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New Blood-Testing Service: Only One Drop For 30 Lab Tests

Read on to learn more about Theranos, an innovative business model that offers a radical blood-testing service requiring just a pin-prick and a drop of blood to run hundreds of tests, which range from standard cholesterol checks to sophisiticated genetic analyses!

Nanoparticles May Help You Win The Battle Against Tooth Decay

Removing plaque from the surface of teeth is a task typically assigned to topical antibacterial drugs, but this strategy is frequently thwarted by the presence of saliva, which can easily wash them away. Now nanotechnology scientists have developed unique particles which are designed to cling to the surface of plaque and tooth enamel before releasing their payload of pharmaceuticals leading to much more efficient treatment.

Which Air Purifier? The GermGuardian Is Our Best Product Pick

Tired of fighting germs, allergens and stale odors in your home or office? With allergy season looming a lot of people are on the lookout for a new air purifying system. There are so many to choose from, it can be difficult to know which is the best. After careful research, one air purifier in particular seems to be getting high marks from consumers.

Spider Webs May Soon Make Us All Strong Like Spiderman

There is no shortage of scientific inspiration to be found in the workings of nature. With hundreds of millions of years of evolution on her side, Mother Nature has achieved some remarkable feats that human scientists are only just beginning to approach. One area in which this is particularly relevant is that of biomaterials. Currently, a new crop of materials scientists is investigating the structure and composition of spiders’ silk – the toughest of all biomaterials – with an eye towards everything from artificial tendons and ligaments to drug-delivering bandages.

Electrically Charged Water Could Make Your Food Safer

Food borne illnesses are a major drain on global economic and public health systems while also causing extreme discomfort and occasionally death in those afflicted. In the United States, over a fifth of reported food-derived illnesses arise due to contaminated fresh produce. To alleviate this, most produce sold is cleaned using relatively unpleasant solvents like peroxides or chlorine solutions. Now researchers report a new environmentally friendly method of destroying pathogens on the surface of food using that most benign of solvents, water!

New Use For Supermaterial Graphene In Water Desalination Is Looking Promising

A lack of fresh, potable water is a looming crisis as the human population, and associated energy demand, continues to expand. Despite the Earth’s surface being primarily water-covered, only a small fraction is suitable for consumption or crop irrigation with the vast majority being salted ocean water. This makes desalination technology a crucial development in order to sustain our current rate of growth and industrialization, and a new graphene membrane may be just the breakthrough we need.

Future Of Pacemakers Could Be This Flexible Electrode On Your Heart

Collaboration across different scientific disciplines is one of the most valuable methods for the innovation of novel technology. A new device reported this month combines the fields of engineering, materials science, medicine, and mathematics to revolutionize the cardiac electrotherapy is delivered.

Head Transplants The Way Of Future Medicine?

Limb and organ transplants have been a pivotal part of modern medicine for years, and aren't really news to anyone in this day and age. That being said, one aspect of medical transplants that has never really been put into practice is the transplant of one human head to another body. Clearly there are obvious reasons as to why this practice has never taken place, and the primary one being that the technology to reattach a severed spinal cord doesn't exist...for now...

Brooke Roberts Design: Brain Scans Transformed into Knitwear Patterns

Cardiac radiographer and designer, Brooke Roberts, has utilized digital technology to transform mundane MRI brain scans and medical imagery  into exciting, innovative patterns for  garments. Read on to learn more.

Big Step Forward Made In The Quest For 3D Printed Organs

A recent breakthrough in 3D bioprinting is putting researchers closer than ever to being able to print transplantable organs on demand. Scientists report the discovery of a new "bio-ink" system which allows them to 3D print live cells in an organ-like material that is biodegradable, self-healing, and permeable to cell nutrients.