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3D-printed organs

A Swifter Way Towards 3D-Printed Organs

20 people die every day waiting for an organ transplant in the United States, and while more than 30,000 transplants are now...
brain surgery

The Future of Mind Control

Recently, Charles M. Lieber saw a live brain surgery for the first time. He, along with Jung Min Lee, a postdoctoral scholar in his...
Pancreas chip

Pancreas on a Chip

By combining two powerful technologies, scientists are taking diabetes research to a whole new level. In a study led by Harvard University’s Kevin...
robotic devicesvideo

Suit up with a Robot to Walk and Run More Easily

Between walking at a leisurely pace and running for your life, human gaits can cover a wide range of speeds. Typically, we...
microlenses

A Product Idea with Legs

What makes their colors pop — almost glow — is the contrast with the tiny spider’s super-black velvet patches, according to a recent...
nanowires

Combing Nanowires

Machines are getting cozy with our cells. Embeddable sensors record how and when neurons fire; electrodes spark heart cells to beat or...
soft robots

Soft Robots for All

Soft robots can’t always compete with the hard. Their rigid brethren dominate assembly lines, perform backflips, dance to Bruno Mars’ “Uptown Funk,” fly, dive, and walk...
solar panels

Microscopic “Sunflowers” for Better Solar Panels

The pads of geckos’ notoriously sticky feet are covered with setae – microscopic, hairlike structures whose chemical and physical composition and high flexibility allow...
solar panelsvideo

Solar Panels for Yeast Cell Biofactories

Genetically engineered microbes such as bacteria and yeasts have long been used as living factories to produce drugs and fine chemicals. More recently, researchers...
cell membranes

Seeing Cell Membranes in New Light

Adam Cohen, a professor of chemistry and chemical biology and of physics, is the lead author of a new study that challenges conventional theories...
organ chips

FDA Expands Award to Wyss Institute for Radiation Treatment Studies Using...

Although only one chromosome determines the genetic differences between men and women, scientific evidence suggests that this small change has a significant impact on...
Organ Chips

Fewer Steps in the Lab, One More Leap for Organs-On-Chips

Organs-on-Chips (Organ Chips) allow scientists an unprecedented ability to study the physiology of human organs in a lifelike environment in vitro, and have been shown to...
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...
printing technologyvideo

Printing with Sound

Harvard University researchers have developed a new printing method that uses soundwaves to generate droplets from liquids with an unprecedented range of composition and...
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...
organic flow battery

Organic Mega Flow Battery Transcends Lifetime, Voltage Thresholds

To sustain human civilization in the future, clean energy sources must be harnessed to replace the fossil fuels that are now polluting our atmosphere....
human heart ventricle

A 3-D Model of a Human Heart Ventricle

Harvard University researchers have bioengineered a three-dimensional model of a human left heart ventricle that could be used to study diseases, test drugs and...
Braille

Reprogrammable Braille

When Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix was translated into Braille, it spanned 1,000 pages over 14 volumes of thick Braille paper. Tolstoy’s War and...