Yeast is a magical substance, one that we have to thank for beer and bread, two essential foodstuffs. But they have nothing on the new discovery that yeast can also be used to create synthetic corneas.
Seriously, if you told me to imagine what an artificial limb would look like back in Victorian England, my mind would waver between a peg-arm and a something steampunk. Yet here's this insanely awesome arm from the late 1800s, and...
Researchers at Japan's Saitama University Human-Robot Interaction Center have invented a robotic wheelchair that will follow your companion or caregiver as you sit back and enjoy the ride.
Mouth guards are common in sports like ice hockey, where contact with other players can mean lost teeth. But there may be a reason for athletes in other sports to give them a try: improved performance. At least that's the theory from Bite Tech, which makes affordable customized mouth gear that's said to provide an athletic edge.
Now this is neat. GE's Visible You is similar to Microsoft's Kinect, but instead of letting you play video games with your body, it acts as a living X-ray.
A breakthrough microchip has been found to be 93% accurate in diagnosing malignant oral cancer with a simple swipe. All it takes is a simple swab inside the mouth placed on the chip, which is then placed in a machine. In 8 to 10 minutes, you've got your diagnosis.
It's a milestone for the medical community, yet you wouldn't have to be a neurologist to understand it. That's because this brain-cell-scanning microchip can study human gray matter at unheard of resolutions, yet pretty much does all the science-y work itself.
Researchers at the University of Columbia have figured out how to get rabbits to regrow damaged bones with artificial implants. The implants are more like scaffolds, which acted as blueprints for healing. The hope is that tech could be used to help humans to the same.
A group of researchers in Israel have come up with what they are calling the "sniff controller," an apparatus that looks quite a bit like a hospital's nasally inserted oxygen tubes, but allows for one to control something like a wheelchair with a breath.
If you're a fan of activities that you need to wear a helmet for, you know there are two major problems that can arise from a crash: you break the helmet or you hurt your head. Both can be harder to tell than you'd think. This "Smart Helmet," at least, will know if you're injured.