is still a concept device and will not be released as a consumer product anytime soon.

  • Researchers from Nanomaterials and Energy Devices Laboratory of US-based Vanderbilt University have found a way to generate electricity from human motion. The researchers have developed an ultra-thin energy harvesting system that can generate small amounts of electricity when the system is bent or pressed even at extremely low frequencies like that of human motion. Based on ‘battery technology’, the device is made from layers of black phosphorus that are only a few atoms thick.

First Published | 25 July 2017 10:38 AM
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