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Biological Technologies Office of DARPA to merge biology, engineering, and computer science to harness the power of natural systems for national security


DARPA in 2014 launched a Biological Technologies Office (BTO) dedicated to exploring the intersection of biology and the physical sciences. DARPA Director Arati Prabhakar said, “Biology has evolved from being primarily an observational science to a science that is both predictive and quantitative. More to the point, biology today has become …

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Neural Dust implanted in the body without surgery could monitor or stimulate internal muscles, organs, nerves or brain in real time


U C Berkeley engineers have built the first dust-sized, wireless sensors that can be implanted in the body, bringing closer the day when a Fitbit-like device could monitor internal nerves, muscles or organs in real time.Because these batteryless sensors could also be used to stimulate nerves and muscles, the technology also …

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Emerging field of Nanobionics and ePlants turn plants into sensors that can detect explosives, warn of pollutants and environmental conditions such as drought


Engineers from MIT have turned spinach plants into sensors that can soak up explosive molecules from groundwater, detect their presence and then transmit that information to a handheld device. The plants were designed to detect nitroaromatics, which are often used in landmines and other explosives.   When one of these chemicals …

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Brain Computer Interfaces for treating neurological disorders, controlling military robots with thought and thought control


The brain-computer interface (BCI) allows people to use their thoughts to control not only themselves, but the world around them. Every action our body performs begins with a thought, and with every thought comes an electrical signal. The electrical signals can be received by the brain-computer interface, consisting of an …

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DARPA plans automatic Self-Healing of Body by stimulating nerves by light, electricity, sound and magnets


DARPA’s Electrical Prescriptions (ElectRx) program is a blanket program for a diverse range of research being conducted in using electrical stimulation of the peripheral nerves to treat conditions such as chronic pain, inflammation, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). PTSD is a condition in which individuals feel anxiety and panic when …

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Fighting Biological warfare, Bioterrorism and Bio accidents needs US’s National Blueprint for Biodefense and effective leadership


The United States is underprepared for biological threats. The Nation lacks the leadership, coordination, collaboration, and innovation necessary to respond. The Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense was established in 2014 to assess gaps and provide recommendations to improve U.S. biodefense. This Panel (through public meetings, targeted interviews, and extensive …

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