The electrodes in a cochlear implant can be used to direct gene therapy and regrow neurons.
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Katherine Bourzac's Stories
An exotic form of carbon could help relieve a growing problem with the copper used in computer processors.
Tailor-made medical devices could give a more detailed picture of cardiac health and may be better at predicting and preventing problems.
A new surgical adhesive is strong enough, and elastic enough, to seal a beating heart.
3M’s new silver nanowire films could lead to large, interactive, and ultimately flexible displays.
Prototype batteries that dissolve safely in the body could power ingested devices.
Polymer glue helps fracture-prone high-capacity batteries last through more charges.
Hard-drive maker HGST has tamed the manufacturing challenges to bringing high-capacity, energy-efficient helium-filled drives to market.
A carbon nanotube computer processor is comparable to a chip from the early 1970s, and may be the first step beyond silicon electronics.
Researchers demonstrate flexible graphene circuits speedy enough for cell-phone communication.