Suspended animation human trials to begin!

It’s something straight out of science fiction, freezing someone to prolong their life. Soon enough, though, it’ll actually be real. Later this month, surgeons at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh will try to suspend human life.

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Smart contacts

Google contacts: Glass without the glasses?

On April 15th (the day of this post), Google is allowing anyone with $1500 to buy their mainstream wearable Google Glass. But behind the scenes, Google is working on their next big thing… contacts?

Google has submitted a patent for smart contact lenses that could build upon the wearables platform that they’ve created with Glass. Whereas Glass is able to augment on top of a user’s vision, the contacts are supposed to be able to be all that and more; possibly even giving blind people the ability to see.

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Bringing back humanity with bionics

“We’re beginning the age in which machines attached to our bodies will make us stronger and faster and more efficient.”

Hugh Herr is at the forefront of future prosthetics. At MIT, Herr directs the Biomechatronics research group, where he is creating an entirely new group of smart prostheses and exoskeletons. These smart protheses, or personal biotics as his company BiOM, Inc. calls it, will improve the lives of thousands of people with physical challenges.

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Neurosurgeons successfully implant 3D printed skull

3D printed skull implant

Image from UMC Utrecht

I’ve talked about the wonders of 3D printing. The technology is so amazing that it can be applied to several areas of our lives. One especially interesting area is that of medicine.

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Keeping the beat alive: membrane could keep your heart beating forever

Beating heart membrane

Image from Sploid.gizmodo.com

What you’re looking at above is a beating rabbit’s heart. Looks cool, doesn’t it? The heart is beating thanks to a specialized membrane that was created that keeps the heart pumping even outside the body of its original host.

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