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Reconstructing Faces Using ‘Shape-Shifting’ Material
2014-08-14 03:21:59

American Chemical Society Injuries, birth defects (such as cleft palates) or surgery to remove a tumor can create gaps in bone that are too large to heal naturally. And when they occur in the head, face or jaw, these bone defects can dramatically alter a person's appearance. Researchers will report today that they have developed a "self-fitting" material that expands with warm salt water to precisely fill bone defects, and also acts as a scaffold for new bone growth. The team will...

Researchers Create Softening, Shape-Changing Implanted Devices
2014-05-14 06:40:24

[ Watch the Video: Adaptive Organic Transistors For Implantable Electronics ] redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Researchers from The University of Texas at Dallas and the University of Tokyo have created a biologically adaptive, flexible device that becomes soft when implanted inside the human body, allowing it to grip 3-D objects such as large tissues, nerves and blood vessels. The research is one of the first demonstrations of transistors that can change...

Scientist Creates Morphing Material That Has Huge Potential
2013-12-10 09:58:50

[ Watch The Video: Morphing Material With Great Potential ] Rice University Heating a sheet of plastic may not bring it to life – but it sure looks like it does in new experiments at Rice University. The materials created by Rice polymer scientist Rafael Verduzco and his colleagues start as flat slabs, but they morph into shapes that can be controlled by patterns written into their layers. The research is the subject of a new paper in the Royal Society of Chemistry journal...

2013-10-23 10:17:24

Researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder have successfully added a fourth dimension to their printing technology, opening up exciting possibilities for the creation and use of adaptive, composite materials in manufacturing, packaging and biomedical applications. A team led by H. Jerry Qi, associate professor of mechanical engineering at CU-Boulder, and his collaborator Martin L. Dunn of the Singapore University of Technology and Design has developed and tested a method for 4D...

2013-10-22 23:00:50

Researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder have successfully added a fourth dimension to their printing technology, opening up exciting possibilities for the creation and use of adaptive, composite materials in manufacturing, packaging and biomedical applications. Boulder, CO (PRWEB) October 22, 2013 Researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder have successfully added a fourth dimension to their printing technology, opening up exciting possibilities for the creation and use of...

2013-07-08 10:41:50

It's squishy, synthetic, flexible, mostly water and almost as tough as rubber. No, it's not "flubber" — it's a hydrogel, and now scientists at The University of Akron are exploring new biomedical uses for this polymer-based product. Dr. Jie Zheng, associate professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, and Dr. Robert Weiss, Hezzleton E. Simmons professor and chair of polymer engineering, are among the most recent to contribute to the growing research of...


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.'