engineering http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Tiny Implantable LED Devices Help Shed Light On The Brain http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/tiny-implantable-led-devices-help-shed-light-brain <p></p><p>Researchers at Washington University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have developed miniaturized electronic devices small enough to safely insert into the brains of live mice. The tiny wireless devices can target specific brain cells and influence behavior.</p><p>University of Illinois materials scientist <a href="http://rogers.matse.illinois.edu/">John Rogers</a> co-led the study and helped design the devices. He says they’re on the same size-scale as cells, so they can penetrate far down into the brain.</p> Thu, 11 Apr 2013 20:50:03 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 25346 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Tiny Implantable LED Devices Help Shed Light On The Brain "Final Four of Smarts" robotics competition takes over Chaifetz Arena http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/final-four-smarts-robotics-competition-takes-over-chaifetz-arena <p>Forty-three teams of teens from Missouri and four surrounding states be competing in the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics&nbsp;Competition regional this weekend at Chaifetz&nbsp;Arena in St. Louis.</p><p><em>(You can see <a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/student-made-robots-take-over-chaifetz-arena-next-stop-edward-jones-dome">a full feature on last year&#39;s FIRST competition here</a>, too).</em></p> Thu, 22 Mar 2012 16:27:12 +0000 Alex King 3330 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org "Final Four of Smarts" robotics competition takes over Chaifetz Arena Student-made robots take over Chaifetz Arena. Next stop? The Edward Jones Dome! http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/student-made-robots-take-over-chaifetz-arena-next-stop-edward-jones-dome <p><a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/national/local-national-965423.mp3">http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/national/local-national-965423.mp3</a></p><p>This week in St. Louis, close to 9,000 high school students from five countries will compete in the <a href="http://www.usfirst.org/roboticsprograms/content.aspx?id=4190">FIRST Robotics Championship</a>.</p><p>Teams of student-built, remote-control robots will take to the field at the Edward Jones Dome. Organizers hope the competition will draw more than 20,000 spectators and generate at least $18 million in local spending.</p><p>Véronique LaCapra was at the <a href="http://www.stlouisfirst.org/">St. Louis Regional event in March</a> and has this inside look at the competition.</p><p> Tue, 26 Apr 2011 11:35:23 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 1032 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Student-made robots take over Chaifetz Arena. Next stop? The Edward Jones Dome!