7 Apr 2021
Scientists Create the Next Generation of Living Robots
Last year, a team of biologists and computer scientists created novel, tiny self-healing biological machines from frog cells called "Xenobots" that could move around, push a payload, and even exhibit collective behavior in the presence of a swarm of other Xenobots. The same team has now created life forms that self-assemble a body from single cells, do not require muscle cells to move, and even demonstrate the capability of recordable memory.
4 Mar 2021
CRISPR Treatment Cuts Cholesterol in Mice by Up to 57% in one Shot
The genome editing technology CRISPR has emerged as a powerful new tool that can change the way we treat disease. The challenge when altering the genetics of our cells, however, is how to do it safely, effectively, and specifically targeted to the gene, tissue and organ that needs treatment.
2 Feb 2021
Threads That Sense How and When You Move? New Tech Makes It Possible
Engineers created thread sensors that can be attached to skin to measure movement in real time, with potential implications for tracking health and performance.
14 Oct 2020
Bioelectronic Device Achieves Unprecedented Control of Cell Membrane
In an impressive proof-of-concept demonstration, an interdisciplinary team of scientists has developed a bioelectronic system driven by a machine learning algorithm that can shift the membrane voltage in living cells and maintain it at a set point for 10 hours.
8 Jun 2020
Smart Fabrics From Bioactive Inks
Researchers have developed biomaterial-based inks that respond to and quantify chemicals released from the body (e.g. in sweat and potentially other biofluids) or in the surrounding environment by changing color. The inks can be screen printed onto textiles such as clothes, shoes, or even face masks in complex patterns and at high resolution, providing a detailed map of human response or exposure.
5 May 2020
Microwaves Power New Technology for Batteries, Energy
New battery technology involving microwaves may provide an avenue for renewable energy conversion and storage.
16 Jan 2020
The First Living Robots
A book is made of wood. But it is not a tree. The dead cells have been repurposed to serve another need. Now a team of scientists has repurposed living cells—scraped from frog embryos—and assembled them into entirely new life-forms. These millimeter-wide "xenobots" can move toward a target, perhaps pick up a payload (like a medicine that needs to be carried to a specific place inside a patient)—and heal themselves after being cut.
6 Jan 2020
Bioelectric Stimulation to Clear Skin Lesions
The delivery of ultrashort pulses of electrical energy represents a promising nonthermal, nonscarring method of inducing regulated cell death in common skin lesions.
14 Aug 2019
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.
30 Jul 2019
Flexible electronics and smart bandages are key to cost savings
Flexible electronics and smart bandages are key to cost savings in the future of advanced wound care. Advanced wounds, referring to those that are non-healing for more than 4 weeks, are on the rise around the world. This is because there are an increasing number of people with poor wound healing ability, including the rising number of elderly people over 65 years of age, and the rising number of people with Type 2 diabetes.
12 Apr 2019
That's "sew" smart! Threads to detect gases
Equipment- and training-free textile detectors could be used in public health, workplace safety, military and rescue applications
10 Apr 2019
Researchers 3D print metamaterials with novel optical properties
A team of engineers has developed a series of 3D printed metamaterials with unique microwave or optical properties that go beyond what is possible using conventional optical or electronic materials.
15 Nov 2018
Wearable bioreactor induced partial limb regeneration
Researchers have found that delivering progesterone to an amputation injury site can induce the regeneration of limbs in otherwise non-regenerative adult frogs—a discovery that furthers understanding of regeneration and could help advance treatment of amputation injuries.
5 Nov 2018
Growing functioning human neural networks in 3D from stem cells
A team of researchers has developed three-dimensional human tissue culture models for the central nervous system that mimic structural and functional features of the brain and demonstrate neural activity sustained over a period of many months.
13 Aug 2018
Ionic Materials (IM) is a US-based start-up developing a solid polymer electrolyte for Li-ion batteries. Founded in 2011 by Mike Zimmerman, serial entrepreneur and professor at Tufts University, in 2018 the company raised $65M in a Series C funding round that included Hyundai, Renault-Nissan, A123 Systems, Total, and Hitachi Chemical, among other investors.
11 Jul 2018
Smart bandages monitor and tailor treatment for chronic wounds
A team of engineers has developed a prototype bandage designed to actively monitor the condition of chronic wounds and deliver appropriate drug treatments to improve the chances of healing. While the lab-tested bandages remain to be assessed in a clinical context, the research is aimed at transforming bandaging from a traditionally passive treatment into a more active paradigm to address a persistent and difficult medical challenge.
21 Jun 2018
Teaching robots to sort out their issues
Robots can help do a lot of things - assemble cars, search for explosives, cook a meal or aid in surgery. But one thing they can't do is tell you how they're doing - yet.