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Seahorse Tails Could Inspire New Generation of Robots

July 6, 2015 9:42 am | by Paul Alongi, College of Engineering and Science, Clemson University | Comments

Inspiration for the next big technological breakthrough in robotics, defense systems and biomedicine could come from a seahorse’s tail, according to a new study reported Thursday in the journal Science. The research centers on the curious...

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Organic Compound to Stimulate Skin Regeneration in Third-Degree Burns

July 6, 2015 9:31 am | by Investigación y Desarrollo | Comments

Researchers from the School of Chemistry of the National University of Mexico (UNAM) developed a polymer derived from gallic acid: an organic compound of low cost, found in tea leaves, oak bark, apples and blueberries. Dr. Miquel Gimeno Seco...

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Genetic Testing in Kids Is Fraught with Complications

July 2, 2015 3:30 pm | by University of Utah Health Sciences | Comments

A woman coping with the burden of familial breast cancer can't help but wonder if her young daughter will suffer the same fate. Has she inherited the same disease-causing mutation? Is it best to be prepared for the future, or to wait? During the last...

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Working Out in Artificial Gravity

July 2, 2015 11:45 am | by Jennifer Chu, MIT News Office | Comments

Astronauts on the International Space Station (ISS) have a number of exercise options, including a mechanical bicycle bolted to the floor, a weightlifting machine strapped to the wall, and a strap-down treadmill. They spend a significant portion...

Seeing the World Through Assistive Glasses

July 2, 2015 11:40 am | by Bielefeld University | Comments

A new research project at the Cluster of Excellence Cognitive Interactive Technology (CITEC) in Bielefeld University focuses on the development of a mobile adaptive assistance system in the form of intelligent glasses that provide unobtrusive...

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'Cool Effort' for Soldiers with Heat Injuries

July 2, 2015 11:36 am | by Bob Reinert/USAG Natick Public Affairs | Comments

In hopes of bringing medical treatment to Soldiers on remote battlefields in warm climates, the folks at Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center, or NSRDEC, recently put forth a "cool effort." The Heat Ailment recovery pack...

How To Grow Back The Back: Engineered Cartilage Surfaces

July 2, 2015 10:16 am | by University of California - Berkeley | Comments

You’re going to shrink today. You did yesterday, and you will again tomorrow. By bedtime every night, you’re likely to be about an inch shorter than when you got up. But assuming you sleep lying down, each evening’s rest restores you to full height...

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Electrical Stimulation Can Reverse Spinal Cord Nerve Damage

July 2, 2015 10:01 am | by American Physiological Society | Comments

Approximately 12,000 spinal cord injuries (SCI) happen every year in the U.S., the majority caused by car accidents, falls, sporting accidents and gunshot wounds. Better emergency care and therapy have made SCI manageable, but researchers...

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First Successful Heart Transplant Following Use of Total Artificial Heart

July 2, 2015 9:52 am | by University of California - Los Angeles | Comments

A petite 44-year-old woman has received a successful heart transplant at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, thanks to an experimental Total Artificial Heart designed for smaller patients. The UCLA patient is the first person in California...

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Smart Mouth Guard Could Detect Teeth Grinding, Dehydration, Concussions

July 2, 2015 9:48 am | by University of Florida | Comments

The next big thing in wearable technology may show up right inside your mouth. Researchers at the University of Florida have developed a smart mouth guard equipped with sensors that allow it to detect if you’re grinding your teeth, tell your...

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Full Conference Program Announced for 2015 R&D 100 Awards & Technology Conference

July 2, 2015 9:41 am | by Advantage Business Media | Comments

Advantage Business Media’s R&D Magazine, sponsor of the R&D 100 Awards, today announced the full conference agenda for the R&D 100 Technology Conference to be held November 12-13, 2015 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada. The R&D 100 Awards...

Brain Activity Predicts Promiscuity and Problem Drinking

July 2, 2015 9:35 am | by Duke University | Comments

A pair of brain-imaging studies suggest researchers may be able to predict how likely young adults are to develop problem drinking or engage in risky sexual behavior in response to stress. The new research is part of the ongoing Duke Neurogenetics...

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Your Smartphone Could One Day Tell You You're Pregnant

July 2, 2015 9:27 am | by The Optical Society | Comments

Researchers at the Hanover Centre for Optical Technologies (HOT), University of Hanover, Germany, have developed a self-contained fiber optic sensor for smartphones with the potential for use in a wide variety of biomolecular tests, including...

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Elastic Gel to Speed Up Wound Healing

July 2, 2015 9:14 am | by Brigham and Women's Hospital | Comments

A team of bioengineers at Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH), led by Ali Khademhosseini, PhD, and Nasim Annabi, PhD, of the Biomedical Engineering Division, has developed a new protein-based gel that, when exposed to light, mimics many...

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3D Printed Model Guides Tricky Heart Valve Replacement

July 1, 2015 3:04 pm | by University of California - Los Angeles | Comments

Last summer, after a long career as a successful entrepreneur and a brief retirement, Richard Whitaker was helping to start another new company. Unfortunately, a serious health concern caused a couple of interruptions in his work on the new...

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