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Want To Use A Bicycle As A Blood Centrifuge?

Using medical equipment that we consider standard in the Western World can be difficult in Third World Countries where things like electricity are in short supply. Designer Jack Trew has created a simple blood centrifuge that works by being attached to the spoke of a bicycle wheel -- something that can be found most of the world over. The Spokefuge is currently one of the finalists for the James Dyson Award and the prize of $45,000.

Rape-aXe: Anti-Rape Condom Helps Women Fight Back

South Africa is the rape capital of the world, and one woman wanted to change that. Blood technician Sonnet Ehlers worked with many rape victims and after hearing one patient say she wished she had teeth down there, Ehlers created Rape-aXe, a condom that fights back against attackers. Could this be the solution to South Africa's rape epidemic?

Invisible Wearable Skin Sensor: Saves You From Dry Skin And Heart Attacks

An almost invisible, wearable medical device that monitors your cardiovascular health, and lets you know when you need to moisturize your skin, has been invented. This ‘epidermal’ photonic sensor is also a potentially cheap alternative to the expensive infrared technology currently used in hospitals.

Coming Soon: Bionic Hands, Knees And Ankles

When The Bionic Woman and The Six Million Dollar Man series were aired on television, the bionics parts were still in the imagination of writers and producers and viewers. Now a bionic arm is close to becoming a reality (except for the fact that it's not really bionic, because it doesn't have any sensory, motor or electronic capabilities). The technology is in fact a basic pulley system, implanted in a human hand, to allow for a more natural grasping function while using less muscle energy.

Increase Your Odds Of Conception By 20% At Home With Stork

The Stork is a drug-free device that helps you to conceive from the comfort of your own home. Today it's available to buy over-the-counter in US pharmacies. It consists ofa  "conceptacle", worn by the male during sexual intercourse to collect semen, and an applicator that delivers this semen to the cervix after intercourse.


Next In 3D Printing - Fast, Cheap Orthotics For Disabled Kids

Naveed and Samiya Parvez started Andiamo to develop 3D printed orthotics for disabled kids, based on personal experience with their son, Diamo, who suffered from cerebral palsy. Every 6-9 months, he needed a new back brace, and each time he would have to wait 3-4 months for it to be ready. With 3D scanning and printing, the wait time could be reduced to a few days.

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?