Bessie’s Story: Watching the Lights Go Out

(DGIwire)   BESSIE’S STORY – Watching the Lights Go Out by Thomas W. Farmen is an inspiring and gratifying book about a charming, brave, chocolate Lab named Bessie who gradually loses her eyesight.  The author thoughtfully leads the reader from the unexpected diagnosis of terminal blindness for his beloved four-year-old pet through the … [Continue reading...]

An Amazing Year for a Weapon Against Cancer

(DGIwire) – Immuno-oncology continues to prove its worth as an extraordinary research area in cancer care. Finding ways to customize the human immune system to power-up the battle against cancer has led to a wide range of breakthroughs so far, and the year 2018 was no exception. In a recent recap of the top immuno-oncology stories of the year, … [Continue reading...]

A New Wave of Electric Vehicles Is On the Horizon

(DGIwire) – The market for electric vehicles (EVs) is set to experience massive growth, according to a recent article in Investor’s Business Daily. In a field dominated by Tesla, whose Model 3 dominated EV sales in the U.S. in 2018, competition is heating up with new models from manufacturers large and small. In addition to the Audi e-tron, the … [Continue reading...]

Setting Sail Now: 3D Metal Printing

(DGIwire) – In the future, 3D metal printing may play an increasingly prominent role in Navy ship construction. That’s the message of a recent article in The Virginian-Pilot, which notes how this cutting-edge technology is being harnessed by shipbuilding companies in the Newport News area. In late 2018, for example, Naval Sea Systems Command … [Continue reading...]

Video Game Accessibility for the Blind Gets Better

(DGIwire) – By definition, video games are an intensely visual medium—and the quality of the visuals can make or break a game’s quality. For visually impaired players, a lack of access to what’s happening on the screen has been a longstanding challenge. But it’s one that is rapidly changing with the advent of new technology, as reported in a recent … [Continue reading...]

What Makes a Lab a Productive Work Environment?

(DGIwire) – What is the recipe for the ideal laboratory work environment? A mixture of good management and state-of-the-art instrumentation. Recent articles in Nature and Laboratory Equipment have spotlighted the first of these elements. A survey of 3,200 scientists, conducted by Nature, suggested that a thorough training in lab and personnel … [Continue reading...]

Spotlighting a Breakthrough in the Race to Treat Cancer

(DGIwire) – The human immune system has evolved over the course of 500 million years into a personalized and effective natural defense against disease. Which raises the question: Why doesn’t the immune system fight cancer? The answer is, it does, or tries to. But cancer uses tricks to hide from the immune system, shut down the body’s defenses and … [Continue reading...]

The Global Push for Electric Vehicles Heats Up

(DGIwire) – In April 2018, China’s New Energy Vehicle mandate went into effect. As noted in a recent article on the World Economic Forum’s website, this was part of the country’s plan to sell 4.6 million electric vehicles (EVs) by 2020 and ban cars with traditional internal combustion engines over the long term. China is not alone in aiming to … [Continue reading...]

Quality Control Takes the Spotlight for 3D Metal Printing

(DGIwire) – In the world of 3D printing, few events can rival the annual Formnext trade fair. At the 2018 show in Frankfurt, Germany, as many as 550 companies and institutes presented their latest designs and product developments for industrial tooling, production, quality management and measurement, according to an article on Optics.org. A … [Continue reading...]

A Fresh Approach to Treating Cancer: Targeting Proteins

(DGIwire) – Many headlines from the world of cancer research are focusing on the potential of checkpoint inhibitors—a way of releasing the brakes on immune cells so they can attack cancer cells. But as recently noted on LifeScienceLeader.com, some companies are exploring drugs that could work in combination with checkpoint inhibitors in the hopes … [Continue reading...]

Eye-Opening New Technology Benefits the Visually Impaired

(DGIwire) – This is a time of technological wonders—and many of the advances now being made are designed to enhance the lives of the visually impaired. As a recent article on Raconteur.net notes, tech is increasingly helping those with no or low vision to live as sighted people do. For example, smart glasses are utilizing AI and augmented reality … [Continue reading...]

Electroporation: A Vital Advance to Further Life Science Research

(DGIwire) – “Electroporation” is a big word that describes a process taking place on a small scale in the laboratory. As noted on BiotechArticles.com, electroporation involves passing an electric current through the surface of a living cell. By doing so, pores appear on the surface through which material can easily pass. Widely used in the field of … [Continue reading...]

Restaurants Are Using Better Ingredients as a Recipe for Success

(DGIwire) – Consumers are demanding more transparency from their food and restaurant chains are responding by offering better ingredients and healthier options. As a recent article on RestaurantDive.com notes, many chains are also starting to modify their menus to meet a variety of needs such as those of vegans, vegetarians and dieters; removing … [Continue reading...]

Strong U.S. Hiring Means a Stronger Climate for Jobs

(DGIwire) – Despite recent lurches in the stock market, the overall jobs outlook in the United States remained strong at the end of 2018, according to The New York Times. A report released by the U.S. Labor Department showed one of the strongest months of job gains in the last decade, with employers adding 312,000 workers to payrolls in December … [Continue reading...]

How A Bold Move Leads New Yorker to ‘Find Grace’

(DGIwire) Once in a while a book comes along that compellingly decodes the cost of learning what matters in life. Alison Rand's new memoir, A Place Called Grace, is such a book. Friends and family told the author that her plan--moving to another country alone--was crazy.  She was, however, undeterred.  As she explains, "It was 1995 and I … [Continue reading...]

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