Studying Bones and Seashells for Breast Cancer Research

A Cornell University interdisciplinary collaboration used a materials science approach to fingerprint the calcium mineral deposits — microcalcifications — that reveal pathological clues to the progression of breast cancer and potentially other diseases. Watch this video to see what they learned — pathological breast calcification signatures reflect the tumor microenvironment and correlate with cancer severity.

Rice Tech Could Deliver Time-Released Drugs, Vaccines

It’s estimated that 50 percent of people don’t take their medications correctly. New technology developed at Rice University would give patients one shot and they’d be set for the next couple of months. Watch this video to see how the technology employs high-resolution 3D printing and soft lithography to produce arrays of more than 300 nontoxic, biodegradable cylinders.

Delivering mRNA Therapeutics to the Pancreas

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University are one step closer to unlocking the potential of gene therapeutics to treat incurable pancreatic diseases, as they’ve created technology that delivers to a very important organ. The team’s aim is to improve delivery systems by changing the chemistry of the nanoparticles to reroute them in the body. Watch this video to learn how this research may lead to new treatments for type 1 diabetes and certain types of pancreatic cancer.

Powered Knee-Ankle Prosthesis Handles Steep Declines

University of Michigan researchers are investigating a novel control methodology for shaping the potential energy or total energy of the human body with wearable actuators. This video shows the first test of their continuous-in-phase impedance controller walking at a steep decline (-10°) at 1 m/s. This controller requires no manual tuning, greatly reducing configuration time.