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The potential for blockchain to transform electronic health records

July 29th, 2017 at 3:41 pm » Comments Off

A vexing problem facing health care systems throughout the world is how to share more medical data with more stakeholders for more purposes, all while ensuring data integrity and protecting patient privacy.



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.



Self-driving doctor brings the doctor to you

June 24th, 2017 at 9:00 am » Comments Off

Even those of us fortunate enough to have good health insurance will often put off seeing a doctor when we probably should. Often it’s simply a matter of logistics. We feel like we can’t take the time off work, or arrange transportation, or get childcare to make the trip. But what if the doctor just comes you? In […]



The factories of the future could float in space

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

This past summer, a plane went into a stomach-churning ascent and plunge 30,000 feet over the Gulf of Mexico. The goal was not thrill-seeking, but something more genuinely daring: for about 25 seconds at a time, the parabolic flight lifted the occupants into a state of simulated weightlessness, allowing a high-tech printer to spit out cardiac stem cells […]



Craig Venter’s ‘digital-to-biological converter’ is based on real science

June 16th, 2017 at 8:27 am » Comments Off

Right now, it prints proteins. In the far future, it could print human babies on Mars. Craig Venter and Elon Musk have even discussed how printed life could help terraform Mars.



Adding VR to you next trip to the dentist, will it get rid of the pain?

June 15th, 2017 at 6:02 am » Comments Off

  Dentists and patients alike want to know how to make dental work less traumatic — and one possible solution may be to combine it with virtual reality. That’s why researchers in the UK enlisted 80 people who needed a cavity filled or a tooth pulled, and separated them into three groups. They gave the […]



Kurzweil: By 2030, Nanobots Will Flow Throughout Our Bodies

May 23rd, 2017 at 10:42 am » Comments Off

Ray Kurzweil, Google’s director of engineering, is a well-known futurist who seems to have a penchant for accurate predictions. Most recently, he has again reiterated his prediction that the so-called technological singularity will happen by 2045. For Kurzweil, this doesn’t translate to an end-of-the-world-as-we-know-it scenario courtesy of artificially intelligent (AI) machines. Rather, it means human beings will become […]



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