Google X Wants to Track Cancer With Nanoparticles and Wearables

Google X, the company's secretive arm tasked with dreaming up the future, is as you would imagine pretty ambitious. But in the area of medicine, their plans seem ripped from the pages of science fiction. Today at the WSJD conference, Google X announced a project that wants to track cancer in your blood with the help… » 10/28/14 3:34pm Tuesday 3:34pm

Google Tests Connecting Doctors With Online Patients

The web can be a precarious place to find accurate information regarding your health. With only a list of symptoms to type into a search engine, your mild headache could just be a headache...or the early stages of brain cancer. It's always best to consult a doctor if you're concerned and Google is trying to make it… » 10/12/14 10:00am 10/12/14 10:00am

This Life-Like New Prosthetic Hand Lets Amputees Feel Texture

Using Star Wars as a way to track progress in the prosthetics is almost a cliché, but boy are we getting close. A new mind-controlled prosthetic hand from researchers at Case Western Reserve University is so advanced that amputees can feel detailed textures and handle delicate objects. And yes, it sort of looks like… » 10/10/14 3:10pm 10/10/14 3:10pm

Ebola Airport Screenings Won't Do a Damn Thing

Along with shoe X-rays and toiletries in ziploc bags, we can now welcome fever checks as the latest addition to airport security theater. Today, U.S. officials announced they will screen passengers coming to five major airports from the African countries hit worst by Ebola—despite no real evidence that it will make us… » 10/08/14 5:46pm 10/08/14 5:46pm

Would You Swallow a Pill Covered in Needles Instead of Getting a Shot?

After the first shudder, it sounds even more terrifying: a pill coated with tiny needles that injects you from the inside of your intestine. But the scientists at MIT and Massachusetts General Hospital who developed the capsule say that these swallowable microneedles could be a new (and painless!) way to deliver… » 10/01/14 1:03pm 10/01/14 1:03pm

Why We Still Don't Have an Ebola Vaccine

Yesterday, the CDC confirmed the first Ebola case diagnosed in the US. The patient, who recently traveled to Liberia, is now isolated in a Dallas hospital. With containment efforts challenging West Africa, and US officials searching for anyone who came in contact with the Dallas patient, where is the Ebola vaccine? » 10/01/14 10:42am 10/01/14 10:42am