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Tech tattoos put a working circuit board on your skin

Tech tattoos put a working circuit board on your skin

Technology-imbued tattoos have been discussed many a times over the last year, but now, Chaotic Moon Studios, a creative technology start-up, has taken another step towards making them feasible. Dubbed "Tech Tats," the temporary tattoos use LED lights, a micro-controller, and conductive inks to create a circuit board on the surface of the skin. While they certainly look cool, Chaotic Moon imagines Tech Tats as being much more than cosmetic, from serving as a new form of wearable to playing a part in medical applications.

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GluCase phone case makes blood sugar testing mobile

GluCase phone case makes blood sugar testing mobile

GluCase aims to improve life for diabetics by merging smartphones and glucometers together into a single device. The device looks like an ordinary smartphone case, but features a built in blood glucose meter, which works with a related mobile app to present, store, and interpret the data. The data can also be shared with a care team, whether it is a doctor who is monitoring one’s diabetes or to a caregiver concerned about a loved one’s sugar levels.

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Researchers turn snake venom into potentially life-saving gel

Researchers turn snake venom into potentially life-saving gel

Venomous snakes have claimed countless lives, but one team of researchers from Rice University have managed to turn that venom into a life-saving gel. On Monday, the university announced that a nano fiber hydrogel infused with venom from pit vipers has been developed that quickly stops bleeding, something that could be used in situations ranging from emergencies to operating rooms.

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Brain implants allow paralyzed man to control his arm

Brain implants allow paralyzed man to control his arm

Scientists from Case Western Reserve University have been successful in using electronics to give a paralyzed man the ability to move his arm and hand. The tests are the first time that signals collected in the brain have been sent to electrodes placed inside someone's arm to restore movement. The scientists say that the breakthrough is a step towards creating a wireless system that can transmit brain signals through the air to electronics sewn into the limbs of paralyzed people.

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Ancestry in talks with FDA to launch medical DNA testing

Ancestry in talks with FDA to launch medical DNA testing

23andMe ran into trouble with the FDA over its DNA testing, which included results of a medical nature — info about disease risks and such. It ultimately had to shut that part of its service down, but another company may take over in its place. Ancestry.com is in talks with the FDA about launching a DNA testing kit that will be used to provide possible health information about a person — details about things like one’s reaction to medication and more based on their genetic details.

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Disney-themed bionics include Iron Man and Star Wars prosthetic hands

Disney-themed bionics include Iron Man and Star Wars prosthetic hands

Remember that awesome video back in March where Robert Downey Jr. brought a custom 3D-printed Iron Man prosthetic arm to a 7-year-old boy? Well, it turns out that affordable kid-friendly bionic limbs are much closer to reality than expected. The startup Open Bionics (which, to be clear, was not involved in the prosthetic delivered by Downey Jr.) has teamed up with Disney to make bionic hands designed after characters from Iron Man, Frozen, and Star Wars.

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DARPA ElectRx program underway: seven teams selected

DARPA ElectRx program underway: seven teams selected

DARPA's ElectRx self-healing program is now underway, with the research entity having selected seven research teams who will work toward the goal of using electricity to heal wounded soldiers. DARPA describes this as being a “closed-loop system” that heals via “modulating the activity of peripheral nerves,” with the targeted diseases including everything from inflammation and achy joints to PTSD.

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Non-invasive brain-to-brain interface lets wearers share thoughts

Non-invasive brain-to-brain interface lets wearers share thoughts

Scientist Andrea Stocco and his team over at the University of Washington Institute of Learning & Brain Sciences have cooked up a system that sounds like it is straight out of science fiction. The researchers have come up with a brain interface system that allows two human users to share their thoughts. No invasive cutting or inserting of sensors into the brain is required.

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First human head transplant scheduled for December 2017

First human head transplant scheduled for December 2017

Earlier this year, we heard about the head transplanting ambitions of Dr. Sergio Canavero, an Italian doctor who sought a volunteer for his procedure called HEAVEN. In April he found that volunteer, a Russian man named Valery Spiridonov, and now we have a timeframe for when he is expected to go under the knife — December 2017. The surgery is estimated to take a full 36 or so hours to complete.

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Smart-Drive MX2 turns normal wheelchairs into power chairs

Smart-Drive MX2 turns normal wheelchairs into power chairs

In the world of medical equipment, there is a huge gulf between the price and portability of a normal standard wheelchair and a powered wheelchair designed to help people get around with less effort. Many people can't afford to pay for a normal power wheelchair and insurance doesn't always help and they are hard to transport. A new device has debuted called the Smart-Drive MX2 and it is an electric drive unit to attach to a normal wheelchair.

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DARPA shows off robotic prosthetic arm that can feel

DARPA shows off robotic prosthetic arm that can feel

DARPA is at the leading edge of many different research fields and makes some incredible breakthroughs that have a way of becoming common products over the years. One of DARPA's latest breakthroughs is a prosthetic limb that allows the wearer to feel what they are holding or touching. The ability to feel was added to a mind-controlled robotic prosthetic arm that was first announced back in July.

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