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Robotic ghost knifefish is born (w/ Video)

(PhysOrg.com) -- Researchers at Northwestern University have created a robotic fish that can move from swimming forward and backward to swimming vertically almost instantaneously by using a sophisticated, ribbon-like fin.

Jan 19, 2011 4.3 / 5 (12) 7 | with audio podcast

The Achilles' heel of tendons

Tendons are the body's marionette strings, connecting bones to muscles that raise an eyebrow or propel us into a full run. That is, until an unusually forceful or awkward pull on the strings leaves us with a sprain, strain ...

Sep 21, 2010 4.8 / 5 (4) 3 | with audio podcast

Exposing collagen's double life

(PhysOrg.com) -- Collagen, a type of connective tissue that makes up about 30 percent of the human body, plays many roles. The structural protein is an important component of muscle, skin, bones and cartilage, ...

May 14, 2010 5 / 5 (2) 0 | with audio podcast

A mini-laboratory for all cases

Many illnesses can be reliably diagnosed through laboratory tests, but these in vitro analyses often use up valuable time. A system developed by Fraunhofer research scientists, which can carry out complex ...

Mar 19, 2010 4.3 / 5 (3) 0

Microbe detective seeks out germs

Microorganisms are everywhere and most of them are harmless, but they can do a lot of damage in the manufacture of pharmaceuticals or in tissue transplants. With the aid of a new device, germs can be detected ...

Mar 19, 2010 not rated yet 0

Polymer remembers four shapes

(PhysOrg.com) -- A new study by General Motors has found that a polymer used commercially in fuel cell membranes can "memorize" four shapes, each assigned to a different temperature. The material could find ...

Mar 15, 2010 4.9 / 5 (10) 1 | with audio podcast report