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Photos of the Day: Google's Spoon Steadies Tremors

November 25, 2014 4:18 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Built with hundreds of algorithms, these specially designed spoons make it much easier for people with tremors and Parkinson’s Disease to eat without spilling. The spoons sense a shaking hand and make instant adjustments to stay balanced ...

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Heat-Conducting Plastic Could Have Medical Applications

November 25, 2014 3:55 pm | by University of Michigan | Comments

The spaghetti-like internal structure of most plastics makes it hard for them to cast away heat, but a University of Michigan research team has made a plastic blend that does so 10 times better than its conventional counterparts. Plastics are inexpensive...

Steadying Tremors with 'Liftware' Spoon

November 25, 2014 3:48 pm | by Martha Mendoza, AP National Writer | Comments

Google is throwing its money, brain power and technology at the humble spoon. But these spoons (don't call them spoogles) are a bit more than your basic utensil: Using hundreds of algorithms, they allow people with essential tremors and Parkinson's...

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Dissolvable Wireless Electronic Implants Fight Bacteria

November 25, 2014 3:42 pm | by Tufts University | Comments

Researchers at Tufts University, in collaboration with a team at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, have demonstrated a resorbable electronic implant that eliminated bacterial infection in mice by delivering heat to infected...

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Student Creates Affordable Inverted DIY Microscope

November 25, 2014 3:33 pm | by Brunel University London | Comments

Expensive tests for measuring everything from sperm motility to cancer diagnosis have just been made hundreds of thousands of pounds cheaper by a PhD student from Brunel University London who hacked his own microscope. Adam Lynch, from...

DNA Delivery from a Hybrid Vehicle

November 25, 2014 3:18 pm | by University at Buffalo | Comments

A new hybrid vehicle is under development. Its performance isn’t measured by the distance it travels, but rather the delivery of its cargo: vaccines that contain genetically engineered DNA to fight HIV, cancer, influenza and other maladies...

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Device Promises to Ease Mammography Discomfort

November 25, 2014 2:03 pm | by Radiological Society of North America | Comments

Researchers have developed a new device that may result in more comfortable mammography for women. According to a study being presented next week at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America, standardizing the pressure applied...

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Artificial Limbs with More Natural Movement Now within Reach

November 25, 2014 12:47 pm | by UC San Francisco | Comments

Providing Simple Neural Signals to Brain Implants Could Stand In for Body’s Own Feedback System In new research that brings natural movement by artificial limbs closer to reality, UC San Francisco scientists have shown that monkeys can learn simple brain...

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3D Online Tool Targets Ebola

November 25, 2014 12:31 pm | by Johns Hopkins | Comments

Johns Hopkins biomedical engineers have developed a free, browser-based online tool that could speed up the creation of new drugs to treat or prevent Ebola virus infections. The software, called MuPIT Ebola Edition, enables a researcher...

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The Global Rise of 'Smart Health'

November 25, 2014 12:14 pm | by University of Oxford | Comments

Mobile phones and smart devices will have a large role to play in improving access to healthcare and involving patients more in their own treatment, a leading Oxford University academic has said in a lecture in New Delhi. Solving the large challenges...

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SIDS Cases Found to Have Common Brain Abnormality

November 25, 2014 11:14 am | by NIH | Comments

NIH-supported researchers find abnormality in brain area influencing breathing, heart functions More than 40 percent of infants in a group who died of sudden infant death syndrome were found to have an abnormality in a key part of the brain...

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Rethinking the Wheelchair

November 25, 2014 11:08 am | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | Comments

Based on an original design for use in developing countries, new Freedom Chair is specially designed for U.S. and European markets. Global Research Innovation and Technology, an MIT MechE spinoff started by Tish Scolnik ’10, Mario Bollini ’09 SM ’12...

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Designing a Wearable Brain Imaging Helmet

November 25, 2014 10:45 am | by GE Reports | Comments

GE scientists are working on a wearable, high-resolution imaging “helmet” that would allow doctors to observe the brain on the cellular level. The portable device could also allow doctors to study motor activity in the brain, since patients will be...

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Large Biological Circuits Made Practical with New Device

November 25, 2014 10:38 am | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | Comments

Researchers have made great progress in recent years in the design and creation of biological circuits -- systems that, like electronic circuits, can take a number of different inputs and deliver a particular kind of output. But while individual components...

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A Closer Look at Robotic Leg Braces

November 24, 2014 2:08 pm | by Julie Watson, Associated Press | Comments

Marine Capt. Derek Herrera, who was paralyzed by a sniper's bullet two years ago in southern Afghanistan, is walking again thanks to a set of robotic leg braces known as the ReWalk system. Herrera is the first in the United States to own the device...

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