On this episode of the Pulse, we’re taking colon biopsies with miniature star-shaped robots, watching an origami biosensor-bot fold itself, catching disease-causing mosquitoes with a drone, and regenerating skin wounds with an injectable hydrogel.
Mini-Robotic Biopsies: Colon biopsies can really be a pain in the … well, you know. Researchers from Johns Hopkins University have created tiny, star-shaped robots that can collect tissue samples without using an invasive probe.
Origami-Inspired Biosensors: Researchers from MIT have demonstrated an untethered miniature origami robot that self-folds, walks, swims, and then degrades. It is made up of a magnet and PVC between laser-cut layers of polystyrene or paper.
Disease Fighting Drones: The U.S. Army is seeking out better bugcatchers to anticipate disease before it reaches American camps. To address this, Microsoft’s “Project Premonition” will use autonomous drones to get a head start on fighting disease outbreaks.
Tissue Regenerating Gel: Researchers at UCLA have developed an injectable hydrogel that helps skin wounds heal more quickly. The material creates an instant scaffold that allows new tissue to grow within the cavities formed between linked spheres of gel.
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