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Woman Regains Partial Sight With Bionic Eye Transplant
2012-08-31 15:32:29

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online An Australian woman has partially regained her sight thanks to a prototype bionic eye scientists have developed. Dianne Ashworth had severe vision loss due to retinitis pigmentosa, but thanks to a bionic eye transplant in May at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, she was able to see different shapes. "All of a sudden I could see a little flash ... it was amazing," Ashworth, who is 54 years old, said in a statement....

MIT And DARPA To Take On Biomimetics Project
2012-07-26 13:54:31

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A team of researchers from MIT is in the process of developing a technology that will mimic human physiological systems in the laboratory. The researchers will receive up to $32 million over the next five years from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to work on the project. MIT said in a recent statement that an agreement between MIT and DARPA worth up to $26.3 million...

Fisherman Finds Football Player's Lost Leg
2012-06-11 04:16:47

A prosthetic leg lost by a former college football player some five years ago is scheduled to be returned to its owner Monday after it was found by a fisherman in the Gulf of Mexico late last week. According to Craig Bennett of USA Today, the limb was discovered by Matt Willingham, who was shrimping off the coast of Florida sometime around 2am Thursday morning when he discovered it. The limb was emblazoned with the University of Kentucky logo and the team's Wildcats mascot, Bennett...

2012-06-08 10:18:59

A bioinspired robot has provided the first experimental evidence that live zebrafish can be influenced by engineered robots. Results published today, 8 June, in IOP Publishing's journal Bioinspiration and Biomimetics, provide a stepping stone on the path to using autonomous robots in an open environment to monitor and control fish behavior. In the future, water-based robots could potentially contribute to the protection of endangered animals and the control of pest species. The...

Squid And Zebrafish Spark Camouflage Inspiration
2012-05-04 04:59:16

University of Bristol researchers have created artificial muscles that can be transformed to mimic the camouflaging abilities of squid and zebrafish. The team demonstrated two individual transforming mechanisms that they believe could be used in "smart clothing" to trigger camouflaging tricks similar to animals observed in the wild. "We have taken inspiration from nature's designs and exploited the same methods to turn our artificial muscles into striking visual effects,"  Jonathan...

2012-05-02 11:37:07

Researchers from the University of Bristol have created artificial muscles that can be transformed at the flick of a switch to mimic the remarkable camouflaging abilities of organisms such as squid and zebrafish. They demonstrate two individual transforming mechanisms that they believe could be used in 'smart clothing' to trigger camouflaging tricks similar to those seen in nature. The study is published today, 2 May, in IOP Publishing's journal Bioinspiration and Biomimetics, and is...

2012-04-27 21:46:22

For treatment of vocal fold disorders, UD researchers look to insect protein A one-inch long grasshopper can leap a distance of about 20 inches. Cicadas can produce sound at about the same frequency as radio waves. Fleas measuring only millimeters can jump an astonishing 100 times their height in microseconds. How do they do it? They make use of a naturally occurring protein called resilin. Resilin is a protein in the composite structures found in the leg and wing joints, and sound...


Word of the Day
humgruffin
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'