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Jun 30, 2022

Mimicking the function of Ruffini receptors using a bio-inspired artificial skin

Posted by in categories: biological, cyborgs, habitats, health, robotics/AI

Mobile robots are now being introduced into a wide variety of real-world settings, including public spaces, home environments, health care facilities and offices. Many of these robots are specifically designed to interact and collaborate with humans, helping them to complete hands-on physical tasks.

To improve the performance of on interactive and manual tasks, roboticists will need to ensure that they can effectively sense stimuli in their environment. In recent years, many engineers and material scientists have thus been trying to develop systems that can artificially replicate biological sensory processes.

Researchers at Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, Sapienza University of Rome and other institutes in Italy have recently used an artificial skin and a that could be used to improve the tactile capabilities of both existing and newly developed robots to replicate the function of the so-called Ruffini receptors. Their approach, introduced in a paper published in Nature Machine Intelligence, replicates the function of a class of cells located on the human superficial dermis (i.e., subcutaneous skin tissue), known as Ruffini receptors.

Jun 30, 2022

From transistor to memristor: switching technologies for the future

Posted by in categories: internet, robotics/AI

Memristors in microchips boost computing capacity, processing speeds and energy efficiency, bringing a bundle of possibilities to artificial intelligence and the internet of things.

Jun 30, 2022

Self-charging buoy could harness wave power to monitor the oceans

Posted by in category: futurism

A buoy powered by the movement of waves could be used to sense water levels for early flood warning systems or to check long-term water quality.

Jun 30, 2022

Materials with nanoscale components will change what’s possible

Posted by in categories: engineering, nanotechnology

This year’s 35 Innovators are making it possible for familiar materials like glass, steel, and electronics to have completely new properties.

Jun 30, 2022

Layered material soaks up molecules to form an electron sieve

Posted by in category: materials

Chiral molecules intercalated into van der Waals gaps.

Jun 30, 2022

FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried isn’t who you think he is

Posted by in category: futurism

Andreas StürmerWho knows? Which one of both is fake news?


Sam Bankman-Fried recently hit the news when he was featured in Washington Post, vowing to give away millions worth of BTC, although he admits this is about wooing regulators and onboarding people to FTX.

Jun 30, 2022

Spaceflight Will Warm Earth’s Stratosphere 4 Degrees, Study Finds

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, satellites

Black carbon in the atmosphere is like dressing Earth in a black shirt on a sunny day.


In new research published earlier this month, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency (NOAA) simulates the effect of greatly increased spaceflight on the stratosphere. The results show that planned spaceflight over the next few decades could raise Earth’s temperature, change global air currents, and dampen the ozone layer. The study appears in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmosphere.

These days, it’s hard to pull up any technology-or science-oriented news site without seeing something about Elon Musk’s satellite launches, his plans to send many ships to Mars, NASA’s big slate of upcoming Artemis mission launches, the rise of private spaceflight, and the increase in national spaceflight from previously unrepresented nations. It’s a huge moment for space, so traffic is about to get worse.

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Jun 30, 2022

New health research suggests novel combination therapy for triple-negative breast cancer

Posted by in categories: augmented reality, biotech/medical, health

Research led by Suresh Alahari, Ph.D., Professor of Biochemistry at LSU Health New Orleans schools of Medicine and Graduate Studies, suggests a combination of drugs already approved by the FDA for other cancers may be effective in treating chemo-resistant triple-negative breast cancer. The results are published in Molecular Cancer.

Triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) tumors lack estrogen receptors, progesterone receptors, and human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2). A subtype representing 12–55% of tumors has androgen receptors (AR). Since stimulate tumor cell progression in estrogen receptor-negative breast cancers, they have become a target of triple-negative breast cancer therapy. As well, since a substantial number of patients with triple-negative breast cancer develop resistance to paclitaxel, the FDA-approved chemotherapeutic agent for triple-negative breast cancer, new therapeutic approaches are needed.

Working in a mouse model and tissue from patients with triple-negative breast cancer, the research team screened 133 FDA-approved drugs that have a therapeutic effect against androgen receptor cells. They found that ceritinib, an FDA-approved drug for lung cancers, efficiently inhibited the growth of androgen receptor triple-negative breast cancer cells. To improve the response, they also selected enzalutamide, an FDA-approved androgen receptor antagonist for prostate cancer treatment.

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Jun 30, 2022

CEO test-drives Mojo Vision’s smart augmented reality contact lens

Posted by in categories: augmented reality, biotech/medical, wearables

Forget your bulky AR headsets, smart contact lenses are coming to place augmented reality displays right there on your eyeball. Last week, Mojo Vision CEO Drew Perkins volunteered to test the first feature-complete prototype of his company’s design.

Smart wearables are all about super-portable convenience, and until scientists can plumb an AR display directly into your visual cortex, the smallest and most portable form factor we can imagine is that of a contact lens. Mojo Vision has been working on a smart contact lens design since 2015, and its latest prototype Mojo Lens packs in a pretty impressive amount of gear – especially for something that has to live behind your eyelid.

For starters, it has the world’s smallest and highest-density display capable of showing dynamic content – a green monochrome MicroLED display measuring less than 0.5 mm (0.02 in) in diameter, with a resolution of 14,000 pixels per inch. It’s got an ARM Core M0 processor, a 5-GHz radio capable of communicating at ultra-low latency, and enough accelerometers, gyroscopes and magnetometers to track your eye movements with extreme precision, allowing the image to stay stable even as you move your eyes around.

Jun 30, 2022

Cobalt Anti-MXenes as Promising Anode Materials for Sodium-Ion Batteries

Posted by in categories: sustainability, transportation

The current electric vehicle market is entirely dominated by lithium-ion batteries (LIBs). However, due to the limited and unequal distribution of LIB raw materials on earth, there is a continuous effort to design alternate storage devices. Among the alternatives to LIBs, sodium-ion batteries (NIBs) are at the forefront because sodium resources are ubiquitous worldwide and virtually inexhaustible. However, one of the major drawbacks of the NIBs is their low specific charge capacity. Since the specific charge capacity of a cell can be improved by increasing the specific charge capacity of the anode material, there is a constant effort to find suitable anode materials. Recent studies suggested that a cobalt-boride (CoB) anti-MXene material (a newly discovered two-dimensional material) can yield superior specific charge capacities for LIBs than traditional graphite-based anodes.

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