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Scientists Create Real Life ‘Doc Ock’ Arms
Dr. Otto Gunther Octavius, also known as Doc Ock, the super villain, may soon become a reality!!!  Maybe in the future, Spider-Man may have many highly intelligent mad scientists attacking him on the street. A dangling robot arm that was created to have the agility of an elephant trunk,... Read more
Scientists Create Shrinking Gel That Repairs Teeth
Following an examination of embryonic development, scientists have made an advancement in tissue engineering. Scientists from the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) have been able to develop a new gel-based material, which they say can allow stem cells to repair damaged caused to bones and teeth.... Read more
Electronic Membrane Created To Keep Your Heart Beating Forever
“My heart will go on, and on..” I can hear Celine Dion now.  And soon, your heart may be able to go on and on as well, thanks to a revolutionary electronic membrane designed to keep your heart rate beating perfectly.  The membrane is made from a  thin, circuit-lined... Read more
Nano Tweezers Set To Revolutionize Nanotechnology
The science of small is fascinating, isn’t it?  I mean, the things that scientists are able to accomplish in the field of nano technology is astonishing to people like myself, who only have a rudimentary understanding of the science of Physics, Chemistry and Biology.  The recent publication in Nature Nanotechnology noted... Read more
Young Student Improves Online Content For Colour Blind Users
A seventeen year old high school student from India has been researching ways to make visual content online better suited to those who are colour blind. Animesh Tripathi has been experimenting with algorithms to ascertain the best way to adjust colour schemes for websites, making it easier for colour... Read more
UltimEyes: The App That Improves Your Eyesight
Carrot Neurotechnology, the company known for its products aimed at improving vision, has developed an app which is designed to help users sharpen up their failing eyesight and improve their ability to see in low-light conditions. Named UltimEyes, the app was created by a neuroscientist from the University of... Read more
Researchers Are A Step Closer To Liquid Metal Terminator Robots
In the film Terminator 2, the T-1000 was made from a liquid metal that could change into any shape it wanted. Although this may seem far-fetched for a real robot, researchers think they have a found a way to manipulate liquid metal, achieving the beginnings of what we see... Read more
Theranos Can Run 30 Lab Tests From A Single Drop Of Blood
Elizabeth Holmes was a student at Stanford University, who had a vision to re-invent how taking and testing blood is carried out. She founded a company named Theranos and now, a decade later, has achieved her aim of making phlebotomy more efficient and cost effective. Theranos has developed a... Read more
Military Researchers Finally Create A Pizza Ration
Pizza is one of the most requested rations by soldiers but because of the sauce, cheese and dough combination, it often results in a breeding ground for bacteria as the base turns soggy. Food scientists from the US Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center in Massachusetts think... Read more
A Breakthrough in Nuclear Fusion
Nuclear fusion has the potential to produce enough energy to meet humans’ high demands, so it is understandable why scientists invest a lot of time and money into researching this technology. It is unlikely that we will see this energy resource commercially available any time soon but scientists have... Read more
Headway – The Sound System For Helmets
Headway is a new device that turns a helmet in to a wearable speaker, allowing biking, snowboarding and skiing enthusiasts to listen to music while they enjoy their favourite sport. Although it has the same effect of a speaker, the sound is actually transmitted by vibrations through the use... Read more
NASA Wants The ISS To Be The Universe’s Coldest Place
NASA has plans to create the coldest known spot in the universe. Space is already known to be very cold but the space agency wants to go even further in order to do an in-depth study of quantum mechanics. The International Space Station (ISS) has been chosen as the... Read more
New Synthetic Organs Could Cut Hospital Waiting Lists
The regenerative-medicine company, Harvard Apparatus Regenerative Technology (HART), is developing synthetic tracheas. If all goes well, the company hope to expand to other sysnthetic organs. Back in 2008, technology developed by HART led to the first-ever human transplant of a regenerative airway. In its latest venture, synthetic tracheas are... Read more
New E-Whiskers Could Help Robots “Feel” Their Environment
Faculty scientist Ali Javey is leading a research team made up of researchers from Berkley Lab and the University of California, in a bid to create tactile sensors from composite films of carbon nanotubes and silver nanoparticles. These are loosely based on highly sensitive whiskers that would normally be... Read more
Insects’ Nervous Systems Inspire Neuromorphic Supercomputers
According to reports from researchers, microchips that have been built to mimic an insect’s nervous system have proved to be successful at helping solve technical issues such as object recognition and data mining. Biomimetics is nothing new, with scientists copying various designs from nature and applying them in designs... Read more
14,000 Volts Of Electricity Left This Man’s Cataracts Looking Like Stars
This pair of starry eyes belong to an electrician who was exposed to a 14,000-volt electric shock to his left shoulder. The lastest issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, has published the account of how this man was left with “bilateral stellate anterior subcapsular opacities of the... Read more
Researchers Fit Trackers To Bees Backs
It is a mystery why we are seeing a massive decline in bee populations. The major concern comes from the fact that bees pollinate one-third of the world’s crops and so researchers are keen to discover why they are dying out. Australia’s National Science Agency has come up with... Read more
Super Flexible Sensors May Revolutionise Robotics & Prosthetics
Although this looks a lot like a clear band-aid, it’s actually an ultra-thin, flexible sensor. Developed by Dr. Yong Zhu and fellow researchers from the North Carolina State University, this sensor could be used on fabric, the human body or any other object in order to track things like... Read more