Fall 2015

Dextrous robotic hands: new fiber optic sensors and stretchable optical sensors

Dextrous robotic hands: new fiber optic sensors and stretchable optical sensors






While a patch of skin on a human’s finger can contain thousands of sensory nerves, the most advanced robots today may only have 42 sensors in their entire “hand” (1, 2). However, a new robotic hand developed by scientists at Carnegie Mellon University in collaboration with Intelligent Fiber Optic Systems […]

 
 

Prosthesis helps memory formation despite brain damage

Prosthesis helps memory formation despite brain damage






Human trials are currently underway for a new study aimed to help patients with brain damage form long-term memories. Scientists at the University of Southern California and Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center have developed a brain prosthesis that has already demonstrated promising results in animal trials. This prosthesis – designed […]

 
 

Talking away the winter blues

Talking away the winter blues






While most people enjoy the cheerful “holiday season,” others may find the idea of winter less appealing. Over 14 million people in the United States alone suffer from seasonal affective disorder (SAD), a psychological mood disorder characterized by depression that recurs during a specific season, primarily winter. SAD accounts for […]

 
 

Ancient retroviral genes found to contribute to ALS

Ancient retroviral genes found to contribute to ALS






Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is an incurable disease that kills motor neurons, the brain cells that control the muscles. As a result, symptoms of the disease include difficulty walking, speaking, and breathing, eventually resulting in death. This past week, scientists at the National Institute of Health discovered that the relics of viral genes in […]

 
 

Dream state activated by group of neurons

Dream state activated by group of neurons






Sleep is regarded as a necessary but uncontrollable aspect of daily life. That description may change, however, owing to the work of a team of neuroscientists at the University of California, Berkeley. The team developed a method to activate rapid eye movement (REM) in sleeping mice. REM sleep and non-REM […]

 
 
 
 
 

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