January/February 2015

The Robot Will See You Now

The Robot Will See You Now

Author(s): Kristina Grifantini
The Robot Will See You Now 618 370 IEEE Pulse

In a 2013 TEDxMidAtlantic talk, a robot wheels onstage, displaying the face of Henry Evans, a mute and paraplegic technology enthusiast located 3,000 miles away. In 2002, Evans, a former…

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Reengineering Dead Organs: Opportunities for the Non-squeamish Engineer

Reengineering Dead Organs: Opportunities for the Non-squeamish Engineer

Author(s): Bote G. Bruinsma, Korkut Uygun
Reengineering Dead Organs: Opportunities for the Non-squeamish Engineer 618 370 IEEE Pulse

Above: “Preclinical testing of machine perfusion.” Photo courtesy of Korkut Uygun. Replacing our failed body parts with new organs to achieve eternal life has captivated our imagination for generations. Seemingly futuristic,…

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Obesity in Turkish Migrants

Obesity in Turkish Migrants

Author(s): Ismail Laher
Obesity in Turkish Migrants 618 370 IEEE Pulse

We’re fat. As a planet, we are bulking up, with nearly one-third of the Earth’s population estimated to be either overweight or obese. Turks are no different. More than one-third…

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BME Trends Around the World

Author(s): Shanbao Tong, Debdoot Sheet
BME Trends Around the World 150 150 IEEE Pulse

Last year, IEEE Pulse surveyed the scene in biomedical engineering to determine what new and developing trends were expected to dominate in the coming year. We accurately predicted the rise…

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State of the ART

Author(s): Shannon Fischer
State of the ART 618 370 IEEE Pulse

In 1997, a science fiction film titled Gattaca premiered in U.S. theaters, depicting a society sometime in the not-so-distant future in which people are crafted for and judged by the…

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Passing the Torch

Author(s): Bruce Wheeler
Passing the Torch 150 150 IEEE Pulse

One of the true honors of being the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS) president is the opportunity to write the “President’s Message” for IEEE Pulse. I have…

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Babies from Skin Cells?

Author(s): Leslie Mertz
Babies from Skin Cells? 618 370 IEEE Pulse

“It may sound like it’s on the scientific fringe, but it’s not a pipe dream. This is actually happening.” When stem-cell researcher Dr. Kyle Orwig, of the University of Pittsburgh…

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Going Solar

Author(s): Art Johnson
Going Solar 150 150 IEEE Pulse

Since 2008, the solar-generating capacity in the United States has increased by 1,200%, and the Johnson household is now one more. Last spring, we had solar panels installed on the…

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Frontiers in Male Contraception

Author(s): David L. Chandler
Frontiers in Male Contraception 618 370 IEEE Pulse

On the female side, when it comes to contraception, there’s an arsenal of options. There’s the pill, patches, implants, injectable hormones, sponges, spermicides, cervical caps, diaphragms, morning-after pills, and the…

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