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Scanadu Scout bringing to life the medical Tricorder

Posted by Jason Diaz Categories: Household, Science,

Scanadu Scout

Fans of the Star Trek franchise can totally appreciate the concept of the Tricorder. Now, what if I told you that it actually exists? Nelson De Brouwer founded Scanadu and actually went about inventing the Scanadu Scout. The Scout is round, small, and fits in one hand. It connects to a mobile app which stores your vital sign readings like temperature and oxygen levels in the blood. Scanadu also includes a plethora of heart readings like heart rate, ECG, HRV and PWTT (blood pressure.) It also has the ability for urine analysis or UA and, my personal favorites, reading test and stress levels. Scanadu Scout is being crowdsourced and sold for $199.99 on IndieGoGo. Check out the video that shows how it all works after the quick jump.

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Guy born with total color blindness can now hear colors

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Science, Software, Videos,

Cyborg Foundation Eyeborg

Neil Harbisson was born with achromatopsia, which means he can't see colors. He lives in a world of black and white. Not satisfied with having to remember that the sky is blue, or that lemons are yellow, he teamed up with Adam Montandon to develop a brain implant that they call the Eyeborg, which turns colors into sounds. In 2010, the Cyborg Foundation was born--an organization to help humans become cyborgs. Check out the fascinating details in the video after the jump, and be on the lookout for other projects from the Cyborg Foundation, including the Earborg (turns sounds into colors,) and the Speedbord (detects movement through earrings that vibrate.)

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Giuliana Rancic to Undergo Double Mastectomy

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Television,

Giuliana Rancic and her husbandGiuliana Rancic is to undergo a double mastectomy. The E! News presenter - who revealed she was suffering from the early stages of breast cancer in October - has decided to opt for the procedure after a double lumpectomy failed to fully remove cancerous growths in both breasts and her lymph nodes.

"To be honest, all it came down to was choosing to live and not looking over my shoulder for the rest of my life. It could have come back more aggressively next time, so for me it was just more important to get the cancer out. With the double mastectomy I now have less than one per cent chance of getting it back, otherwise it was 20, 30 or 40 per cent chance and for me it wasn't worth it," she explained on The Today Show.

The 36-year-old star - who made a pros and cons list to decide whether to undergo the procedure - also praised her entrepreneur husband Bill, admitting her cancer battle has made the couple stronger: "Bill said to me, 'I just need you around for the next 50 years, kid. I don't care about the physical portion of this, so let's just get you healthy.' Bill's been the world to me through this, he brought some laughter to the process and reminded me who we are as a couple. It's made us stronger. I couldn't be more at peace with the decision. I still break down some nights when it's quiet in bed, it's easy to just start crying and be very sad, but I'm OK."


Stanford researchers create artificial skin that can feel pressure

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Science,

Prosthetics have come a long way since the days of wooden legs. Now a team of Stanford researchers says it's taken a big step towards developing an artificial skin that can actually "feel" pressure and could someday help amputees and burn victims.

Spray-on carbon nanotubes and deformable silicone storing an electrical charge form the stretchy, sensitive material that's being billed as a synthetic skin prototype by the team of Stanford researchers led by associate professor of chemical engineering Zhenan Bao that developed it. The flexible, skin-like sensor can be stretched in any direction without tearing, losing its shape, or wrinkling and it's sensitive enough to detect a wide range of pressure.

"This sensor can register pressure ranging from a firm pinch between your thumb and forefinger to twice the pressure exerted by an elephant standing on one foot," Darren Lipomi, a Stanford post-doctoral researcher who helped develop the artificial skin sensor, told PopSci.com.

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Exoskeleton allows paralyzed Berkeley student to walk at graduation

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Science,

UC Berkeley's Austin Whitney has been paralyzed since July 2007 as the result of a car accident that hospitalized the 22-year-old for a total of 41 days. And now, thanks to the research project of a team of Berkeley engineers, the history and political science double-major was able to stand up out of his wheelchair and physically walk across the stage to accept his diploma at the university's May 14 graduation ceremony.

"Ask anybody in a wheelchair; ask what it would mean to once again stand and shake someone's hand while facing them at eye level," said Whitney in an interview with Berkeley's NewsCenter. "It will be surreal, like a dream."

