Watch a tiny robot back flip through a real colon

A microrobot as small as a few human hairs can do flips through the colon to deliver drugs. Check out the video to see it in action.

Kayla Wiles-Purdue • futurity
Oct. 16, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: robots drug-delivery featured health-and-medicine magnetic-fields

Team creates ‘holy grail’ of superconductors

"...with this kind of technology, you can take society into a superconducting society where you'll never need things like batteries again."

Bob Marcotte-U. Rochester • futurity
Oct. 15, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: physics electricity materials-science superconductors temperature magnetism featured science-and-technology

Life on Earth: why we may have the Moon's now defunct magnetic field to thank for it

The Earth's magnetic field was most likely weaker when life evolved on our planet than it is today.

Jon Mound, Associate Professor of Geophysics, University of Leeds • conversation
Oct. 15, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: evolution atmosphere moon earth sun magnetism magnetic-fields life-on-earth solar-winds

Superconductor technology for smaller, sooner fusion

MIT-Commonwealth Fusion Systems demonstration of new superconducting cable is a key step on the high-field path to compact fusion.

Leda Zimmerman | Plasma Science and Fusion Center • mit
Oct. 13, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: energy industry superconductors research renewable-energy school-of-engineering global faculty collaboration nuclear-science-and-engineering magnets alternative-energy plasma-science-and-fusion-center fusion cern

Imaging technique could replace tissue biopsies in assessing drug resistance in breast cancer patients

Imaging techniques could replace the need for invasive tissue biopsies in helping rapidly determine whether cancer treatments are working effectively,

Cambridge University News • cambridge
Oct. 6, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: animal-research cancer breast-cancer imaging magnetic-resonance-imaging-mri

Are the Earth's magnetic poles about to swap places? Strange anomaly gives reassuring clue

The Earth's magnetic field is a lot weaker than we would expect around the island of St Helena.

Andrew Biggin, Professor of Palaeomagnetism, University of Liverpool • conversation
July 20, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: magnetic-fields earths-core earths-mantle

Earth’s magnetic field may change faster than we thought – new research

Changes in the Earth's magnetic field pose a great risk to electronic infrastructure.

Christopher Davies, Associate professor, University of Leeds • conversation
July 20, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: magnetic-fields geophysics earths-core

Tiny brain stim implant doesn’t need batteries or wires

A new device the size of a grain of rice could electrically stimulate the brain. It could potentially help treat depression, Parkinson's, and more.

Jade Boyd-Rice • futurity
June 10, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: brains materials-science medical-devices magnetism health-and-medicine implants

Improved MRI scans could aid in development of arthritis treatments

An algorithm that analyses MRI images and automatically detects small changes in knee joints over time could be used in the development of new treatments for arthritis.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
June 9, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: engineering imaging osteoarthritis ageing magnetic-resonance-imaging-mri

Nanotech could diagnose COVID-19 and gauge death risk

A proposed platform uses nanoparticles or magnetic levitation to spot a "fingerprint" for COVID-19 diagnosis and checking death risk.

Kim Ward-Michigan State • futurity
May 19, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: covid-19 nanotechnology viruses infections magnetism health-and-medicine medical-tests

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