biomimicry

Artificial neurons on silicon chips that precisely mimic real, living nerve cells responding to a range of stimulations have been designed by a team of scientists supported by the EU-funded CResPace project. With its promise to bring new insights into the diagnosis and treatment of conditions as varied as cancer, cardiovascular and neurodegenerative diseases, bioelectronic… Read more

Artificial neurons on silicon chips that behave just like the real thing have been invented by scientists – a first-of-its-kind achievement with enormous scope for medical devices to cure chronic diseases, such as heart failure, Alzheimer’s, and other diseases of neuronal degeneration. Critically the artificial neurons not only behave just like biological neurons but only… Read more

Want to create a brand new type of protein that might have useful properties? No problem. Just hum a few bars. In a surprising marriage of science and art, researchers at MIT have developed a system for converting the molecular structures of proteins, the basic building blocks of all living beings, into audible sound that… Read more

An artificial sensory nerve system that can identify letters in the Braille alphabet and activate the twitch reflex in a cockroach has been developed by Stanford and Seoul National University researchers. The work is a step toward creating artificial skin for prosthetic limbs, to restore sensation to amputees and, perhaps, one day give robots some… Read more

A new method allows researchers to shape the growth of bacterial communities by working with light and genetically engineered bacteria, creating intricate designs, from polka dots to stripes to circuits, overnight. The technique can achieve biofilms grown at a resolution of 25 micrometers, which is about one-tenth the size of a grain of table salt… Read more