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The Future Of Robotics Is Soft And Practically

The Future Of Robotics Is Soft And Practically Indestructible

Eric Hopton for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Fire, snow, water - and being crushed by a car - are no problem for a new “bio-inspired” robot. The science of soft robotics has taken a major leap forward with the production of the first...

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2014-08-14 12:27:58

Computer algorithm also provides 'quality assurance' for lab-created cells BOSTON, Aug. 14, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In a boon to stem cell research and regenerative medicine, scientists at Boston Children's Hospital, the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University and Boston University have created a computer algorithm called CellNet as a "roadmap" for cell and tissue engineering, to ensure that cells engineered in the lab have the same favorable...

Anopheles stephensi mosquito
2014-07-21 03:30:31

Kristen Kusek, Harvard University New genome editing tool offers strategy to manage insect-borne disease A cross-disciplinary team is calling for public discussion about a potential new way to solve longstanding global ecological problems by using an emerging technology called “gene drives.” The advance could potentially lead to powerful new ways of combating malaria and other insect-borne diseases, controlling invasive species and promoting sustainable agriculture. Representing...

Bone Marrow-on-a-chip Unveiled
2014-05-06 03:43:59

[ Watch The Video: The Making Of Bone Marrow-On-A-Chip ] Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard Device captures complexity of living marrow in the laboratory; could help test new drugs to prevent lethal radiation exposure The latest organ-on-a-chip from Harvard's Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering reproduces the structure, functions and cellular make-up of bone marrow, a complex tissue that until now could only be studied intact in living...

Cloaked DNA Nanodevices Survive Pilot Mission
2014-04-23 08:13:46

[ Watch The Video: Virus-Inspired DNA Nanodevices ] Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard Successful foray opens door to virus-like DNA nanodevices that could diagnose diseased tissues and manufacture drugs to treat them It's a familiar trope in science fiction: In enemy territory, activate your cloaking device. And real-world viruses use similar tactics to make themselves invisible to the immune system. Now scientists at Harvard's Wyss Institute for...

Artificial Muscles Do The Twist
2014-02-27 14:13:14

Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard Researchers develop a bio-inspired actuated material that mimics the complex motion of the heart muscle and could lead to better implantable medical devices and flexible robots In the heart, as in the movies, 3D action beats the 2D experience hands down. In 3D, healthy hearts do their own version of the twist. Rather than a simple pumping action, they circulate blood as if they were wringing a towel. The bottom of the...

New Method Enables Scientists To Print Tissue Constructs With Blood Vessels
2014-02-19 15:24:58

Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard A new bioprinting method developed at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University and the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) creates intricately patterned 3D tissue constructs with multiple types of cells and tiny blood vessels. The work represents a major step toward a longstanding goal of tissue engineers: creating human tissue constructs realistic enough to test...

TERMES robots
2014-02-14 04:49:33

[ Watch the Video: Termites Inspire Robots ] redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Inspired by the way termites are capable of building mounds that are hundreds of times their size without detailed plans, researchers from the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering and the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) have developed robots capable of mimicking the behavior. The TERMES system, as it is known, was developed by a team of...

New Microscopy Method Could Spot Dozens Of Distinct Types Of Biomolecules Simultaneously
2014-02-03 09:49:50

Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard A new microscopy method could enable scientists to generate snapshots of dozens of different biomolecules at once in a single human cell, a team from the Wyss Institute of Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University reported Sunday in Nature Methods. Such images could shed light on complex cellular pathways and potentially lead to new ways to diagnose disease, track its prognosis, or monitor the effectiveness of...

Measuring Life's Tugs And Nudges
2013-12-09 19:12:18

Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard Tiny oil droplets help measure mechanical forces produced by living cells that shape tissues and organs; new method could improve diagnosis of cancer, hypertension, and many other diseases As embryonic tissue develops, cells push and pull on each other, and they must do so correctly for the tissue to develop properly. Now scientists at Harvard University have devised the first method to measure these forces in...

How Rare 'Words' In Bacterial Genes Boost Protein Production
2013-09-27 07:29:50

Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard Scientists routinely seek to reprogram bacteria to produce proteins for drugs, biofuels and more, but they have struggled to get those bugs to follow orders. But a hidden feature of the genetic code, it turns out, could get bugs with the program. The feature controls how much of the desired protein bacteria produce, a team from the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University reported in the...


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