Let it rain! New coatings make natural fabrics waterproof

June 29, 2018 Vijay Soni 0

Let it rain! New coatings make natural fabrics waterproof MIT-developed process could offer nontoxic alternative to environmentally harmful chemicals. By: David L. Chandler | MIT News Office Fabrics that resist water are essential for everything from rainwear to military tents, but conventional water-repellent coatings have been shown to persist in [..]

This Wireless System Can Power Devices Inside the Body

June 4, 2018 Vijay Soni 0

This Wireless System Can Power Devices Inside the Body By: Anne Trafton | MIT News Office  MIT researchers, working with scientists from Brigham and Women’s Hospital, have developed a new way to power and communicate with devices implanted deep within the human body. Such devices could be used to deliver [..]

First-in-World Robot-Assisted Spinal Surgery

May 6, 2018 Vijay Soni 0

First-in-World Robot-Assisted Spinal Surgery By: University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine Noah Pernikoff is back to his life in New York City after becoming the first patient in the world to undergo a complex three-part, robotic-assisted surgery. The robotic arms made it possible for the multidisciplinary team at Penn to successfully [..]

Breakthrough Made in Atomically Thin Magnets

April 6, 2018 Vijay Soni 0

Breakthrough Made in Atomically Thin Magnets  By: Syl Kacapyr | Cornell News Cornell researchers have become the first to control atomically thin magnets with an electric field, a breakthrough that provides a blueprint for producing exceptionally powerful and efficient data storage in computer chips, among other applications. The research is detailed [..]

New Test Kit for Personalized, Precise Cancer Therapy

April 5, 2018 Vijay Soni 0

New Test Kit for Personalized, Precise Cancer Therapy   A team of scientists led by Professor Lim Chwee Teck, Principal Investigator at the Mechanobiology Institute, Singapore (MBI) and the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the National University of Singapore (NUS) and NUS PhD graduate Dr Khoo Bee Luan, has developed [..]

Greener and Cheaper Technique for Biofuel Production

April 5, 2018 Vijay Soni 0

Greener and Cheaper Technique for Biofuel Production By: NYU News A team of engineers from the National University of Singapore (NUS) recently discovered that a naturally occurring bacterium, Thermoanaerobacterium thermosaccharolyticum TG57, isolated from waste generated after harvesting mushrooms, is capable of directly converting cellulose, a plant-based material, to biobutanol. A research team [..]

Even DNA that Doesn’t Encode Genes Can Drive Cancer

April 3, 2018 Vijay Soni 0

Even DNA that Doesn’t Encode Genes Can Drive Cancer By: UCSD News Most of the human genome — 98 percent — is made up of DNA but doesn’t actually encode genes, the recipes cells use to build proteins. The vast majority of genetic mutations associated with cancer occur in these [..]

MIT Engineers Turn Plastic Insulator into Heat Conductor

April 3, 2018 Vijay Soni 0

MIT Engineers Turn Plastic Insulator into Heat Conductor By: Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office  Plastics are excellent insulators, meaning they can efficiently trap heat — a quality that can be an advantage in something like a coffee cup sleeve. But this insulating property is less desirable in products such [..]

Paper-Folding Art Inspires Better Bandages

March 29, 2018 Vijay Soni 0

Paper-Folding Art Inspires Better Bandages By: Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office  Scraped up knees and elbows are tricky places to securely apply a bandage. More often than not, the adhesive will peel away from the skin with just a few bends of the affected joint. Now MIT engineers have [..]

Newly Described Human Antibody Prevents Malaria in Mice

March 21, 2018 Vijay Soni 0

Newly Described Human Antibody Prevents Malaria in Mice By: NIAID News Scientists have discovered a human antibody that protected mice from infection with the deadliest malaria parasite, Plasmodium falciparum. The research findings provide the basis for future testing in humans to determine if the antibody can provide short-term protection against malaria, [..]

“Body on a chip” Could Improve Drug Evaluation

March 19, 2018 Vijay Soni 0

“Body on a chip” Could Improve Drug Evaluation By: Anne Trafton | MIT News Office MIT engineers have developed new technology that could be used to evaluate new drugs and detect possible side effects before the drugs are tested in humans. Using a microfluidic platform that connects engineered tissues from [..]

