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Astronauts Use Gecko-Inspired Grippers

Watch astronauts play catch with a gecko-inspired gripper by Science Robotics. Engineers are building grippers inspired by the bottoms of gecko feet—and are testing it for space in NASA’s zero-gravity aircraft and have sent it to the International Space Station. They think the grippers could help automate repair processes and may be useful in future projects clearing up space debris cluttering Earth’s orbit.

  • The Possibilities of CRISPR/Cas9

    CRISPR is everywhere recently, including the recent launch of The CRISPR Journal (published by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.). But, clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats is not the easiest thing to describe the layman, or even some people within the industry. This animated video from Nature beautifully illustrates how CRISPR/Cas9 can cut double-stranded DNA  for a variety of purposes.

  • Hacking Immune Cells

    In the 21st century, there must be a better way to treat cancer than chemotherapy, with all of its side effects. One method currently in development is T cell vector drug delivery. In this TEDtalk, UNC-Chapel Hill biochemist Elizabeth Wayne, Ph.D., describes using immune cells for cancer drug delivery through a combination of e-selectin and TRAIL (TNF-related apoptosis-inducing ligand). 

  • Researchers Demonstrate ‘Mind-Reading’ Brain-Decoding Tech

    Science shows that artificial intelligence is learning to read your mind—and display what it sees. The hope is the reconstruction of mental imagery, which uses some of the same brain circuits as visual processing.This could allow people to express vivid thoughts or dreams to computers or to other people without words or mouse clicks, and could help those with strokes who have no other way to communicate.

  • Untangling Spider Biology

    In this video by Science we see how spider genes put a new spin on arachnids’ potent venoms, stunning silks, and surprising history. These eight-legged marvels have complex genomes, some bigger than ours. 

  • A New Mathematical Model of the Origin of Life

    This new video from SciShow details a new mathematical model for how life on earth started: that natural evaporation cycles could have created an environment for the natural formation of nucelobases. Also in this video is the surprising findings from insulinomas and it applications for diabetes patients.

  • The Mysterious Nanotube Network Connecting Cells

    Strange protrusions have been observed growing between cells. Often referred to as ‘tunnelling nanotubes’ or ‘membrane nanotubes’, their biological significance is not yet clear. Are these a previously unknown method of cell communication? Or an insignificant anomaly? Find out in this video by Nature.

  • Megarafting Animals Rode from Japan to U.S. and Canada after the 2011 Tsunami

    While the increasing tonnage of oceanic garbage is a ecological nightmare, some lucky critters have found it advantageous. In this video by Science, researchers tracked invertebrates and fish propelled out to sea by the 2011 Japanese tsunami following the earthquake. They traveled thousands of kilometers across the Pacific on debris such as boats, buoys, and fragments of docks.

     

     

  • You Don’t Need a Brain to Sleep. Just Ask Jellyfish

    A study reveals that jelly fish sleep and have problems sleeping just like we do.  This video by Science explains the study results that sleep may have deep evolutionary roots.

  • Two New Groundbreaking Cancer Treatments

    The War on Cancer presses ever onward, but some decisive battles appear to have been won. This video from SciShow details the FDA approval of a CAR-T cell therapy treatment for leukemia and promising research in using Zika virus to treat brain cancer.

  • Mass Spec Penmanship

    Researchers at the University of Texas at Austin have developed a handheld mass spectrometer with real-time results. As this video shows, the MasSpec Pen may be used during surgery to identify cancerous tissue within 10 seconds using only a drop of water.

  • Hallucinating the Present

    One of the greatest questions in Science is: Why is there Consciousness? In this video from Science, Researchers conducted experiments to determine the extent to which our beliefs influence our perception, and how much our mental health effects that perception. 

  • New 3D Scanning Campaign Will Reveal 20,000 Animals in Stunning Detail

    This video by Science explains the oVert (Open Exploration of Vertebrate Diversity in 3D) project, or as many scientists know it as "scan-all-vertebrates" project. Thanks to the funding by the National Science Foundation, this David Blackburn project will lead an effort to CT scan more than 20,000 vertebrate specimens and upload images of 3D models to a free online database.

  • What the CRISPR Embryo Editing Study Really Taught Us

    With the rapid advancement of CRISPR technology, it is easy to become confused with just what the science has told us about the new frontier of gene editing. This new video from SciShow breaks down just what we learned from the recent U.S. use of CRISPR/Cas9 to edit human embryos to prevent hypertrophic myocardiopathy (HCM). 

  • The Impact of Genetic Testing

    What if matching a cancer cure to our genetic code was easy? The promise of precision medicine is to deliver the right treatments at the right time, every time, to the right person. This video by Time explains how precision medicine is going to revolutionize the way healthcare is delivered to patients.

  • Regulation of the Understudied Kinome

    Gary Johnson, Ph.D., chair and professor in the department of pharmacology at UNC, whose laboratory is part of the IDG technology development group, discusses some of his current research in a video published by GEN's eXpertTech Druggable Genome series.

  • Biologists Reveal the Hidden History of Books

    Researchers are now able to use non-destructive methods to learn more about a book than just what’s written in it. In this video from Science, a 12th-century codex reveals data on wildlife management, DNA of some readers, and human-born bacteria.

  • What Makes Dogs So Friendly? Study Finds Genetic Link to Super Out-Going People

    Science covers a study that linked genes to a behavioral trait the researchers think was pivotal to dog domestication. Are the same genes involved in human Williams-Beuren syndrome also involved in the sociability in dogs?

  • Moving Pictures to DNA

    Eadweard Muybridge’s famous horse locomotion motion-picture sequence was recently encoded onto DNA using CRISPR technology. In this video from Harvard Medical School, George Church, Ph.D., and Seth Shipman, Ph.D., explain how they engineered the technology that enables the chronological recording of digital information in living bacteria.

  • Astronauts Use Gecko-Inspired Grippers

    Watch astronauts play catch with a gecko-inspired gripper by Science Robotics. Engineers are building grippers inspired by the bottoms of gecko feet—and are testing it for space in NASA’s zero-gravity aircraft and have sent it to the International Space Station. They think the grippers could help automate repair processes and may be useful in future projects clearing up space debris cluttering Earth’s orbit.

  • Repairing the Eardrum: The Sound of Self-Healing

    Ruptured eardrums are relatively common. Fortunately, small tears usually heal by themselves. But some large tears need to be repaired by a surgeon. This animation shows how a new tissue-engineering technique could make that process much easier and cheaper. The technique uses a scaffold and growth factor to stimulate the eardrum’s own cells to grow over the tear.