HEALTH AND WELLBEING

Inexpensive card-sized device runs 50 blood tests in seconds

Inexpensive card-sized device runs 50 blood tests in seconds

Ordinarily, when medical clinicians are conducting blood tests, it’s a somewhat elaborate affair. A full vial of blood must be drawn, individual portions of which are then loaded into large, expensive machines such as mass spectrometers. The results are usually quite accurate, but they’re not instantaneous, and require the services…

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Science Fiction Dreams That Came True in 2012

Science Fiction Dreams That Came True in 2012

As a longtime reader of science fiction, it’s always interesting to see how the visions of writers eventually become real. Take Arthur C. Clarke’s letter to Wireless World in 1945, which details the geostationary communications satellite network everyone uses today. The satellites are in what is called the “Clarke Orbit.”…

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Wireless ICU armband reveals your vital signs

Wireless ICU armband reveals your vital signs

A wireless armband designed for use in hospitals is capable of tracking multiple vital signs while allowing patients to remain mobile. The ViSi Mobile Patient Safety System connects to a set of sensors attached to the body and monitors variables including heart rate, blood oxygen, blood pressure, skin temperature and…

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