Engineered Stem Cells repaired spinal cords in 5 out of 12 Rats

Engineered human stem cells have been used to enable paraplegic rats to walk independently and regain sensory perception. The implanted rats had some healing in their spinal cords. Led by Dr. Shulamit Levenberg, of the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, the researchers implanted human stem cells into rats with a complete spinal cord transection. The stem …

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Tissue engineering, replacement organs and regenerative medicine are getting friendlier regulations

The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) is rolling out a new “regulatory framework” aimed at encouraging and speeding legitimate development of regenerative therapies. The FDA intends to promote the “least burdensome” rules for companies big and small that are seeking to develop new therapies, “while ensuring patient safety.” “Our policy will allow product manufacturers that …

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‘Origami organs’ can potentially regenerate tissues

Northwestern Medicine scientists and engineers have invented a range of bioactive “tissue papers” made of materials derived from organs that are thin and flexible enough to even fold into an origami bird. The new biomaterials can potentially be used to support natural hormone production in young cancer patients and aid wound healing. The tissue papers …

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Breakthrough for the generation of fully functional skin tissue and other tissues will follow

PolarityTE, Inc. (NASDAQ: COOL) today announced pre-clinical results demonstrating that the Company’s lead product, SkinTE, regenerated full-thickness, organized skin and hair follicles in third degree burn wounds. The findings represent the first known successful regeneration of skin and hair in full-thickness swine wound models, the standard animal model for human skin. The Company expects to …

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Artificial Intelligence technical talent with F-you money do not hesitate to say F-you and leave for their own startups

For the past year, Google’s car project has been a talent sieve, thanks to leadership changes, strategy doubts, new startup dreams and rivals luring self-driving technology experts. Also, key talent had enough accumulated compensation so that they were no longer dependent on continuing salaries. Early staffers had an unusual compensation system that awarded supersized payouts …

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Researchers Reverse Hall Coefficient – Medieval Mail Armor Inspired Development of Metamaterial with Novel Properties

Scientists of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), however, were inspired by medieval mail armor when producing a new metamaterial with novel properties. They succeeded in reversing the Hall coefficient of a material. The Hall effect is the occurrence of a transverse electric voltage across an electric conductor passed by current flow, if this conductor is …

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SideArm Catches Full-Size Unmanned Aerial System Flying at Full Speed

Few scenes capture the U.S. Navy’s prowess as effectively as the rapid-fire takeoff and recovery of combat jets from the deck of an aircraft carrier. The ability to carry air power anywhere in the world, and both launch those aircraft to flight speed and bring them to a stop over extremely short distances, has been …

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China plans high speed rail station 340 feet below the Great Wall

A new high-speed rail line will cut the journey time between Beijing and Zhangjiakou, the site of the Winter Olympics, to 50 minutes, down from more than three hours. “The Badaling station will be located 102 meters below the surface, with an underground construction area of 36,000 square meters, equal to five standard soccer fields, …

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Improved Block V Virginia Class Submarines could defer development of SSN(X)

The U.S. Navy might defer developing a new, next-generation nuclear attack submarine — or SSN(X) — unless such a design holds the potential to provide a revolutionary leap over a modernized variant of the current Virginia-class attack submarine. Over the years, the Virginia-class has proven to be an adaptable and versatile design with plenty of room for growth. Indeed, …

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Direct brain-sensing technology allows typing at a rate of 12 words per minute

Technology for reading signals directly from the brain developed by Stanford Bio-X scientists could provide a way for people with movement disorders to communicate The system directly reads brain signals to drive a cursor moving over a keyboard. In a pilot experiment conducted with monkeys, the animals were able to transcribe passages from the New …

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Global Skin in a successful economic transition in China – a 1% drop in China output growth would reduce G20 growth by one quarter percentage point

China is still enjoying strong growth – 6.6 percent in 2016- as it shifts from investment to consumption and industry to services, but the country needs faster progress on structural reforms to boost medium-term growth and reduce risks, the IMF said in its latest annual assessment of the economy. China continues its transition to sustainable …

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