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The Pulse: Levitating Cancer Cells and Developing Artificial Neurons

July 9, 2015 | by Jon Dipierro, Sean Fenske, and Sam Brusco | 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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Kids Can Now Build Lego Attachments for Their Bionic Arm

July 13, 2015 10:55 am | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | 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 | 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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How to Build an Artificial Eye

July 7, 2015 10:43 am | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | 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 | 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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The Pulse: Mini-Robotic Biopsies and Disease Fighting Drones

June 17, 2015 10:34 am | by Jon Dipierro, Sean Fenske, and Sam Brusco | 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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Wheelchair Climbs Steps Like a Tank

June 16, 2015 10:29 am | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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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HotSpot Episode 112: 3D Printed Human Tissue

May 11, 2015 3:11 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Jon Dipierro; Sarah Goncalves, Associate Editor, Janine E. Mooney, Editor-in-Chief, WDD | Comments

Most college kids spend their time printing out notes or term papers. But human organs? In the dorms of the University of Pennsylvania, Daniel Cabrera and his colleagues designed a tool that essentially “prints” artificial, biological material using...

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We Can Use Bacteria to Detect Cancer (and Maybe Treat It)

May 8, 2015 12:20 pm | by TED | Comments

Liver cancer is one of the most difficult cancers to detect, but synthetic biologist Tal Danino had a left-field thought: What if we could create a probiotic, edible bacteria that was "programmed" to find liver tumors? His insight exploits something...

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FDA Science Forum to Focus on Emerging Technologies

May 6, 2015 4:02 pm | by FDA Voice | Comments

Dr. Luciana Borio, FDA’s Acting Chief Scientist, invites you to the FDA 2015 Science Forum at our White Oak headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland on May 27-28. We’ll be showcasing exciting, cutting-edge regulatory science research. For more information...

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