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Research Team Describes New Versatile Version of Geckskin

Research Team Describes New Versatile Version of Geckskin

The ability to stick objects to a wide range of surfaces such as drywall, wood, metal and glass with a single adhesive has been the elusive goal of many research teams across the world, but now a team of University of Massachusetts Amherst inventors describe a new, more versatile version of their invention, Geckskin, that can adhere strongly to a wider range of surfaces, yet releases easily, like a gecko's feet. [More]
New Technique to Extract Plastic-Like Material from Cork Trees

New Technique to Extract Plastic-Like Material from Cork Trees

On the scale of earth-friendly materials, you'd be hard pressed to find two that are farther apart than polyester (not at all) and cork (very). [More]
AAPS National Biotechnology Conference to be held May 19-21, 2014 in San Diego

AAPS National Biotechnology Conference to be held May 19-21, 2014 in San Diego

WHO: The American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists is a professional, scientific society of approximately 11,000 members employed in academia, industry, government and other research institutes worldwide. Founded in 1986, AAPS provides a dynamic international forum for the exchange of knowledge among scientists to serve the public and enhance their contributions to health. [More]
Flexible Medical Implant Harvests Heart’s Mechanical Energy

Flexible Medical Implant Harvests Heart’s Mechanical Energy

An interdisciplinary research team including Northwestern University’s Yonggang Huang has developed a flexible medical implant that harvests the energy of the beating heart. Such a device could power pacemakers, defibrillators and heart-rate monitors naturally and reliably and reduce or eliminate the need for batteries. [More]
New 3D Bioprinter for Tissue Engineering and Organ Regeneration

New 3D Bioprinter for Tissue Engineering and Organ Regeneration

With the new 3D Bioprinter, the research group of Professor Paul Gatenholm at the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering exploits new possibilities of tissue engineering and organ regeneration. [More]
Strong, Flexible Hydrogel Slab Guides Laser Beam

Strong, Flexible Hydrogel Slab Guides Laser Beam

In medicine, light therapy is currently used to treat seasonal affective disorder, psoriasis, and other medical conditions, while highly targeted lasers may be used for specific skin disorders, eye diseases, or cancers. Advances in imaging methods and equipment now allow scientists to see the effects of light at the cellular level, leading to research on potentially transformative ways to use specific types of light for more even complex and direct manipulation of individual cells. [More]
Gel Coated Titanium Surfaces Bind Protein Molecules that can Promote Bone Formation

Gel Coated Titanium Surfaces Bind Protein Molecules that can Promote Bone Formation

A research group at Uppsala University, Sweden has developed a new responsive coating for implants used in surgery to improve their integration into bone and to prevent rejection. Neutron scattering experiments at the Institut Laue-Langevin (ILL) in Grenoble, France have shown how a protein that promotes bone growth binds to this surface and can be released in a controlled way. [More]
Engineered Tissue Closely Mimics Natural Heart Muscle That Beats

Engineered Tissue Closely Mimics Natural Heart Muscle That Beats

When a heart gets damaged, such as during a major heart attack, there's no easy fix. But scientists working on a way to repair the vital organ have now engineered tissue that closely mimics natural heart muscle that beats, not only in a lab dish but also when implanted into animals. They presented their latest results at the 247th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS), the world's largest scientific society. [More]
3D Printed Devices Help Restore Baby’s Breathing

3D Printed Devices Help Restore Baby’s Breathing

In his 18 months of life, Garrett Peterson has never gone home, spending his days in hospital beds tethered to ventilators that even at the highest settings couldn't prevent his breathing from periodically stopping. [More]
UPM Utilizes Innovative Biomaterials in Biofore Concept Car

UPM Utilizes Innovative Biomaterials in Biofore Concept Car

The Biofore Concept Car showcases the use of UPM’s innovative biomaterials in the automotive industry. The majority of parts traditionally made from plastics are replaced with high quality, safe and durable biomaterials, UPM Formi and UPM Grada, which can significantly improve the overall environmental performance of car manufacturing. The Biofore Concept Car is designed and manufactured by students from the Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences. [More]