How to enable soft robots to better mimick biological motions

A future version of Star Wars Rogue One's K-2SO robot might look less dorky if Harvard engineers designed his joints and fingers
December 20, 2016

Researchers used mathematical modeling to optimize the design of an actuator to perform biologically inspired motions (credit: Harvard SEAS)

Cellular reprogramming turns back the aging clock in mice

December 18, 2016

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How diabetes drug metformin prevents, suppresses cancer growth

Ancient genetic pathway suggests new ways to fight cancers and support healthy aging
December 16, 2016

Metformin growth inhibition process (credit: Lianfeng Wu et al./Cell)

A robotic hand with a human’s delicate sense of touch

Could one day restore sensitive touch for both hand amputees and robots
December 16, 2016

Soft robotic hand mounted on a robotic arm (credit: Cornell University)

How to control a robotic arm with your mind — no implanted electrodes required

December 14, 2016

Research subjects at the University of Minnesota fitted with a specialized noninvasive brain cap were able to move the robotic arm just by imagining moving their own arms (credit: College of Science and Engineering)

Macaque monkeys have the anatomy for human speech, so why can’t they speak?

December 14, 2016

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Scientists track amazing restoration of communication in ‘minimally conscious’ patient

A severely brain-injured woman shocks doctors when she starts to communicate using her left eye. Encouraged by her mother and doctors, who believe she is "there," over time, Margaret learns to communicate --- even producing paintings with her mother’s hand guiding her and attending a class reunion.
December 10, 2016

Nancy Worthen is doing art therapy with her daughter, Maggie, who was minimally conscious. (credit: Nancy Worthen)

Trump considering libertarian reformer to head FDA

Peter Thiel associate advocates anti-aging medicine and patient freedom to use new drugs found safe, at their own risk
December 10, 2016

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A machine-learning system that trains itself by surfing the web

And so it begins ...
December 8, 2016

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Implantable device targets cancer, other illnesses with controlled long-term drug delivery

5000 nanochannels control release; can deliver medicinal doses for several days or a few weeks, also effective for HIV and damaged joints
December 2, 2016

This diagram describes how the device Dr. Hood helped to develop is implanted into a cancerous tumor. (credit: Lyle Hood/UTSA)

Disney Research wants to make VR haptics as immersive as visuals

Adding the missing dimension in VR: body sensations
December 2, 2016

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Triggered by ultrasound, microbubbles open the blood-brain barrier to administer drugs without harming other areas of the body

December 2, 2016

Microbubbles with the fluorescent substance in their lipid coating, from which the effect of the ultrasound causes them to be released into the desired area of the brain. (credit: UEIL, C. Sierra et al.)

Tracking large neural networks in the brain by making neurons glow

November 30, 2016

Individual neuron glowing with bioluminescent light produced by a new genetically engineered sensor. (credit: Johnson Lab, Vanderbilt University)

Electric current and antiobiotic kill multidrug-resistant bacteria in biofilms

November 30, 2016

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Smart skin patch releases blood thinners in closed-loop control system

Prevents both thrombosis and spontaneous hemorrhaging; no need for patients to test blood on a regular basis
November 30, 2016

The thrombin-responsive microneedle patch is made of heparin-modified hyaluronic acid. (credit: Yuqi Zhang)

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