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Personal Sound In-Ear Amplifier Lets You Hear Exactly What You Want

Is the world around you too darn loud? The In-Ear Amplifier from Able Planet gives you super hearing of a sort.

Acessa™: State Of The Art Non-Invasive RFA Treatment For Uterine Fibroids

If there was a way to relieve the pain and discomfort of uterine fibroids without having major surgery, I'm sure more women wouldn't suffer with their symptoms as long as they do.  Well, now there is a way.  The new Acessa™ Procedure uses radiofrequency ablation (RFA) to destroy the fibroids in an out-patient procedure and most women can be back to their routines the next day.

3D Printable Cast Lets Your Bones Heal While You Scratch Those Itches

Just about everyone who has ever broken a bone knows that it is a pain -- and not just from the break. The skin under the cast will inevitably start to itch and you can drive yourself nuts trying to find the right size stick or knitting needle to slide inside for a scratch that just never seems to be quite the relief you were looking for. Then there is the problem of being able to shower without getting the cast wet. That is until now. Jake Evill, a designer in London, has come up with a lightweight exoskeletal cast that can be created by using a 3D printer.

Biochip Device To Detect Dangerous Radiation In Our Bodies

A tiny biochip has the potential to quickly determine whether or not a person has been exposed to dangerous doses of radiation, according to the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, which helped develop the device.  Though further work on the chip is necessary, the eventual technology is expected to quickly screen exposed persons in the event of a radiological catastrophe.

Coffee Down Under

All of us have this one problem in common. Off course it's a problem in varying degrees. Some have a mini one, others have a herculean one. The problem is offensive socks. But how do socks get to be such a problem anyway? Well, the good news is that feet do not naturally have any odor glands.


The Gift of Portable Humidity

The human body is sensitive to its environment. We have a range within which we feel comfortable - a certain temperature range; a certain illumination range, a certain level of sound, pressure and even humidity. Alter any of this too much or for too long and the body will protest. In a dry environment, like an air-conditioned office, the moisture from our body is extracted to the environment and our skin dries.

IBIS Enters Robot Surgery

A team at the Tokyo Institute of Technology has created a robot surgical system, known as IBIS that is designed to undertake the same function as the da Vinci system at a much lower cost to the facility. This new competitor comes at a good time, when the current leader is having PR problems.

Giving A Hand To Clean Air

Between carbon dioxide, dust, and sulfur dioxide, the air around us can get pretty polluted. In New York we emit as much as 149,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide in a day. What about dust? We know there's a lot of that too. What about sulfur dioxide, well there's about 60,000 tons of that a year in New York.

Da Vinci Robot System Under Scrutiny

The da Vinci surgical system robot has gotten a lot of hype in the recent past. It has been used to help famous athletes repair damage done to their body from their job related injuries. But those issues are not without their risks. The company that makes the da Vinci surgical system, Intuitive Surgical, is coming under fire for a few concerns around the system.

Substandard Chinese Drinking Straws Are A Potential Health Hazard

Is this the last straw? Substandard drinking straws making up 80 percent of the straws sold in Shanghai can cause a host of harmful health issues when the toxic chemicals used in their manufacture leach out into hot drinks.