Students for a Smarter Planet ..leaders with conscience

Imagine a world where wounds could let you know how they are healing…that might sound like something beyond our expectations; but, researchers are making strides to allow that imagining to become a reality.

Read the story and watch the video from RedOrbit:

Flex BandageNew ‘smart bandages’ for burn victims and others


With support from the National Science Foundation (NSF), researchers at Harvard University and Brigham and Women’s Hospital are bringing together advances in sensors, biomaterials, tissue engineering, microsystems technology and microelectronics to create “smart bandages” for wounds that require ongoing care, such as burns, diabetic ulcers and bed sores.
This research has the potential to bring life-changing relief to those who, to this point, have had few options.  Read the Abstract of the research grant here: EFRI-BioFLEX: Tissue Engineered Flexible Sensors, Actuators and Electronics for Chronic Wound Management

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February 26th, 2015

In medicine, innovation can mean life or death.

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But in order to truly heal the future, we have to do more than treat the sick and fix the broken. We have to make wellness a priority. So architects are working to design better communities; computer programmers are developing smart devices to keep us on a healthy path; neurologists are learning how to train the brain to stave off dementia.

CNN is featuring 10 inventions or people that are changing the world.  It’s time to honor innovations that will affect your body and your mind.

These 10 ideas are revolutionizing health care — from the operating table to the kitchen table. Even those that don’t come to fruition as imagined will have forged a path for another that will one day save a life.

Read all about these amazing breakthroughs here and vote for the ones that you think are vital to our well-being:

  • no more pills
  • end of chemo
  • easy fitness
  • custom organs
  • no scar surgery
  • fixing DNA
  • brain training
  • sharing data
  • personal sensors
  • new super drugs

Which idea or invention do you think will have the biggest impact on the future of medicine?    Vote here


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CBSNEWS reports that The South Korean Ministry of Science says it will soon be possible to treat cancer with nanorobots as a more efficient, less harmful alternative to chemotherapy – with the help of salmonella bacteria, of all things.

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Why salmonella? For one thing, they’re easy to grow in the lab. For another, these bacteria have a limb called a flagella, a sort of single leg that rotates madly and propels them forward, so they can reach the tumorous tissue in the body.

It’s really fascinating what is being done in the medical industry in the fight against cancer.  Do you have any skills to further these advances?


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February 7th, 2015

Scientists at Vanderbilt University Visual Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory are studying the effects of electrical brain stimulation to enhance thought processes.  The technology, though still being tested for any resultant adverse health effects, is also being considered for its use in treating brain disorders.

Read the blurb and watch the video:

Could a “thinking cap” help us learn? – Science Nation Thinking cap


Neurological science is a growing field as we explore more and more applications dealing with cognition and computing as a combined area.  Put on your own “thinking cap” and you may come up with the next big invention!


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Thought you had heard about all of the new technology, I bet.  Well, there’s a new monitor on the market called Spire.  It measures your breathing patterns and uses them to draw conclusions about your state of mind. The company says Spire is the first wearable to monitor breathing in an attempt to track mental health.

“It’s very hard to stay mindful throughout our chaotic and always connected day,” Jonathan Palley, Spire’s CEO, told The Huffington Post via email. “The design of the Spire experience is not to interrupt you every time you’re tense, but to bring mindfulness and awareness streaks of tension/focus/calm within this chaos.”

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The unit costs $149.95 USD and interacts with an iPhone app that pops up notifications throughout the day. One example cited is a businesswoman rushing around who enters an elevator. She pulls her phone out and sees there’s a notification from the Spire app: “Your breathing suggests you’re tense. Take a deep breath?” She does, and then the app informs her that she’s become focused.

This just might solve the problem you have when you don’t have any ideas for a birthday or holiday gift for that special someone.  Do you think this new product would or could improve someone’s life?

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