Beyond Wi-Fi

Two low-energy innovations that promise to transform home and business data communications
August 22, 2016

A nanocrystal-based material converts blue laser emission to white light for combined illumination and data communication. (credit: KAUST 2016)

Neuroscientists identify cortical links to adrenal medulla (mind-body connection)

May help explain why meditation and exercises such as yoga and Pilates can be helpful in dealing with stress
August 19, 2016

Cortical pathways to the adrenal medulla. Cortical areas on the lateral surface and the medial wall of the hemisphere are the source of neurons that influence the adrenal medulla. (credit: Richard P. Dum et al./PNAS)

Mayo Clinic, collaborators working to advance aging research via clinical trials

Aging is the largest risk factor for most chronic diseases, and care for the elderly currently accounts for 43 percent of the total health care spending in the U.S. --- about 1 trillion dollars a year
August 19, 2016

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How to separate out semiconducting carbon nanotubes

August 17, 2016

Artistic rendition of a metallic carbon nanotube being pulled into solution, in analogy to the work described by the Adronov group. (credit: Alex Adronov, McMaster University)

Rejuvenation Biotechnology Conference to be live-streamed Aug. 16–17

August 16, 2016


New cancer-drug delivery system uses magnetically guided bacteria to target cancerous tumors with high precision

August 15, 2016

The legions of nanorobotic agents are actually composed of more than 100 million flagellated bacteria -- and therefore self-propelled -- and loaded with drugs that moved by taking the most direct path between the drug's injection point and the area of the body to cure. (credit: Montréal Nanorobotics Laboratory)

Seth Rogen plans FX TV comedy series on the Singularity

August 12, 2016


Seeing the invisible: visible-light metamaterial superlens made from nanobeads

Adds 5x magnification to existing microscopes
August 12, 2016


Anti-inflammatory drug reverses memory loss in Alzheimer’s-disease-model mice

August 12, 2016

(credit: NIH National Institute on Aging)

Harvard, Caltech design mechanical signaling, diodes, logic gates for soft robots

August 10, 2016

The SEAS/Caltech system for transmitting a mechanical signal consists of a series of bistable elements (the vertical beam, d, shown here) connected by soft coupling elements (wiggly lines), with two stable states. (Top) When a beam is displaced (by amount x), it stores energy. (Bottom) When it snaps back, it releases that stored energy into the coupling element on the right, which continues down the line. (Scale bars represent 5 mm.) (credit: Jordan R. Raney/PNAS)

Self-propelling liquid metals: the future of soft electronics?

"May be possible to build a [T-1000-style] 3D liquid metal humanoid on demand”
August 10, 2016

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Ultrasonic wireless ‘neural dust’ sensors monitor nerves, muscles in real time

DARPA-funded "electroceutical" devices are designed to monitor and treat patients; may also enable wireless prosthetic control
August 5, 2016

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No, exercise does not wipe out previous memories

It also enlarges your brain and lowers dementia risk --- and why fidgeting helps prevent arterial dysfunction from sitting and improves learning
August 5, 2016

(credit: NBC --- Opening Ceremony)

IBM scientists emulate neurons with phase-change technology

Could lead to high-speed, energy-efficient neuromorphic computers for accelerated cognitive computing
August 3, 2016

An artistic rendering of a population of stochastic phase-change neurons that appears on the cover of Nature Nanotechnology, August 3, 2016. (credit: IBM Research)

Eating more plant protein associated with lower risk of death

August 1, 2016

Some high-protein plant-based foods (credit: iStock)

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