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New tool for selecting embryos in fertility treatments

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Specialists selecting embryos. (Credit: Image courtesy of Asociación RUVID)

Jan. 21, 2013 — A team of researchers from the Universitat Politècnica de València and specialists from the Hospital Universitari i Politècnic La Fe have developed a new tool, a mathematical model to be exact, to help in the selection of embryos for transfer in fertility treatments.

The model is especially useful for transfers of intermediate quality embryos on the second day after fertilization, when it is possible to estimate the probability of implantation in the uterus. The study was published recently in the journal Mathematical and Computer Modelling.

According to the researchers, in order to evaluate the...

Ultra-small devices for energy-efficient electronics

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Redox active ferrocenealkanethiol molecules pack together and assemble into monolayer thin films on silver electrodes. Molecules that stand tall instead of crouching form tighter assemblies, which dramatically improves the device properties. (Credit: Image courtesy of Tyndall National Institute)

Jan. 21, 2013 — A team of scientists from Tyndall National Institute at University College Cork and the National University of Singapore have designed and fabricated...

Revolutionizing military manufacturing

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An infantry fighting vehicle is an armored vehicle used to carry infantry into battle. (Credit: DARPA)

Jan. 18, 2013 — Inventors from across the country can enter a national competition to design a new amphibious infantry fighting vehicle for the U.S. Marine Corps and Vanderbilt University's Institute for Software Integrated Systems (ISIS) is playing a key role in the development of the engineering software that makes the challenge possible.

The Defense...

Artificial intelligence techniques for optimizing processes in the aeronautics industry

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Jan. 11, 2013 — The computer engineer Susana Ferreiro has produced a thesis entitled 'Contributions towards the diagnosis and prognosis of industrial problems by means of Supervised Classification Techniques' ('Aportacionespara el diagnóstico y pronóstico en problemasindustrialesmediantetécnicas de ClasificaciónSupervisada').This work has been developed at the IK4-TEKNIKER R+D centre under the supervision of the EHU/UPV lecturer Basilio Sierra-Araujo (Head of the Department of...

New report: The reach and impact of mathematical sciences

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Jan. 10, 2013 — The Mathematical Sciences in 2025, a new report from the National Research Council, finds that the mathematical sciences are an increasingly integral component of many disciplines -- including biology, medicine, the social sciences, business, advanced design, and climate studies.

However, the expanding role of the mathematical sciences over the past 15 years has not been matched by a comparable increase in federal funding, and the number of federal agencies that...