Researchers have invented a smartphone-controlled soft brain implant that can be recharged wirelessly from outside the body — ScienceDaily

A group of KAIST researchers and collaborators have engineered a tiny brain implant that can be wirelessly recharged from outside the body to control brain circuits for long periods of time without battery replacement. The device is constructed of ultra-soft and bio-compliant polymers to help provide long-term compatibility with tissue. Geared with micrometer-sized LEDs (equivalent […]

The liverwort oil body is formed by redirection of the secretory pathway

Cells, the basic unit of life, are surrounded by a limiting membrane called the plasma membrane. Inside cells, there are various membrane-bounded organelles, each of which has various and distinctive functions. How these organelles, which individually boast different functions, have been developed during evolution remains unknown. This phenomenon has fascinated many researchers. In the study […]

The liverwort oil body is formed by redirection of the secretory pathway

An oil body in a cell of the liverwort, Marchantia polymorpha. Credit: NIBB Cells, the basic unit of life, are surrounded by a limiting membrane called the plasma membrane. Inside cells, there are various membrane-bounded organelles, each of which has various and distinctive functions. How these organelles, which individually boast different functions, have been developed […]

How does the human body react to being in space?

Since 1961, more than 500 humans have flown into space. However, only 20 astronauts have stayed  more than 90 days on long-duration space missions. If humans will one day travel to and from Mars, the round-trip will take 3 years. It is essential then, before those crew members ever launch, that we understand the effects […]

Devastating skin disease covering up to 70% of a dolphin’s body tied to climate change

A closeup view of a bottlenose dolphin shows signs of skin lesions associated with a deadly skin disease known as ulcerative dermatitis. In collaboration with Australian researchers, The Marine Mammal Center has found that the increasing frequency and severity of storm systems drastically decrease the salinity of coastal waters, causing fatal skin disease in dolphins […]

Hydrogel controls cell growth outside the body

Credit: CC0 Public Domain Chemists at Radboud University discovered a unique material in 2013. From a synthetic polymer named polyisocyanopeptide (PIC), they made a gel that behaves similar to the matrix that surrounds the cells in your body. The material exhibits a special property that is not found in other materials: it gels on heating […]

Reactive Video playback that you control with your body

Computer scientists have developed an entirely new way of interacting with video content that adapts to, and is controlled by, your body movement. Fitness videos and other instructional content that aims to teach viewers new martial arts skills, exercises or yoga positions have been popular since VHS in the 80s and are abundant on […]

Spaceflight affects the human body in two major, peculiar ways

Spaceflight impacts the body in a number of ways. (NASA /) There might be a few reasons we want to escape our planet’s troubles and hitch a ride to Mars right now. But space is hard: radiation, weightlessness, isolation and a screwed-up sleep schedule can take a toll on the body. Before us Earthlings embark […]