A device that is not quite a robot and not quite a computer but has characteristics of both

Inspired by octopuses, researchers have developed a structure that senses, computes and responds without any centralized processing – creating a device that is not quite a robot and not quite a computer, but has characteristics of both. The new technology holds promise for use in a variety of applications, from soft robotics to prosthetic devices.

A device that is not quite a robot and not quite a computer but has characteristics of both

Smart sleepwear can monitoring heart rate and respiratory rhythm during sleep

UMass Amherst materials chemists, computer scientists design smart sleepwear Scientists expect that in the future, electronically active garments containing unobtrusive, portable devices for monitoring heart rate and respiratory rhythm during sleep, for example, will prove clinically useful in health care. Now researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst have developed physiological-sensing textiles that can be

Smart sleepwear can monitoring heart rate and respiratory rhythm during sleep

New device generates electricity at night from the cold night sky

An inexpensive thermoelectric device harnesses the cold of space without active heat input, generating electricity that powers an LED at night, researchers report September 12 in the journal Joule. “Remarkably, the device is able to generate electricity at night, when solar cells don’t work,” says lead author Aaswath Raman (@aaraman), an assistant professor of materials science

New device generates electricity at night from the cold night sky

Billions of microplastic particles found in a major body of water

A new study from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg and Eckerd College estimates the waters of Tampa Bay contain four billion particles of microplastics, raising new questions about the impact of pollution on marine life in this vital ecosystem. This is the first measurement of microplastic abundance and distribution in the region. Researchers

Billions of microplastic particles found in a major body of water

A major discovery in the search for alien life: Water vapour exists on an exoplanet in a star’s habitable zone

An international study lead by Université de Montréal astronomer Björn Benneke has detected water vapour on the planet K2-18b; this represents a major discovery in the search of alien life. Ever since the discovery of the first exoplanet in the 1990s, astronomers have made steady progress towards finding and probing planets located in the habitable

A major discovery in the search for alien life: Water vapour exists on an exoplanet in a star’s habitable zone

Merging user and robotic control in a smart artificial hand for amputees

EPFL scientists have successfully tested new neuroprosthetic technology that combines robotic control with users’ voluntary control, opening avenues in the new interdisciplinary field of shared control for neuroprosthetic technologies. EPFL scientists are developing new approaches for improved control of robotic hands – in particular for amputees – that combines individual finger control and automation for

Merging user and robotic control in a smart artificial hand for amputees

First hydrogel to repair a heart is safe to inject in humans – Phase 1

Ventrix, a University of California San Diego spin-off company, has successfully conducted a first-in-human, FDA-approved Phase 1 clinical trial of an injectable hydrogel that aims to repair damage and restore cardiac function in heart failure patients who previously suffered a heart attack. The trial is the first to test a hydrogel designed to repair cardiac

First hydrogel to repair a heart is safe to inject in humans – Phase 1

Do cancer drugs always work as intended?

Scientists at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) have identified 10 cancer drugs currently in clinical trials that do not work how clinicians thought they would. In identifying what went wrong, experts can now work to improve drug discovery and personalized medicine. The discovery started out with an entirely different goal. Over the past few years,

Do cancer drugs always work as intended?

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