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  • Balance Boards to Stay Active in the Offfice: Interview with Joel Heath, CEO of FluidStance 
    by Alice Ferng on January 20, 2023 at 5:06 pm

    Fun and durable, the FluidStance balance board deck can be found at many offices these days as working professionals with desk jobs look for ways to stay active and healthy. Long hours slumped over at a desk means that your muscles remain inactive for long periods of time – a running hypothesis is that long

  • Biobots Use Optogenetic Muscle Actuators for Movement
    by Conn Hastings on January 20, 2023 at 4:54 pm

    Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have developed centimeter-scale biobots that combine soft materials, mouse muscle tissue, and wireless electronic components. The tiny devices can be controlled remotely through optogenetics. The muscle within the devices forms an optogenetic actuator and creates movement when exposed to light. The researchers can control this movement remotely

  • Artificial Neuron Uses Ions Like the Real Thing
    by Conn Hastings on January 19, 2023 at 8:09 pm

    Researchers at Linköping University in Sweden have developed artificial neurons that demonstrate 15 of the 20 characteristics of biological neural cells and can communicate with natural neurons in the body. The researchers call their device the “conductance-based organic electrochemical neuron,” or c-OECN, and it is based on materials that can conduct a negative charge, including

  • Hydrogel Scaffold Makes a Living Electrode
    by Conn Hastings on January 18, 2023 at 2:54 pm

    A team of researchers at the Harvard Wyss Institute have developed a soft, hydrogel scaffold that can function as a living electrode for brain-computer interface applications. The researchers used electrically conductive materials and created a porous and flexible scaffold using a freeze-drying process. They then seeded the scaffold with human neural progenitor cells (NPCs) and

  • Bioprinted Eye Tissue to Study Retinal Diseases
    by Conn Hastings on January 6, 2023 at 4:45 pm

    Researchers at the National Eye Institute, which is part of the National Institutes of Health, have created a method to 3D bioprint eye tissue that forms the outer blood-retina barrier. This tissue supports the photoreceptors in the retina and is implicated in the initiation of age-related macular degeneration. The researchers combined different cell types, which

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