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soft robotic armsvideo

No More Iron Man: Submarines Now Have Soft, Robotic Arms

The human arm can perform a wide range of extremely delicate and coordinated movements, from turning a key in a lock to gently stroking...
muscle recovery

A Golden Ticket to Faster Muscle Recovery

Anyone who has ever torn or injured a muscle knows that swelling, redness, and pain soon follow the injury: classic signs of inflammation. Inflammation...
wearable soft exosuitvideo

Multi-Joint, Personalized Soft Exosuit Breaks New Ground

In the future, smart textile-based soft robotic exosuits could be worn by soldiers, fire fighters and rescue workers to help them traverse difficult terrain...
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...
rotary actuated dodeahedronvideo

Studying Aliens of the Deep

The open ocean is the largest and least explored environment on Earth, estimated to hold up to a million species that have yet to...
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...
Glomerulus Chip

Kidney Podocytes, All Grown up

Human stem cells are of great interest in the fields of regenerative medicine and medical research because they reproduce indefinitely and can differentiate into...
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...