1.28.15 Daily Mail UK
"Microscopic machines travel inside a living ANIMAL for the first time - and could one day be used to deliver drugs in humans"
It is not the first time that drug-delivering 'micromotors' have been created, but until now, they had only been tested in cell samples in the laboratory, and not inside a living creature. A team of researchers from the University of California, San Diego, fed ?small-scale synthetic motors that convert energy into movement' to mice.
1.28.15 MEDPAGE TODAY
"Diabetes: Is This Tattoo Worth a 1,000 Needle Pricks?"
Researchers at the University of California San Diego believe they have a feasible, noninvasive method for monitoring serum glucose: a temporary tattoo.
1.28.15 Huffington Post
"These Temporary Tattoo Brands Will Remedy Your Tat Fix, Without The Commitment"
Last summer we were obsessed with the new dawn of temporary tattoos: Flash Tattoos. And while we couldn't get enough of the metallic designs then, they are just as relevant now, as model and actress Rosie Huntington-Whiteley proves quite well. Fast-forward to early 2015 and the demand for temporary tattoos is going strong... so much so that you can now turn your favorite Instagrams into peel and stick tattoos. And this, despite its ridiculousness, is a good thing.
"How a Tattoo Could Soon Help Diabetics"
For diabetics, monitoring blood sugar frequently involves pricking one's finger up to eight times daily with a needle, Popular Science reports. That could discourage people from carrying out the task. Fortunately, experts are on the case, and one possible solution comes in the form of what's basically a temporary tattoo, LiveScience reports. The device features a small square of temporary tattoo paper with electrodes and a special glucose-detecting enzyme printed onto it.
1.23.15 Scientific American
"Self-Propelled Micromotors Take Their First Swim in the Body"
In recent years, researchers have designed microsized motors that react with chemicals around them in solution to produce jets of bubbles, propelling them forward or actuating moving parts. These particles can swim or perform tasks, such as sorting cells in tubes of blood. But so far, no one had tested the devices inside an animal. Joseph Wang, a nanoengineer at the University of California, San Diego, says one major challenge has been the fuel that the motors react with to zip around.
1.23.15 Fox News
"Scientists implant tiny robots inside live mice"
Can robots travel inside living animals? It sounds like science fiction, but scientists have just made it a reality by implanting tiny nano-robots inside living mice. Researchers from the Department of Nanoengineering at the University of California, San Diego, published their report on the first successful tests of implanting micro robots designed to disperse drugs within a body, reports SmithsonianMag.com.
1.21.15 C&EN: Chemical & Engineering News
"Micromotors Take Their First Swim In The Body"
The idea sounds like something out of a science-fiction novel: Tiny medical machines zooming around the body delivering drugs, taking tissue samples, or performing small surgical repairs. But, now, for the first time, researchers have demonstrated a simple micromotor that can propel itself inside the body (ACS Nano 2014, DOI: 10.1021/nn507097k). When introduced into a mouse?s stomach, the micromotor swims to the stomach lining and delivers cargo.
"Nanobot micromotors deliver medical payload in living creature for the first time"
Researchers working at the University of California, San Diego have claimed a world first in proving that artificial, microscopic machines can travel inside a living creature and deliver their medicinal load without any detrimental effects. Using micro-motor powered nanobots propelled by gas bubbles made from a reaction with the contents of the stomach in which they were deposited, these miniature machines have been successfully deployed in the body of a live mouse.
1.21.15 Popular Science
"BUBBLE-PROPELLED MICROBOTS ZOOM AROUND INSIDE LIVE MICE"
Last year, in a lab in sunny San Diego, researchers fed a dozen mice a small drop each of a very special liquid. Inside the drops, invisible to the naked eye, were thousands of tube-shaped, microscopic motors. The motors made their way to the mice's stomachs, embedded in their stomach linings, and released their tiny payloads: nano-size flakes of gold. The research represented a major step toward putting microbots to work in human medicine
1.21.15 Yahoo News!
"Forget Needles--Temporary Tattoos Could Give Diabetics a Pain-Free Way to Monitor Blood Sugar"
Every day since he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes on Christmas Eve 2013, nine-year-old Cole Dickey has had to stick himself with a small needle up to six times a day to measure his blood sugar. Dickey's body doesn't produce enough insulin, the hormone that converts carbohydrates into glucose. If his levels get too low, he could slip into a coma. But multiple finger pricks each day is a painful routine and can be alienating to peers. "It hurts more than people know,"Dickey said.
