Mum No More: 3D-Printed Vocal Tract Lets Mummy Speak

The coffin that holds the mummified body of the ancient Egyptian Nesyamun, who lived around 1100 B.C., expresses the man’s desire for his voice to live on. Now, 3,000 years after his death, that wish has come true. Using a 3D-printed replica of Nesyamun’s vocal tract and an electronic larynx, researchers in the UK have synthesized the … Continue reading Mum No More: 3D-Printed Vocal Tract Lets Mummy Speak

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How Do Neural Implants Work?

It sounds like science fiction, but a neural implant could, many years from now, read and edit a person’s thoughts. Neural implants are already being used to treat disease, rehabilitate the body after injury, improve memory, communicate with prosthetic limbs, and more.  The U.S. Department of Defense and the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) … Continue reading How Do Neural Implants Work?

Are Your Students Bored? This AI Could Tell You

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With DNA Data Storage, 3D-Printed Bunnies Carry Their Own Blueprints

Every living thing contains DNA that provides the codes for its existence, and now inanimate objects can have that, too. In a paper published today in Nature Biotechnology, researchers described how they 3D printed a bunny-shaped trinket that contained DNA encoding the digital instructions for its fabrication. That means that tomorrow, or a thousand years from now, someone could, with merely a piece of … Continue reading With DNA Data Storage, 3D-Printed Bunnies Carry Their Own Blueprints

DARPA Seeks Pathogen Detectors That Use CRISPR to Run 1,000 Tests at Once

The U.S. Department of Defense has put out a call to researchers to develop devices that detect pathogenic threats by performing up to 1,000 diagnostic tests in fewer than 15 minutes. The devices ideally would determine the presence of a pathogen, and useful details about it, such as whether it’s a drug resistant variety, the severity of … Continue reading DARPA Seeks Pathogen Detectors That Use CRISPR to Run 1,000 Tests at Once