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Biophysics – bioengineering

01 Apr 2019

Engineering Research Express – a new journal from IOP Publishing

IOP Publishing has introduced Engineering Research Express (ERX) as a new addition to its journal portfolio. ERX will publish experimental and theoretical research covering topics extending across all areas of engineering science, including interdisciplinary fields. It will have broad subject coverage, a fast-track peer-review process and an inclusive editorial selection process focused on scientific rigour...

04 Mar 2019

Plasma protein may hold promise for wound scaffolds

Researchers in Germany have employed a plasma protein found in blood to develop a new method for making wound-healing tissue scaffolds. The team’s new scaffold can be attached or detached from a surface, for either in vitro laboratory tissue studies or direct applications in the body. Their discovery, reported today in the journal Biofabrication, could...

18 Sep 2018

Meet the new guardians of the ocean – robot jellyfish

New robot jellyfish could be the key to monitoring and caring for fragile parts of the world’s oceans without damaging them. The robots were developed by a team of US scientists, from Florida Atlantic University (FAU) and the US Office of Naval Research. They were designed to be able to swim freely, steer from side...

15 Aug 2018

New method makes spinning collagen microfibres quicker, cheaper, and easier

Scientists in Norfolk, VA (USA) have developed a new method of making collagen microfibres, which could have applications in research, medical devices and clinical treatments ranging from ligament damage to skin burns. While collagen fibre manufacturing methods such as electrospinning and extrusion exist for biomedical applications, they have seen limited clinical success. This is partially...

20 Jun 2018

How dragonfly larvae could inspire more effective artificial heart valves

The way dragonfly larvae control the water jets they use to move and breathe could have a range of engineering and medical applications, according to new research. Published in Bioinspiration and Biomimetics, the study from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), examined how Anisopteran dragonfly larvae control and adjust the repetitive water jets flowing through...

14 Jun 2018

IOP Publishing launches two Reviews journals

IOP Publishing has launched two new review journals, dedicated to biomedical engineering and energy research. To build on the success of Reports on Progress in Physics, and IOP Publishing’s established energy and biomedical engineering titles, the new journals focus on authoritative reviews and opinion pieces in the most significant areas of biomedical engineering and energy...

31 May 2018

Robot measurement system puts wind tunnel testing into top gear

A new method for measuring the aerodynamics of anything from an F1 car to a new aircraft design has been unveiled by a team of German scientists. Their system, known as RoboPIV, uses a combination of robotic automation and particle image velocimetry to give a large increase in the efficiency of measuring flow velocity. Writing...

16 May 2018

Drones could benefit from animals’ magnetic navigation techniques

Research by the US Air Force has found that magnetic navigation techniques used by some animals could allow autonomous vehicles to find their way without maps or GPS. The study, published today in the journal Bioinspiration and Biomimetics, used computer modelling to investigate the feasibility of animals using rare and/or unique combinations of magnetic properties...

25 Jan 2018

Stanford scientist wins inaugural Steven Vogel Young Researcher award

Dr David Lentink from Stanford University, USA, has been named winner of the inaugural Bioinspiration & Biomimetics Steven Vogel Young Investigator Award 2017. The award recognises early career excellence in the journal’s field, and is open to researchers in the 10 years after completing their PhD. Dr Lentink’s multidisciplinary laboratory at Stanford University studies biological...

24 Jan 2018

Human skin pigmentation recreated – with a 3D bioprinter

A new method for controlling pigmentation in fabricated human skin has been developed by researchers from A*STAR’s Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology (SIMTech) and the Singapore Centre for 3D Printing (SC3DP) at Nanyang Technological University. In their paper, publishing today in Biofabrication, the team show how they utilise 3D bioprinting to control the distribution of...

17 Jan 2018

‘Heart-on-a-chip’ process aims to speed up drug testing

Testing new clinical drugs’ effect on heart tissue could become quicker and more straightforward, thanks to new research from Harvard University. The study, published today in the journal Biofabrication, sets out a new, faster method for manufacturing a ‘heart-on-a-chip’, which can be used to test the reaction of heart tissue to external stimuli. Co-lead author...