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Robotic Microfish Can Sense And Remove Toxins From Their Environment

In the not-too-distant future, tiny robotic fish could be cruising around inside our our bodies, delivering drugs and cleaning up toxins. This week, engineers at the University of San Diego unveiled the first prototype: a chemically powered, magnetically controlled swimmer.


The Flu Vaccine That Lasts A Lifetime Is Coming

The flu vaccine: a tedious annual chore, but necessary unless you want to spend a week bed-ridden and barfy. Still, wouldn’t it be great if one jab could protect you for life? A lifetime flu vaccine isn’t impossible, and we’re making progress toward one, but we’ve still got a ways to go.


'Tissue Velcro' Could Be Used To Patch Damaged Organs

In the not-too-distant future, patients with damaged hearts or livers might receive tissue patches grown in a lab. This week, researchers announced an important development toward that goal: A biodegradable scaffold that allows strips of beating heart tissue to snap together like Velcro.


This Messy Mass Of Colourful Orbs Shows How Cancer Grows

Healthy tissues are like healthy ecosystems: Both are composed of diverse populations. But in tumours a single, malignant cell type often dominates. A new computer model is helping researchers understand why, and it could pave the way to more effective cancer treatments.


Being Rude To Your Doctor Could Be Bad For Your Health

In the interests of not being an arse, you should probably be nice to your doctors. But if common courtesy isn’t a good enough reason, a recent paper suggests you’ll get worse medical treatment if you’re worse.


Vomit Machine Helps Researchers Study Disease, Face Totally Unnecessary

Projectile vomiting: Disgusting, yes, but also your body’s natural way of dealing with being sick. Oh and a great way to spread your vile germs to others, according to research conducted with the lovely vomit simulator depicted above.


Doctors Print A Medical-Grade Stethoscope For Less Than Five Bucks

The stethoscope is a staple of modern medicine; but in parts of the developing world, off-the-shelf models are prohibitively expensive. That’s why a team of doctors and hackers in Gaza has started 3D printing their own.


Kid Gets Awesome New Bionic Hand, Reminds Us Not Everything Is Garbage

The stock market is tanking, North and South Korea are on the brink of war and a cartoon character from a dystopian future is the most popular candidate for US President at the moment. But don’t despair. While most things are garbage, there are some things in the world that aren’t. Like this adorable kid who just got his own high-tech bionic hand.


This Surgery Restores Sensation To The Penis By Remapping The Brain

Guys, imagine for a moment what life would be like if you couldn’t feel your penis. That can happen to men with some kinds of spinal injuries, or who were born with a condition called spina bifida. Their penis can still sense touch, but a break in the spinal cord means the signal never makes it to the brain.


'Metabolic Switch' Toggles Our Cells To Store Or Burn Fat

It seems like cruel fate that some folks are naturally thin, while others have to work tirelessly to control their weight. But in the future, we may be able to level the playing field, because scientists have just discovered a ‘metabolic master switch’ that determines whether fat-producing adipocytes store or burn energy.


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