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Cracked glass

The brittleness of glass is perceived as its gravest handicap. While the glass industry wants a glass that is “hard” and “crack-resistant,” it has been generally accepted that both these properties are unachievable “simultaneously” in oxide glasses. This Rutgers technology breaks that perception by disclosing a glass that exhibits high hardness and crack-resistance (low brittleness). 

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More than 41,000 root canals are performed each day and more than 15 million root canals are performed every year in the United States. This novel obturation method and material would allow for a safer, easier, quicker and more affordable procedure that can be performed by more providers to a wider range of patient populations. 

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Rutgers team (Taewon Han and Gediminas Mainelis) have designed and developed an Electrostatic Screen Battery for Emission Control (ESBEC) for efficiently capturing even nano-sized DPMs from a variety of sources, such as diesel engines used in on-road mobile sources (e.g. cars, buses, trucks, etc.), non-road mobile sources (e.g. marine, locomotive, agricultural equipment, etc.), power generation equipment, etc.

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Rutgers scientists are developing a family of structurally novel S1R antagonists that possess dual functionality: i) as stand-alone treatments for neuropathic pain, and ii) as combination therapy together with low-dose opioid analgesics for treatment of moderate-to-severe pain but with far improved safety profiles especially with respect to drug tolerance, addiction, and respiratory depression. 

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Currently we assess cardiovascular health using simple indirect measures such as blood pressure.  At the population level these measures are useful in determining risk of disease, but they do not assess directly an individual’s functionality.