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“It’s Okay If It Breaks and Blows Up”

A robot that can throw fire and saws into its opponents with a spinning blade; a 250-pound bot that can damage and throw competitors...

New Discovery in Semiconductor Physics

A University of Tokyo research group found anomalous behavior, which is opposite to the current understanding in solid-state physics. When a semiconductor becomes ferromagnetic...

Graphene Used as a Frequency Mixer in Cornell-led Research

A professor, a postdoctoral researcher and a graduate student hop onto a trampoline. No, it’s not the opening line of a joke. It’s a setup...

First Step to Deciphering a Non-universal Genetic Code

A University of Tokyo research group has discovered a novel enzyme that introduces a transfer RNA (tRNA) modification required to decipher a non-standard genetic...
nanobubble membrane

Yale Researchers’ Technology Turns Wasted Heat into Power

Researchers at Yale have developed a new technology that could make energy from the low-temperature wasted heat produced by industrial sources and power plants,...
prostate cancer, nanoparticles

Nanoscientists Develop The ‘Ultimate Discovery Tool’

The discovery power of the gene chip is coming to nanotechnology. A Northwestern University research team is developing a tool to rapidly test millions...
rare earth metals

A Clean Way to Extract Rare Earth Metals

Rare earth metals — those 17 chemically similar elements at the bottom of the periodic table — are in almost every piece of technology...

Silk-Based Filtration Material Breaks Barriers

When the Chinese first discovered silk, its superior quality and properties were thought so special, it was reserved exclusively for clothing the emperor, his...

A Strategy for “Convergence” Research to Transform Biomedicine

What if lost limbs could be regrown? Cancers detected early with blood or urine tests, instead of invasive biopsies? Drugs delivered via nanoparticles to...
brain development

A New View of Brain Development: Scientists Uncover Striking Differences Between...

Columbia scientists have found that spikes in the activity of neurons in young mice do not spur corresponding boosts in blood flow — a...

A strategy for “convergence” research to transform biomedicine

Report calls for more integration of physical, life sciences for needed advances in biomedical research.
tissue engineering

Lasers Carve the Path to Tissue Engineering

Future medicine is bound to include extensive tissue-engineering technologies such as organs-on-chips and organoids – miniature organs grown from stem cells. But all this...

New Technology Developed at Texas A&M could Improve Diabetes Management

A newly developed method for detecting glucose based on how it absorbs a specific type of light could spell the end of the painful,...
water shortage

The New System that Uses Sound to Alleviate Water Shortage

The world is approaching a water crisis. According to the International Water Management Institute, 33 per cent of the world’s population will experience water...
spiders' silk

Vibrating Qualities of Spiders’ Silk Exploited in Prototype Violin

Spiders’ silk is strong and elastic. When a creature is caught in a web and is struggling to get free the web resonates or...

NYU Tandon Team Devises A Smarter Way For Stroke Patients To...

Award-Winning Smartphone-Enabled Technology Tracks Progress and Uses Gamification to Motivate Patients
C. tyrobutyricum

Unveiling the Distinctive Features of a Promising Industrial Microorganism

KAIST researchers have sequenced the whole genome of Clostridium tyrobutyricum, which has a higher tolerance to toxic chemicals, such as 1-butanol, compared to other clostridial bacterial strains.
Parallel programming

Parallel programming made easy

New chip design makes parallel programs run many times faster and requires one-tenth the code.

Ferroelectric Materials React Unexpectedly to Strain

Layered perovskites ‘turn off’ polarity under too much strain
autologous stem cells

Face of the Future 

A new technique developed by Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic, the Mikati Foundation Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Columbia Engineering and professor of medical sciences (in Medicine) at Columbia...