Diagnosing genetic disorders and devising personalized therapies just got a lot easier, or at least quicker. Panasonic and Belgian research lab IMEC have created a small chip that tests DNA in under an hour.
As you can see above, scientists at Japanese firm Mebiol have managed to cultivate plants using only micron-thick hydro-membranes known as Imec. The technology has already been demonstrated by NASA to grow space plants. Only... why am I so grossed out?
Currently, if a cardiac patient's heart rate gets too high the implanted defibrillator in their chest gives them a friendly remedial shock to avoid a heart attack. But that could soon change—by giving hearts their very own IP addresses.
You can already track heart rates with an iPhone, but what if your phone could alert you to liver failure as well? A Dutch research company has created a system which sends "status updates" from electrocardiogram sensors to Android phones.