12 May 2021
System Helps Robots Better Navigate Emergency Rooms
Computer scientists have developed a more accurate navigation system that will allow robots to better negotiate busy clinical environments in general and emergency departments more specifically. The researchers have also developed a dataset of open source videos to help train robotic navigation systems in the future.
3 May 2021
Robotic Seafloor Survey Completed
An expedition led by UC San Diego's Scripps Institution of Oceanography mapped more than 36,000 acres of seafloor between Santa Catalina Island and the Los Angeles coast in a region previously found to contain high levels of the toxic chemical DDT in sediments and the ecosystem. The survey identified an excess of 27,000 targets with high confidence to be classified as a barrel, and an excess of 100,000 total debris objects on the seafloor.
12 Mar 2021
Sewage-Handling Robots Help Predict COVID-19 Outbreaks
In earlier days of the COVID-19 pandemic, before diagnostic testing was widely available, it was difficult for public health officials to keep track of the infection's spread, or predict where outbreaks were likely to occur. Attempts to get ahead of the virus are still complicated by the fact that people can be infected and spread the virus even without experiencing any symptoms themselves.
11 Mar 2021
Wearable Microgrid Uses the Human Body to Power Small Gadgets
Nanoengineers have developed a "wearable microgrid" that harvests and stores energy from the human body to power small electronics. It consists of three main parts: sweat-powered biofuel cells, motion-powered devices called triboelectric generators, and energy-storing supercapacitors. All parts are flexible, washable and can be screen printed onto clothing.
2 Mar 2021
Weakness is Strength for this Low-Temperature Battery
Nanoengineers have discovered new fundamental insights for developing lithium metal batteries that perform well at ultra-low temperatures; mainly, that the weaker the electrolyte holds on to lithium ions, the better. By using such a weakly binding electrolyte, the researchers developed a lithium metal battery that can be repeatedly recharged at temperatures as low as -60 degrees Celsius—a first in the field.
25 Feb 2021
Robot Controlled and Powered by Pressurized Air
Engineers have created a four-legged soft robot that doesn't need any electronics to work. The robot only needs a constant source of pressurized air for all its functions, including its controls and locomotion systems.
16 Feb 2021
New Skin Patch Brings Us Closer to Wearable, All-In-One Health Monitor
Engineers have developed a soft, stretchy skin patch that can be worn on the neck to continuously track blood pressure and heart rate while measuring the wearer's levels of glucose as well as lactate, alcohol or caffeine. It is the first wearable device that monitors cardiovascular signals and multiple biochemical levels in the human body at the same time.
3 Feb 2021
Peer-Reviewed Validation of Wireless Earbud for Rheumatoid Arthritis
Nēsos announced the publication of data from a pilot clinical study demonstrating the power of its e-mmunotherapy platform in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. The data, published in The Lancet Rheumatology, focuses on a clinical study evaluating the Nēsos developed e-mmunotherapy treatment in a cohort of rheumatoid arthritis patients.
25 Jan 2021
Making Masks Smarter and Safer Against COVID-19
A new tool for monitoring COVID-19 may one day be right under your nose. Researchers are developing a color-changing test strip that can be stuck on a mask and used to detect SARS-CoV-2 in a user's breath or saliva.
15 Dec 2020
Flexible, Screen Printed Rechargeable Battery with 10 Times More Power
A team of researchers has developed a flexible, rechargeable silver oxide-zinc battery with a five to 10 times greater areal energy density than state of the art. The battery also is easier to manufacture; while most flexible batteries need to be manufactured in sterile conditions, under vacuum, this one can be screen printed in normal lab conditions. The device can be used in flexible, stretchable electronics for wearables as well as soft robotics.
10 Dec 2020
Earbud Treats Rheumatoid Arthritis, Migraines, Postpartum Depression
Imagine a future in which earbuds could harness the power of the brain to regulate immune function and treat diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, depression, and migraine. Such is the ambition of Nēsos,
a startup launching out of stealth today, following months of development. The team is pioneering a new method for the treatment of multiple diseases: via an earbud brain interface, proprietary electrical fields are delivered to the target brain areas that help control immune function.
3 Nov 2020
Artificial Intelligence to Predict Best Approach to Cancer Treatment
Researchers describe a new artificial intelligence system that not only matches tumors to the best drug combinations, but does so in a way that makes sense to humans.
8 Oct 2020
Spinal Cord Stimulation Reduces Pain and Motor Symptoms in Parkinson's
A team of researchers reports that spinal cord stimulation measurably decreased pain and reduced motor symptoms of Parkinson's disease, both as a singular therapy and as a "salvage therapy" after deep brain stimulation therapies were ineffective.
28 Sep 2020
Robots to Help Children Touch the Outside World
A team of researchers is working to improve telepresence robots and the algorithms that drive them to help children with disabilities stay connected to their classmates, teachers and communities.
26 May 2020
New Wearable Tracks Vitamin C Levels in Sweat
A team has developed a wearable, non invasive Vitamin C sensor that could provide a new, highly personalized option for users to track their daily nutritional intake and dietary adherence.
15 May 2020
Expandable Foam for 3D Printing Large Objects
It's a frustrating limitation of 3D printing: Printed objects must be smaller than the machine making them. Huge machines are impractical for printing large parts because they take up too much space and require excessive time to print. Now, a new material can be used to 3D print small objects that expand upon heating. The foam could find applications in architecture, aerospace and biomedicine.