Why Head and Face Pain Causes More Suffering

People consistently rate pain of the head, face, eyeballs, ears and teeth as more disruptive, and more emotionally draining, than pain elsewhere in the body. Duke University scientists have discovered how the brain’s wiring makes us suffer more from head and face pain. The team found that sensory neurons that serve the head and face … Continue reading “Why Head and Face Pain Causes More Suffering”

Rice researchers use 3-D printers to turn century-old theory into complex schwarzites

Rice University engineers are using 3-D printers to turn structures that have until now existed primarily in theory into strong, light and durable materials with complex, repeating patterns. The porous structures called schwarzites are designed with computer algorithms, but Rice researchers found they could send data from the programs to printers and make macroscale, polymer models for … Continue reading “Rice researchers use 3-D printers to turn century-old theory into complex schwarzites”

CRISPR-carrying nanoparticles edit the genome

New delivery system developed by MIT team deletes disease-causing genes and reduces cholesterol. In a new study, MIT researchers have developed nanoparticles that can deliver the CRISPR genome-editing system and specifically modify genes in mice. The team used nanoparticles to carry the CRISPR components, eliminating the need to use viruses for delivery. Using the new … Continue reading “CRISPR-carrying nanoparticles edit the genome”

A robotic spy among the fish

Researchers at EPFL’s Robotic Systems Laboratory (LSRO), which is headed by Professor Francesco Mondada, have developed a miniature robot that can integrate perfectly into schools of zebrafish. Their work was carried out as part of an EU research program among six partner institutions, and the findings were recently published in Bioinspiration & Biomimetics. “We created a … Continue reading “A robotic spy among the fish”

Berkeley startup to train robots like puppets

The Researchers from the University of California, Berkeley, have launched a start-up, Embodied Intelligence, Inc., to use the latest techniques of deep reinforcement learning and artificial intelligence to make industrial robots easily teachable. Robots today must be programmed by writing computer code, but imagine donning a VR headset and virtually guiding a robot through a … Continue reading “Berkeley startup to train robots like puppets”