Monthly Archives: May 2018

Pressure-Responsive Fibers Could Lead to Color-Changing Bandages

Engineers at MIT have developed photonic fibers that change color in response to pressure. The innovation could lead to color-changing bandages that allow clinicians to easily know if they’re tight enough or too tight. Compression stockings and bandages are a common treatment for venous ulcers. However, it can be difficult to tell if an optimal … Continue reading

Sensitive Fiber Thread to Introduce Diagnostic Capabilities Into Clothing

At the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) researchers have developed a smart thread capable of sensing tiny changes of pressure and strain that are placed on it. The technology should have implications for the development of new kinds of sensors and for the realization of smart clothing that can detect heart beats, breathing, and … Continue reading

Cold Plasma Made Useful to Sterilize Medical Equipment

Cold plasma is a popular topic of research at Purdue University, including as a potential tool for killing cancer cells. It’s cold in the sense that only the electrons within the material are heated up to thousands of degrees, while the rest of the gaseous substance remains near room temperature. Now researchers at Purdue University … Continue reading

Soft and Highly Flexible Neural Interfaces Prevent Injury to Brain

While rigid neural interfaces can read brain activity and stimulate it quite well, these devices end up damaging the soft brain tissue they come in contact with. Moreover, the body ends up attacking these implants and forming protective layers around them that quickly degrade the electrodes. “Imagine you have a bowl of Jell-O, and you … Continue reading

3D-Printed Smart Gel Could Form Artificial Muscles

Researchers at Rutgers University have developed a 3D-printed hydrogel that can move in response to an electrical signal. The material has potential in soft robotics, and could be used as an artificial muscle in prostheses or implants, or even for drug delivery applications. Soft robotics is a thriving area of research, and soft robots have … Continue reading

Metal Based Detector of Dopamine Receptors May Help Identify Early Signs of Cancer

At Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU), researchers have created the first metal-based probes for spotting dopamine receptors. While dopamine is best known as a neurotransmitter that plays a major role in defining our mood, dopamine receptors seem to be related to certain cancers. To study this relationship, a technique that can work on living animals … Continue reading

Easy Method of Separating Chiral Drug Molecules Discovered

The chiral difference between two molecules often plays a huge role in pharmacology and physiology, even though the two seem nearly identical. The difference, simply that they’re mirror images of each other, turns out to mean, for example, that some molecules of thalidomide cure morning sickness while their chiral twins lead to deformed children being … Continue reading

Device Crushes Drugs Till They Flash to Discover Their Viability

Researchers from Purdue University and Merck & Co. have developed an innovative instrument to identify whether a potential drug has trace crystallinity, a factor that often makes potential medicines impractical for actual use. The device involves crushing powder made of the compound in question and detecting the light that’s produced, a technique known as triboluminescence. Here’s … Continue reading

Contact Lenses to Correct Color Perception in Color Blind People

Color correcting glasses have now been available for a few years, Enchroma being the most competitive firm in this business. While they provide impressive results, wearing glasses is not for everyone and combining color correcting qualities into complex lenses is not always easy. Now researchers at Birmingham University in the UK have developed a color … Continue reading