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Toyota’s new robot leg brace can help those with partial paralysis walk again

May 5th, 2017 at 10:00 am » Comments Off

Toyota is introducing a new robotic leg brace called the Welwalk WW-1000 that can help patients with partial paralysis affecting one side of their body walk again. The robotic exoframe is worn on the affected leg, with a large motor component at the knee joint that provides just enough assistance to the patient, letting them […]



Regrowing our own body parts

April 30th, 2017 at 9:53 am » Comments Off

The ability to regenerate body parts has always been a fascinating prospect, inspiring characters like Wolverine who can instantly heal themselves and regrow body parts they’ve lost — and now regeneration has inspired scientific research. Many species in the animal kingdom can regenerate: arthropods (like scorpions) can regrow appendages, some annelids (like worms) can regenerate […]



Human head transplant less than a year away

April 28th, 2017 at 3:56 am » Comments Off

By this time next year, if all goes according to plan, the world’s first human head transplant will have taken place, Italian surgeon Sergio Canavero has revealed. In early 2015, Canavero made headlines around the world when he announced that he would perform the ground-breaking surgery within two years. Now, he has revealed in an […]



Researchers grow heart tissue on spinach leaves

April 8th, 2017 at 10:00 am » Comments Off

In this sequence, a spinach leaf is stripped of its plant cells, a process called decellularization, using a detergent. The process leaves behind the leaf’s vasculature. Researchers at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) were able to culture beating human heart cells on such decelluralized leaves. Credit: Worcester Polytechnic Institute Researchers face a fundamental challenge as they […]



Home Smart Home: The Shape Of Things To Come

March 25th, 2017 at 10:00 am » Comments Off

A new report predicts intelligent ‘Cognitive Homes’ of the future will be able to assess and manage our needs and desires in later life. Almost 32 million people will be aged 60 or over in the UK by 2039. But what sort of living environment do older people face when they leave the workplace and […]



Medical Student Creates Patient-Specific 3D Printed Liver Model for Less Than $150

March 16th, 2017 at 11:00 am » Comments Off

While researchers continue working hard to make readily available 3D printed organs a reality, we know that it likely won’t happen, at least not on a massively available and low-cost scale, for quite some time. However, 3D printing technology is often used in surgery these days, from surgical guides to implants to patient-specific medical models. Recently, a team developed patient-specific, cost-effective 3D printed liver models, […]



The 12 most dangerous superbugs, ranked by the WHO

March 4th, 2017 at 10:00 am » Comments Off

  The World Health Organization says we need to step up the fight against a dozen bacteria that are growing resistant to all the antibiotics we have to treat them. One of the scariest features of the antibiotic resistance crisis — which has been accelerated by how we overuse these drugs — is that pharmaceutical […]



Do certain sounds enrage you? Neurologists know why

February 24th, 2017 at 4:00 pm » Comments Off

If the sound of a co-worker repeatedly clicking his pen can send you into a flaming furor, take heart: You’re not being hypersensitive, and you’re not alone. Neurologists in the UK have spotted physical differences in the brains of people with this sound-related rage, although whether these differences are the cause or the result of […]



Volunteering from home will soon be as common as working from home

January 27th, 2017 at 11:38 am » Comments Off

We’re all familiar with the concept of working from home—and in 2017 volunteering from home will become just as ubiquitous. A busy life, working two jobs, unsociable working hours, and living in a remote location can all make it difficult for people to give time or money to good causes in their community. But technology now […]



Scientists are planning to replace antibiotics

January 18th, 2017 at 3:47 pm » Comments Off

When you use something so much, your body becomes accustomed to it, and it no longer has the same effect that it once did. This is exactly what’s happening with antibiotics. Our bodies are becoming immune to their effects and building an antibiotic resistance. Statistics show that at least 2 million people are infected every […]



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