Self-assembly robots that walk away

Self-Folding Robots electronics

A combination of origami and electronic engineering has led to the development of a robot that simply folds itself up and walks away.

Silicene promise for electronics

(a) Filled-states STM topograph giving a bird's eye view of a multilayer silicene film (~10 MLs) grown at 470 K covering the entire scanned area in a single orientation, as indicated by the arrows; (b) zoom-in showing the honeycomb surface structure of each terrace. Courtesy of IOP Publishing

Thick multilayers of silicene can remain intact when exposed to air for at least 24 hours, making it a promising material for the electronic industry.

How Ebola blocks immune system

Ebola virus immune system

American researchers have developed a detailed map of the Ebola protein VP24, which has revealed how the virus dodges the body’s antiviral defences – an insight which could lead to new therapies.

Thin-film technique for delivering pain medication

Pain film drug delivery

For those who suffer chronic pain, frequent pill popping helps ease the discomfort but a new advanced thin-film capable of delivering drugs over a period of months could provide an alternative.

Treating cancer with wasp venom

Wasp venom cancer

Wasp venom is proving to be a novel source of inspiration for a new therapy for breast cancer.

New bacteria-filled sensor for water monitoring


A small sensor filled with bacteria could be used to monitor the quality of drinking water in real time without expensive lab equipment.

Potential BRCA3 found

Potential BRCA3 Breast Cancer

A third gene related to breast cancer risk has been identified by an international team of researchers. Women with mutations in the PALB2 gene have on average a one in three chance of developing breast cancer by the age of 70, and researchers suggest it is a ‘potential candidate to be BRCA3’.

Vitamin D-dementia link confirmed

Vitamin D dementia

A link between vitamin D and dementia risk has been confirmed by an international team of researchers.

New clue to sudden cardiac death in children

Cardiology Calmodulin

Cardiff University researchers have discovered a cause of sudden cardiac death in young children, opening up the possibility for a therapeutic target to develop a cure.

Perovskite – the new photovoltaic on the block

Perovskite cells

Move over graphene – there’s a new kid on the photovoltaics block – and it can be spray-painted.

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