1 Nov 2021
Increased Cognitive Demands Offset Low-Back Exoskeleton Advantages
Although novel ergonomic interventions such as industrial exoskeletons have shown promise in reducing the risk of musculoskeletal injuries, new research finds that the cognitive fit (where the wearer has ample mental resources available to accurately operate the exoskeleton while conducting their daily work tasks) of such wearable robotic solutions in the workplace may impose newer risks on workers.
30 Aug 2021
Wearable Detects Wide Range of Airborne Toxins
Many of the products we encounter daily — from deodorant to pesticides to paint — release molecules that drift through the air. Breathing in enough of the wrong ones can cause serious and potentially long-term health problems. However, it can be hard to estimate exposure because current devices are limited in what they can detect.
2 Aug 2021
Flexible Ultraviolet Sensors for Use in Wearables
To enable the development of wearable devices that possess advanced ultraviolet detection functions, scientists have created a new type of light sensor that is both flexible and highly sensitive.
2 Aug 2021
Bipedal Robot Learns to Run and Completes 5 Kilometres
Cassie the robot has made history by traversing 5 kilometers, completing the route in just over 53 minutes.
28 Jul 2021
Developing Machine Learning Tools for Soil Moisture Data
Currently, various different products are available for data on soil moisture and evapotranspiration, the process by which water is transferred from the land to the atmosphere by evaporation from the soil and transpiration from plants. However, there is no consensus about the best datasets to use to support on-farm decision-making, and the data are not easy to access or use.
18 May 2021
Ultra- Precision Agriculture Uses Machine Learning, Robots
A gardener hoping for a crop of the juiciest summer tomatoes might tend to each and every plant in a plot. But a farmer working to feed the world? Researchers believe that may be possible. They're applying and integrating layers of technologies - including sensors, machine learning, artificial intelligence, high-throughput phenotyping platforms such as drones and small-scale rolling robots that can also fertilize, weed and cull single plants in a field - with the ultimate goal of replacing farmers' reliance on heavy machinery and broadcast spraying in operations of all sizes.
23 Mar 2021
Electromagnetic Fields Hinder Spread of Breast Cancer
Electricity may slow - and in some cases, stop - the speed at which breast cancer cells spread through the body, a new study indicates.
19 Jan 2021
Treating Advanced Depression with Stimulation Therapies
When medicines and cognitive behavioral therapy aren't working to improve symptoms of advanced depression, transcranial magnetic stimulation and vagus nerve stimulation are alternative therapies approved by the US Food & Drug Administration that offer hope for a better quality of life.
4 Jan 2021
Immersive Virtual Reality Boosts Spinal Cord Stimulation for Pain
For patients receiving spinal cord stimulation for chronic pain, integration with an immersive virtual reality system - allowing patients to see as well as feel the effects of electrical stimulation on a virtual image of their own body - can enhance the pain-relieving effectiveness of spinal cord stimulation.
10 Dec 2020
Breakthrough Optical Sensor Mimics Human Eye, a Key Step to Better AI
Previous attempts to build a human-eye type of device, called a retinomorphic sensor, have relied on software or complex hardware, but the new sensor's operation is part of its fundamental design, using ultrathin layers of perovskite semiconductors - widely studied in recent years for their solar energy potential - that change from strong electrical insulators to strong conductors when placed in light.
19 Oct 2020
CRISPR Used for Effective Vaccine Against Parasitic Skin Disease
Scientists are planning for Phase 1 human trials of a vaccine they developed by using CRISPR gene-editing technology to mutate the parasite that causes leishmaniasis, a skin disease common in tropical regions of the world.
22 Jun 2020
Directly Printing 3D Tissues Within the Body
A collaboration has produced a specially-formulated bio-ink designed for printing directly in the body.
27 Mar 2020
AI to Estimate Unexploded Bombs From Vietnam War
Researchers have used artificial intelligence to detect Vietnam War-era bomb craters in Cambodia from satellite images - with the hope that it can help find unexploded bombs.
12 Dec 2019
Adding Copper Strengthens 3D Printed Titanium, Study Finds
Successful trials of titanium-copper alloys for 3D printing could kickstart a new range of high-performance alloys for medical device and aerospace applications.
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.
16 May 2019
Potassium-oxygen batteries that last longer
Researchers have built a more efficient, more reliable potassium-oxygen battery, a step toward a potential solution for energy storage on the power grid and longer-lasting batteries in cell phones and laptops.
25 Mar 2019
New material to help power electronics
Electronics rule our world, but electrons rule our electronics. A research team has discovered a way to simplify how electronic devices use those electrons—using a material that can serve dual roles in electronics, where historically multiple materials have been necessary.