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Portable, in the Field Gadget, for Healthy Plants & Spot Disease
Source: North Caroline State University new tech for plant health
First of its Kind Device to Detect Plant Disease in Minutes
A new, smartphone powered device detects disease in plants. For the first time, plant disease can be detected by a portable device, used by a farmer in the field and the analysis is done on the spot within minutes. Up until now, plant analysis had to be done in a lab and that could take days or weeks. This smartphone powered device reads gas concentrations in a plant in the farm field real-time. That analysis tells farmers that they are dealing with the presence of disease in plants and that they should take action.
Portable, Down on the Farm Device
This significant innovation was developed by a team at North Carolina State University. The device is designed to attach to a farmer's smart phone above the phone's camera for quick crop analysis. This real-time turnaround is important to detect plant disease in order to limit the spread of it and the crop damage from it.
Significant New Innovation For the Quality of Food
It is known that diseased plants emit volatile organic compounds (VOC). A sample leaf from a suspected plant is put into a sealed test tube for 15 minutes, allowing it to release any VOC. The system uses a paper test strip that changes color if there's a VOC problem. The smartphone camera images the color changes for the farmer to interpret. The process takes just a few minutes. But, the North Carolina team is now developing an app to make the results and evaluation automatic.
Superstar Robot Packers Superstar Customers
The Italian packaging company CMC in the medieval town of Citta di Castello has robot machines at the cutting edge of 2019 filling some very big orders for big clients and it delivers. The robotic packaging machine is called CartonWrap. It can box and seal 600 to 1000 items of every shape and size every hour, 24/7, including in tailor made boxes. Clients of the automated packaging machines include Amazon, Walmart and Gucci.
Big Business in Italy
CMC and CartonWrap are one of 630 companies in Italy making automated packaging machines. This is the new robotic, automated economy and it is one of Italy's fastest growing industries. In fact, the sector is accelerating 9X's faster than the overall Italian economy. It's another example of robotic technology cutting time, costs and in this case packaging waste and creating a whole new avenue of global business that's a disruptor.
1st Test for CTE, Sports-Related, Traumatic Brain Injuries in the Living
Breakthrough Research and Discoveries by Boston University Scientists
CTE is the danger for players inherent in any contact sport. Repeated hard hits to and rattling of the
head in the course of games taking a cumulative toll and resulting in traumatic brain injury CTE which is a fatal disease. Until now, there was no way to detect it in the living. The only reference points for doctors were changes in mood and behavior in the patient following a bad hit to the head and concussion.. But now, there is a brain scan test to detect the abnormal protein tau which is an indicator that the disease condition is present. It's an important breakthrough just announced by scientists at Boston University. For a great news blog, go to Important Innovations Collection: Breakthrough on CTE Brain Injuries from Sports: First Test for CTE in the Living Source: Stock Image Game-changing Discovery by Boston University…
DARPA's Biostasis Program Aims "To Slow Life to Save Life"
The program is to buy extra time for soldiers' battlefield injuries as they await medical care. DARPA, the Pentagon's Advanced Research Projects Agency, is working to develop treatments that slow down the body's biochemical reactions, tipping it into a slowed or suspended state until medical help arrives. For those critically injured, time is a matter of life and death.
Biological Suspended State
This program is inspired by nature. Wood frogs and microscopic creatures called "water bears" can survive extreme radiation, dehydration and freezing. They do so by entering a state called cryptobiosis. All metabolic processes appear to have stopped but the organism is still alive.
Long Term Research
This DARPA program is just getting started. They're beginning at the cell and tissue level. Then they'll scale up to the whole organism. It will be considered a success when it sl…