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Protein-Based Smart Materials Demonstrate Extreme Sensitivity to the Environment

Protein-Based Smart Materials Demonstrate Extreme Sensitivity to the Environment

A new class of protein-based, smart materials has been created by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley. These materials could help develop new kinds of drug release systems, flow valves, biological sensors and sensitive, flexible coatings that can manufactured at low-cost on an industrial scale. [More]
Complex Cholesterol Synthesis Process Unveiled Through Enzyme Mapping

Complex Cholesterol Synthesis Process Unveiled Through Enzyme Mapping

Rockefeller University researchers have identified a new method which reveals the complex molecular structure of cholesterol by mapping a key enzyme structure during cholesterol production. [More]
Harvard Researchers Develop Super-Repellent Coating for Medical Implants

Harvard Researchers Develop Super-Repellent Coating for Medical Implants

An innovative surface coating has been developed for medical implants using FDA-approved materials by a Harvard research team. This new solution has the potential to address bacterial infection and blood clotting, which are the two major problems currently faced by medical devices. [More]
New Bioresorbable Silicon Circuits and Sensors for Medical Applications

New Bioresorbable Silicon Circuits and Sensors for Medical Applications

Researchers at the University of Illinois have developed biocompatible electronic devices which are completely soluble in water. [More]
Researchers Study Entangled Spaghetti of Filaments in Semiflexible Biopolymers

Researchers Study Entangled Spaghetti of Filaments in Semiflexible Biopolymers

A team of researchers from the FOM Institute AMOLF and Forschungszentrum Jülich have discovered that the filaments of biopolymer networks become soft when transitioning from an entwined spaghetti of filaments to aligned bow-shaped filaments. [More]
Several Ipsen VFS® Furnaces Shipping for Use in the Medical and Aerospace Industries

Several Ipsen VFS® Furnaces Shipping for Use in the Medical and Aerospace Industries

Between September and December 2014, Ipsen will be shipping four VFS® furnaces from their Souderton, Pennsylvania facility to customers around the United Sates. These shipments – valued at more than $4.7 mil... [More]
Safe Alternative to Silver Ions - Algae-Based Antibacterial Material

Safe Alternative to Silver Ions - Algae-Based Antibacterial Material

Researchers at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology have developed safe antibacterial fibres using bio-compatible plastics and lanosol, an antimicrobial compound found in red algae seaweeds. Silver ions are widely used in odor-free and antibacterial clothing, and safety of these materials has been widely debated. [More]
Researchers Develop Shrimp-Inspired Cancer Detecting Technology

Researchers Develop Shrimp-Inspired Cancer Detecting Technology

Taking inspiration from the Mantis Shrimps eyes, University of Queensland scientists, in partnership with US and UK researchers, have developed an advanced camera capable of visualizing brain activity and detecting various forms of cancer. [More]
MIT Researchers Create Underwater Adhesives Inspired by Shellfish

MIT Researchers Create Underwater Adhesives Inspired by Shellfish

Researchers from MIT have designed and created new waterproof adhesives which can be used to repair ships or to heal surgical inclusions and wounds. The researchers drew inspiration from shellfish like barnacles and mussels, which secrete highly sticky proteins enabling them to adhere to ship hulls and rocks underwater. [More]
HeartPrint®, a 3D Printed Model Helps Decide Best Treatment for Patient

HeartPrint®, a 3D Printed Model Helps Decide Best Treatment for Patient

Materialise have developed a new 3D-printed heart model for Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in order to assist a 16-year-old patient born with a large cardiac tumor. This 3D-printed model, HeartPrint, allowed the physicians to decide the best treatment option for the patient’s irregular heartbeat. [More]