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Developing the right material for brain implants


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The Verge interview Christopher Bettinger from Carnegie Mellon University.

Devices use electrons to pass information.

Neurons use ions like sodium and potassium.

Small movements of the probe can damage the tissue over time.

Damage doesn't cause disease but does reduce life of the device.

Polymer gels can bend and stretch so may last longer.

Could attach devices to other places, e.g. spine or bladder.

The study was published in the Advanced Functional Materials journal.

Silicon-based brain implants still need a lot of improvement but will work for now

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Scientific journal covering materials science.


Private research university known for its exceptional computer science and engineering programs


Professor of Materials Science and Biomedical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University.