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Hair Loss and Restoration: Gone Today and Back Tomorrow

For millions of people who have suffered hair loss, advances in cutting-edge technology are offering new hope for successful transplants, with the aid of a robot. Read on for more on this amazing scientific innovation.

Innovative Prosthetic Limb: Just Like The Real Thing With No Hurt Feelings

Prosthetics have always offered the amputee their own set of advantages and disadvantages. Although providing limb mobility, artificial limbs usually come with phantom pain; that is, until now with the advent of a new prosthetic limb created at the University of Linz in northern Austria. Read on for more about this amazing medical innovation.

Detecting Cancer By Levitating Cells

Scientists use magnetic levitation as a means of sorting cells and are able to differentiate between white blood cells, red blood cells and various types of cancers. The method, which is relatively straightforward and scalable, could offer incredible value to researchers and clinicians.

Ten More Weird and Bizarre Japanese Soft Drinks

Japan has the market cornered on weird & bizarre drinks – new and ever-weirder concoctions seem to hit the store shelves daily. Some have strange names, others have odd ingredients, and a few are just so bizarre one has to wonder what their creators were, um, drinking when they came up with the concept. Following up on our original list, here are Ten More Weird and Bizarre Japanese Soft Drinks!

3-D Printed Blood Vessels: A New Dimension in Transplant Procedures

Read on to learn more about the latest advances in 3-D printing and artifcial blood vessels, which are essential to maintaining the health of human organs.

Insulin MicroNeedle Patch Promises To Make Life Easier For Diabetics

Diabetes is an extremely common group of metabolic disorders with approximately 387 million sufferers worldwide in 2014. Type 1 diabetes, the more severe form, stems from a failure of the pancreas to produce sufficient insulin. It often must be treated by regular injections of the hormone, a not entirely pleasant state of affairs for sufferers and one that is not always reliable. Now researchers have found a new way to deliver insulin that’s both painless and practical using a patch covered in microneedles.

Tiny Robotic Tentacles: Good Things Do Come In Small Packages

These  innovative soft robotic tentacles could prove to be ideal for delicate microscopic surgery. They can pick up an ant without damage to its body, offering new promise to invasive surgical procedures such as the safe and intricate manipulation  of blood vessels or embryos.

Watch What Happens When A White Blood Cell Dies

Using a technique called time-lapse microscopy, scientists have actually been able to “film” the death of a white blood cell. The painstaking work involved taking hundreds of microscope photos and then viewing them sequentially in rapid succession to produce a motion picture. The result was the first true video of white blood cell death and revealed that the process is not at all what we imagined.

Make Your Own Carbon Nanoparticles

Carbon nanoparticles have been shown to be extremely useful in ferrying pharmaceuticals within the body. They are small enough to escape notice of the body’s immune system and reflect light in such a way that they can be easily distinguished from natural tissues. Unfortunately, their production has always involved complicated and expensive equipment and slow purification processes. Now bioengineers have found a way to produce them in just a few hours with only a microwave and simple household products like molasses and honey.

Soft Robotic Glove: Lends A Helping Hand To The Disabled

Probably the worst realization for hand-motor impaired individuals is the fact that they cannot perform even the simplest of every day tasks, such as buttoning a shirt, without great difficulty. Read on to learn more about the innovative, wearable tech wonder known as the soft robotic glove.