How to get conductive gels to stick when wet

A new way of making polymers adhere to surfaces may enable better biomedical sensors and implants.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
March 20, 2020 ~6 min

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Widening metal tolerance for hydrogels

MIT graduate student Seth Cazzell shows controlling pH enables reversible hydrogel formation in wider range of metal concentrations.

Denis Paiste | Materials Research Laboratory • mit
Dec. 23, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: research metals school-of-engineering materials-science-and-engineering dmse materials-research-laboratory bioinspiration hydrogels

Flexible yet sturdy robot is designed to “grow” like a plant

Its extendable appendage can meander through tight spaces and then lift heavy loads.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
Nov. 7, 2019 ~6 min

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Double-sided tape for tissues could replace surgical sutures

New adhesive that binds wet surfaces within seconds could be used to heal wounds or implant medical devices.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
Oct. 30, 2019 ~7 min

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“Nanofiber yarn” makes for stretchy, protective artificial tissue

Twisted fibers coated with living cells could assist healing of injured muscles and tendons.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
April 23, 2019 ~6 min

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Working out makes hydrogels perform more like muscle

Mechanical “training” produces strong, fatigue-resistant, yet soft hydrogels with possible uses in medicine.

Becky Ham | MIT News correspondent • mit
April 22, 2019 ~6 min

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Spider silk could be used as robotic muscle

Unusual property of the ultrastrong material could be harnessed for twisting or pulling motions.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
March 1, 2019 ~8 min

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Engineers identify key to albatross’ marathon flight | MIT News

Flying in shallow arcs helps birds stay aloft with less effort.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
Oct. 10, 2017 ~8 min

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Our hairy insides | MIT News

Engineers predict how flowing fluid will bend tiny hairs that line blood vessels and intestines.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
Aug. 21, 2017 ~7 min

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Conch shells spill the secret to their toughness | MIT News

Three-tiered structure of these impact-resistant shells could inspire better helmets, body armor.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
May 26, 2017 ~6 min

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