Post Thumbnail

Doctors dream of injecting cells with large nanoscopic cargo to treat or study illnesses. The existing approach to this is extremely slow, however. At one cell per minute, it would take ages to get a meaningful payload. That won't be a problem if UCLA scientists have their way, though -- they've d...

April 12th 2015 at 2:35am 0 Comments
Post Thumbnail

This isn't some long lost Jackson Pollock, it's what's going on inside the mind of a fruitfly. Life really does imitate art, as this incredible collection of medical images from Wellcome Images illustrates. These spectacular shots leverage modern medicine's most advanced imaging techniques while p...

March 20th 2015 at 7:17pm 0 Comments
Post Thumbnail

Just how small can life get? Almost unbelievably small, if you ask a team of Berkeley Lab researchers. They've taken the first detailed electron microscope pictures of the tiniest bacteria known to date -- at a typical 0.009 cubic microns in volume, you could fit 150 of them in an already miniscul...

March 2nd 2015 at 6:32pm 0 Comments
Post Thumbnail

There's no doubt that doctors would prefer to treat cancer as soon as they spot it, and it looks like nanotechnology might give them that chance. Researchers at the University of Leeds have successfully tested gold nanotubes that are useful for both imaging and destroying cancer cells. Since the t...

February 15th 2015 at 9:12pm 0 Comments
Post Thumbnail

If you want to see how animal embryos grow in eggs, you typically have to poke a hole in the egg and patch it up later. That's not always safe, and it may give you an incomplete picture of what's going on. Scientists at Beijing's Tsinghua University think they have a better solution, though. Th...

February 9th 2015 at 4:09am 0 Comments
Post Thumbnail

Everyone loves the idea of strapping a smartwatch to their wrist and using it to get a bit healthier, but there's a fine line between casual wearables and serious medical devices. It's an important distinction, since while the former can be sold without any sort of oversight, the latter is rightly...

January 20th 2015 at 8:14am 0 Comments
Post Thumbnail

Institutions have already been amassing huge DNA collections to catalog the world's creatures, but Moscow State University might just top them all. It's planning to build "Noah's Ark," a repository for the genes of every creature, living or extinct -- as long as the genes are readable, they'll ei...

December 27th 2014 at 2:47pm 0 Comments
Post Thumbnail

Wondering how NASA could make a clever yet groan-inducing music video like "All About That Space?" Really, it's just carrying on a tradition of producing science-themed tunes. A lot of them are cheesy covers -- we've seen scientific riffs on Adele and Psy, among others -- while others remind you w...

December 14th 2014 at 3:23pm 0 Comments
Post Thumbnail

BioDigital Human (free with in-app purchases) is an astounding 3D map of the human body, all rendered in real time so you can explore, zoom and rotate anatomically correct illustrations. The body can be dissected virtually, and layers can be added or removed. Illustrations can be annotated and share...

November 25th 2014 at 6:00pm 0 Comments
Post Thumbnail

So far, the biggest benefit of 3D-printing organs is that you don't need someone to donate their body to medical science before you can do an experiment. That's why Organovo's big news is so exciting for scientists, since the company has let it be known that its 3D-printed livers are now on sale....

November 21st 2014 at 1:02pm 0 Comments
Post Thumbnail

In every business, from the Amalgamated Rubber Sole Company through to the halls of Nabisco, someone, somewhere, is dreaming of a pill that instantly makes you thin. Several already exist, but if you don't want to sit through that one worrying side-affect of Xenical or find a way to get a large qu...

November 20th 2014 at 5:55pm 0 Comments