Injecting Electronics into Brain Not as Freaky as it Sounds

June 8, 2015: Read article in National Geographic. Researchers have successfully inserted a small, electronic mesh into the brains of mice and used it to monitor the mice’s thoughts. They hope to eventually be able to fuse human brains with nanodevices of this nature, so that communication between the brain and technology becomes...

Synthetic Biology: Engineered Cells Detect Diabetes and Cancer

June 1, 2015:  Read article in News OK. Bioengineers at Stanford have created synthetically altered cells which glow red when exposed to urine with abnormal glucose levels. This is a step toward using synthetic biology as a diagnostic tool for all sorts of disorders, although the developers hope that it will one day be able to be used to test blood, not urine, which is much faster. Quote from the article: “Someday, he hopes, medical devices with built-in biological computers could monitor — or even alter — cellular behaviors from inside a patient’s...

Nanotechnology Breath Test May Identify Early Gastric Cancer

April 15, 2015: Read article in Cancer Therapy Advisor. Medical researchers based on New York have discovered a new method for early cancer detection using nanotechnology. Patients’ breath is analyzed for evidence of the specific compounds linked to gastric cancer, allowing for non-invasive cancer detection. This new use for nanotechnology could save thousands of lives and revolutionize the field of oncology, especially if nanotechnology could be used to detect other forms of...

As Sensors Shrink in Size, ‘Wearable’ Devices May Fall out of Sight

May 1, 2015: Read article in Japan Times. Technology companies are constantly coming out with smaller and more precise gadgets, such as the new Apple Watch and the new in-ear device known as Dash. Nikolaj Hviid, the developer of the Dash smart earbuds, predicts that as devices become smaller they will also become less visible, fixed in clothing or even within human bodies. In the next decade, it could even be possible for such devices to harness their energy from body heat, connecting humans and technology ever more...

New VR Tech Lets You Explore Worlds at the Nanoscale

April 24, 2015: Read article in Wired. Thanks to new headsets like the Oculus Rift, virtual reality is finally becoming an actual reality. And now a startup is combining cutting-edge machine vision technology—such as the deep-learning algorithms that are helping Facebook and Google recognize images with remarkable accuracy—with nanoscale microscopy. The result is a line of nano-microscopes that can be used to not only see very tiny objects, but to automate industrial testing processes that rely on such up-close...