A new sponge-like material could have diverse and valuable real-life applications. The new elastomer could be used to create soft, tactile robots to help care for elderly people, perform remote surgical procedures or build highly sensitive prosthetic hands.
While lithium-ion batteries have transformed our everyday lives, researchers are currently trying to find new chemistries that could offer even better energy possibilities. One of these chemistries, lithium-air, could promise greater energy density but has certain drawbacks as well.
Scientists have shown that a process known as oxidative stress is at work during encounters between certain nanoparticles and immune cells, selectively modifying proteins on macrophages, a type of immune cell.
Scientists have proposed the first scheme to use electromechanical oscillators and superconducting circuits to teleport the internal quantum state (memory) and center-of-mass motion state of a microorganism.
In order to get a little closer towards unravelling the mystery of cell adhesion, chemists developed a model system where they are able to control when and where cells adhere to in an extremely precise way.
A nature-inspired method to model the reflection of light from the skin of silvery fish and other organisms may be possible. Such a technique may be applicable to developing better broadband reflectors and custom multi-spectral filters for a wide variety of applications.