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MIT Wants You To Swallow This Origami Robot Pill To Retrieve Other Crap You've Swallowed

According to MIT, Americans swallow over 3500 button-sized batteries every year. Say what? But instead of educating the public about not swallowing random crap, researchers at the school want people to swallow a new folding origami robot they have developed that’s designed to retrieve foreign objects, among other tasks.


Looking Inside An Opera Singer's Head With An MRI Is So Freaky

Video: For a never-before-seen look at how an opera singer is able to produce such an amazing sound, German baritone Michael Volle performed Song to the Evening Star from Wagner’s Tannhäuser during an MRI scan. The technique uses magnetic fields and radio waves to see right through the human body, and is able to capture movement resulting in this fascinating, but freaky footage.


Smart Scalpel Can Distinguish Between Healthy And Cancerous Brain Tissue

Performing any kind of surgery on the brain is already a tremendously difficult procedure, but removing only cancerous tissue is even more of a challenge because it’s very difficult to visually distinguish the good brain from the bad. But what if the scalpel in a surgeon’s hand could tell the difference between the two?


How The Artificial Heart Went From Miracle To Medical Pariah And Back Again

On 2 December 1982, Barney Clark became the first human to receive an Jarvik-7 artificial heart. Suffering from congestive heart failure, he became a media sensation before he passed away. The Retro Report and New York Times take a look at the rise and fall of what had been hailed as a medical miracle.


CareKit Is Apple's Ambitious New Health Monitoring And Tracking Tool

Apple has introduced its most ambitious health service yet, an open-source app development platform called ‘CareKit’. It’s basically a way to help people keep track of their medical treatment, and to share information with doctors remotely.


If Positive, The First Bluetooth Pregnancy Test Gives Important Advice On What To Do Next

A pregnancy test can tell you if you can expect a little bundle of joy in nine months, but not much else. So working with Qualcomm, First Response has created the first Bluetooth app-connected pregnancy test that provides other crucial info and guidance if you are indeed expecting.


Wearing This Silicon Cooling Cap Reduces Hair Loss During Chemotherapy

While chemotherapy can be an effective way to battle cancer, it’s brutal on the body, and leaves patients with an unwelcome reminder of the ordeal in the form hair loss. But a company called DigniCap has come up with a clever way to help minimise that side effect.


Australian Scientist Wins Ig Nobel Prize For Uncooking His Breakfast

Last week, the Ig Nobel Awards were held in a night that celebrates interesting discoveries made on the sillier side of science. Between a study of the usage of the word ‘huh’ and an experiment to make chickens walk like dinosaurs, the Prize for Chemistry was taken out by an Australian local — none other than the Flinders University Professor who discovered how to unboil an egg.


This Bacteria-Slaying Light Fixture Is Perfectly Safe For Humans

Bacteria-killing ultraviolet lights can sterilise everything from toothbrushes to bedsheets. But a new type of light fixture called the Indigo-Clean is able to wipe out those same dangerous pathogens while still being safe for patients or caregivers in a hospital.


This Vampire-Like Suction Device Lets Patients Draw Blood At Home

Patients dealing with cancer or infectious diseases require frequent blood tests to monitor their conditions. And, although important, frequent trips to the doctor to give samples can be very time-consuming. But a small device called the HemoLink that uses gentle vacuum pressure promises to let patients easily draw their own blood at home.


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