Electronics inspired by the qualities of human skin

Human interactions with robots could soon be revolutionised with ‘skin-inspired’ electronics. Chemical engineers at Stanford have already discovered a groundbreaking way to create an elastic light-emitting polymer. Now they have developed stretchy colour displays which could...

Evonetix demonstrates novel enzymatic DNA synthesis method

Proprietary thermally-controlled synthesis chemistry will enable production of high quality DNA at scale, making it a key milestone in the development of Evonetix’s benchtop DNA synthesis platform. EVONETIX LTD (‘Evonetix’), the synthetic biology company specialising...

The time is now: how bioscience can build its talent pipeline

Benn Chacksfield, Head of Propositions at Tiro, says employers should consider alternative avenues of recruitment to avert the looming skills crisis. The bioscience sector has never been more prominent in public consciousness in the wake...

What happens in our brain when we die

Neuroscientists have recorded the activity of a dying human brain and discovered rhythmic brain wave patterns similar to those during dreaming, memory recall, and meditation. A new study suggests an explanation for vivid life...

Cytiva supports global biopharma industry with new site in Cardiff, Wales

Cardiff site will manufacture single-use bioprocessing technologies used to make vaccines and biopharmaceuticals for global customers. Part of a £300 million investment over two years with Pall Life Sciences into UK operations. Cytiva, a...

AI used to improve cardiovascular risk prediction

AI startup Owkin and Amgen have announced the results of a three-year project using artificial intelligence to more accurately predict cardiovascular risk. This study demonstrates the ability of AI to improve the way that...

Lab-grown ‘mini-stomachs’ could shed light on children’s COVID symptoms

A ‘lab-grown model’ of the human stomach, that can be used to study how infections affect the gastrointestinal system, has been developed for the first time. A UCL-led team of international scientists have built on...

Bacteria can develop strong immunity for protection against viruses

A new study hopes to exploit newly characterised defence systems in bacteria to compare changes to the human genome. University bioscientists have been working on the research to demonstrate the complex workings of bacterial innate...

Ancient genes help dolphins live on

Ancient genes that predate the last Ice Age may be the key to survival … at least if you are a dolphin! Genes up to 2.3 million years old helped the bottlenose dolphin adapt to...

Light therapy helmet could help dementia patients

A new infrared light therapy has the potential to help people with dementia. A pilot study recently investigated how transcranial photobiomodulation therapy (PBM-T) –transferred through a specially adapted helmet -- could boost memory, motor function...

Putting the diverse into neurodiversity

The global Institute Of Neurodiversity ION has launched its UK chapter. The Institute aims to give a global voice to all neurodiverse groups, and ensure neurodivergent individuals are understood, represented, and valued equally in society. Currently, 1 in...

Sizzling breakthrough for 3D meat

A 4oz steak has been ‘lab-grown’ using a digital design file. Israeli firm MeaTech 3D Ltd. cultivated the bio-printed steak using real fat and muscle cells. The cells were produced using an advanced process that...

‘Super jelly’ can survive being run over by a car

Researchers have developed a jelly-like material that can withstand the equivalent of an elephant standing on it, and completely recover to its original shape, even though it’s 80 per cent water. The soft-yet-strong material, developed...

Teaching old oaks new tricks

Mature oak trees will increase their rate of photosynthesis by up to a third in response to the raised CO2 levels expected to be the world average by about 2050, new research shows. The results, published...

New microscope uses photonics for insights into ‘superbugs’

Scientists are building a new super-resolution microscope that uses laser light to study the inner workings and behaviours of superbugs to gain new insights into how they cause disease. The microscope will allow scientists to...

Spider web secrets unravelled

American scientists are the first to document every step of web-building. Johns Hopkins University researchers discovered precisely how spiders build webs by using night vision and artificial intelligence to track and record every movement of...