Molecular Cuisine for Gut Bacteria

March 19, 2018 Vijay Soni 0

Molecular Cuisine for Gut Bacteria By: EMBL News Scientific recipes to successfully grow and study gut bacteria in the lab: that’s what EMBL* scientists are publishing in Nature Microbiology on March 19. They report on the nutritional preferences and growth characteristics of 96 diverse gut bacterial strains. Their results will help scientists [..]

New Form of Electronic Matter

March 19, 2018 Vijay Soni 0

New Form of Electronic Matter By: Lois Yoksoulian | UIUC news Researchers have produced a “human scale” demonstration of a new phase of matter called quadrupole topological insulators that was recently predicted using theoretical physics. These are the first experimental findings to validate this theory. The researchers report their findings in [..]

Personalizing Wearable Devices

March 3, 2018 Vijay Soni 0

Personalizing Wearable Devices By Leah Burrows | Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences When it comes to soft, assistive devices — like the exosuit being designed by the Harvard Biodesign Lab — the wearer and the robot need to be in sync. But every human moves a [..]

New Tailored Tissue Adhesives by MIT Scientist

February 28, 2018 Vijay Soni 0

New Tailored Tissue Adhesives by MIT Scientist By: Anne Trafton | MIT News Office  After undergoing surgery to remove diseased sections of the colon, up to 30 percent of patients experience leakage from their sutures, which can cause life-threatening complications. Many efforts are under way to create new tissue glues [..]

Tracking Patients’ Progress With Radio Signals and Machine Learning

February 18, 2018 Vijay Soni 0

Tracking Patients’ Progress With Radio Signals and Machine Learning By: Elizabeth Dougherty In 2016, Jason Laramie attended a talk at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) about a device that can see through walls. It can detect people, track their movement and breathing, and even see their hearts beating. Laramie, an [..]

3D Print Shape-Shifting Smart Gel by Rutgers Engineers

January 31, 2018 Vijay Soni 0

3D Print Shape-Shifting Smart Gel by Rutgers Engineers By: Todd B. Bates | Rutgers University News   Rutgers engineers have invented a “4D printing” method for a smart gel that could lead to the development of “living” structures in human organs and tissues, soft robots and targeted drug delivery. The 4D printing [..]

Flexible Lithium Battery for Wearable Electronics by Columbia Engineers

January 31, 2018 Vijay Soni 0

Flexible Lithium Battery for Wearable Electronics by Columbia Engineers By: Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science The rapid development of flexible and wearable electronics is giving rise to an exciting range of applications, from smart watches and flexible displays—such as smart phones, tablets, and TV—to smart fabrics, smart glass, transdermal [..]

New Hassle-Free HIV Test That Works Better and Faster

January 25, 2018 Vijay Soni 0

New Hassle-Free HIV Test That Works Better and Faster By: NATHAN COLLINS | Stanford News Public health officials have a tough choice to make when it comes to screening people for HIV: administer a reliable blood test that can detect infections early on, but that few people will volunteer for, [..]

Supercharged Antibiotics Could Turn Tide Against Superbugs

January 7, 2018 Vijay Soni 0

Supercharged Antibiotics Could Turn Tide Against Superbugs By: University of Queensland News An old drug supercharged by University of Queensland researchers has emerged as a new antibiotic that could destroy some of the world’s most dangerous superbugs. The supercharge technique , led by Dr Mark Blaskovich and Professor Matt Cooper from UQ’s Institute for [..]

First Step Toward Cell-Sized Robots

January 7, 2018 Vijay Soni 0

First Step Toward Cell-Sized Robots By: Tom Fleischman,  Cornell Chronicle  An electricity-conducting, environment-sensing, shape-changing machine the size of a human cell? Is that even possible? Cornell physicists Paul McEuen and Itai Cohen not only say yes, but they’ve actually built the “muscle” for one. With postdoctoral researcher Marc Miskinat the helm, the team has made [..]

Removable Implant May Control Type 1 Diabetes

January 7, 2018 Vijay Soni 0

Removable Implant May Control Type 1 Diabetes  By: Cornell News For the more than 1 million Americans who live with type 1 diabetes, daily insulin injections are literally a matter of life and death. And while there is no cure, a Cornell-led research team has developed a device that could [..]

Four-dimensional Physics in Two Dimensions

January 4, 2018 Vijay Soni 0

Four-dimensional Physics in Two Dimensions By:  Penn State News For the first time, physicists have built a two-dimensional experimental system that allows them to study the physical properties of materials that were theorized to exist only in four-dimensional space. An international team of researchers from Penn State, ETH Zurich in Switzerland, [..]