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New symposium highlights research on targeting of incurable diseases via RNA

( Scripps Research Institute) Basic understanding of RNA biology has accelerated as the role of RNAs in disease has become clearer. Approaches to designing effective and selective RNA-focused therapeutic strategies have followed, and are showing great promise, opening diseases once deemed 'undruggable' to potential treatment strategies. On Dec. 5, 2019, Scripps Research, Florida hosts a new symposium aimed at bringing together leading scholars in RNA biology.

NJIT's Brooke Flammang wins 2019 Young Investigator Award

( New Jersey Institute of Technology) Brooke Flammang, assistant professor of biological sciences at NJIT, has been named winner of the 2019 Steven Vogel Young Investigator Award by the scientific journal Bioinspiration & Biomimetics.

NIH RO1 grant to help improve ultrasound tomography for breast cancer detection

( University of Illinois College of Engineering) In the growing need to improve imaging techniques, the United States Department of Health and Human Services has awarded an RO1 grant titled 'Advanced image reconstruction for accurate and high-resolution breast ultrasound tomography' to teams at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Wayne State University.

Injectable, flexible electrode could replace rigid nerve-stimulating implants

( University of Wisconsin-Madison) By electrically stimulating nerves, neuromodulation therapies can reduce epileptic seizures, soothe chronic pain, and treat depression and a host of other health conditions without the use of conventional drugs like opioids. Now, University of Wisconsin-Madison biomedical engineers and their collaborators have made a significant advance that could dramatically reduce the cost of neuromodulation therapy, increase its reliability and make it much less invasive.

A cheaper way to scale up atomic layer deposition

( Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne) Chemical engineers at EPFL have developed a new method for atomic layer deposition, a technique commonly used in high-quality microelectronics. The new method can be used in materials with larger surfaces much more cheaply than current approaches, while preserving quality and efficiency.

Using mountains for long-term energy storage

( International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis) The storage of energy for long periods of time is subject to special challenges. An IIASA researcher proposes using a combination of Mountain Gravity Energy Storage (MGES) and hydropower as a solution for this issue.

New way of measuring white blood cell function offers better insights to help patients with sepsis

( Brigham and Women's Hospital) Investigators from Brigham and Women's Hospital, in collaboration with colleagues at MIT, have developed a technology advance to enable measurement of the activation and function of white blood cells -- the immune system's sentinels -- from a small aliquot of blood from patients with sepsis.

Large scale integrated circuits produced in printing press

( Linköping University) Researchers at Linköping University and RISE, Campus Norrköping, have shown for the first time that it is possible to print complete integrated circuits with more than 100 organic electrochemical transistors. The result has been published in Nature Communications.

New efficiency world record for organic solar modules

( Forschungszentrum Juelich) Researchers from Nuremberg and Erlangen has set a new record for the power conversion efficiency of organic photovoltaic modules. The scientists from Friedrich-Alexander Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, the Bavarian Center for Applied Energy Research, and the Helmholtz Institute Erlangen-Nürnberg for Renewable Energy, a branch of Forschungszentrum Jülich, in cooperation with the South China University of Technology, designed an OPV module with an efficiency of 12.6% over an area of 26 square centimeters.

Magnets for the second dimension

( ETH Zurich) ETH Zurich scientists have developed cube-shaped magnetic building blocks that can be assembled into two-dimensional shapes and controlled by an external magnetic field. They can be used for soft robotics applications.

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