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    Soft robotics: self-contained soft actuator three times stronger than natural muscle, without the need of externals

    Original @ Phys.org – latest science and technology news stories Researchers at Columbia Engineering have solved a long-standing issue in the creation of untethered soft robots whose actions and movements can help mimic natural biological systems. A group in the Creative Machines lab led by Hod Lipson, professor of … [...]

    The Engine announces investments in first group of startups

    Original @ MIT News – Aeronautical and astronautical engineering New venture launched by MIT will support “tough-tech” companies at work on transformative ideas that take time to commercialize. [...]

    Blood testing via sound waves may replace some tissue biopsies

    Original @ MIT News – Health sciences and technology Microfluidic device uses acoustics to quickly analyze blood for signatures of cancer and other diseases. [...]

    Lighter weights, lower costs in additive manufacturing

    Original @ Phys.org – latest science and technology news stories It’s never long before the most advanced technology needs its own innovations. Additive manufacturing, the gold standard for innovative industry production, has reached that point. With its use steadily increasing, there arises the need to fine-tune th… [...]

    A new approach to ultrafast light pulses

    Original @ MIT News – Energy Unusual fluorescent materials could be used for rapid light-based communications systems. [...]

    MIT named No. 5 university by U.S. News

    Original @ MIT News – Business and management Undergraduate engineering program is No. 1; undergraduate business program is No. 2. [...]

    Cilia: ‘The bouncer’ of bacteria

    Original @ Phys.org – latest science and technology news stories Imagine a club scene—a bouncer at a velvet rope selects which individuals get into the club. This, explains Eva Kanso, a professor of mechanical engineering at USC Viterbi School of Engineering, is what cilia do in an organism. Kanso applied the analogy to explain her new paper, “Motile cilia create fluid-mechanical microhabitats for the active recruitment of the host microbiome,” co-authored with researchers from the Pacific Biosciences Research Center at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and from Stanford, to explain the active role that cilia have in ensuring certain bacteria are kept out of an organism while other symbiotic bacteria are selectively permitted to enter. [...]

    J-WAFS awards commercialization grants to develop technologies for water and food solutions

    Original @ MIT News – Bioengineering and biotechnology Three new projects and two renewals receive J-WAFS Solutions grant funding for 2017-2018. [...]

    New device for testing heart health

    Original @ Medical Xpress – latest medical and health news stories UConn researchers from the Department of Mechanical Engineering have developed a device that tests an important indicator of heart health that is often ignored – blood viscosity. [...]

    Research shows how DNA molecules cross nanopores

    Original @ Phys.org – latest science and technology news stories Research presented in a new paper co-authored by Northwestern University associate professor of mechanical engineering Sandip Ghosal sheds new light on how polymers cross tiny pores ten thousand times smaller than a human hair. [...]