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High-speed microscope captures fleeting brain signals

March 26th, 2020 at 10:50 am » Comments Off

When a neuron fires, calcium flows into the cell in a wave that sweeps along the cell body. Images of this infragranular neuron were obtained three times per second by two-dimensional scanning with a Bessel focus. Redder structures are deeper in the mouse cortex. (UC Berkeley images by Na Ji) Electrical and chemical signals flash […]

Oxford scientists develop new coronavirus test that provides results in just 30 minutes

March 18th, 2020 at 10:35 am » Comments Off

Scientists at the University of Oxford have developed a new coronavirus test that produces results around three times faster than the current fastest testing methods, and that requires only relatively simple technical instrumentation. In addition to these benefits, the researchers behind the test’s development say that it could even help detect patients affected by coronavirus […]

‘It’s like you have a hand again’: A major breakthrough in robotic limb technology

March 12th, 2020 at 11:46 am » Comments Off

Grafting tiny bits of muscle to amputated nerves provides a way to control a robotic limb Joe Hamilton intuitively controls a prosthetic hand using the Regenerative Peripheral Nerve Interface, or RPNI, in a lab on the University of Michigan Medical Campus. (Evan Dougherty/University of Michigan Engineering) Researchers with the University of Michigan have announced a […]

Breast milk compound found to dissolve tumors in human trials

March 7th, 2020 at 11:33 am » Comments Off

Hamlet Pharma Labs researching a breast milk compound which kills cancer Swedish scientists from the University of Lund have found promising results from researching the effects of a compound found in breast milk – a substance nicknamed Hamlet (Human Alpha-Lactalbumin Made LEthal To Tumor Cells) – on bladder cancer patients. In the early trials, those […]

Powerful antibiotics discovered using AI

February 28th, 2020 at 1:21 am » Comments Off

Escherichia coli bacteria, coloured green, in a scanning electron micrograph. A pioneering machine-learning approach has identified powerful new types of antibiotic from a pool of more than 100 million molecules — including one that works against a wide range of bacteria, including tuberculosis and strains considered untreatable.

AI-formulated medicine to be tested on humans for the first time

February 25th, 2020 at 1:36 pm » Comments Off

It took less than a year to develop the drug, which is designed to treat OCD. A drug designed entirely by artificial intelligence is about to enter clinical human trials for the first time. The drug, which is intended to treat obsessive-compulsive disorder, was discovered using AI systems from Oxford-based biotech company Exscientia. While it […]

Replacement blood vessels may be woven from bio-yarn

February 19th, 2020 at 12:31 pm » Comments Off

  Blood vessels made from the yarn should reportedly be tolerated by all patients When a damaged blood vessel has to be replaced, it’s important that the replacement be well-tolerated by the body. And while bioprinted blood vessels are one possibility, French scientists are now working on weaving the things out of collagen yarn. Led […]

Scientists create ‘chemical gardens’ that can be used as bone substitute materials

February 16th, 2020 at 12:34 pm » Comments Off

A new way of making bone-replacement materials that allows for cells to grow around and inside them has been developed by researchers at the University of Birmingham. The team adopted a novel approach called chemobrionics, in which chemical components are controllably driven to react together in specific ways, enabling the self-assembly of intricate bio-inspired structures. […]

Paralyzed man breaks world record for finishing a marathon in an exoskeleton suit

February 5th, 2020 at 12:58 pm » Comments Off

Adam Gorlitsky says groups of people kept him going as he finished mile after mile of the 2020 Charleston Marathon. (CNN)A South Carolina man competing in the 2020 Charleston Marathon has beaten the world record for the fastest time to finish a marathon in an exoskeleton suit. Adam Gorlitsky, who is paralyzed from the waist […]

Scientists might have accidentally cured cancer

January 26th, 2020 at 5:20 pm » Comments Off

  Research Into Cancer Conducted At The Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute New treatment for killing cancer cells may have accidentally been discovered by a group of British scientists, according to reports. Cardiff University’s research team found a T-Cell that attaches itself onto human cancers, and kills them while ignoring healthy cells. Although in its […]

The making of Mojo, AR contact lenses that give your eyes superpowers

January 18th, 2020 at 6:05 pm » Comments Off

Using a display the size of a grain of sand to project images onto the retina, this startup could help everyone from firefighters to people with poor vision. When I looked into the user interface of Mojo Vision’s augmented reality contact lenses, I didn’t see anything at first except the real world in front of […]

Scientists have created an artificial retina implant that could restore vision to million

January 18th, 2020 at 5:59 pm » Comments Off

Scientists have developed a retinal implant that can restore lost vision in rats, and are planning to trial the procedure in humans later this year. The implant, which converts light into an electrical signal that stimulates retinal neurons, could give hope to millions who experience retinal degeneration – including retinitis pigmentosa – in which photoreceptor […]

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