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Stanford’s Med Students Are Using Google Glass to Learn Surgery

Stanford’s Med Students Are Using Google Glass to Learn Surgery

Like their fellow future doctors down the road in Irvine, medical students at Stanford University will learn surgical methods with a hand from Google Glass. Those studying cardiothoracic techniques are set use Mountain View's high-tech spectacles to stream their views in real-time to instructors with the help of CrowdOptic ...

This Man-Made Leaf Turns Water and Carbon Dioxide into Oxygen

This Man-Made Leaf Turns Water and Carbon Dioxide into Oxygen

If humanity hopes to realize its dreams of exploring the stars, we're going to need to find ways to recreate life on Earth aboard a spaceship. Simply stockpiling enough vital supplies isn't going to cut it, which is what led Julian Melchiorri, a student at the Royal College of Art, to create an artificial biological leaf ...

‘The Melt’ Used Science to Create the Perfect Grilled Cheese for Delivery

‘The Melt’ Used Science to Create the Perfect Grilled Cheese for Delivery

Moist. Cold. Soggy. Not words you want to associate with your grilled cheese sandwich. Or anything edible, really. Nevertheless, they were adjectives that fit the fare of The Melt, a high-end San Francisco-based sandwich chain, whenever it tried to deliver hot grilled cheeses to hungry lunch customers. How were office-goers ...

Study: California Could Run Entirely on Clean Energy by 2050

Study: California Could Run Entirely on Clean Energy by 2050

Stanford researchers have found that it’s “technically and economically” feasible to move California to an entirely clean energy system by 2050, using existing renewable sources like wind, water and sunlight. Published in Energy this week, the study concluded that the upfront capital costs would be more than offset by ...

NASA Releases Files So We Can 3D Print Space Stuff

NASA Releases Files So We Can 3D Print Space Stuff

It turns out that a decontextualised asteroid looks a lot like a Kipfler potato -- although we're not entirely sure that's the takeaway intended from a recent release by NASA. The space agency has made a whole bunch of files available for free so that you can 3D print your own space stuff. Included in the 21 objects ...

Google Wants to Figure Out What a Healthy Human Body Looks Like

Google Wants to Figure Out What a Healthy Human Body Looks Like

Google has embarked on what may be its most ambitious and difficult science project ever: a quest inside the human body. Called Baseline Study, the project will collect anonymous genetic and molecular information from 175 people—and later thousands more—to create what the company hopes will be the fullest picture of ...

Scientists Have Managed to Edit HIV Out of a Human Genome

Scientists Have Managed to Edit HIV Out of a Human Genome

As a retrovirus, HIV literally writes itself into the genome of the people it infects, which in turn programs a person's cells to make more viruses and thus remain infected. But a new human genome-editing technique has eradicated the virus from a human cell for the first time, in what could eventually function as an ...

Google and Novartis are Designing Contact Lenses to Aid Vision, Track Diabetes

Google and Novartis are Designing Contact Lenses to Aid Vision, Track Diabetes

With Glass and Android Wear, Google has already invested a lot of time and resources into developing the next-generation of wearables, but it's another of its eye-focused projects that has on Tuesday received its first major boost. The search giant's secret Google[x] team has confirmed that it's licensed its smart eyewear ...

iTunes U Version 2 Improves Discussion, Adds Course Creation from iPad

iTunes U Version 2 Improves Discussion, Adds Course Creation from iPad

Apple has updated iTunes U with a bunch of new features, cranking the version number up to 2 and introducing improved discussion features and the ability to create and update courses directly from the iPad app, which previously has been mostly a user-facing client for consuming content. The update, live now in the App ...

Scientists Designed a Blood Test That Can Predict Alzheimer’s

Scientists Designed a Blood Test That Can Predict Alzheimer’s

Scientists have developed a new blood test that can predict who will develop Alzheimer's disease a year after having mild memory problems—and it could be in clinical use within two years. Researchers from King's College London have developed a test which identifies 10 proteins in blood that can predict who will develop ...