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Digital mechanoreceptor skin breakthrough

Earlier this week, Zhenan Bao, professor of chemistry, and her lab announced the creation of the first flexible and artificially intelligent skin with pressure sensing capabilities. Five years ago, Bao began the project of developing a plastic alternative to skin. Her group examined the springiness of different rubbers and materials. Growing capability in pressure sensing allowed…

Nanoparticle may advance surgery

Medical researcher and nanotechnology professor Sam Gambhir and his research team have devised a way to use gold-based particles to image cancer cells in the brain. Although years away from practical use in humans, the research has the potential to advance the abilities of brain surgeons, who currently remove tumors while observing with the naked eye.