Four young women born with abnormal or missing vaginas were implanted with lab-grown versions made from their own cells, the latest success in creating replacement organs.
All four of the women are now sexually active and report normal vaginal function. Two of the four, who were born with a working uterus but no vagina, now menstruate normally. (Photo credit: REUTERS/Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine/Handout via Reuters)
Read more here: http://reut.rs/QaVvla
This is right up there with “3D printed skull successfully implanted” as amazing.
This is XStat, an injectable bandage that contains 97 tiny sponges that stop heavy bleeding in seconds. The sponges are injected to the wound, creating a sealed barrier and bringing blood loss to a halt. The new technology could be used in the battlefield and save the lives of wounded soldiers who would bleed to death otherwise.
Read more: http://bit.ly/1hh3KbN via Smithsonian
Re-reblogging, just cause this is so damn amazing. I’d like to see it made available for public purchase, or at least use by EMT’s/Firefighters, and police as well.
So much coolness in one room
Technology at it’s cutest — The Bipedal Cycling Robot
In 2011, robot creator Masahiko Yamaguchi demonstrated a robot which can balance, steer and correct itself while riding a fixed-gear bike.
Full video with more information here.
This is how the robot revolution starts…
I’d like to correct this:
“God, send us someone to cure AIDS, cancer, etc., etc.”
“I did, but you gave them a substandard education because they lived in an area with poor funding due to low property taxes.
I did, but you let them die because they couldn’t afford healthcare.
I did, but due to racism you stomped out their potential and didn’t give them the same opportunities.
I did, but you make a college education too unaffordable while giving the big bankers passes.
I did, but you saw a homeless youth before you saw a kid with potential.
I did, but you kicked the downtrodden while they were already shoulder deep in sinking sand.”
reblogging for the comment
I did, but you forced her to carry an unwanted pregnancy to term—making her a single mother with limited income who had to sacrifice her college dreams in order to provide for her unwanted child.
Lung in a box. Very cool.
To extend the time an organ can last before it’s transplanted into a recipient, engineers have developed the Organ Care System — which is essentially a box pumping blood and oxygen to the lung.
As Gizmodo explains:
What’s especially neat about the OCS is that they can actually be used to improve imperfect donor lungs by flushing it with antibiotics and nutrients. Like refurbishing a lung, sort of. Putting donor lungs through the OCS helps increase and improve the number of potential donor lungs. Not every donor lung is usable, donor lungs that go through the OCS may be.
Hey, that’s us! Here’s another GIF for you:
The episode airs this Sunday at 7:30PM ET. It was pretty amazing to see the OCS work.
We also had the opportunity to see it work with a heart last year.
Chances are you’re going to sit down to a big holiday meal this week. But I bet you’ve never wondered the most basic scientific question, even though it’s sitting in the middle of your table: Why Do We Cook?
Feed your brain with this delicious tale of human evolution.
Here’s an idea: When that one weird uncle starts talking about politics tomorrow, you’ve got something else to talk about :)
Happy holidays, my curious friends!
It’s a problem that I read the word “cook” and immediately thought of Jesse, Walt, and Breaking Bad in general.