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The Pulse: Mini-Robotic Biopsies and Disease Fighting Drones

June 17, 2015 | by Jon Dipierro, Sean Fenske, and Sam Brusco | Videos | Comments

On this episode of the Pulse, we're taking colon biopsies with miniature star-shaped robots, watching an origami biosensor-bot fold itself, catching disease-causing mosquitoes with a drone, and regenerating skin wounds with an injectable hydrogel.

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'Drug Delivery' Drone Makes Its FAA-approved Debut

July 21, 2015 11:21 am | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm Videos Comments

This past Friday, the first FAA-approved drone delivery in the U.S. took place. What was it delivering, you might ask? 24 packages of medicine! The delivery was a part of the "Let's Fly Wisely" project, delivered to a free clinic operated by Remote...

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Print Out Your Own Diagnostic Tests!

July 17, 2015 11:03 am | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm Videos Comments

It's now possible to print a diagnostic test cartridge on a single sheet of paper, thanks to an inkjet printing technology called XylemDx. It turns a piece of paper into a number of diagnostic tests by configuring each piece of paper with...

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'Smart Implants' Dissolve After Healing

July 14, 2015 2:37 pm | by National Science Foundation Videos Comments

We all know that injuries happen and doctors sometimes have to use metal screws or plates to support broken bones while the bones heal. What if that implanted metal just disintegrated on its own after the injury heals? A team at the NSF Engineering...

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Kids Can Now Build Lego Attachments for Their Bionic Arm

July 13, 2015 10:55 am | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm Videos Comments

Carlos Arturo Torres Tovar of the Umeå University in Sweden has invented a prosthetic arm that is compatible with Legos, so kids can design their arm in any way they can think of. The IKO system features an arm similar to traditional...

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Microsoft's HoloLens Might Train the Next Generation of Doctors

July 10, 2015 10:51 am | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm Videos Comments

Microsoft has partnered with Case Western Reserve University to use the HoloLens for medical training. The idea is that the manipulable 3D environment generated by the HoloLens will allow a better understanding of anatomy and the body's...

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The Pulse: Levitating Cancer Cells and Developing Artificial Neurons

July 9, 2015 8:30 am | by Jon Dipierro, Sean Fenske, and Sam Brusco Videos Comments

On this episode of the Pulse, we're levitating cancer cells, engineering artificial neurons, clearing out blocked arteries with magnetic micro-bots, and stopping airborne diseases from hitchhiking on airplanes.

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How to Build an Artificial Eye

July 7, 2015 10:43 am | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm Videos Comments

A team at Moorfields Eye Hospital shatters the glass eye stigma, using advanced materials and artistry to craft about 1,400 fully customized, detailed artificial eyes every year. These are typically engineered to replace the eyes of those who have lost...

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Touch-Based 'Language' Lets Visually Impaired See Colors

June 30, 2015 11:00 am | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm Videos Comments

A Portuguese designer named Filipa Nogueira Pires has devised a language similar to Braille, in order that those who can't easily perceive color can "see" it by touching raised shapes attached to objects. The language is called the "Feelipa Color Code"...

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Wheelchair Climbs Steps Like a Tank

June 16, 2015 10:29 am | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm Videos Comments

The prototype Scalevo wheelchair moves by using rubber treads that show military influence, moving very much like the treads on a tank. To climb, the user approaches and faces away from the stairs. The treads then extend, inclining the chair at...

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3DS and e-NABLE: Changing Lives One 'Handprint' at a Time

June 11, 2015 4:11 pm | by 3D Systems Videos Comments

3D Systems is partnering with the e-NABLE Community Foundation (ECF) to support e-NABLE, the global network of makers, inventors and designers using 3D printing to make functional, prosthetic hands that are donated to people in need...

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Assessing Astronauts' Health with Blood and Urine Samples Taken in Space

June 10, 2015 3:20 pm | by ReelNASA Videos Comments

NASA Commentator Lori Meggs talks with Dr. Scott M. Smith, the manager of the Nutritional Biochemistry Laboratory at NASA’s Johnson Space Center, about how researchers are studying blood and urine samples from the International Space Station crew...

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Zapping Cancer with Microwaves

May 26, 2015 3:50 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm Videos Comments

An alternative to the typically highly invasive surgery to remove tumor cells, Neuwave's technology employs microwaves to kill cancer cells. Its most prominent device, the Certus 140 Microwave Ablation System, uses a thin, flexible probe...

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Physical Therapy Is Boring - Play a Game Instead

May 19, 2015 1:46 pm | by TED Videos Comments

You’ve just been injured, and you’re on the way home from an hour of physical therapy. The last thing you want to do on your own is confusing exercises that take too long to show results. TED Fellow Cosmin Mihaiu demos a fun, cheap solution...

The Pulse: 3D Printing Saves Babies and 'Powerwalking' with a Leg Brace

May 14, 2015 8:30 am | by Jon Dipierro, Sean Fenske, and Sam Brusco Videos Comments

On this episode of the Pulse, we're saving babies with 3D printed splints, taking a "powerwalk" with an energy-generating leg brace, simulating the heart on a supercomputer, and rehabilitating with a two-armed robot.

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Blind Mother Receives 3D Printed Ultrasound of Her Unborn Son

May 12, 2015 11:08 am | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm Videos Comments

This past weekend, a blind mother received a truly remarkable Mother’s Day present. 30-year-old Tatiana Guerra arrived for her ultrasound during her 20th week of pregnancy, and was unexpectedly gifted a 3D-printed relief sculpture of her son’s face...

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