A Mutant Cocaine-Eating Enzyme Could Cure Addiction and Overdoses

Ready for some weird science? Certain bacteria found in the dirt near coca plants are powered by an enzyme that eats cocaine. Unfortunately, the enzyme breaks down quickly at body temperature, meaning it can't be used to treat human overdoses or addiction. Now, though, researchers have designed a version that can… » 6/24/14 3:40pm 6/24/14 3:40pm

An Injury Primer: When to Heat It, When to Ice It


When you're faced with a sports-related injury, half of your friends will be adamant that ice is the only way to treat it. The other half will tell you that heat is the way to go. The problem is that most of your friends are idiots. So, which of your idiot friends are you supposed to listen to? » 7/24/13 4:00pm 7/24/13 4:00pm

Run Like You're on the Moon

What if you only weighed a fraction of what you actually do? You could run so fast. You could take an immense amount of pressure off your knees while still getting a workout. You could focus entirely on your form. » 5/23/12 3:20pm 5/23/12 3:20pm

Leukemia Patients Treated by Gene Therapy. Let's Hope the Cure Doesn't…

On Wednesday scientists announced an exciting new potential cure for leukemia using gene therapy. Yay. Let's hope the test subjects don't get sick and die. Because that's what happened last time. » 8/12/11 12:32pm 8/12/11 12:32pm

Train Track Therapy Is The Latest Health Craze In Indonesia

Indonesians are heading to railroad tracks seeking electric therapy for their chronic ailments. This idea comes from the tale of a paralyzed Chinese man who went to the tracks to commit suicide and was miraculously cured. » 8/02/11 7:14pm 8/02/11 7:14pm

Mind Controls: Magnetic Relief For Depression

Anyone who remembers high-school physics knows that a fluctuating magnetic field can induce an electrical current. That's the principle behind transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), where an electromagnet is held over the head and pulsed rapidly. Depending on the frequency of the pulses, this can either enhance or… » 4/11/11 5:20pm 4/11/11 5:20pm

How the iPad Changed This Disabled 7 Year Old Boy's Life

Click to viewThe iPad, and other tablets like it, may actually be a magic and revolutionary device after all. Because at least in this instance, it's given a disabled 7-year old boy the ability to communicate with the world. » 11/01/10 10:00am 11/01/10 10:00am

Tarantulas Shown on 3DTVs to Cure Arachnophobia Just Seems Plain Evil

Apologies if you suffer from arachnophobia, and did not expect a picture of a tarantula to ever appear on Gizmodo. Sky seemingly thinks the only way to cure a fear of spiders is to show them some—in 3DTV. » 8/13/10 1:40pm 8/13/10 1:40pm

Premature Ejaculation Aided With Use of Hypnosis iPad App

It's a serious condition, premature ejaculation, so I'll have no sniggering in row two please commenters. For $5, British hypnotherapist Darren Marks will help you "take control of your mind and body and become a great lover." » 6/30/10 7:20pm 6/30/10 7:20pm

NeuroStar TMS Depression Therapy System First To Be Given FDA Approval

Last year, Neuronetics' NeuroStar TMS (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation) Therapy system became the first device of its kind to be cleared by the FDA for treating depression. Although, the similarity to a dentist chair was probably not a great idea. » 11/13/09 1:40am 11/13/09 1:40am

12 Minutes of iPod Lovin' a Day Will Keep Your Heart Healthy

I've got a playlist that never fails to make my heart go boom-baboom-baboom just a bit faster. According to a study from the University of Belgrade, 12 minutes of that playlist a day might actually leave me healthier and happier. » 9/10/09 1:00am 9/10/09 1:00am

Paro the $5000 Therapeutic Seal Now Available in America

Paro, the Japanese robotic therapy seal is now available in the US. Paro is a medical device developed by folks who have built therapy robots for years, and they say this robo-companionship can relieve some of the symptoms associated with long-term illness and even Alzheimer's. Why a seal, and not a cat or dog?… » 4/12/08 2:00pm 4/12/08 2:00pm

Senslux SLD Desklamps Try to See Off Your Winter Blues, Acne

Senslux's new SLD range of desk lamps will light your stuff with LEDs for low power-consumption eco-friendliness, and come in three types. The SG-1500 model appears to be just a plain ol' desk lamp, but the SF is apparently a "full spectrum" lamp, presumably to give more natural light to combat the dim winter sun. The… » 4/04/08 3:51am 4/04/08 3:51am

LTK-2000 Therapy Station Tries to Soothe Your Senses All At Once

Sure, there're plenty of gadgets to soothe your troubled soul with smells, lights and sounds— but why buy a bunch of these, when the LTK2000 does it all in one? Once the Therapy Station has calmed your ears with 24 relaxing sound options, a pop-up ring of bright LEDs tries to banish those SAD blues. Aromatherapy… » 3/10/08 6:01am 3/10/08 6:01am

BuzzTrainer - USB Shock Therapy

Personally, when I think of discipline, I think of torture and pain. That's why I like this wrist strap that administers small shocks on specific commands. This product claims it can "improve your PC skill" through the administration of said pain. Apparently the BuzzTrainer software that is included is able to be bind… » 11/29/05 11:46am 11/29/05 11:46am