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Curing Blindness Goes Mobile With PEEK Vision App

Did you know that it's possible to test your eyesight using your smartphone? Andrew Bastawrous, a 34 year old ophthalmologist from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, invented the Portable Eye Examination Kit, or PEEK, a mobile app and clip-on hardware that transforms a smartphone into a pocket-size optical clinic. 

Magnets That Clean Blood And Cure Sepsis

A magnetic device has been invented to extract bacteria, fungi and other toxins from the blood, potentially curing sepsis, a life threatening complication of infection that kills 1 in 4 who are affected. It consists of a microfluidic device that removes magnetic nanometer-sized beads that have bound to pathogens in the bloodstream.

With Winkymote, You Can Control Your TV With The Blink Of An Eye

Pretty soon, people will be able to control their TVs by blinking - and all it'll take is a little makeup. Ladies and gentlemen, say hello to Winkymote - an infrared remote control that can be operated simply by blinking. Television isn't all it's good for, either.

Breed Specific Pet Food: Should You Fall For It?

Purina is the most recent pet food company to announce a line of breed-specific dog foods; Beta™. Although currently the line is available in Great Britain only, I suspect it's just a matter of time before it's available in the U.S,. as are Eucanuba and Nature's Recipe breed-specific dog foods currently.  Royal Canin produces breed specific foods for dogs and cats.  The question is: Should your Terrier be fed differently from a Shepherd?  Your Maine Coon from a Siamese?


THC In Cannabis Has Potential Therapeutic Effects On Alzheimer's Disease

Scientists at the University of South Florida's Byrd Alzheimer's Institute have investigated the potential role of delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), a major component of marijuana, on Alzheimer's disease (AD) pathology. What is most commonly known as a recreational substance has demonstrated its potential in ameliorating AD and other neurological diseases, perhaps because our bodies produce the substance naturally (endocannabinoids) and have receptors that naturally respond to it.

Polyester Stinks And Here's A Study To Prove It

In the 70's fashionable men wore polyester 'leisure suits.'   Fashionable women wore polyester or nylon Emilio Pucci patterned dresses. They were supposed to be cool, but really they were hotter than heck. Then, thankfully, there was a return to natural fibers in textiles - not only cotton, silk, and wool, but several fibers like hemp, bamboo, and soy that were relatively new to the fashion industry.  Now the pendulum is back to the synthetic, and it's not pretty.  As a matter of fact, it stinks!

Undercover Colors Nail Polish: Why Detecting Date Rape Drugs Isn't That Easy

By now you've probably heard of Undercover Colors as the latest innovation, not only in nail polish, but in date rape prevention. There's been a lot of excitment over such a helpful product, but could this polish be less than it's cracked up to be? Undercover Colors might not be a failproof preventative solution to date rape, but it's on the right track.

BioBeats and The Pulse App: Can Music Rule Your Mind?

Similar in concept to those mood rings of decades past, BioBeats has tapped into a new idea with a special app that can play music that reflects your current state of mind based on the rate of your heart. Read on for more on this fascinating topic.

World's First 3D-Printed Vertebra Implanted Into 12-Year-Old Beijing Boy

Intel Inside? We're almost there thanks to doctors at Peking University Third Hospital who successfully implanted the world's first 3D-printed vertebra into a young Chinese boy's neck.

XStat Syringe: Instantly Stops Gunshot Wounds From Bleeding

A new syringe that stops gunshot wounds from bleeding in seconds is now being widely utilized by the U.S. military.