1.20.15 Popular Science
"STICK-ON TATTOO MEASURES BLOOD SUGAR WITHOUT NEEDLES"
Diabetics often prick their fingers up to eight times a day to check their blood sugar. Researchers have long looked for a solution that provides constant monitoring without being so invasive, and researchers at the University of California San Diego have come up with a new needle-free design that could turn out to be less painful, yet just as effective, as the finger-prick method. The UCSD team printed electrodes onto standard temporary tattoo paper and paired it with a sensor.
1.19.15 The New Yorker
"We Know How You Feel"
By scanning your face, computers can decode your unspoken reaction to a movie, a political debate, even a video call with a friend.
"Scientists Test Out Tiny Robots Meant to Travel Inside a Human Body"
Roobots aren't just taking over the skies--they're taking over our bodies. Or, at least, they could be soon. A team of researchers from the University of California has recently published a study describing the first successful tests, within a living creature, of nano-robots intended to carry and disperse drugs within the body.
"The First Demonstration Of Self-Propelled Nanobots In A Living Animal"
Researchers from the University of California have developed acid-fueled micro-machines capable of traveling and delivering cargo directly inside a living creature. It's a breakthrough that's expected to significantly advance the field of medical nano-robotics. Scientists have developed drug-delivering micro-machines before, but these systems were only tested under in vitro conditions (i.e., cell cultures outside the body).
"Micro-machines journey inside animal for first time"
The tiny devices delivered a cargo of nano-particles into the stomach lining of a mouse. The research by scientists at the University of California is published in the journal ACS Nano. Medical applications for micro-machines include the release of drugs into specific locations within the body. But until now, they have only been tested in laboratory cell samples. A team led by Professors Liangfang Zhang and Joseph Wang from UC, San Diego, fed the tiny motors to mice.
"This Ingestible Microbot Is Powered By Stomach Acid "
There's tiny revolution afoot in medicine, where micro- and nano-sized robots will someday cruise around inside our bodies, zeroing in on cancerous cells or repairing damaged but otherwise healthy ones. But before those ideas all become reality, those bots need a power source inside our bodies. That power source could be stomach acid. Scientists at the University of California, San Diego have created micro missiles that fire inside the stomachs of mice.
"Engineers create a temporary tattoo that tests blood sugar"
Amay Bandodkar, a researcher at the University of California, San Diego, has created a flexible sensor that uses a mild electrical current to measure glucose levels in a person's body. Measuring blood sugar levels multiple times a day is vital for diabetes patients because it shows how well their body is managing their disease as well as the dose of insulin they require, if they need any at all.
"Temporary tattoo could let diabetics monitor glucose levels without jabbing themselves"
Developed by a team led by University of California, San Diego grad student Amay Bandodkar, the flexible prototype device consists of precisely-patterned electrodes printed on temporary tattoo paper. After the tattoo is applied to the patient, a "very mild" electrical current is also applied to their skin.
1.16.15 Business Week
"This Tattoo for Diabetics Might Mean the End of Finger Pricking"
Diabetics engage in a painful ritual every day, often several times: pricking their fingers with a spring-loaded needle to test the glucose in their blood. But that ritual could soon be put to rest, and replaced by a small patch designed to extract and measure blood-sugar levels. Flexible, easy to apply, and inconspicuous, the next-generation wearable is a promising step toward noninvasive monitoring of diabetes
1.16.15 the Atlantic
"The Temporary Tattoo That Tests Blood Sugar"
Amay Bandodkar, a researcher at the University of California, San Diego, has created a flexible sensor that uses a mild electrical current to measure glucose levels in a person?s body. Measuring blood sugar levels multiple times a day is vital for diabetes patients because it shows how well their body is managing their disease as well as the dose of insulin they require, if they need any at all.