This Medical Device Is a Major Gamechanger for Kidney Patients

This device could improve the lives of tens of thousands of people who visit kidney dialysis centers. Using this 10-pound, miniature portable dialysis machine, they can cleanse and monitor their blood constantly, with minimal effort. The FDA has just put the device in its new "fasttrack program." » 11/13/14 6:00pm 11/13/14 6:00pm

Science Needs More Women (And Not For The Reason You Think)

You're probably thinking it has to do with the lack of women conducting research. And yes, you're right, that is a problem. But the issue we're talking about, while connected to the absence of women in scientific research, is actually the relative shortage of women having research performed on them. » 11/07/14 1:30pm 11/07/14 1:30pm

A Drug that Turns Radioactive Elements into Harmless Chemicals

After the nuclear power plant accident at Fukushima, scientists around the world went into high gear, trying to figure out how we could respond next time. And for chemists at Berkeley Lab, that means trying to develop a pill that people could take to neutralize radioactive elements in the environment. » 10/31/14 5:30pm 10/31/14 5:30pm

3 Hours of Tongue-Pulling Was a Real Option to Check Mortality in 1848

Courtesy of the wonderful QI Elves on Twitter, here's a graphic showing real entries in an 1848 contest for the best way to determine if someone was really dead or not. It's so good that they had the competition, how would anyone have come up with "check for heartbeat with a stethoscope" otherwise? » 10/31/14 5:00am 10/31/14 5:00am

Stem Cells Can Be Turned Into Killing Machines That Fight Brain Tumors

Researchers from Harvard Medical School have genetically engineered stem cells to produce and secrete toxins which kill brain tumors, without killing normal cells or themselves. Though the work was performed on mice, researchers call it "the future of cancer treatment." Clinical trials could start within five years. » 10/27/14 8:20am 10/27/14 8:20am