Researchers say a new device called a soft X-ray electrostatic precipitator protected mice from airborne bacteria, viruses, and allergens, and could some day be incorporated into HVAC systems.
A litany of food scares--and rules for organic produce--have pushed the industry to seek new solutions for food safety.
The goal: A handheld device, described as a molecular-level Lego set, that will test for tuberculosis and similar bugs in 30 minutes.
Web-based app integrates genetic sequences of pathogens submitted by users with geographic data points so researchers can map spread of diseases, track mutations.
Adapter enables users to capture microscopic images -- of everything from flowers to insects to pathogens -- with their smartphone. SmartPlanet visits SkyLight for a hands-on look at the device.
Researchers find pathogens on 40 percent of hospital patient cell phones--with a small number of devices testing positive for "worrisome" drug-resistant bacteria--and call for infection control.
A study out of the University of Colorado shows that biofilms clinging to the innards of bathroom showerheads can harbor up to 100 times the levels of pathogens found in city water.
Germ Eliminating Knife Block uses UV-C light to sterilize kitchen cutlery against 99.99 percent of surface pathogens.
Device that could scan blood and water for pathogens combines the chip technology found in digital cameras with microfluidics, the science of channeling liquid on a tiny scale.
Although the West African nations stricken by the Ebola outbreak are not tech-savvy, text messaging, phone calls, and even radio are helping educate the most at-risk people.