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Thought-controlled prosthesis is changing the lives of amputees

The world’s first implantable robotic arm controlled by thoughts is being developed by Chalmers researcher Max Ortiz Catalan. The first operations on patients will take place this winter. Every year, thousands of people across the world lose an arm or a leg. “Our technology helps amputees to control an artificial limb, in much the same … Continue reading

Drug May Offer New Approach to Treating Insomnia

A new drug may bring help for people with insomnia, according to a study published in the November 28, 2012, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. The drug, suvorexant, blocks the chemical messengers in the brain called orexins, which regulate wakefulness. Other drugs for insomnia affect different brain … Continue reading

The next wave of insecticides: Venom of sea anemones

New research in The FASEB Journal shows that toxins taken from the venom of sea anemones could be the next wave of insecticides and may even be used to treat pain, cardiac disorders and other conditions As insects evolve to become resistant to insecticides, the need to develop new ways to control pests grows. A … Continue reading

Promising Drug Slows Down Advance of Parkinson’s Disease and Improves Symptoms

In short, GM1 appeared to improve symptoms and with extended use, slow symptom progression. Treating Parkinson’s disease patients with the experimental drug GM1 ganglioside improved symptoms and slowed their progression during a two and a half-year trial, Thomas Jefferson Universityresearchers report in a new study published online November 28 in the Journal of the Neurological … Continue reading

India to Revise Enforcement of Internet Law

The recent arrests of two young women for their mild criticism of powerful people “are certainly an abuse of the law.” The Indian government will soon bar lower-level police officials from arresting people for making offensive comments on social networking sites unless the case is first reviewed by a senior police official, a top government … Continue reading

Implantable Silk Optics Multi-Task in the Body

These tiny mirror-like devices dissolve harmlessly at predetermined rates and require no surgery to remove them Tufts University School of Engineering researchers have demonstrated silk-based implantable optics that offer significant improvement in tissue imaging while simultaneously enabling photo thermal therapy, administering drugs and monitoring drug delivery. The devices also lend themselves to a variety of … Continue reading

Chemists Invent Powerful Toolkit, Accelerating Creation of Potential New Drugs

Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have invented a set of chemical tools that is radically simplifying the creation of potential new drug compounds. Pharmaceutical chemists frequently seek to generate dozens or even hundreds of variations of a given compound to see which works best. The new toolkit — described in the Nov. 28, … Continue reading

Hagfish slime as a model for tomorrow’s natural fabrics

Nylon, Kevlar and other synthetic fabrics: Step aside. If new scientific research pans out, people may be sporting shirts, blouses and other garments made from fibers modeled after those in the icky, super-strong slime from a creature called the hagfish. The study appears in ACS’ journal Biomacromolecules. Lead author Atsuko Negishi, her supervisor Douglas S. … Continue reading

WSU researchers use 3-D printer to make parts from moon rock

Coming to a natural satellite near you Imagine landing on the moon or Mars, putting rocks through a 3-D printer and making something useful – like a needed wrench or replacement part. “It sounds like science fiction, but now it’s really possible,” says Amit Bandyopadhyay, professor in the School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering at … Continue reading

Research Discovery Could Revolutionize Semiconductor Manufacturing

Could make their manufacture thousands of times quicker, allowing for cheaper semiconductors A completely new method of manufacturing the smallest structures in electronics could make their manufacture thousands of times quicker, allowing for cheaper semiconductors. The findings have been published in the latest issue of Nature. Instead of starting from a silicon wafer or other … Continue reading