Can Big Data Help Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease?

During the Framingham Heart Study, a long-term research study initiated in 1948 that collected health data from thousands of people, researchers discovered that high cholesterol and elevated blood pressure increase one’s risk of heart disease. Thanks to that insight, at-risk individuals can reduce their chances of developing the condition by taking drugs to lower cholesterol … Continue reading Can Big Data Help Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease?

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Printing Electronics Directly on Delicate Surfaces—Like the Back of Your Hand

Nick Williams didn’t ask permission. The graduate student just stuck his pinky finger under the printer and watched it paint two silver lines on his skin. When printing was complete, Williams put a small LED light at one end of the lines and applied voltage to the other. He smiled as the light glowed. Williams showed … Continue reading Printing Electronics Directly on Delicate Surfaces—Like the Back of Your Hand

Flexible Wearable Reverses Baldness With Gentle Electric Pulses

Why waste the energy used to tilt one’s head or digest food? University of Wisconsin-Madison engineer Xudong Wang is an expert at harvesting the body’s mechanical energy to power devices, such as an electric bandage that accelerates healing and a stomach implant that subdues hunger. Now, Wang’s team is back with a self-powered wearable to … Continue reading Flexible Wearable Reverses Baldness With Gentle Electric Pulses