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brain-computer interfaces

Brain-Computer Interfaces Without the Mess

It sounds like science fiction: controlling electronic devices with brain waves. But researchers have developed a new type of electroencephalogram (EEG) electrode...
smart skin

A Chameleon-Inspired Smart Skin Changes Color in the Sun

Some creatures, such as chameleons and neon tetra fish, can alter their colors to camouflage themselves, attract a mate or intimidate predators....
Microfluidic devices

Microfluidic Devices Made of Wood

To analyze tiny amounts of liquids, scientists often use devices called microfluidic chips, which are small pieces of plastic that are etched...
Cyborg heart

Cyborg Heart Could Help Scientists Better Understand the Human Organ

In The Wizard of Oz, the Tin Man famously sang, “If I only had a heart . . . “ Although the Tin...
Artificial throat

Artificial Throat Could Someday Help Mute People ‘Speak’

Most people take speech for granted, but it’s actually a complex process that involves both motions of the mouth and vibrations of...
antidepressant drug

How a Popular Antidepressant Drug Could Rewire the Brain

Prozac®, the trade name for the drug fluoxetine, was introduced to the U.S. market for the treatment of depression in 1988. Thirty...
lithium-ion batteries

Expanding the Temperature Range of Lithium-Ion Batteries

Electric cars struggle with extreme temperatures, mainly because of impacts on the electrolyte solutions in their lithium-ion batteries. Now, researchers have developed...
Carbon Dioxide

Light-Activated, Single-Ion Catalyst Breaks Down Carbon Dioxide

A team of scientists has discovered a single-site, visible-light-activated catalyst that converts carbon dioxide (CO2) into “building block” molecules that could be...
hydrogen cars

Paving the Way for More Efficient Hydrogen Cars

Hydrogen-powered vehicles emit only water vapor from their tailpipes, offering a cleaner alternative to fossil-fuel-based transportation. But for hydrogen cars to become mainstream, scientists...
molecular motor

Chemical Carousel Rotates in the Cold

Molecular motors, which rotate unidirectionally in response to an external energy input, constitute an important class of components for future applications in the field...
Flexible electronic skinvideo

Flexible Electronic Skin Aids Human-Machine Interactions

Human skin contains sensitive nerve cells that detect pressure, temperature and other sensations that allow tactile interactions with the environment. To help robots and...
Fight Drug Addiction

How Exercise Could Help Fight Drug Addiction

The siren call of addictive drugs can be hard to resist, and returning to the environment where drugs were previously taken can make resistance...
Bionic Mushroom

A Bionic Mushroom That Generates Electricity

In the quest to replace fossil fuels, scientists are always on the lookout for alternative, environmentally friendly sources of energy. But who could have...
Solar Fuel Production

UNH Researchers Discover New Materials to Generate Solar Fuel Production

Researchers at the University of New Hampshire have identified new, readily available materials that convert sunlight and carbon dioxide (CO2) into building blocks for...
Lithium-Ion Batteries

3D-Printed Lithium-Ion Batteries

Electric vehicles and most electronic devices, such as cell phones and laptop computers, are powered by lithium-ion batteries. Until now, manufacturers have had to...
Wearable Artificial Kidney

Taking Steps Toward a Wearable Artificial Kidney

There just aren’t enough kidney transplants available for the millions of people with renal failure. Aside from a transplant, the only alternative for patients...
molecular switch

Versatile Molecular System Extends the Promise of Light-Activated Switches

Light-activated switches are too small to be seen by the naked eye, but the molecular systems are hard at work in research related to...
Chemotherapy

Paintable Chemotherapy Shrinks Skin Tumors in Mice

Skin acts as the first line of defense against pathogens and other harmful material from outside the body. Yet this barrier also excludes some...
Solar Steam Generator

Origami Inspires Highly Efficient Solar Steam Generator

Water covers most of the globe, yet many regions still suffer from a lack of clean drinking water. If scientists could efficiently and sustainably...
Wearable Device

A Wearable Device for Regrowing Hair

Although some people embrace the saying “bald is beautiful,” for others, alopecia, or excessive hair loss, can cause stress and anxiety. Some studies have...