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Lasers and carbon-nanotubes pave way to live brain scanning

Lasers and carbon-nanotubes pave way to live brain scanning

Lasers and carbon nanotubes peering into the brain might sound like the stuff of science fiction, but tests that could one day mean precise non-invasive diagnosis of Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, and other diseases are already underway. The technology, developed by chemists at Stanford University, has so far been tested on mice, but opens the door to an alternative to physically removing sections of the skull to track cellular-level changes.

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Painless “universal” cancer blood test being explored

Painless “universal” cancer blood test being explored

A universal blood test that could identify any type of cancer in a patient is one step closer, researchers say, potentially opening the door to diagnosing unusual variations and avoiding expensive and often painful invasive biopsies. Although in its early stages, the Lymphocyte Genome Sensitivity (LGS) test is already being explored for commercial purposes as Oncascan, spotting cancer by examining how readily white blood cells are damaged by ultraviolet light.

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Fitbit for Windows Phone released

Fitbit for Windows Phone released

Fitbit for Windows Phone has launched, bringing support for the popular fitness tracker to Microsoft's smartphone platform. The new software not only acts as a companion for synchronizing wearables like the Fitbit Flex, but can also do basic step tracking in its own right, with some tweaks to take advantage of Windows Phone's UI.

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FreeWavz brings untethered music/fitness tracking to your workout

FreeWavz brings untethered music/fitness tracking to your workout

Runners and other fitness enthusiasts often listen to music while they’re doing their thing, and a good portion of those folks also have a fitness wearable. Rather that have to wear two devices, wouldn’t it be handy to go as lightweight as possible? FreeWavz, currently being funded on Kickstarter, wants to give you just that; fitness tracking and music, all from your earbuds.

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