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The Thoughts Of Locked-In Patients, Visualised

These aren’t Second Life punks — they’re visualisations of what people with locked-in syndrome think, and they could help us communicate with people who can’t respond physically or verbally.


Robots May Join The Fight Against Ebola In West Africa

Robots often find themselves in dangerous situations, and their distinct lack of biology makes them perfectly suited for battling infectious disease. Next month, a simulcast workshop will determine if and how they will join the West African fight against Ebola.


Taking Google Out Of Glass Makes It Perfect For Hospitals

Google Glass might get you suspicious looks in a restaurant, but it could save your life on the operating table. In hospitals and medical facilities, Google’s techno-eyewear is a promising solution — with a caveat.


One Doctor Is Betting A Scientific Formula Can Fix How Medicine Works

Here’s a startling fact: Doctors sometimes prescribe treatment just to cover their own arses, or due to tradition or outdated training, or even a simple little hunch. But it doesn’t have to be that way, and David Newman is the doctor trying to bring us a better future.


Google Tests Connecting Doctors With Online Patients

The web can be a precarious place to find accurate information regarding your health. With only a list of symptoms to type into a search engine, your mild headache could just be a headache…or the early stages of brain cancer. It’s always best to consult a doctor if you’re concerned and Google is trying to make it easier.


Has Australia Invented The Anti-STI Condom? Not Quite...

Australian biotech company Starpharma has announced the imminent launch of a condom coated with an antimicrobial chemical known as VivaGel. While it might be marketed as a great leap forward for preventing sexually transmitted infections (STIs), it’s unlikely to offer any more protection than your average condom.


This Life-Like New Prosthetic Hand Lets Amputees Feel Texture

Using Star Wars as a way to track progress in the prosthetics is almost a cliché, but boy are we getting close. A new mind-controlled prosthetic hand from researchers at Case Western Reserve University is so advanced that amputees can feel detailed textures and handle delicate objects. And, yes, it sort of looks like Luke Skywalker’s hand.


How Tiny Microbubbles Can Reveal The Hidden Structures Within Us

Bubbles in the blood may sound like a bad idea — but if they’re small, they can actually prove useful instead of dangerous. This is image shows how they can be used to create images of our blood vessels with unprecedented detail.


Ebola Airport Screenings Won't Do A Damn Thing

Along with shoe X-rays and toiletries in ziploc bags, we can now welcome fever checks as the latest addition to airport security theatre. Today, US officials announced they will screen passengers coming to five major airports from the African countries hit worst by Ebola — despite no real evidence that it will make us safer.


Engineered Yoghurt Could Save You From Cancer

Yogurt, it turns out, might not just be good for you from a nutritional point of view. In fact, engineered yogurt bacteria could make spotting cancer as easy as taking a pregnancy test.


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