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Electronic Skins Add Robotic Functions to Objects

Robotic skin

An engineering lab developed a way to integrate electronic sensors and motors into flexible materials, which can be added to inanimate objects to give them robotic functions. . . . → Read More: Electronic Skins Add Robotic Functions to Objects

Simple, Less Expensive Ultrasound Probe Developed

Polymer ultrasound team

Developers of polymer ultrasound device, L-R: Robert Rohling, Carolos Gerardo, and Edmond Cretu (Clare Kiernan, University of British Columbia)

12 September 2018. Engineers designed a device that sends and receives ultrasound signals with polymer plastics instead of silicon-based circuits, which can lower the cost of medical images. A team at University of British Columbia . . . → Read More: Simple, Less Expensive Ultrasound Probe Developed

Nanoscale Sponges Deliver Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment

rheumatoid arthritis damage

An engineering lab developed a technique to load molecules from white blood cells into tiny particles that act like sponges to reduce joint damage in lab mice from rheumatoid arthritis. . . . → Read More: Nanoscale Sponges Deliver Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment

Graphene Extended for 3-D Printing, Medical Devices

Graphene piece inside a flower

Two recent studies describe methods for fabricating the material graphene into complex shapes with 3-D printing, as well as showing graphene can likely degrade inside the human body. . . . → Read More: Graphene Extended for 3-D Printing, Medical Devices

Fully Biodegradable Plastic Straws in Testing

PHA resin beads

A university research center and biodegradable plastics company are testing a new type of drink straw that degrades completely after use in normal soil and water conditions. . . . → Read More: Fully Biodegradable Plastic Straws in Testing

Nanoparticle Process Designed to Detect, Treat Oral Bacteria

Streptococcus mutans

A bioengineering lab devised a way to quickly detect and treat bacteria responsible for tooth decay with a combination of X-rays and a non-toxic compound in nanoscale particles. . . . → Read More: Nanoparticle Process Designed to Detect, Treat Oral Bacteria

Ultra-Sensitive Nanotech Robot Skin Receives Patent

ultra-sensitive robot skin

Inventors of a system of sensors packaged in a thin film received a patent for their work that enables robotic devices to better sense conditions in the nearby environment. . . . → Read More: Ultra-Sensitive Nanotech Robot Skin Receives Patent

Graphene Tested in Space Launch

Graphene samples

The material graphene, studied for more than a decade on earth, is the subject of tests for its ability to withstand the rigors of space travel. . . . → Read More: Graphene Tested in Space Launch

Precision Medicine Technique Devised for Brain Tumors

Brain tumor graphic

A process for quickly determining genetic mutations behind brain tumors and delivering a treatment addressing those mutations is shown to extend the survival of lab mice induced with those tumors. . . . → Read More: Precision Medicine Technique Devised for Brain Tumors

Tiny Soft Robots Designed for Surgery, Diagnostics

Morph device

Tiny robots resembling spiders, barely larger than a U.S. penny, are being designed with soft materials and microscale channels to aid in medical diagnostics and surgery in small, confined spaces. . . . → Read More: Tiny Soft Robots Designed for Surgery, Diagnostics