Life Sciences


  • Study: Indoor relative humidity may influence COVID-19 transmissions

    The researchers suggest that COVID-19 infections and deaths were higher when indoor relative humidity levels were outside a 40% to 60% range.

  • Tricking a negative pressure room with sound

    The researchers suggested that the mechanisms for controlling airflow into and out of biocontainment facilities can be “tricked” into functioning improperly by sound at a specific frequency — possibly placed within a popular song.

  • Ingredient in coffee may protect against COVID-19 infection

    According to the researchers, an ingredient found in coffee hinders the interaction between the SARS CoV-2 spike protein of the coronavirus and the ACE-2 receptor.

  • Medical robots: Redefining the healthcare industry

    Medical robots are engineered to work in tandem with doctors and provide support during various surgical and diagnostic procedures.

  • Breath, not batteries, powers this brain implant

    Routine battery replacement surgeries might be avoided with technology that uses the patient’s own breathing movements to charge the implant.

  • Soft, handheld robots may ease injection fears at the doctor's office

    The soft, fur-covered robot dubbed Reliebo attaches to the wearer’s hand and features small air sacs that inflate in response to hand movements.

  • A "bubbly" solution for detecting COVID-19

    The researchers are eyeing future applications wherein the technology could be wall- or ceiling-mounted in schools and hospitals and offer alerts to occupants instantly when COVID-19 is detected in the atmosphere.

  • Future medical implants, food wrappers could be composed of CBD

    To develop the CBD-based bioplastic material, researchers performed a condensation reaction using adipoyl chloride and either CBD or the similar cannabigerol (CBG), to produce a polyester.

  • Emerson eyes the future of optimized device design at COMPAMED 2022

    Emerson will showcase ASCO miniature valve technologies for fluid control and Branson welding equipment at the trade fair.

  • Tufts team turns silk into non-stick material

    The material’s non-stick properties reportedly outperform the nonstick surfaces found on some brands of cookware.

  • Voice app screens for COVID and Parkinson’s disease

    Need early detection of Parkinson’s disease and COVID-19? There’s an app for that.

  • Self-sterilizing film kill viruses using room lights

    The Queen’s University Belfast team suggests that the self-sterilizing film could be used to replace disposable plastic films used in the healthcare industry and also used on surfaces in food production factories.

  • First UV moisture-curing medical adhesive

    In addition to its primary curing — UV crosslinking — this adhesive also offers secondary moisture post-curing.

  • Cornell mircrobots smaller than the head of an ant

    The solar-powered microbots feature an onboard microprocessor "brain" that enables the robots to walk without being externally controlled.

  • Caterpillar-inspired millirobot eyed for biomedical applications

    Altering various factors — the composition of ammonium sulfate, the thickness of the gel or the strength of the magnetic field for instance — could potentially enable researchers to fine tune the properties of the gel.

  • Robo-capsule delivers drugs directly to the gut

    In the swine model, the RoboCap reportedly increased drug permeability for both the insulin and the vancomycin by more than 10 times.

  • Shape-shifting robots can split apart, reassemble

    The robots are composed of a ferrofluid featuring magnetic iron oxide nanoparticles suspended in clear oil. According to the researchers, the robots are controlled using magnets.

  • This sticker could detect cystic fibrosis

    Can a sticker help to detect cystic fibrosis quicker than current equipment?

  • Sensitive optical sensing tool for medical, industrial use

    The design combines the advantages of the two types of interferometers currently available, making it both compact and highly sensitive.

  • Mask detects respiratory pathogens surrounding the wearer in just minutes

    The mask is designed to quickly detect the presence of respiratory pathogens responsible for COVID-19 and H1N1 influenza, among others, that are spread via small droplets and aerosols released by infected people.

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