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surgical catheter

Startup Promises Minimally Invasive Heart Repair

A minimally invasive surgical device to be commercialized by a newly launched startup could fundamentally transform the way doctors correct organ defects. For patients...
catalystvideo

Towards a Better Catalyst

In the late 1700s, a Scottish chemist named Elizabeth Fulhame discovered that certain chemical reactions occurred only in the presence of water and that,...
sepsis

A New Model for an Old Killer

Sepsis, or blood poisoning, occurs when the body’s response to infection damages its own tissues and organs, leading to organ failure. It kills millions...
soft robotvideo

Snake-Inspired Robot Uses Kirigami to Move

Who needs legs? With their sleek bodies, snakes can slither up to 14 miles-per-hour, squeeze into tight spaces, scale trees, and swim. How do...
RNA and DNA origamivideo

Single-Stranded DNA and RNA Origami Go Live

Nanotechnologists are using DNA, the genetic material present in living organisms, as well as its multifunctional cousin RNA as the raw material in efforts...
soft robots

Artificial Muscles Give Soft Robots Superpowers

Soft robotics has made leaps and bounds over the last decade as researchers around the world have experimented with different materials and designs to...
robotvideo

New Robobee Flies, Dives, Swims and Explodes out the of Water

We’ve seen RoboBees that can fly, stick to walls, and dive into water. Now, get ready for a hybrid RoboBee that can fly, dive...
shaping

Shaping Animal, Vegetable and Mineral

Nature has a way of making complex shapes from a set of simple growth rules. The curve of a petal, the swoop of a...
hybrid 3D printing

Low-Cost Wearables Manufactured by Hybrid 3D Printing

A new hybrid 3D printing technique developed at the Wyss Institute at Harvard University, Harvard’s John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences,...
antibiotics

Assumptions of How Antibiotics Work May Be Incorrect

Bacterial infections are the No. 1 cause of death in hospital patients in the U.S., and antibiotic-resistant bacteria are on the rise, causing tens...
antibiotics

New Way to Test Antibiotics Could Lead to Better Drugs

MIT and Harvard University researchers have engineered E. coli cells that can be used to study how bacteria at an infection site respond to...
fouling

No Harm, No Foul

It all began with a bet. At a conference in Italy in 2013, Nicolas Vogel, then a postdoctoral fellow in Joanna Aizenberg’s lab at the...
soft robotics

Smaller, Smarter, Softer Robotic Arm for Endoscopic Surgery

Flexible endoscopes can snake through narrow passages to treat difficult to reach areas of the body. However, once they arrive at their target, these...
medical adhesive

Sticky When Wet: Strong Adhesives for Wound Healing

Anyone who has ever tried to put on a Band-Aid when their skin is damp knows that it can be frustrating. Wet skin isn’t the...
exosuit

Post-stroke Patients Reach Terra Firma with Exosuit Technology

This video explains how exosuit technology, developed at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, applied to ankle movements helps patients post-stroke regain a...
folding robots

No Battery, No Wire, No Problem

The traditional Japanese art of origami transforms a simple sheet of paper into complex, three-dimensional shapes through a very specific pattern of folds, creases,...
wearable sensor

Soft and Stretchy Fabric-based Sensors for Wearable Robots

Wearable technologies – from heart rate monitors to virtual reality headsets – are exploding in popularity in both the consumer and research spaces, but...
CRISPRvideo

New CRISPR Technology Takes Cells to the Movies

Researchers use expensive machinery to develop ways to harness DNA as a synthetic raw material to store large amounts of digital information outside of...
robotic exosuitvideo

New Robotic Exosuit Could Push the Limits of Human Performance

What if you could improve your average running pace from 9:14 minutes/mile to 8:49 minutes/mile without weeks of training? Researchers at Harvard’s Wyss Institute and the...
Bioelectricity

Bioelectricity New Weapon to Fight Dangerous Infection

Changing the natural electrical signaling that exists in cells outside the nervous system can improve resistance to life-threatening bacterial infections, according to new research...