The exoskeleton project, run by Berkeley professor of mechanical engineering Homayoon Kazerooni, focuses on user comfort and affordability as its two chief design points. Instead of, "over-engineering" the machine, as Kazerooni and his team of researchers note, they designed the exoskeleton to seamlessly work with as few components as possible. That means fewer motors to impact movement, which necessitates a smaller amount of sensors to track movement, which leads to a simpler device that costs less than the current market price of a typical exoskeleton: $100,000 on up.

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Steve Jobs taking another medical leave of absence from Apple

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, Corporate News,

steve jobs leave of absenceAlmost two years to the day from when Steve Jobs took medical leave from Apple to get a liver transplant, he has announced that he will be taking leave yet again to deal with his health. Just like last time, Steve will remain as CEO of Apple, and will be very involved in the major strategic decisions for the company. Tim Cook will take over day-to-day operations. It's unknown at this time whether the issues are related to Steve's bout with pancreatic cancer back in 2004, or the 2009 liver transplant, but whatever it is, we wish him a speedy and full recovery. We've got the email he drafted to his team after the jump.

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Zsa Zsa Gabor to Have Part of Leg Amputated

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Movies, Where Are They Now?,

Zsa Zsa Gabor and her husbandZsa Zsa Gabor is to have part of her leg amputated.

The 93-year-old actress was taken to hospital yesterday to the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles to undergo surgery as gangrene was setting in to her right limb.

"She developed a lesion on the leg that had swollen a while back and caused her to go to the hospital for treatment, but it has not responded. In fact, it has increased in size, and the doctors have wanted to operate for several days. They're going to have to amputate part of her leg. They said if they didn't, she could lose her life," said her representative John Blanchette.

Although she had been warned to go to hospital earlier, Zsa Zsa had been keen to spend the Christmas and New Year period with her husband Prince Frederic von Anhalt.

"Frederic and Zsa Zsa asked if they could spend New Year's at home, and they shared champagne and caviar. The doctors came to the house today, and when they unwrapped the bandages, they saw that the wound had festered and they were afraid of gangrene developing, which would be life-threatening," Blanchette said yesterday.

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How the iPad changed the life of a disabled little boy

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, Handhelds, Videos,

While you can't really argue against the fact that the iPad has been a massive success for Apple, even outselling Mac computers last quarter, we know there are a bunch of people who write it off as just a  fad and who don't really see anything special about the device. However, it's becoming increasingly obvious that Apple was on to something that goes way beyond the argument of a closed App Store and the simple OS that so many complain about.

In the video above, you'll meet a 7-year old boy named Owen Cain. Owen was born with a debilitating motor-neuron disease that has left him almost completely motionless throughout his life. Needless to say, communication for him has been difficult. Then, a nurse had him try to play with an iPad, and he was able to use and interact with the device immediately, on his own. Take a look at the video above for the 


World’s first all-robotic surgery

Posted by John Kilhefner Categories: Science,

The world’s first operation and anesthesia done by an all robot team was conducted at Canada’s McGill University Health Centre. The operation being one of extreme delicateness, a prostatectomy, was handled by two robots: DaVinci, a surgical robot, and McSleepy, an anesthetic robot. Both of whom were controlled by a team of surgeons from a workstation with 3D HD video control.

The robots allowed the team of surgeons to work with a precision not capable of by humans alone, allowing for a more precise and safe operation. The surgical team is planning to use this project to test more all-robotic surgery and anesthesia routines on more patients in different surgical situations. We are assured that the robots will not replace the doctors, but will only augment the surgical team to perform to their highest capabilities.

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Celebrity Chatter: Toni Braxton’s Bankruptcy Filing, Max Weinberg’s Medical Condition

Posted by Veronica Santiago Categories: Music, Television, Legal Issues,

Toni Braxton-Former Dancing with the Stars contestant Toni Braxton has filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy ... again. The Grammy award-winning singer is reportedly between $10-$50 million in debt.

-Actor Larry Wilcox is under investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission. The 63-year-old former CHiPs star was charged by the SEC with securities fraud on Thursday.

-Kelsey Grammer and girlfriend Kayte Walsh have just announced the loss of their unborn child. Grammer, who is in the middle of a divorce from his wife of 13 years, revealed the pregnancy back in August.

-Drummer Max Weinberg says a medical issue played a role in his decision not to join Conan O’Brien on his new TBS show. The 59-year-old had valve repair surgery on his heart back in February.


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