Medical

Sun protection without the slather? Nanoparticles may someday offer intracellular sunscreen solution

By April Gocha / May 22, 2017

Researchers at the University of California, San Diego, have created synthetic nanoparticles that mimic the action of natural melanin. If proven safe and effective, the nanoparticles could someday be developed into a therapy for melanin-defective disorders and potentially even a natural sunscreen.

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biodegradable electronic component on a human hair

Biodegradable electronics might become a reality in the future

By Faye Oney / May 16, 2017

Our electronic devices might become biodegradable in the future. Stanford researchers have created a biodegradable electronic device characteristic of human skin—flexible, self-healing, and degradable with the addition of a weak acid.

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Research team uses 3-D printer to create synthetic nerve and organ tissues

By Faye Oney / May 9, 2017

Scientists at George Washington University are using 3-D printers to create substitute tissues to support damaged bone, cartilage, and neural tissue during the healing process. Their research could eventually help patients with damaged tissues heal more quickly.

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Glass research helps colorblind people see true colors for the first time

By Faye Oney / April 18, 2017

Colorblind people are now able to see true colors—thanks to the efforts of glass research scientists at EnChroma, a company that makes glasses for individuals with color vision deficiency.

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Patent opens up new possibilities for porous wall, hollow glass microspheres in medicine

By April Gocha / April 7, 2017

The Applied Research Center LLC and Augusta University—which collaborated to developed the medical potential of porous wall, hollow glass microspheres—have now jointly licensed the patented technology to SpheroFill LLC (Augusta, Ga.), a startup company specially focusing on biomedical applications of the glass microspheres.

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Flexible glass lab-on-a-chip devices offer potential as medical diagnostics, sensors, more

By April Gocha / April 4, 2017

Researchers at Brigham Young University have devised a technique that incorporates glass to build tiny lab-on-a-chip devices, or flexible glass nanoelectromechanical systems (NEMS), that could broaden rapid medical diagnostics.

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Fish scales inspire ceramic-plated protective gloves that are puncture-resistant yet flexible

By April Gocha / February 21, 2017

By studying how fish scales deform, interact, and fracture, scientists at McGill University have uncovered mechanisms to translate that flexible strength into principles to engineer puncture-resistant gloves that can maintain dexterity while protecting workers with superior appendage protection.

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Science speaks: Which comes out on top this Valentine’s day, milk or dark chocolate?

By April Gocha / February 14, 2017

Beyond personal preference, what can science say about which kind of chocolate comes out on top—milk or dark? Watch this video from ACS Reactions to get the play-by-play of how dark squares stack up to milk chocolate.

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Under Armour’s bioceramic pajamas heal Tom Brady’s body while he sleeps

By April Gocha / January 19, 2017

Athletic apparel maker Under Armor unveiled a bioceramic-laden line of sleepwear at CES 2017, touting the line’s endorsement by famed football player Tom Brady.

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