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Synthetic Muscles Preparing to Launch into Space

April 9, 2015 3:48 pm | by DOE/Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory | Comments

Lenore Rasmussen's dream of developing a synthetic muscle that could be used to make better prosthetic limbs and more responsive robots will literally become airborne on April 13 at 4:33 p.m. when her experiment will rocket off to the...

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Detecting Lysosomal pH with Better Fluorescent Probes

April 9, 2015 2:24 pm | by Michigan Technological University | Comments

Lysosomes are the garbage disposals of animal cells. As the resources are limited in cells, organic materials are broken down and recycled a lot -- and that's what lysosomes do. Detecting problems with lysosomes is the focus of a new set of...

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Wearable Device Slows Deadly Brain Tumors

April 9, 2015 10:00 am | by Josh Barney, University of Virginia | Comments

A wearable device that emits low-level electrical fields can slow the progression of glioblastoma, the deadliest form of brain cancer, and extend patients’ lifespans, a major clinical trial at the University of Virginia School of Medicine...

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Scanning Autism's Early Neuronal 'Neighborhood'

April 9, 2015 9:51 am | by San Diego State University | Comments

In early childhood, the neurons inside children's developing brains form connections between various regions of brain "real estate." As described in a paper published last week in the journal Biological Psychiatry, cognitive neuroscientists at...

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Brain Scans Reveal How People 'Justify' Killing

April 9, 2015 9:43 am | by Monash University | Comments

A new study has thrown light on how people can become killers in certain situations, showing how brain activity varies according to whether or not killing is seen as justified. The study, led by Monash researcher Dr. Pascal Molenberghs...

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Photos of the Day: Warming Hypothermic Infants in Developing Countries

April 9, 2015 9:14 am | by Mike Williams, Rice University | Comments

Rice University students have built a unique incubator for hypothermic infants that can be flat-packed and shipped at minimal cost anywhere in the world. The lightweight incubator designed and built at Rice’s Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen...

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Genetic Screening Could Improve Breast Cancer Prevention

April 9, 2015 9:00 am | by Institute of Cancer Research | Comments

A test for a wide range of genetic risk factors could improve doctors' ability to work out which women are at increased risk of developing breast cancer, a major study of more than 65,000 women has shown. Improving the accuracy of risk analysis...

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Amniotic Stem Cells Demonstrate Healing Potential

April 9, 2015 8:57 am | by Mike Williams, Rice University | Comments

Rice University and Texas Children’s Hospital scientists are using stem cells from amniotic fluid to promote the growth of robust, functional blood vessels in healing hydrogels. In new experiments, the lab of bioengineer Jeffrey Jacot...

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Depressed? Apps Lift Mood with Personalized Therapy

April 8, 2015 2:17 pm | by Northwestern University | Comments

Feeling blue or anxious? Now, there's a mobile 'therapist' designed to understand you and suggest the ideal mini-app to lift your particular mood. The 'therapist' is Intellicare, a new suite of 12 interactive mini-apps to combat depression and...

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What Can Brain-Controlled Prosthetics Tell Us About the Brain?

April 8, 2015 2:12 pm | by Drexel University | Comments

The ceremonial opening kick of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Sao Paolo, Brazil, which was performed--with the help of a brain-controlled exo-skeleton--by a local teen who had been paralyzed from the waste down due to a spinal cord injury, was a...

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A Digital Field Guide to Cancer Cells

April 8, 2015 2:09 pm | by Yale University | Comments

Scientists are mapping the habits of cancer cells, turn by microscopic turn. Using advanced technology and an approach that merges engineering and medicine, a Yale University-led team has compiled some of the most sophisticated data yet on...

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Watching the Blood Flow

April 8, 2015 10:49 am | by Journal of Biophotonics | Comments

Tape stripping is a commonly used method to increase the penetration depth of drug delivery. It has also been used to investigate the physiology of the stratum corneum (SC) as well as the kinetics and penetration depth of topical drugs...

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Rice and Malawi Polytechnic Partner to Create Innovative Technologies

April 8, 2015 10:44 am | by Jade Boyd, Rice University | Comments

Faculty from Rice University’s Department of Bioengineering and the Rice 360°: Institute for Global Health Technologies are partnering with the University of Malawi to improve healthcare through invention by replicating the success of Rice's...

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Virtual Reality 'Embryo Transfer Simulator'

April 8, 2015 10:36 am | by PR Newswire | Comments

The American Society for Reproductive Medicine, America's leading professional organization in reproductive medicine and infertility, and VirtaMed, the world's leader in building customized virtual reality simulation devices for medicine...

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90 Percent of Breast Cancers Can Be Detected with MRI

April 8, 2015 10:31 am | by Medical University of Vienna | Comments

Around 90 percent of all breast cancers can be definitively diagnosed using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). This compares to the combined methods of mammography and ultrasound which yielded a detection rate of just 37.5 percent. This is the...

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