Improving pregnancy understanding with a “placenta on a chip”

Improving pregnancy understanding with a “placenta on a chip”

Studying the placenta and the ways in which materials can move across the maternal-fetal barrier is important to prenatal research, but it can be difficult and time-consuming. However, new research is providing a way for these processes to be studied more easily: a “placenta on a chip”! Previously, cell and animal studies have been important […]

Beetle butts inspiring new technology?

Beetle butts inspiring new technology?

The Bombardier Beetle has a pretty crazy defense mechanism: it creates an explosive chemical reaction in its abdomen, and propels a toxic spray from its back end that can reach a temperature of 100 degrees Celsius! And amazingly, this beetle may be able to provide inspiration to scientists in a way that will help humans. […]