Science and Technology

Below are some miscellaneous science and technology stories about the cutting edges of various things.

ASK

Where’s My Invisibility Cloak? (PDF)

For a kids’ science magazine, my husband (a physicist) and I collaborated on a story about current technology relating to invisibility cloaks.¬† (Spoiler: not feasible at the moment.)

 

Bio-IT World

Ultimate Analysis: The quest for a portable DNA analyzer

At the time of this story, there were several possible paths to instant DNA analysis. This article explored what it would take to bring such a product to market. The handheld part is still in the future (though not very far), but turnaround times are steadily getting shorter.

Mouse Hunt:  Making sense out of genomic databases

There’s a mountain of genomic data out there, and it’s only getting bigger. This story looks at the tribulations of mouse researchers trying to figure out what their colleagues across the world have already discovered about the mouse genome.

Betting on the Structural Revolution

A profile of protein analysis company Structural Genomix.

 

DePaul Magazine

Go Fish! (PDF)

Scientists use fish–in the wild, in aquaria, and in fossil form–to study evolution

The War Against Superbugs (PDF)

Profile of a researcher focusing on the newly emerging superbug S. maltophilia.

 

Imagine  (University of Chicago Medicine)

Stopping Nathan’s Seizures

A five-year-old suffers 60 to 100 seizures a day until the implantation of a vagus nerve stimulator (VNS) gives him back his life.

 

New Scientist

Childhood Protein Rescues Adult Teeth (PDF)

I wrote this story when I was living in Sweden in the 1990s, about a start-up in a nearby city. The company was bought up by a Swiss restorative dentistry company, and the protein is still around with its original brand name.

 

RSNA News

MR Research Could Lead to Earlier Parkinson Diagnosis

This story describes recent advances in magnetic resonance imaging that point the way to a reliable marker for Parkinson disease, which is usually diagnosed almost solely through medical history and clinical findings like muscle stiffness and tremors. An image-based diagnostic technique would help clinicians distinguish early Parkinson disease from other conditions that share similar symptoms and could also help track disease progression and measure the effectiveness of drugs and other treatments currently used to manage the symptoms.

Imaging Sheds New Light on Concussion Consequences

This story discusses two studies that will track athletes–college football players and adult amateur soccer players–to identify the long-term effects of sports-related head injuries, even relatively minor ones.

 

Small Times

When lives are at stake, the batteries better work (PDF)

Profile of a company that makes tiny batteries for medical implants

Optobionics stays focused (PDF)

Profile of a company working on an implantable retina chip to help the blind see.

 

U.S. News and World Report Graduate School Guide

3-D printing makes a mark on engineering education

Look beyond academia to find jobs with a science Ph.D.