I'm a regular blood donor. My blood type is "A," "Rh+." That can tell you a lot about your origins. But what I get excited about is the promise of finding a process by which we can end blood transfusions forever, mass producing all the blood we need rather than tapping the veins of donors every 56 days to keep an adequate blood supply in hospitals and clinics around the world.
What if we could re-engineer humans for the harsh environment of planets like Mars? Believe it or not, there are scientists studying our genome to determine if altered humanity is a suitable strategy for colonizing planets other than Earth.
Researchers at Northwestern University have created a stick-on patch that, when applied to the skin surface, can track vital medical data normally requiring equipment that costs thousands of dollars. The patch can monitor heart rate and rhythm, replacing an EKG, and can be used in place of an EEG, recording electrical activity in the brain.
Though some may argue that we rely too heavily on technofixes for all our problems, a variety of technological developments are in fact improving medicine and therapeutics, our health and overall physical well-being, and even our sex lives. But the authors in this issue suggest that one of the most important “breakthroughs” in medicine may be better communications and stronger partnerships between doctors and patients.
Two things make their hearing device so interesting.
March 18, 2014 - Apta Biosciences with offices in the U.K. and Singapore is a spinoff of a decade of research at Fujitsu Laboratories.
March 15, 2014 - How time has past. This is my 801st posting to the 21st Century Tech blog. To think I started just a little over four years ago and am still going like the Eveready bunny.
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