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2019
11 Nov

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

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

Genome Editing with Precision

Prime editing system offers wide range of versatility in human cells, correcting disease-causing genetic variations
28 Oct

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

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

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."
17 Oct

Six degrees of nuclear separation

Scientists look to 3D printing to ease separation anxiety, which paves the way to recycle more nuclear material.
2 Oct

Tunabot: First robotic fish to keep pace with tuna

Mechanical engineers have created the first robotic fish proven to mimic the speed and movements of live yellowfin tuna.
10 Sep

A swifter way towards 3D-printed organs

Sacrificial ink-writing technique allows 3D printing of large, vascularized human organ building blocks.
9 Sep

Using CRISPR to program gels with new functions

The CRISPR genome-editing system is best-known for its potential to correct disease-causing mutations and add new genes into living cells. Now, researchers have deployed CRISPR for a completely different purpose: creating novel materials, such as gels, that can change their properties when they encounter specific DNA sequences.
3 Sep

EarlySense

IDTechEx spoke to Courtney Obecny, Director of Marketing and Business Partnerships at EarlySense. This company develops technology for contract-free, continuous vital sign monitoring and early detection of patient deterioration.
26 Aug

Self-folding "Rollbot" paves the way for fully untethered soft robots

The majority of soft robots today rely on external power and control, keeping them tethered to off-board systems or rigged with hard components. Now, researchers have developed soft robotic systems, inspired by origami, that can move and change shape in response to external stimuli, paving the way for fully untethered soft robots.
21 Aug

Exosuit shows potential for wearable robots

Researchers have previously developed robotic devices for rehabilitation and other areas of life that can either assist walking or running, but no untethered portable device could efficiently do both.
19 Aug

Electronic paper patient and room information displays

The e-paper displays offer hospitals enhanced communication with staff and patients by replacing handwritten whiteboards with low power, highly readable E Ink based displays that pull essential information from the Electronic Health Record to clinical staff and patients areas, ensuring accurate communication and information exchange.
14 Aug

Noninvasive neuromodulation to treat obesity

Novel approaches that have been tested to treat obesity include noninvasive neuromodulation techniques such as transcranial direct current stimulation. Studies performed to date have suggested that this method does in fact help reduce appetite, food intake and body weight, but only in some subjects.
16 Jul

Machine learning tries to crack disputed Beatles authorship

Researchers at Harvard University and Canada's Dalhousie University used machine learning to ascertain the authorship of disputed Beatles songs.
9 Jul

Soft robots for all

Each year, soft robots gain new abilities. They've learned to jump, squirm, and grip. And, unlike hard robots, they can handle tomatoes without bruising the fruit, resurface unscathed after being run over by a car, and journey through radiation, disaster zones, and outer-space with few scars. For people and animals, they have a "cooperative function": a soft touch.
26 Jun

AI detects signs of schizophrenia

A machine-learning method discovered a hidden clue in people's language predictive of the later emergence of psychosis -- the frequent use of words associated with sound.
18 Jun

Editing genes at the source

Breakthrough research shows that stem cell genes can be edited in living systems.
13 Jun

Using AI to predict breast cancer and personalize care

Researchers have created a new deep-learning model that can predict from a mammogram if a patient is likely to develop breast cancer as much as five years in the future. Trained on mammograms and known outcomes from over 60,000 MGH patients, the model learned the subtle patterns in breast tissue that are precursors to malignant tumors.