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Here's an Anatomical Structure We've Never Seen in the Penis Before

You already know that a penis has arteries to bring blood to its erectile tissues, and veins that take the blood away again when it returns to its normal flaccid state. You may not know that there’s another set of vessels tucked under its skin. We just got our first good look at them. » 7/21/15 12:46pm 7/21/15 12:46pm

This Nanobot Gun Could One Day Assemble Inside Your Body And Shoot You

One of science fiction’s biggest unfulfilled promises are medical nanobots: tiny little machines that will run around your body, repairing what’s gone wrong. Scientists from the University of Houston are setting out to change all of that, with an incredibly clever self-assembling robotic gun that can clear blockages… » 6/25/15 4:03pm 6/25/15 4:03pm

Watch Doctors Jam This Tiny Camera Inside My Knee Joint

Diagnosis is hard. Especially when it comes to joint injuries. Doctors can make educated guesses based on your symptoms, to be really sure, they’ve got to look inside. While MRI is the most popular option, it’s expensive, time-consuming, and not particularly accurate. That’s why this new, miniaturized camera that can… » 6/15/15 5:30pm 6/15/15 5:30pm

A New High-Speed MRI Technique Is Fast Enough To Record Someone Singing

It’s a remarkable technology capable of looking inside a human being, but magnetic resonance imaging—or MRI—machines are finicky and require a patient to remain absolutely still while it does its thing. But researchers at the University of Illinois have found a way to capture up to 100 frames per second on an MRI… » 4/22/15 3:57pm 4/22/15 3:57pm

This Siemens MRI Scanner Is a Beautiful Machine That Saves Lives

Siemens’ latest MRI machine (Ma­gne­tom Pris­ma Tim+Dot Sys­tem 3 Tes­la) is one of the most powerful, state of the art medical imaging devices in the marketplace. The first Magnetom Prisma 3-tesla MRI units was installed in the USA at the University of Minnesota a year ago. Now there are about 50 units in… » 4/14/15 8:00pm 4/14/15 8:00pm

The World's Strongest MRI Will Be Able to Pick Up a Tank

The stronger an MRI machine's magnetic field is, the better image resolution and refresh rates it is able to achieve. While most medical-grade MRIs today top out between 1.5 and 3 Tesla, the unit measure of magnetic field strength, GE has recently constructed a unit with the whopping power of 7 Tesla. But that's… » 7/03/14 11:40am 7/03/14 11:40am

New Airport Screening Method May Finally End the Absurd Liquid Ban

It looks like the days of shampoo bottles striking fear into the hearts of airport security everywhere might be numbered. Thanks to Los Alamos scientists, a new type of detection technology could give airports the tools they need to finally tell if a liquid is a potential threat—all with one simple scan. » 11/25/13 4:00pm 11/25/13 4:00pm

It's Official: Scientists Can Now Actually Read Your Mind

The idea has been tossed around in science fiction yarns for years now, but researchers at Radboud University Nijmegen in the Netherlands have actually found a way to read people's minds. Or, more specifically, decode what letters of the alphabet a subject is looking at by analyzing MRI scans with a special… » 8/22/13 1:28pm 8/22/13 1:28pm

DARPA Plans To Scan Puppy Brains To Find the Smartest Dogs for War

War dogs. They are equal parts badass and cute. And on top of that, they're smart. They need to be to get the job done. In the interest of finding the cleverest canines for potential war-doggery, DARPA's got a plan to start scanning puppy brains in an MRI machine. But rest assured, those brains are still in the… » 1/26/13 1:00pm 1/26/13 1:00pm