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Nanofibres

​NTU and Harvard Scientists Discover Fat-Blocking Effect of Nanofibres

Tiny balls of nano-sized cellulose fibres added to food reduced fat absorption by up to half in laboratory and animal experiments, report scientists from Nanyang...
mechanoceuticals

UCLA Bioengineers Use Magnetic Force to Manage Pain

UCLA bioengineers have demonstrated that a gel-like material containing tiny magnetic particles could be used to manage chronic pain from disease or injury. Broadly,...
flexible microrobotsvideo

Soft Multi-Functional Robots Get Really Small

Roboticists are envisioning a future in which soft, animal-inspired robots can be safely deployed in difficult-to-access environments, such as inside the human body or...
brown fatvideo

Innovative Technique Converts White Fat to Brown Fat

Brown fat tissue in the body can burn enormous amounts of energy to generate heat, and studies in humans and animals have suggested that...
soft roboticsvideo

A Soft, On-The-Fly Solution to a Hard, Underwater Problem

The deep ocean – dark, cold, under high pressure, and airless – is notoriously inhospitable to humans, yet it teems with organisms that manage...
batteries

3D Printing the Next Generation of Batteries

Additive manufacturing, otherwise known as 3D printing, can be used to manufacture porous electrodes for lithium-ion batteries—but because of the nature of the manufacturing...
nano-optic

Nano-Optic Endoscope Sees Deep into Tissue at High Resolution

The diagnosis of diseases based in internal organs often relies on biopsy samples collected from affected regions. But collecting such samples is highly error-prone...
Artificial intelligence

Optimizing Processes with AI

We’re in the age of big data. Data collected through sensors and new technologies at multiple scales can be leveraged to make decisions and...
Sailing Polar Waters

Surprising Findings on the Physics of Water Entry Could Lead to...

Countless times a day, seabirds dive-catch prey from the ocean, boats enter the water from dry land, and seaplanes touch down gently amid the waves. The...
nanocrystals

Nanocrystals Emit Light by Efficiently ‘Tunneling’ Electrons

Using advanced fabrication techniques, engineers at the University of California San Diego have built a nanosized device out of silver crystals that can generate...
Semiconductor

Engineers Develop World’s Most Efficient Semiconductor Material for Thermal Management

Working to address “hotspots” in computer chips that degrade their performance, UCLA engineers have developed a new semiconductor material, defect-free boron arsenide, that is...
whiten teeth

A Safe and Effective Way to Whiten Teeth

In the age of Instagram and Snapchat, everyone wants to have perfect pearly whites. To get a brighter smile, consumers can opt for over...
drug delivery

Hitchhiking His Way to Better Drug Delivery

When Samir Mitragotri entered the University of Mumbai as an undergraduate in the late 1980s, there was only one academic option for students in...
protein vinculin

High Vinculin Levels Help Keep Aging Fruit Fly Hearts Young

Our cells tend to lose their shape as we grow older, contributing to many of the effects we experience as aging. This poses particular...
Neodymium-alumina laser

Materials Processing Tricks Enable Engineers to Create New Laser Material

By doping alumina crystals with neodymium ions, engineers at the University of California San Diego have developed a new laser material that is capable...
nickel brittle

Close-Ups of Grain Boundaries Reveal How Sulfur Impurities Make Nickel Brittle

Engineers at the University of California San Diego have shed new light on a scientific mystery regarding the atomic-level mechanism of the sulfur embrittlement...
Electric car batteries

Electric Car Batteries Souped-Up with Fluorinated Electrolytes for Longer-Range Driving

The success of electric car batteries depends on the miles that can be driven on a single charge, but the current crop of lithium-ion...
herbicide

Researchers Discover Natural Product That Could Lead to New Class of...

A garden can be a competitive environment. Plants and unseen microorganisms in the soil all need precious space to grow. And to gain that space,...
gene editing

T Cell Engineering Breakthrough Sidesteps Need for Viruses in CRISPR Gene-Editing

In an achievement that has significant implications for research, medicine, and industry, UC San Francisco scientists have genetically reprogrammed the human immune cells known...
Brain Circuits

Switching Brain Circuits On and Off Without Surgery

In the maze of our brains, there are various pathways by which neural signals travel. These pathways can go awry in patients with neurological...