bioengineering

Casey Taylor

Blackrock Neurotech is a Utah-based company that creates brain-computer interfaces and other biomechanical devices. Devices like these can be used to restore a person’s speech, hearing, feeling or movement.

 

UPR’s Casey Taylor spoke with the company's co-founder, Florian Solzbacher, to learn about a new device the company is creating to help control jet lag and circadian rhythms.

Baranidharan Raman

Since the dawn of agriculture, locusts have been a scourge for farmers around the world. But a new study suggests that while we’ve long been focused on the harms locusts can cause, we might be missing out on the benefits. For instance, and this is just one example, locusts are really good at detecting explosives.

NOAA OKEANOS EXPLORER Program, Gulf of Mexico 2014 Expedition

All across the world’s oceans, you can find creatures known as larvaceans – free-swimming invertebrates with a superpower, of sorts. 

They make huge structures out of snot. 

And that might sound gross, but it turns out that there’s a lot we can learn from these animals, and this week we’ll talk to a researcher who has just made a breakthrough in our ability to do just that.