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May 2016 Issue
The Human Brain Project
The Human Brain Project (HBP) is a Europe-wide initiative which aims to pull together European efforts to address one of the greatest challenges of modern science: understanding the human brain.
   
March 2016 Issue
Bridging the bio-electronic divide
A new DARPA program aims to develop an implantable neural interface able to provide unprecedented signal resolution and data-transfer bandwidth between the human brain and the digital world.
   
January 2016 Issue
Men have better sense of direction than women
TIt’s been well established that men perform better than women when it comes to specific spatial tasks. But how much of that is linked to sex hormones versus cultural conditioning and other factors?
   
November 2015 Issue
Exoskeleton to ensure an active old age
Researchers from Aalborg University are involved in an international project to develop portable robot skeletons for the elderly so they can continue to be active longer. Think of it as a tool, not as a robot, say the researchers.
   
September 2015 Issue
Synthorx uses synthetic DNA to make novel proteins
In a major breakthrough in synthetic biology, the California-based biotechnology company Synthorx has managed to create novel proteins using synthetic DNA technology. Middle East Health reports.
   
July 2015 Issue
Soft robotic glove puts control in the grasp of hand-impaired patients
Having achieved promising results in proof–of–concept prototyping and experimental testing, a soft robotic glove under development by soft wearable robotics expert Conor Walsh, Ph.D., and a team of engineers at the Wyss Institute for Biologically.
   
May 2015 Issue
3D printer for small molecules opens access to customised chemistry
Howard Hughes Medical Institute scientists have simplified the chemical synthesis of small molecules, eliminating a major bottleneck that limits the exploration of a class of compounds offering tremendous potential for medicine and technology.
   
March 2015 Issue
Speeding up rehabilitation with neuroprosthetics
The HYPER research project has an ambitious aim – to speed up the recovery process of people who suffer motor disability. To do this the researchers are using neurorobotics, neuroprosthetics and virtual reality to improve the life quality of patients whose mobility is limited.
   
Janurary 2015 Issue
New drug-delivery capsule may replace injections
Given a choice, most patients would prefer to take a
drug orally instead of getting an injection. Unfortunately, many drugs, especially those made from large proteins, cannot be given as a pill because they get broken down in the stomach before they can be absorbed.
   
November 2014 Issue
Robotic smart suit designed to help people with limited mobility
The Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University has been awarded a first-phase US$2.9 million follow-on contract from the US-based Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to further develop a biologically inspired smart suit.
   
September 2014 Issue
Physicists develop artificial retina – an interface to the optical nerve
Physicists at Technische Universität München (TUM) are using the special properties of graphene to produce key elements of an artificial retina. Middle East Heath reports.
   
July 2014 Issue
Forgetting is actively regulated
In order to function properly, the human brain requires the ability not only to store but also to forget: Through memory loss, unnecessary information is deleted and the nervous system retains its plasticity.
   
May 2014 Issue
The Cyborg Era is upon us
Medical implants, complex interfaces between brain and machine or remotely controlled insects: Recent developments combining machines and organisms have great potentials, but also give rise to major ethical concerns.
   
March 2014 Issue
Discovery of quantum vibrations in “microtubules” inside brain neurons corroborates controversial 20-year-old theory of consciousness
A review and update of a controversial 20-year-old theory of consciousness published in Physics of Life Reviews claims that consciousness derives from deeper level, finer scale activities inside brain neurons.
   
January 2014 Issue
World’s smallest pacemaker implanted in patient for first time
In December, Medtronic announced the first-in-human implant of the world’s smallest pacemaker: the Micra Transcatheter Pacing System (TPS).
 
 September 2013 Issue
The Human Brain Project
The Human Brain Project (HBP) is a Europe-wide initiative which aims to pull together European efforts to address one of the greatest challenges of modern science: understanding the human brain.
   
 July 2013 Issue
Satisfied hospital staff – less patient mortality
The satisfaction levels among a hospital’s staff are closely linked to the quality of healthcare it provides, say a team of doctors from Imperial College London.
   
 March 2013 Issue
Satisfied hospital staff – less patient mortality
The satisfaction levels among a hospital’s staff are closely linked to the quality of healthcare it provides, say a team of doctors from Imperial College London.
   
 January 2013 Issue
Artificial cornea implant
Blindness is often caused by corneal diseases. The established treatment is a corneal transplant, but in many cases this is not possible and donor corneas are often hard to come by.  
   
 November 2012 Issue
No more needle pricks for diabetics
Diabetics will celebrate when they no longer have to prick their finger every day to get that drop of blood to put on a strip to check their blood glucose level.
   
 September 2012 Issue
Music to my eyes
Sensory substitution devices (SSDs) use sound or touch to help the visually impaired perceive the visual scene surrounding them. The ideal SSD would assist not only in sensing the environment but also in performing daily activities based on this input. 
   
 July 2012 Issue
The world’s first integrated chemical chip
You probably haven’t heard of Klas Tybrandt. He’s a doctoral student in Organic Electronics at Linköping University, Sweden, and has developed the first integrated chemical chip...
   
 May 2012 Issue
A solution for baldness
A research group headed by Prof Takashi Tsuji of the Research Institute for Science and Technology at the Tokyo University of Science and Director of Organ Technologies, have demonstrated that they can bioengineer fully functional hair follicles with stem cells.
   
 March 2012 Issue
Assisted living apps for older people
There are currently more than 20 million older dependent people in the 27 EU member states, a segment of the population set to rise to more than 44 million by 2060.
   
 January 2012 Issue
Microscopic organic medical imaging devices
Scientists at the University of Nottingham in the UK are developing microscopic organic medical imaging systems to support a new generation of breakthrough treatments for currently incurable diseases and chronic life-threatening illnesses.
   
 November 2011 Issue
Holographic memory for storage of medical data
Scientists have moved a step closer to being able to develop a computer model of the brain after developing a technique to map both the connections and functions of nerve cells in the brain together for the first time.
   
 September 2011 Issue
  Mapping the brain
Supported by mammoth funding, European research institutions are embarking on a massive, multi-faceted, scientific endeavour to achieve “visionary technological goals”.
   
 July 2011 Issue
Mapping the brain
Scientists have moved a step closer to being able to develop a computer model of the brain after developing a technique to map both the connections and functions of nerve cells in the brain together for the first time.
   
 November 2010 Issue

Engineers develop touch-sensitive artificial skin
New artificial skin could make it possible to create robots with a grip delicate enough to hold an egg, yet strong enough carry a cooking pot.   

   
 September 2010 Issue
Seeing the world with new eyes - Biosynthetic corneas restore vision in humans
A new study from researchers in Sweden and Canada has shown that biosynthetic corneas can help regenerate and repair damaged eye tissue and improve vision in humans. The results, from an early phase clinical trial with 10 patients, are published in the 25 August 2010. 
   
 May 2010 Issue
Fish shows way to mend broken heart
After a non-fatal heart attack, a damaged human heart does its best to patch itself up by forming a scar. But how much better would it be if that patch were made up of healthy, fully functional heart muscle rather than scrappy, stiff scar tissue?
   
 March 2010 Issue
An apple a day…
A study by scientists in the United States appears to support the age-old adage: “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.”   
   
 January 2010 Issue
Building a replica of the brain
A model that replicates the functions of the human brain is feasible in 10 years according to neuroscientist Professor Henry Markram of the Brain Mind Institute in Switzerland. 
   



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