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Infographic – China’s Rare Earth Monopoly Slipping

Rare earth production

China remains the largest producer of rare earths, but other countries are developing their sources of these materials, this weekend’s infographic. . . . → Read More: Infographic – China’s Rare Earth Monopoly Slipping

Repair Patch Devised for Heart Attacks

Heart and major blood vessels

Researchers in the U.S. and China designed a hydrogel patch that in lab animals reduces the damage to heart muscle occurring after a heart attack. . . . → Read More: Repair Patch Devised for Heart Attacks

Spider Silk Property Discovered with Robotics Uses

Moist spider web

Dragline silk, also known as spider silk, is found in a new study to have a property that makes the natural material suitable for artificial muscles and actuators in robotics. . . . → Read More: Spider Silk Property Discovered with Robotics Uses

Wireless Sensors Monitor Newborns in ICUs

Amy Paller and Taschana Taylor

An international team developed two wireless sensors that safely monitor the vital signs of newborn infants in intensive care units, replacing the multiple wired devices used today. . . . → Read More: Wireless Sensors Monitor Newborns in ICUs

Expanding Gel Pill Designed for Long-Term Diagnostics

Expanding ingestible get

An ingestible gel capsule is shown in tests with animals to expand and reside in the stomach for as long as a month for delivering drugs or monitoring bodily functions. . . . → Read More: Expanding Gel Pill Designed for Long-Term Diagnostics

Paper Art Form Boosts Bandage, Wearables Adhesion

An engineering lab adapted the traditional Japanese art form of kirigami to create a surface for bandages and wearable devices on knees and elbows that bend a great deal and thus are difficult to stay on. . . . → Read More: Paper Art Form Boosts Bandage, Wearables Adhesion

Start-Up Licenses Children’s Myopia-Control Contact Lens

A start-up enterprise spun-off from Hong Kong Polytechnic University is licensing the technology for a customized contact lens that controls and prevents further myopia in children. . . . → Read More: Start-Up Licenses Children’s Myopia-Control Contact Lens

Viruses Removed from Pig Organs for Human Transplants

Researchers in the U.S., Denmark, and China devised a process with genome editing to remove viruses that prevent organs from pigs from being used for human transplants. . . . → Read More: Viruses Removed from Pig Organs for Human Transplants

Smartphone-Controlled Cells Produce Insulin on Demand

A system designed by researchers in China and Switzerland and controlled by a smartphone app was shown in lab mice to produce insulin on demand from engineered pancreas cells. . . . → Read More: Smartphone-Controlled Cells Produce Insulin on Demand

Grid Computing Harnessed for Childhood Cancer Research

An international consortium is seeking crowdsourced computing power to screen drug candidates for treating a number of cancers affecting children. . . . → Read More: Grid Computing Harnessed for Childhood Cancer Research