Researchers from UC Santa Barbara have developed a new tool they've dubbed the 'microHammer' to help them look at concussions.
It's difficult to study the effects of concussions on a small scale, since researchers can't force people to suffer head trauma, but replicating the impact of concussions upon cells themselves has been virtually impossible in the past because of their microscopic size. The microHammer is just the tool to solve that issue.
They say that if your only tool is a hammer, then every problem will look like a nail. It's debatable whether neurons look like nails, but the microHammer will approach them as such. The microscopic device can tap, strike, and squeeze neurons to give the UC Santa Barbara researchers a better idea of what happens to those cells when someone gets a concussion.