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Transparent robotic eel keeps marine biologists – and sea creatures – happy

Although we have seen robotic fish designed to unobtrusively study marine life, scientists more often use rigid remote-operated vehicles with noisy propellers that scare animals. That could eventually change, however, thanks to the development of a totally silent, transparent, soft-bodied robotic eel. Inspired by transparent eel larvae, the robot measures about a foot long (0.3 […]

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Electronics 3D-printed onto human skin

Various research institutes have already developed skin-applied electronics, that are pre-made and simply adhered to the user’s body. Researchers at the University of Minnesota, however, have taken a different approach. They’ve developed a method of 3D-printing custom electronics directly onto the skin. Led by Prof. Michael McAlpine, the scientists are utilizing an adapted inexpensive 3D […]

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New microscopy technique creates stunning 3D video of life at the cellular level

Using techniques borrowed from astronomy, biologists have developed a new microscopy technique that delivers extraordinary 3D video of cells moving around inside living tissue. It’s a fascinating window into just how busy and complex life is at the cellular level. Researchers at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Janelia Research Campus in Virginia combined two cutting-edge […]