Advancements in medical technology continue as the latest instrument used in surgery are goggles that are able to detect cancer cells. Still in the trial phase, Washington University doctors created a set of goggles that are able to detect cancer cells with the use of dye. By injecting a patient with dye, the goggles allow a doctor to be able to distinguish between cancer cells which through the goggles light up due to the dye, and healthy tissue. This technology has the ability to save many lives of patients because the goggles can show a doctor how far the cancer has progressed.
For anyone who has broken a bone, you understand how uncomfortable and inconvenient wearing a cast may be. Now with 3D printing a Turkish designer named Deniz Karasahin has created the “Osteoid Medical Cast”. Unlike the plaster casts, the Osteoid Medical Cast has ventilation holes that help with the weight, itchiness, and smell. The holes are also for a low- intensity ultrasound machince to be connected to the cast to aid in healing.
Next time that you print something from your computer, think about the fact that research is being done to print an actual human heart from a 3-D printer!
Scientists hope that they will be able to use a 3-D printer to create a new heart for a patient with their own cells. They could then transplant it into the patient, and because the heart was ‘built’ from the patient’s own cells, he or she would not need anti-rejection drugs.
Security researchers have recently discovered a serious bug, nicknamed Heartbleed, that affects nearly two-thirds of all websites and could be one of the biggest security threats ever seen on the Internet. If you have logged into any of the affected sites over the past two years, your account information could be compromised, allowing cybercriminals to snap up your credit card information or steal your passwords.
Do you always cringe when waiting to see the dentist, afraid of the thought of having cavities? Well now you can feel confident that you have brushed your teeth to perfection. There is now a toothbrush that is connected to the Internet which allows you to track your brushing habits using an app for Android or iOs devices. The Kolibree toothbrush claims to be the first internet-connected toothbrush available on the market.
Microsoft Corporation will cease support of Windows XP and Office 2003 products on April 8, 2014. For the average home user, this means that we will no longer be able to get software updates, security updates and technical support for any of these products.
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Technology is merging with every aspect of our lives in ways we couldn’t have imagined just a decade ago. Special emphasis on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education is sweeping the country in an effort to prepare students for jobs of the future. However, the jobs of the future are not only building roads and bridges. Even artists and fashion designers will need knowledge in these areas.
If you regularly watch the library’s website, you know that we now have Google glass and many patrons are making appointments to see them and try them out. For those who haven’t seen them, the Glass we have is worn like a pair of eyeglasses and has a tiny camera/screen that the wearer can view in the upper right side of their vision. They can be controlled by touching the arm of the glass or with verbal commands.