Posts Tagged 'research'

New 3D Printed Silicone Artificial Heart [video]

Read about the heart HERE.

PillCam – Medical Camera In A Pill

According to ExtremeTech –

Here’s how it works. There are three versions of the device: the PillCam ESO, for the esophagus, the PillCam SB for the stomach, and the PillCam Colon for the lower GI tract. All versions of the PillCam contain a little chemical battery that’ll give it eight to ten hours of recording time, plus a light source and two tiny CCD cameras. A patient who’s about to use it will strap on a belt containing a receiver and an SD card or equivalent storage medium. Then they swallow the tiny pill. The camera proceeds through the GI tract, takes between 2,600 and 57,000 pictures while it’s on its way through, and “produces no pain or even sensation as it moves through the colon” over a period of a few hours.

Continue reading HERE.

 

Artificial Womb Successfully Grew Baby Sheep

TheVerge reported –

Inside what look like oversized ziplock bags strewn with tubes of blood and fluid, eight fetal lambs continued to develop — much like they would have inside their mothers. Over four weeks, their lungs and brains grew, they sprouted wool, opened their eyes, wriggled around, and learned to swallow, according to a new study that takes the first step toward an artificial womb. One day, this device could help to bring premature human babies to term outside the uterus — but right now, it has only been tested on sheep.

Continue reading and watch video HERE.

Horseshoe Crabs And Their Blue Blood

From PopularMechanics –

Meghan Owings plucks a horseshoe crab out of a tank and bends its helmet-shaped shell in half to reveal a soft white membrane. Owings inserts a needle and draws a bit of blood. “See how blue it is,” she says, holding the syringe up to the light. It really is. The liquid shines cerulean in the tube. Their distinctive blue blood is used to detect dangerous Gram-negative bacteria such as E. coli in injectable drugs such as insulin, implantable medical devices such as knee replacements, and hospital instruments such as scalpels and IVs. Components of this crab blood have a unique and invaluable talent for finding infection, and that has driven up an insatiable demand. Every year the medical testing industry catches a half-million horseshoe crabs to sample their blood.

Continue reading HERE.

Snowflakes Are Unique? Scientist Now Say No [video]

Scientists Use Spinach Leaves To Build Human Heart Tissue

National Geographic reported –

Scientists have found a way to use spinach to build working human heart muscle, potentially solving a long-standing problem in efforts to repair damaged organs. Their study, published this month by the journal Biomaterials, offers a new way to grow a vascular system, which has been a roadblock for tissue engineering.

Continue reading and watch video HERE.

Rare Glimpse Under Antarctic Sea Ice [video]

 


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