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Will Biotechnology Stop Aging?

Will Biotechnology Stop Aging?

Author(s): Sarah Campbell
Will Biotechnology Stop Aging? 620 375 IEEE Pulse

Could biotechnology stop aging? The answer may be yes, no, or something in between, depending on who is being asked and what it means to “stop” aging. For those at…

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The Many Textures of Robotics

The Many Textures of Robotics

Author(s): Leslie Mertz
The Many Textures of Robotics 618 372 IEEE Pulse

Innovative researchers are employing flexible, rather than rigid materials in combination with new design approaches as part of the emerging field of biomedical soft robotics. The idea is to generate…

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Rapid DNA analysis, proteomics, and new technology increasingly impact forensics investigations.

New Forensics Approaches Looking More "CSI"-Like

Author(s): Leslie Mertz
New Forensics Approaches Looking More "CSI"-Like 618 371 IEEE Pulse

If CSI and those other police procedural TV shows are to be believed, criminals don’t have a chance. A finger smudge on a light switch, a flake of skin, or…

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Emotional Matters

Emotional Matters

Author(s): Ahmed Morsy
Emotional Matters 618 372 IEEE Pulse

In 1872, Charles Darwin published The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals, in which he argued that mammals show emotion reliably in their faces. Since then, thousands of…

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Deciphering the Mysterious Microbiome

Deciphering the Mysterious Microbiome

Author(s): Leslie Mertz
Deciphering the Mysterious Microbiome 618 372 IEEE Pulse

A few years ago, the average person had no idea what the microbiome was, but now it is bantered about on quasi-medical talk shows, social media, and blogs almost as…

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Feeling No Pain

Author(s): Mary Bates
Feeling No Pain 620 374 IEEE Pulse

As a growing epidemic of opioid abuse in the United States can attest, pain, and how to treat it effectively and without serious side effects, is one of the foremost…

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Healthcare, Hacked

Healthcare, Hacked

Author(s): Kristina Grifantini
Healthcare, Hacked 618 372 IEEE Pulse

It could be as simple as a hospital worker downloading an app on a personal cell phone during a lunch break. That phone—or the hundreds of other unsecured devices in…

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The Foundry: Scaling Up Biological Design

The Foundry: Scaling Up Biological Design

Author(s): Leslie Mertz
The Foundry: Scaling Up Biological Design 618 372 IEEE Pulse

Above: Depicted, from left to right: Chris Voigt, Ben Gordon, Rob Nicol. Photo by Lillie Paquette / MIT School of Engineering. Living organisms are amazing feats of engineering: By following instructions…

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Putting a Number on Pain

Putting a Number on Pain

Author(s): Leslie Mertz
Putting a Number on Pain 618 372 IEEE Pulse

Will new technologies substantially change the way subjective complaints are measured in clinical trials, and, if so, by how much? Depending on the expert consulted, the answer ranges from a…

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