NMR Machine Shrunk to Make Portable Disease Scanner: Medical Tricorder V1.0

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It's clearly "Star Trek Comes Nearly True" time, first with the life-signs detector, and now a tiny NMR machine that's effectively v1.0 of the medical tricorder. Scientists at Harvard Medical School have come up with a neat way to coat bacteria and viruses with nanoparticles, and have simultaneously shrunk all the detector electronics for nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy into a 2mm-square chip. Their prototype device uses a microfluidics network and eight of these chips inside magnetic coils to detect specific nanoparticles: future versions will use more and be portable. It's apparently 800 times more sensitive than standard NMR machines, and is able to detect just 10 bacteria in a single sample. Beep Beep. [New Scientist]

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I just loving the rapid advancement in portable scanning electronic and hand held computing and 3d modeling we truly are approaching the future which is Star Trek now all we need is a very user friendly and practical LCARS and to record Majel Barrett-Roddenberry for the computer voice and we're set