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Peek Retina adapter brings eye exams to smartphones

Peek Retina adapter brings eye exams to smartphones

Peek Retina is a smartphone adapter that aims to bring eye examinations anywhere they're needed, such as remotely located medical clinics that don't otherwise have access to the necessary hardware for performing eye assessments. Peek stands for Portable Eye Examination Kit, and as its name suggests the adapter is entirely portable -- small enough to fit in a pocket along with the smartphone to which it will be attached, offering both a retina camera functionality and an ophthalmoscope while leveraging the smartphone's camera.

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VetiGel is a plant-based gel that can stop bleeding instantly

VetiGel is a plant-based gel that can stop bleeding instantly

When a massive injury occurs, and there’s bleeding involved, time is essential. Often times, emergency medical personnel are on-scene, but have little recourse to do more than get you somewhere else quickly. A place that has the equipment necessary to help you get through the trauma and (hopefully) live. A new syrum, named VetiGel, could change that. The plant-based material can be affixed to human tissue to stop bleeding rapidly. It’s not yet widely available, but is being trialled at veterinary clinics.

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Man injects Bitcoin wallet NFC chips into his hands

Man injects Bitcoin wallet NFC chips into his hands

Chalk this one up to sounding both a little crazy and a little brilliant. 10 days ago, a Dutch man had a NFC chip implanted into each of his hands to serve as storage for the encrypted key to his Bitcoin cold storage. Keeping one's Bitcoins offline, and in this case in the body, makes it harder for them to be hacked and stolen, but Martijn Wismeijer is already thinking ahead for other uses for his chipped hands.

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Google Ebola campaign doubles citizen donations

Google Ebola campaign doubles citizen donations

Google has announced that they're bringing more than $10 million in donations to foundations in Africa set to fight Ebola. Google's will give the first $10 million to a variety of nonprofit organizations fighting Ebola and taking care of affected citizens, followed by whatever amount of cash adds up in their donation campaign. For every one dollar donated by the public, Google will donate two. In addition to this donation campaign, Google will be giving $15 million through their family foundation. This comes not long after a similar campaign run by Facebook last week (on into this week, as well.)

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Google X Nano Pill will seek cancer cells in your body

Google X Nano Pill will seek cancer cells in your body

Google's moonshot group Google X is working on a pill that, when swallowed, will seek out cancer cells in your body. It'll seek out all sorts of diseases, in fact, pushing the envelope when it comes to finding and destroying diseases at their earliest stages of development. This system would face "a much higher regulatory bar than conventional diagnostic tools," so says Chad A. Mirkin, director of the International Institute for Nanotechnology at Northwestern University.

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DARPA turns its attention to atom-wide brain sensors

DARPA turns its attention to atom-wide brain sensors

DARPA, known half-jokingly as the Department of Mad Scientists, has again turned its attention to the human brain, this time hoping to expand our insight into it and its structure through the use of incredibly tiny (read: atom-sized) graphene sensors. It detailed its latest effort on Monday, explaining its work in conjunction with the University of Wisconsin at Madison to create a new form of technology for peering into how the brain functions. This is done as part of President Obama's brain initiative, says the research agency.

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Robots to contribute to new Ebola-fighting efforts

Robots to contribute to new Ebola-fighting efforts

As fears continue to grow over the recent outbreak of Ebola, scientists and researchers in the U.S. are hoping to develop a strategy for combating the virus' spread through the use of robots and autonomous vehicles. November 7th will see workshops put together by the Center for Robot-Assisted Search and Rescue that brings robotocists together with members of the medical and humanitarian aid communities to hopefully find a solution.

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Forget the needle pill: researchers focus on vibrating syringes

Forget the needle pill: researchers focus on vibrating syringes

Many people have an intense fear of being jabbed with needles, a phobia that compels some to avoid vaccinations and other necessary injections. A lot of research has been underway on this seemingly simple problem, with the goal being a future where injections are no longer painful. The most interesting solution so far is the needle pill developed by MIT researchers -- a capsule adorned with micro-needles that jabs one's internals painlessly. The idea of swallowing a cluster of needles might form its own phobia for some, however, and so enters the vibrating syringe.

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3D printed Iron Man prosthetic arm includes LED thruster

3D printed Iron Man prosthetic arm includes LED thruster

It's possibly the coolest prosthetic in existence, and it is made specifically for kids: a 3D-printed Iron Man glove that lets wearers channel their inner superhero. It is the latest beautiful example of creations being born from 3D-printing technologies, and though it isn't available on the mass scale (yet, at least), it can be ordered by those who need it from the designer Pat Starace. Best of all, the design isn't static -- the prosthetic includes a working LED palm thruster, among other things.

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