Giant Shake Table Helps Design Quake-Proof California Homes

When the Loma Prieta earthquake struck San Francisco in 1989, it gutted the Marina neighborhood. While part of that was due to liquefaction effects caused by the area's underlying landfill construction, the problem was exasperated by the area's multiunit homes, which typically either had parking or shops built into the … » 8/19/13 2:00pm 8/19/13 2:00pm

This Tiny Telescope Implant Gives Eyesight to the Blind

Getting old isn't all it's cracked up to be. Sure, you get a hefty discount at the Country Kitchen Buffet. But you also suffer from stuff like age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a retinal disease that afflicts more than 10 million people a year in the US alone. There's hope for the eyes of America's elderly,… » 9/24/12 11:30am 9/24/12 11:30am

Smart Contacts Will Detect Glaucoma Before It Blinds You

Researchers at UC Davis have designed contact lenses that can give you an in-eye checkup to make sure there's nothing wrong, as well as dispense medication automatically when needed. The "smart" lenses use an organic polymer called PDMS (polydimethylsiloxane, if you're nasty) that detects eye pressure and sends that data … » 8/09/08 5:00pm 8/09/08 5:00pm