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This hydrogel could regenerate stronger, healthier nerves in injured soldiers

This hydrogel could regenerate stronger, healthier nerves in injured soldiers

Soldiers who survive explosions on the battlefield and civilians who live through serious car accidents often suffer nerve damage in their arms and legs. This...
Supercomputers reveal how DNA stays so ‘flexible’

Supercomputers reveal how DNA stays so ‘flexible’

New research sheds new light on the process of methylation in DNA. Researchers zoomed in on the question: if the genetic information is the same...
Scientists create new nerve gas detector with Legos and smartphone

Scientists create new nerve gas detector with Legos and smartphone

Researchers at the University of Texas at Austin have created a nerve gas detector using a smartphone, a box made of Legos and a...
MIT engineers develop simple, low-cost, passive prosthetic foot

MIT engineers develop simple, low-cost, passive prosthetic foot

New design can be tuned to an individual's body weight and size Prosthetic limb technology has advanced by leaps and bounds, giving amputees a range...
New design principles could lead to lighter, thinner displays for electronics

New design principles could lead to lighter, thinner displays for electronics

Lighter gold nanoparticles could replace thicker, heavier layered polymers used in displays’ back-reflectors DNA is certainly the basis of life. Soon it might also be...
Scientists look to mosquitoes for better way to develop painless microneedles

Scientists look to mosquitoes for better way to develop painless microneedles

Four keys to piercing skin without hurting A mosquito can insert a needle-like probe into your skin and draw blood for several minutes without you...
Low-cost plastic sensors could monitor many health conditions

Low-cost plastic sensors could monitor many health conditions

An international team of researchers have developed a low-cost sensor made from semiconducting plastic that can be used to diagnose or monitor a wide...
Electronic skin brings sense of touch and pain to prosthetic hands

Electronic skin brings sense of touch and pain to prosthetic hands

'Electronic skin' allows user to experience a sense of touch and pain; 'After many years, I felt my hand, as if a hollow shell...
Microchips can permanently link patients with clinical samples

Microchips can permanently link patients with clinical samples

You watched the blood flow from your arm into a vial. The technician capped the vial and secured with a rubber band the scrap of...
Camouflaged nanoparticles deliver killer protein to cancer cells

Camouflaged nanoparticles deliver killer protein to cancer cells

A biomimetic nanosystem can deliver therapeutic proteins to selectively target cancerous tumors, according to a team of Penn State researchers. Using a protein toxin called...