Ventilators: why it is so hard to produce what's needed to tackle coronavirus

It's not as simple as churning out more products, though that's a good starting point.

Peter Ogrodnik, Professor of Medical Devices Design, Keele University • conversation
April 9, 2020 ~7 min

Tags:  engineering  covid-19  coronavirus  manufacturing  airbus  medical-devices  dyson  medical-regulation

Clinicians may one day give up syringes in favor of pills

New formulations enable oral delivery of therapeutics traditionally delivered intravenously.

Caroline Perry • harvard
April 9, 2020 ~6 min

Tags:  engineering  basic-research  health-medicine  office-of-technology-development  i20-therapeutics

Cambridge engineers use industrial modelling techniques to help Addenbrooke’s manage COVID-19 care

Modelling tools originally designed to improve the efficiency of factories are being used by Cambridge engineers to help Addenbrooke’s Hospital manage the COVID-19 emergency.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
April 6, 2020 ~3 min

Tags: engineering covid-19 coronavirus

Coronavirus: why we need to consult engineers as well as scientists for solutions

Engineers may be able to develop new ways of opening doors or better and mass-produced face masks for the elderly.

Adam Cooper, Lecturer in Policy Research and Practice, UCL • conversation
March 25, 2020 ~7 min

Tags:  engineering  coronavirus-2020  science-policy  expertise

Coronavirus: why did we shut down society without consulting engineers for other solutions first?

Engineers may be able to develop new ways of opening doors or better and mass-produced face masks for the elderly.

Adam Cooper, Lecturer in Policy Research and Practice, UCL • conversation
March 25, 2020 ~7 min

Tags:  engineering  coronavirus-2020  science-policy  expertise

Remote work will stress-test the internet — and parts will fail

The massive shift from the office to remote work will test the internet in ways it hasn’t been tested before, a Harvard expert on the technology industry said, offering a real-time experiment that will likely see failures, but from which unexpected solutions will also emerge.

Alvin Powell • harvard
March 18, 2020 ~13 min

Tags:  science-technology  engineering  covid-19  coronavirus  internet  alvin-powell  engineering-technology  jim-waldo  online-learning  remote-work  stress-test  work-from-home

In creating a coronavirus vaccine, researchers prepare for future

In response to this public health crisis, researchers in the Precision Vaccines Program at Boston Children’s Hospital are on the front lines of developing a vaccine specially targeted toward older populations

Alice McCarthy • harvard
March 13, 2020 ~8 min

Tags:  engineering  covid-19  coronavirus  immune-system  basic-research  harvard-medical-school  health-medicine  elderly  vaccine  adjuvants  precision-vaccines-program

NIH-funded i3 Center formed to advance cancer immunotherapy

Harvard’s Wyss Institute will collaborate with other institutions to form the i3 Center where cancer immunologists and biological engineers will develop new biomaterials-based approaches to enable anti-cancer immune-therapies for therapy-resistant cancers.

Benjamin Boettner • harvard
March 6, 2020 ~9 min

Tags:  science-technology  engineering  basic-research  harvard-john-a-paulson-school-of-engineering-and-applied-sciences-dana-farber-cancer-institute  harvards-department-of-stem-cell-and-regenerative-biology  i3-center  immune-therapies  immuno-engineering-to-improve-immunotherapy-i3-center  therapy-resistant-cancers  wyss-institute-of-biologically-inspired-engineering-at-harvard-university

Cambridge researchers advise county council on net zero policy actions

A team of early-career researchers from the University of Cambridge are working with the county council to identify the best ways for Cambridgeshire to reach net zero emissions.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
Feb. 19, 2020 ~9 min

Tags:  engineering  sustainable-earth  climate-change  east-of-england  policy

The story behind the mumps outbreaks of 2016-17

Studying the mumps virus genomes in 2016 and 2017 filled in gaps about how the disease was spreading in Massachusetts and elsewhere in the U.S.

Karen Zusi • harvard
Feb. 11, 2020 ~8 min

Tags:  science-technology  engineering  basic-research  broad-institute-of-mit-and-harvard  pardis-sabeti  plos-biology  viral-genomics

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