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Humans have a new organ and it’s been there for ages

Humans have a new organ and it’s been there for ages

You’d think that, by now, scientists would have gotten every body part identified and classified. But as the eternal mystery of the appendix proves, there are still parts of our body we have failed to grasp. Take for example the news that we have a new organ. No, we didn’t grow one over the decades as part of evolution (though some would wish we indeed grew more hands or arms). No, we’ve had the mesentery for as long as we had intestines, but it’s only now that it’s being raised to the status of “organ” from “anonymous tissue structure”.

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Polar Team Pro Shirt weaves heart tracking into wireless base-layer

Polar Team Pro Shirt weaves heart tracking into wireless base-layer

Polar has launched a new fitness wearable, the Polar Team Pro Shirt, and if you thought your smartwatch got up close and personal, then this stat-tracking base-layer will be like a loving Internet-of-Things hug. The company's first foray out of more mainstream wearables, the shirt embeds heart rate tracking right into its fabric. That means no chest strap monitor, wrist band, or watch.

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Researchers: bad ‘magic mushroom’ trips may still be beneficial

Researchers: bad ‘magic mushroom’ trips may still be beneficial

So-called magic mushrooms are the source of renewed scientific interest in psilocybin, particularly the beneficial effects the chemical may have on helping terminal cancer patients accept impending death, among other things. Researchers recently published the results of a large survey they conducted with magic mushroom consumers, one in which they specifically looked for details about bad trips and their lasting effects.

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Nikon to help fight diabetes-related eye diseases with optical engineering expertise

Nikon to help fight diabetes-related eye diseases with optical engineering expertise

Nikon has announced it's teaming up with Verily, the company previously known as Google Life Sciences, to help improve the detection of diabetes-related eye diseases — diabetic retinopathy and macular edema, two of the leading causes of adult blindness. The camera giant will contribute its imaging technology to Verily's machine learning, with a goal of increasing early detection, giving patients enough time to get to a doctor before losing all eyesight.

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Study: office workers can ditch standing desks by taking short walks instead

Study: office workers can ditch standing desks by taking short walks instead

There seems to be three stages involved in owning a standing desk. First, you feel enthusiastic about your renewed work environment and optimistic about its effects on your health. Soon enough, though, you start to feel distracted by the discomfort of standing all the time. Then, finally, you acknowledge that humans invented chairs for a reason and return to your previous sedentary ways. According to a new study, that's fine: there's a suitable alternative to standing desks.

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New medical ‘breathalyzer’ detects diseases via a patient’s breath

New medical ‘breathalyzer’ detects diseases via a patient’s breath

A new type of medical technology can detect 17 different diseases by ‘sniffing’ an afflicted patient’s breath, according to the American Chemical Society. The technology was inspired by the now-dated diagnoses method used by doctors before the advent of modern medical labs — sniffing a patient’s breath for signs of a particular disease. The technology is essentially a disease breathalyzer.

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Samsung Creative Labs puts the focus on kids, skin care

Samsung Creative Labs puts the focus on kids, skin care

Tech companies these days are becoming more open with some of their "out of the box" thinking for possible products. Sony has its internal crowdsourcing platform and ZTE has even crowdsourced the conceptualization and design of a future smartphone. While Samsung isn't going that far yet, its Creative Labs shows off ideas and projects even before they become actual products. That is, if they become actual products. Perhaps inspired by the story of WELT, Samsung will be showcasing three new Creative Labs ideas at CES 2017 that will make your skin glow and keep kids busy with even more toys.

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Researchers lambast study associating HPV vaccine with brain damage

Researchers lambast study associating HPV vaccine with brain damage

Vaccines are a hot topic and, unfortunately, the source of ample criticism by those who fear they cause autism and other conditions. The latest vaccine to reach alarm status is the HPV vaccine, which deals with the human papilloma virus and aims to prevent cervical cancer in women. This vaccine is recommended for women and girls, and is also increasingly being given to boys, but a new study has undermined confidence in it, associating it with brain damage in mice.

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Hospitals eliminate bedsores using NASA Mars technology

Hospitals eliminate bedsores using NASA Mars technology

The same technology used for NASA's Mars lander has been used to eliminate the occurrence of bedsores in more than half a dozen hospitals, while other hospitals were able to reduce the instances of bedsores as much as 90-percent. The technology works by detecting damage in the process of developing in a patient’s skin before it becomes a visible ulcer, allowing medical facilities to address and treat it before it grows into a larger problem.

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Artificial leaf uses captured light to make drugs

Artificial leaf uses captured light to make drugs

The tiny artificial leaves you see here are not cute little toys, these are mini-factories that are capable of manufacturing drugs anywhere. They would function just as well in the deepest jungle as they would on the surface of Mars. The design of the artificial leaves is patterned after the way leaves on a tree capture sunlight to make food.

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Study: eating cured meats can make asthma worse

Study: eating cured meats can make asthma worse

Bad news, meat lovers: another study highlights cured meats as potential sources of health issues, especially for those with asthma or COPD. The study set out to investigate whether cured meats can make asthma symptoms worse, and the results indicate that is, indeed, the case. This is on top of carcinogenic factors associated with cured meats, also increasing one's risk of developing various sorts of cancer.

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Soylent fixed its sickness-inducing powder, but made an enemy in the process

Soylent fixed its sickness-inducing powder, but made an enemy in the process

Soylent has released the promised updated powder that, hopefully, eliminates whatever it was that made some of its customers sick. The powder is called formula 1.7, and as the company previously stated, it doesn't include algal flour, the alleged source of the illnesses. In the process, though, Soylent earned itself some ill feelings from now-former partner TerraVia, which supplied the algal flour that Soylent cited as the cause of the sickness.

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