Panasonic Medical Robots, HOSPI aid Hospital Operations at Changi General Hospital


In line with the country’s goal of becoming a Smart Nation, Panasonic System Solutions Asia Pacific (Panasonic) and Changi General Hospital (CGH) are implementing assistive robotics technology to improve operational efficiency of a hospital. Experimental use of the Panasonic autonomous delivery robots, HOSPI, began in February 2015 and they are being implemented in phases. CGH is the first hospital outside of Japan to utilise HOSPI. As part of the hospital’s porter management system, the four HOSPI are able to deliver fragile and bulky medicine, medical specimens and patients’ case notes 24/7, easing manpower constraints.

HOSPI is equipped with security features to prevent tampering, theft and damage during delivery. The robot’s contents can only be accessed with ID cards. Automation enables HOSPI to move around using the lifts and between facilities in CGH’s Main Building and The Integrated Building on its own, delivering medicine and specimens.

Rubina Gan, Assistant General Manager…

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This Crazy Tree Grows 40 Kinds of Fruit!


Sam Van Aken, an artist and professor at Syracuse University, uses “chip grafting” to create trees that each bear 40 different varieties of stone fruits, or fruits with pits.

The grafting process involves slicing a bit of a branch with a bud from a tree of one of the varieties and inserting it into a slit in a branch on the “working tree,” then wrapping the wound with tape until it heals and the bud starts to grow into a new branch. Over several years he adds slices of branches from other varieties to the working tree. In the spring the “Tree of 40 Fruit” has blossoms in many hues of pink and purple, and in the summer it begins to bear the fruits in sequence—Van Aken says it’s both a work of art and a time line of the varieties’ blossoming and fruiting.

He’s created more than a dozen of the trees that have…

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15-year old genius directs the Trojan horse to help diagnose Alzheimer’s early!


Alzheimer’s disease, a slow killer of our memory faculties is currently detected only through cognitive tests or a post mortem brain scan. But, the brainwave of a 15-year old British student from the University of Surrey, UK, can change the way diagnosis is carried out and predict the disease onset 10 years before it strikes.

Krtin Nithiyanandam, a boy of Indian origin who moved to the UK as a baby, has developed a diagnostic antibody named as ‘Trojan horse’ for his Google Science Fair Prize project. The antibody is tagged with fluorescent probes known as Quantum dots (QDs) and when injected into the blood stream it can penetrate the brain to bind to the neurotoxic Alzhemier’s protein Aβ1-42. It can then be detected on a brain scan due to the fluorescent signal. Krtin in an interview said “The main benefits of my test are that it could be…

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