Neural probes for the spinal cord

April 6, 2017
Researchers have developed a rubber-like fiber, shown here, that can flex and stretch while simultaneously delivering both optical impulses, for optoelectronic stimulation, and electrical connections, for stimulation and monitoring. (credit: Chi (Alice) Lu and Seongjun Park)Rubber-like fiber can flex and stretch and can be used for optoelectronic and electrical stimulation/monitoring

A research team led by MIT scientists has developed rubbery fibers for neural probes that can flex and stretch and be implanted into the mouse spinal cord. The goal is to study spinal cord neurons and ultimately develop treatments to alleviate spinal cord injuries in humans. That requires matching the stretchiness, softness, and flexibility of … more…

Astronomers detect atmosphere around Earth-like planet

April 6, 2017
Artist’s impression  of atmosphere around super-Earth planet GJ 1132b (credit: MPIA)Astronomers have detected an atmosphere around an Earth-like planet beyond our solar system for the first time: the super-Earth planet GJ 1132b in the Southern constellation Vela, at a distance of 39 light-years from Earth. The team, led by Keele University’s John Southworth, PhD, used the 2.2 m ESO/MPG telescope in Chile to take images … more…


starship-congressStarship Congress 2017

Dates: Aug 7 – 9, 2017
Location: Monterey, California


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