There are two species of rodents known for their long lives and abilities to avoid cancer. First is the infinitely creepy looking naked mole rat. Less well known, and just as subterranean, is the blind mole rat. We know something of how naked mole rats are cancer resistant, but what about these fuzzy, blind guys?
You can just imagine how agonizing the wait for cancer scan results must be. Scientists have shortened the time dramatically with this hugely-accurate bedside-scanner, which requires just a needle-full of tissue sample—and an iPhone app to read the results on.
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…