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November 2nd, 2015 at 4:23 pm

Nine times when it makes sense not to pay off debt

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You really shouldn’t rush out and take on debt, but there are times when it actually makes sense not to pay it off.  All debt is not alike. Some of the worst kinds, such as unsecured credit card debt, can wreck your budget, but even there, you have cases where it won’t, and it could even work to your advantage. Other kinds of debt might seem imposing with those big red “Past Due” stamps but pose less of a threat to your financial future.

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November 5th, 2014 at 12:15 pm

Sweat sensors may bring medical diagnostics to wearables


Sweat contains a trove of medical information.

Sweat leaves unsightly blotches on our clothes, drips down our faces, and makes us stink. It cools us when we overheat, but most of the time we think of it purely as an inconvenience. But, soon we may learn to like our sweat a lot more, or at least what it can reveal about our health.


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August 18th, 2014 at 10:51 am

Scientists develop new blood test that could detect any type of cancer

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The simple test can diagnose cancer and pre-cancerous conditions from the blood of patients.

British scientists have developed a revolutionary new blood test that could detect any type of cancer. It is hoped the breakthrough will enable doctors to rule out cancer in patients presenting with certain symptoms – saving time and preventing costly and unnecessary invasive procedures and biopsies.



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July 22nd, 2014 at 9:58 am

Imprint Energy is developing flexible, printed batteries for wearable devices

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Ultrathin zinc-polymer battery.

Imprint Energy is developing flexible, rechargeable batteries that can be printed cheaply on commonly used industrial screen printers. The California startup has been testing its ultrathin zinc-polymer batteries in wrist-worn devices and hopes to sell them to manufacturers of wearable electronics, medical devices, smart labels, and environmental sensors.



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June 4th, 2014 at 10:45 am

3D printing and microrobots make headway on building tissue which will enable large printed organs

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Artificial blood vessels.

3D bioprinting has made new headway recently in fabricating blood vessels.  Researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital have developed a method for 3D printing biological material using magnetically controlled robots.



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