10 Mar 2020
Octopus Inspired Robot can Grip, Move and Manipulate
Two-thirds of an octopus's neurons are in its arms, meaning each arm literally has a mind of its own. Octopus arms can untie knots, open childproof bottles, and wrap around prey of any shape or size. The hundreds of suckers that cover their arms can form strong seals even on rough surfaces underwater.
6 Mar 2020
Soft Robotic Fingers Gently Grasp Deep-Sea Jellyfish
Marine biologists have adopted "soft robotic linguine fingers" as tools to conduct their undersea research. Scientists found that jellyfish held by ultra-soft robotic fingers expressed significantly fewer stress-related genes than when braced by traditional submersible grippers. Shaped like the famous noodles, this new robotic technology allows for the collection of ecological data in a gentler, less invasive manner.
26 Feb 2020
Artificial Intelligence Yields New Antibiotic
Using a machine-learning algorithm, researchers have identified a powerful new antibiotic compound. In laboratory tests, the drug killed many of the world's most problematic disease-causing bacteria, including some strains that are resistant to all known antibiotics. It also cleared infections in two different mouse models.
20 Feb 2020
New Green Technology Generates Electricity "Out of Thin Air"
Electrical engineers and microbiologists have created a device they call an 'Air-gen' or air-powered generator, with electrically conductive protein nanowires produced by the microbe Geobacter. The Air-gen connects electrodes to the protein nanowires in such a way that electrical current is generated from the water vapor naturally present in the atmosphere.
7 Feb 2020
Bionic Heart for Testing Prosthetic Valves, Cardiac Devices
Engineers have developed a bionic "heart" that offers a more realistic model for testing out artificial valves and other cardiac devices.
4 Feb 2020
Bionic Jellyfish Swim Faster and More Efficiently
Engineers have developed a tiny prosthetic that enables jellyfish to swim faster and more efficiently than they normally do, without stressing the animals. The researchers behind the project envision a future in which jellyfish equipped with sensors could be directed to explore and record information about the ocean.
29 Jan 2020
Printing Objects That Can Incorporate Living Organisms
A method for printing 3D objects that can control living organisms in predictable ways has been developed. The technique may lead to 3D printing of biomedical tools, such as customized braces, that incorporate living cells to produce therapeutic compunds such as painkillers or topical treatments, the researchers say.
23 Jan 2020
Nanosys is the leading player in QDs. They were founded in 2001 (historical overview in next slides). It has raised some $160M over the last 15 years.
14 Jan 2020
Designer Integrates 3D Printing and Future Fabrics for Bespoke Fashion
Kitty Yeung is a physicist, artist, maker, fashion designer and musician based in Silicon Valley, California. She currently manages the Bay Area Microsoft Garage, a program that drives a culture of innovation at Microsoft.
6 Jan 2020
The key technology for Fluidigm are proprietary CyTOF® and microfluidics technologies for mass cytometry and microfluidic systems (such as PCR or library prepare system for NGS, and Integrated Fluidic Circuits).
26 Dec 2019
3D Printing is Helping Doctors Further Personalize Care
3Today, 3D printing is being used for everything from jewelry creation to producing food.
18 Dec 2019
Chiton Mollusk Provides Model for New Armor Design
The motivations for using biology as inspiration to engineering vary based on the project, but the combination of flexibility and protection seen in the chiton mollusk was all the motivation necessary.
10 Dec 2019
Reducing Risk in AI and Machine Learning-Based Medical Technology
Artificial intelligence and machine learning are increasingly transforming the healthcare sector. From spotting malignant tumours to reading CT scans and mammograms, AI/ML-based technology is faster and more accurate than traditional devices - or even the best doctors. But along with the benefits come new risks and regulatory challenges.
14 Nov 2019
Multimaterial 3D Printing Manufactures Complex Objects, Fast
A new technique called multimaterial multinozzle 3D printing uses high-speed pressure valves to achieve rapid, continuous, and seamless switching between up to eight different printing materials, enabling the creation of complex shapes in a fraction of the time currently required using printheads that range from a single nozzle to large multinozzle arrays.
11 Nov 2019
First in Flight: RoboBee Powered by Soft Muscles
Researchers have developed a resilient RoboBee powered by soft artificial muscles that can crash into walls, fall onto the floor, and collide with other RoboBees without being damaged. It is the first microrobot powered by soft actuators to achieve controlled flight.
6 Nov 2019
Sensor Could be Used for Microrobotics, Augmented Reality, Wearables
For all our technological advances, nothing beats evolution when it comes to research and development. Take jumping spiders. These small arachnids have impressive depth perception despite their tiny brains, allowing them to accurately pounce on unsuspecting targets from several body lengths away.
31 Oct 2019
Genome Editing with Precision
Prime editing system offers wide range of versatility in human cells, correcting disease-causing genetic variations
28 Oct 2019
RxFunction walk2Wellness Study Expansion with Hebrew SeniorLife
RxFunction, the medical device company that created Walkasins®, is announcing expansion of its walk2Wellness study to include researchers at Hebrew SeniorLife, with enrollment of its first participant completed earlier this month.
25 Oct 2019
CRISPR Enzyme Programmed to Kill Viruses in Human Cells
Many of the world's most common or most deadly human pathogens are RNA-based viruses — Ebola, Zika, and flu, for example — and most have no FDA-approved treatments. A team led by researchers at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard has now turned a CRISPR RNA-cutting enzyme into an antiviral agent that can be programmed to detect and destroy RNA-based viruses in human cells.
23 Oct 2019
Next-gen solar cells mimic photosynthesis with biological material
Next-generation solar cells that mimic photosynthesis with biological material may give new meaning to the term "green technology."