May 2013

Teenager Creates 90 percent Accurate Cancer Test That Only Costs 3 Cents

Jack Andraka, test to detect pancreatic, ovarian and lung cancer

Ever feel like you’re not doing enough in a day or not achieving enough? We all have, and when you read incredible stories like Jack Andraka's incredible discovery it makes it even feel a little more that way. Jack is only 16 years old and when his uncle recently passed away from cancer he started looking for ways on the internet to prevent cancer. This is one of those stories of someone’s pain leading to a discovery and motivating a young man we will most likely see much more from.

3D Printed Bioplastic Windpipe Saves Baby's Life

3D Printed Windpipe, Bioprinting, Organovo, TheLabWorldGroup

We’ve seen plenty of 3-D printed medical implants for patients that require replacement tissues, but this use of 3-D printed biopolymer to augment and correct an existing tissue highlights just how amazing the convergence of 3-D printing and medicine is (and will be). Kaiba Gionfriddo was born apparently a normal, healthy baby, but at six months of age he stopped breathing. Regularly.

New Water Repellent Fabric Acts Like A Second Skin

Water Repellent Fabric, UC Davis, Waterproof Fabric, Lab on a Chip, Agilent 2100 Bioanalyzer

New water repellent fabric acts like human skin, channeling and releasing excess moisture. Waterproof fabrics that whisk away sweat could be the latest application of microfluidic technology developed by bioengineers at the University of California, Davis. The new fabric works like human skin, forming excess sweat into droplets that drain away by themselves, said inventor Tingrui Pan, professor of biomedical engineering.

Cold Fusions E-Cat Gets 3rd Party Verification

Andrea Rossi, E-Cat, Cold Fusion, Low Cost Energy

By: Francie Diep of POPSCI A well-known promoter of cold fusion technology—who's been demonstrating his latest invention here and there over the past two years—has announced that an independent third party has verified his machine works. That is, it creates a large amount of energy in the form of heat, far more than it consumes.