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Edible robot surgeons will cure you from the inside out

August 14th, 2017 at 10:05 am » Comments Off

Back in 1985, the best robotic surgeon we had was the Puma 560, a manipulator arm just barely more advanced than Rocky Balboa’s robo-butler. Just barely. The Puma was nevertheless revolutionary. It was the very first mechanical operator, progenitor to steady-handed robo-surgeons like the DaVinci system. But in the near future, robots will no longer […]



Will stem cells replace dental implants?

August 11th, 2017 at 10:06 am » Comments Off

For many, a toothache may bring up their deepest and darkest fears. The reality for many is that the dentist can send you through a wave of emotions, to the point that you may end up trying to avoid your appointment entirely.



Making on-demand organ transplants possible with cryopreservation

August 10th, 2017 at 10:56 am » Comments Off

According to a recent report in Nature Biotechnology, about 70 percent of eligible donated hearts never get utilized and up to 20 percent of donated kidneys are discarded in the United States today. And worldwide only 10 percent of the organ need is being met, according to the World Health Organization who calls the shortage […]



The first made-for-iPhone cochlear implant will help even more people FaceTime and listen to music

August 5th, 2017 at 8:20 am » Comments Off

Apple does pretty well when it comes to accessibility for the deaf and hard-of-hearing. The tech giant offers more than 50 models of hearing devices that, when linked to an iPhone, introduce a host of useful settings not available to the basic iPhone user. 



This chip beams images onto the brain to help the blind see again

July 22nd, 2017 at 2:52 pm » Comments Off

Circumventing your eyes entirely, this chip beams images from the world onto the brain to help restore sight



Wireless power could enable ingestible electronics

July 19th, 2017 at 8:15 am » Comments Off

Small sensors or drug delivery devices could reside in the GI tract indefinitely



Dogs can sniff out Parkinson’s disease years before symptoms appear

July 18th, 2017 at 8:33 am » Comments Off

Dogs could soon be used to sniff out Parkinson’s disease years before symptoms start to show.



Organoids proposed to screen patients for high priced drugs

July 13th, 2017 at 8:40 am » Comments Off

Medical scientist Hans Clevers thinks tests in lab-grown mini-organs could help make expensive drugs more cost-effective by identifying patients who are and aren’t likely to benefit.



Beyond the five senses

July 10th, 2017 at 1:53 am » Comments Off

The world we experience is not the real world. It’s a mental construction, filtered through our physical senses. Which raises the question: How would our world change if we had new and different senses? Could they expand our universe?



Scientists built an external womb to help premature infants survive

June 23rd, 2017 at 9:00 am » Comments Off

For expecting parents, 24 weeks is an important milestone. It’s a little more than halfway through pregnancy, and it’s at this age that the fetus has at least a fighting chance of surviving outside its mother’s body. The odds of survival aren’t great—only about half of babies birthed at this age survive—but it’s possible.



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