We've updated our Privacy Policy to make it clearer how we use your personal data. We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. You can read our Cookie Policy here.


Automation – News and Features

A sheet of transparent glassy gel sample is stretched over the tip of a nail, without it breaking or being punctured

Researchers Create “Glassy Gels”, A New Class of Materials

Researchers have created a new class of materials that blends the hardness of glass with the stretchability of gels. The new materials – “glassy gels” – can stretch up to five times their original length without breaking.
A robot arm.

Flexible Piezoelectric Sensors for Both Humans and Robots

Existing designs of flexible piezoelectric sensors are either are costly or have limited sensitivity. Researchers tackled these issues by developing a novel piezoelectric composite material.
A computer chip that looks like a human brain.

Machine Learning Model Automates Wearable Technology Design

Defying engineering challenges in record time, researchers at the University of Maryland developed a machine learning model that eliminates hassles in materials design to yield green technologies used in wearable heaters.
Floating cells on an orange background.

Challenges and Solutions in Cell Therapy Development

In this article, we explore how researchers are tackling some of the challenges preventing cell therapies from being more widely used. We also outline advances in manufacturing and regulatory approval processes that will help expand patient access to life-changing treatments.
A futuristic-style illustration of a trophy on a dark blue background.
Industry Insight

SLAS Europe 2024 New Product Award: Top Contenders Announced

Finalists for the New Product Award at the SLAS Europe conference showcase cutting-edge innovations in life sciences, evaluated on technical merit, commercial feasibility, originality, impact and market opportunity. Here, we take a look at the six nominees and the products competing for this year’s award.
A researcher looks at light coming from a wire.

MIT Scientists Develop a Method To Control Muscles Using Light

A new optogenetic technique could offer better muscle control and less fatigue for people who use neuroprosthetic systems.
A colony of fire ants, clinging together to form a raft.

What Fire Ants Can Teach Us About Making Better, Self-Healing Materials

Fire ants form living rafts to keep their colony afloat in floods, and how they do this could inform the development of self-healing materials.
Gloved hand using tweezers to remove a test tube from liquid nitrogen.

Overcoming Obstacles in Automating Cryogenic Storage

This article explores the challenges and strategies involved in transitioning to automated cryogenic storage systems. From assessing current infrastructure to gaining organizational buy-in and selecting appropriate containers, follow these steps to help ensure a successful transition to automated cryogenic storage.
Gloved hand holding a 96 well plate in front of a screen displaying qPCR amplification curves.

qPCR vs dPCR: Choosing the Right PCR Technology To Suit Your Experimental Needs

How can you identify which technique is best suited to your research requirements? In this article, we explore the advantages of qPCR and dPCR, considering specific applications and deliverable metrics to help you choose the right technology to suit your experimental needs.
Two bees on a pink flower.

Bumblebee Hivemind Demonstrated With Lego Bricks

A new study has used Lego bricks to demonstrate the role of teamwork for bumblebees in novel cooperative challenges.