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The metaverse is coming… but not just yet

By Timothy Kelly Dr. Patric Dudas explaining camera tech to Metaverse Symposium participants. Credit: Penn State/J. Futrick/ICDS   If it’s not here yet, then what’s all the hype about the metaverse? Google searches for the term “metaverse” peaked in early November 2021 after Facebook changed its name to Meta. Yet, the popularity of the search […]

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Saliva and the science of sleep

By Holly Riddle Salimetrics’ new at-home assessment provides crucial biological data to those suffering from sleep disorders. (Photo: Provided)   The last time HappyValley Industry caught up with Salimetrics, the company and leader in salivary bioscience was hard at work developing game-changing, saliva-based, Covid-19 antibody tests. Since then, the team, with its offices in Innovation […]

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The future is soft

By Holly Riddle What do cephalopods like squid and octopi have in common with artificial organs, skin prosthetics and neurorobotics? According to one team of researchers, led by Dr. Cunjiang Yu, Dorothy Quiggle Career Development associate professor of engineering science and mechanics and biomedical engineering at Penn State, quite a lot. The team recently announced […]

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Connecting chemistry, structure and function

By Holly Riddle Robert Hickey, assistant professor of materials science and engineering at Penn State Penn State is no stranger to materials research. Referenced as “Materials Valley” in the past, Happy Valley has positioned itself at the forefront of this area of research that touches “virtually every field of science and engineering,” according to the […]

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“More like a natural ankle:” Happy Valley-born prosthetics poised to change future after limb loss

By Cara Aungst Impulse Technology’s biomimetic ankle closely mimics natural movement, making walking less painful and more accessible over rough terrain. PHOTO: Impulse Technology More than 50% of people with lower limb amputation have short and long-term pain associated with their prosthesis. Innovation Park-based company Impulse Technology aims to solve that — literal — pain […]

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Ben Franklin funding will support national launch of nurse-created products for preemies

By Chara Fitch Sawyers demonstrating the Nurture Rest. Photo: Neonatal Loving Kare Nicole Sawyers understands the day-in, day-out struggles of having a premature baby in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). As a veteran NICU nurse, she’s witnessed the beautiful moments of NICU stays, as well as the hardships that come with premature birth and […]

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