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The future of electronics is not just “smaller, faster and cheaper” but also bent, stretched and meltaway, Rogers said in his plenary lecture at the AAAS Annual Meeting.

Boston has a centuries-old history of attracting deep thinkers and curious minds, a trend that will continue 14-18 February, at Boston’s Hynes Convention Center, the site of the 179th AAAS Annual Meeting.

The latest stunning finds from Chinese dinosaur-fossil beds, the connection between global climate change and weather events such as Super-storm Sandy, and medical advances in facial reconstruction are a few of the topics likely to generate headlines during the world’s largest general scientific conference.

An ultra-thin electronic device attaches to the skin like a temporary tattoo and measures heart rate and other vital signs without the bulky electrodes used in current hospital monitoring, reports a new study in the 11 August issue of the journal Science.

The device could also potentially be used as an electronic bandage to speed up healing in wounds, burns, and other skin conditions, and it could even provide touch sense to prosthetic devices such as artificial legs or arms.