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Novel use of ultrasound in medicine and for brain stimulation

By Maja Bosanac
One Comment19 July 2013

brain-1Researchers at the University of Arizona (UA) have discovered that ultrasound vibrations applied to specific areas of the brain may affect patients’ moods. This finding could lead to new treatments for various psychological and psychiatric disorders, such as depression and anxiety. It could pave the way for a broad range of new applications of ultrasound… »

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Researchers found a way to direct stem cells by magnets

By Maja Bosanac
16 July 2013

iron-in-cellsCollaboration between researchers at Emory University and Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) resulted in the development of stem cells that can be directed by magnetic fields. Stem cells could soon be intravenous injected into the patient to treat heart diseases and vascular problems. By loading stem cells with superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles (SPIOs), scientists… »

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Spiber Qmonos – a tough and lightweight artificial spider silk

By Maja Bosanac
2 Comments14 July 2013

spiber-qmonos-1A Japanese startup called Spiber Inc. has created an artificial spider silk using synthesized genes which persuade bacteria to produce fibroin, a structural protein found in spider silk. Researchers have developed technologies to cultivate these bacteria efficiently and weave the fibroin into fabric. The protein derived from fibroin has been given the name “QMONOS” (from… »

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New powerful anti-cancer drugs inspired by leaf cutter ants

By Maja Bosanac
2 Comments3 July 2013

ants-webResearchers at the University of East Anglia’s School of Biological Sciences are currently developing a new class of anti-cancer drugs that have powerful activity against drug resistant cancer cells. These anti-cancer drugs circumvent a primary cause of resistance to chemotherapy. The study is inspired by leaf cutter ants that belong to the tribe of the… »

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The first telescopic contact lens

By Maja Bosanac
2 July 2013

opex-telescopic-lens-1Researchers at the Jacobs School of Engineering and the École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) developed the first telescopic contact lens which can enhance our vision by zooming three times. This 1.17mm thick lens has been created to aid the vision of people with age-related macular degeneration (AMD) which damages the high-resolution center of the… »

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Vaccine based on gold nanorods for respiratory syncytial virus

By Maja Bosanac
30 June 2013

vaccineA team of researchers at the Vanderbilt University has devised a new vaccination method that uses tiny gold particles to mimic a virus and carry specific proteins to the body’s specialist immune cells. Unlike the conventional approach to vaccines, the new technique does not use inactive or dead viruses during the vaccination process, thus eliminating… »

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Voice exercise with singing rats show hope for age-related voice problems

By Maja Bosanac
26 June 2013

johnson_aaron-bResearchers at the University of Illinois and the University of Wisconsin showed that the vocal training of older rats led to the reduction of some of the voice problems associated with aging, such as the loss of vocal intensity that accompanies changes in the muscles of the larynx. The results hold promise that voice therapy… »

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Computation, 3D printing, and testing of bone-inspired composites

By Damir Beciri
One Comment25 June 2013

mit-3d-printed-oysterResearchers at MIT have developed an approach that allows them to create physical sample of a multiscale computer model of a synthetic material. The approach allows creation of complex hierarchical patterns such as bones. The process could be scaled up to provide a cost-effective way to manufacture composite materials that are tailored for specific functions… »