When you think about looking inside your own body, you may only be able to picture images like this or this. But an emerging technique gives us pictures that look like this…using laser-induced sound waves. Early technologies that use this technique seem to provide us with highly detailed, super clear… Continue Reading A New Laser Technology Can See Inside Our Bodies Like Never Before
When you think about Lyme disease you probably think of this, a tick. Or maybe more specifically, a tick bite. Which is not wrong, you should. But what exactly is it about a tick bite that makes us sick? This is Borrelia burgdorferi, one of many bacteria that ticks can… Continue Reading What Does Lyme Disease Do To Your Body?
[TRACE] Right now, scientists are attempting to grow ears, kidneys, blood vessels, livers, even hearts. In fact, at the moment there are some people walking around with lab-grown bladders. But this is rare. In the U.S., over 80 percent of transplanted organs come from the deceased. The rest are donated… Continue Reading How Close Are We to Farming Human Body Parts?
Imagine a world where you have your own medical avatar, a sci-fi-like profile that’s made out of your real-time health data. After all, you can lift up your car hood and diagnose your engine, or open up a program on your computer to see why it’s not working properly. So,… Continue Reading Will Supercomputers Create Virtual Maps of Your Body in the Future?
Elon Musk, the celebrity entrepreneur behind Tesla and SpaceX, finally unveiled what his company Neuralink has been up to for the past two years. Neuralink is developing a brain-machine interface, or BMI, with the goal of one day helping the paralyzed use robotic limbs or other devices. Musk even envisions… Continue Reading Why Elon Musk Wants to Implant an Electrical Wire in Your Brain
If a body is found in a field, and the cops suspect foul play is involved, establishing the exact time of death is critical. Figuring out the deceased’s final moments can help investigators corroborate people’s stories to ultimately hone in on the killer. But how do you do that? There… Continue Reading The Flies on a Dead Body Can Help Solve a Murder
Ionizing radiation is like cupcakes. One cupcake, that’s fine. 1000 cupcakes, all at once? Not fine! You’ve probably seen acute radiation poisoning on TV, people wrapped in bandages, and such… but chances are you don’t know what’s going on there… so let’s shed some visible light radiation on this mystery.… Continue Reading What Does Radiation Poisoning Do to Your Body?
Have you ever wanted to see a perfectly replicated model of your insides, in stunningly realistic 3D? Yeah…me neither. Regardless, 3D body scanning is here, and it’s got some surprising applications. But do people actually want to use it? There’s been a sudden growth spurt in the market of 3D… Continue Reading 3D Body Scanning Is Here, and It Could Change How You See Yourself
A lot of hay has been made about CRISPR Cas9, the gene editing technique so precise, so easy, so versatile it’s opened the possibility of chopping and swapping DNA around like a molecular level Dr. Frankenstein. The implications are huge for humans and our genome. We could alter the genes… Continue Reading Your Body Could Be Immune to CRISPR! Is This the End of Gene Editing?
Apparently, no calories does NOT equal no consequences, and artificial sweeteners, like the kind you may find in diet drinks, may be just as bad for you as sugar, with your brain and your gut responding in surprising ways to that delicious, synthetic sweetness. The FDA has approved six artificial… Continue Reading What Do Artificial Sweeteners Actually Do to Your Body?