Mind Meld: Tetris Players Electronically Connect Their Brains

Humans collaborate using brain-to-brain communication to play video gameHave you ever felt a strong emotion, such as elation from taking in a scenic view, and wanted to share it with the people around you? Not “share” as in tell them about it or post it on social media, but actually share it—like beam the feeling from your brain into theirs?   … Continue reading Mind Meld: Tetris Players Electronically Connect Their Brains

Why So Many Medical Advances Never Make it to Mainstream Medicine

Eric Topol on why promising technologies like smartphone ultrasound struggle to achieve widespread adoption For more than a decade, engineers have been innovating their way through the nascent field of digital medicine: creating pills with sensors on them, disease-detecting facial recognition software, tiny robots that swim through the body to perform tasks, smartphone-based imaging and diagnostics, and … Continue reading Why So Many Medical Advances Never Make it to Mainstream Medicine

Laser Destroys Cancer Cells Circulating in the Blood

The first study of a new treatment in humans demonstrates a noninvasive, harmless cancer killerTumor cells that spread cancer via the bloodstream face a new foe: a laser beam, shined from outside the skin, that finds and kills these metastatic little demons on the spot. In a study published today in Science Translational Medicine, researchers … Continue reading Laser Destroys Cancer Cells Circulating in the Blood

Tiny Robots Carry Stem Cells Through a Mouse

Using this technique, microrobots could deliver stem cells to hard-to-reach placesEngineers have built microrobots to perform all sorts of tasks in the body, and can now add to that list another key skill: delivering stem cells. In a paper published today in Science Robotics, researchers describe propelling a magnetically-controlled, stem-cell-carrying bot through a live mouse.  Under … Continue reading Tiny Robots Carry Stem Cells Through a Mouse

The Mood Ring of Algorithms Could Zap Your Brain to Help You Feel Better

These algorithms spot mood changes before you do, and could someday tell a stimulator to zap your brain to treat disordersA man with depression is driving to work when his mood darkens, and the familiar inklings of anxiety begin to creep in. His brain cells start to fire in a pattern that has, in the … Continue reading The Mood Ring of Algorithms Could Zap Your Brain to Help You Feel Better