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flypulse lifedrone

Meet the defibrillator drone that could save your life

June 14th, 2017

At the moment, drones are in a weird place. They’re popular among hobbyists and photographers for the eye candy they can capture, but they’re also extremely useful for more important duties, like search-and-rescue efforts, package deliveries, and even transporting medical samples. Now, a Swedish startup called FlyPulse is poised to launch emergency response drones that …

porn impotence

Science says porn is making men impotent

May 15th, 2017

Before the days of the internet, porn was actually pretty tough to find. You had to visit a shady adult toy shop or, if you had absolutely no shame, buy explicit magazines from a bookstore or news stand. Today, every type of fetish is no more than a few clicks away, and new research is …

smartphone microscope

This smartphone accessory can diagnose cancer

January 19th, 2017

The smartphone case you slap on the back of your mobile phone might protect it from bumps and scrapes, and maybe even give it a bit of added battery life with a built-in power supply, but there’s no OtterBox or Mophie that can hold a candle to a new accessory built by a team of …

Universal Cancer Vaccine Trial

We’re fighting cancer with a universal vaccine

June 11th, 2016

How cool would it be to stop cancer dead in its tracks using a vaccine that would work regardless of cancer type? It turns out that humanity is already thinking along those lines, and it’s looking to introduce a type of “universal cancer vaccine” that would be able to trigger the human’s body built-in defenses …

Growing Artificial Heart Tissue 3D

3 new projects pave the way for growing human organs from scratch

March 30th, 2016

There are more than seven billion people in the world, and life expectancy keeps growing thanks to the unbelievable advancements in modern medicine. However, the human body can’t outlive its expiration date, and organs often fail and require viable replacements. But because there never seem to be enough donors around, doctors are looking at various …

Shape Memory Material Weight

New shape-shifting material can lift 1,000 times its weight

February 10th, 2016

There’s a new material in town that might turn you into a superhero in the future by giving you the power to lift 1,000 times its own weight. However, the newly invented polymer is not really meant to turn us into superhumans, and might be used for various medical purposes once it’s commercially available.

Nanosubmarines

Scientists create microscopic submarines with light-powered molecular motors

November 18th, 2015

Researchers at Rice University have revealed a breakthrough in nanotechnology that could someday quite literally change the world as we know it. Led by Rice lab chemist James Tour, the team has created what it is referring to as “nanosubmarines” that are microscopic in size, powered by ultraviolet light, and capable of traveling through solution at what …