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Soft robotics, typically inspired by octopuses, starfish, and squid, could get a boon from plants thanks to a new hydrogel out of Berkeley.
Researchers at the University of Maryland say a new gel made of water and a fibrous polymer kicks into gear a blood-clotting protein that can stanch deep wounds in minutes.
Working with the Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology, Big Blue has come up with a "hydrogel" that can beat back the bacteria that cause many deadly infections.
Japanese hydrogel R&D firm is growing a cornucopia of plants on film instead of soil. The film prevents bacteria and viruses from harming the plants, so chemicals aren't needed, which could be useful when soil gets contaminated.
Harvard researchers create a heart patch using gels and 3D-printing technology that could someday lessen reliance on transplant surgery.
Spraying this liquid-repelling coating on a stencil provides a unique way for people to share messages that become visible after the design comes in contact with water.
Rather than hydraulic actuators, springs or hinges, these tiny "bio-bots" are powered by living muscle tissue.
Waterproof and water-resistant products have nothing on NeverWet. The superhydrophobic coating, now available in stores, repels liquids like you've never seen before.
A research team has been given a US$855,000 grant to start research on printing's next step: the fourth dimension.