For centuries, clay has helped us build both beautiful and practical things. French sculptor Auguste Rodin focused on beauty, using clay models to help him shape impressive bronze sculptures of the human form, including “The Thinker.” Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) biomedical engineer Ali Khademhosseini, PhD, Division of Biomedical Engineering and his team, however, specialize in practicality, working with clay and human bone.
A new kind of electronic nose could make diagnosing bladder cancer a whole lot easier, according to a new study published this week in PLOS ONE. Doctors typically diagnose bladder cancer through cytoscopy, a "costly, invasive and undignified procedure," as the researchers put it, which basically involves shoving a little rod up a patient's urethra to look around for tumors in their bladder.
So this is pretty much one of those things you've always wanted from the future, right? Researchers have created a prototype contact lens-and-glasses system that lets you zoom in on something to 2.8X magnification. The lenses do the zooming, while the glasses let you switch between normal and magnified vision.