News tagged with materials sciences

Optical control of motor functions

MIT researchers have demonstrated a highly flexible neural probe made entirely of polymers that can both optically stimulate and record neural activity in a mouse spinal cord—a step toward developing prosthetic devices ...

dateNov 10, 2014 in Materials Science
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Keeping hydrogen from cracking metals

Metal alloys such as steel and zirconium that are used in pipes for nuclear reactors and oil fields naturally acquire a protective oxide or sulfide layer. But hydrogen penetration can lead to their breakdown and speed up ...

dateOct 28, 2014 in Materials Science
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Magnetic neural control with nanoparticles

Magnetic nanoparticles don't have to be "one size fits all." Instead, individual magnetic nanoparticles can be tailored in an array of differing sizes and compositions to allow for heating them separately by varying the frequency ...

dateSep 18, 2014 in General Physics
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