Sci & Tech

One scan to detect clots could replace many

One scan to detect clots could replace many

Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital have invented a new molecular probe which, upon injection into a vein, will travel through the body and find blood clots wherever they are present. Peter Caravan, director of the Institute for Innovation in Imaging at MGH, presented his team’s findings at the 250th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society, which wrapped up in Boston Wednesday. “We have invented a new molecular probe which, upon injection into a vein, will travel through the body and find blood clots wherever […]



Retinal selfie

Retinal selfie

Taking a selfie is easy: just point your smartphone toward your face and shoot. But taking a selfie of the interior of an eye is impossible, imaging specialists might’ve told you, until now. Researchers at the Camera Culture Group, headed by Ramesh Raskar at the MIT Media Lab, have designed the eyeSelfie, an inexpensive hand-held device for taking a photograph of the retina, the optic nerve, and the vasculature, which is located all the way at the back of one’s eye. Digital snapshots of the […]



The Space Roboticist

The Space Roboticist

The first motorized vehicle Vandi Verma ever operated was a tractor. “I must’ve been 11 years old at the time,” she says. During school vacations, she visited her grandparents, who lived in a village in central India. At their farm, her uncle let her take a few turns behind the tractor wheel. Later, when she was a teenager, her father, who was a pilot with the Indian Air Force, taught her how to drive a car. That was unusual in India at that time, where […]



Mobile Stethoscope for Diagnosing Lung Disease

Mobile Stethoscope for Diagnosing Lung Disease

A team from MIT has built a  mobile stethoscope:  Plug  it into a smartphone and the companion app transforms the device into a low-cost diagnostic tool, which health workers and non-specialist physicians can use to diagnose lung disease. Diseases of the lungs — such as pneumonia, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, and lung cancer — cause more than 14 percent of deaths worldwide. Others like asthma reduce the quality of a person’s life. These diseases hit the developing world the hardest, because the major […]



Startup Research

Startup Research

Many facets of entrepreneurship haven’t been fully explored yet – at least not by those outside the industry. But independent researchers are digging into some of the compelling questions surrounding startups, technology, and the current surge of interest in all things innovation. Here are some of the most interesting ideas being highlighted by the latest entrepreneurship research, as featured in the newest edition of the prominent research journal Science. Read more here. html. pdf.



Probiotic-laced Parfait to Detect Liver Cancer

Probiotic-laced Parfait to Detect Liver Cancer

Eating a spoonful of probiotic-fortified yogurt, followed by a quick urine test, may someday be enough to tell if cancer has spread to your liver. In a study published in this week’s issue of Science Translational Medicine, researchers present a rapid, non-invasive way to detect liver cancer that’s shown promise in tests in mice. Their approach: use the body’s digestive system for transit and use bacteria as reporters. Cancers commonly recur in the liver long after the cells have disappeared from other organs. Researchers are […]



Smart Brain Implants

Smart Brain Implants

Can a tiny chip implanted in the brain help control dark or depressive thoughts? For decades, doctors have been placing small devices in people’s brains to help patients with movement disorders like Parkinson’s disease. But increasingly, physicians have been experimenting with using similar neurological implants in patients with cognitive and emotional disorders like depression or post-traumatic stress disorder. There is strong interest in using these types of neurological prosthetics in returning soldiers who suffer from mental disorders, particularly those who may feel suicidal. A recent […]



BookBub Goes To India

BookBub Goes To India

Quick. Name the country that has the world’s second largest English speaking population. Hint: the country also has a rapidly-growing educated population that’s reading an increasing number of books. If you guessed India, you’re right. But to BookBub, the Kendall Square-based company that releases a daily newsletter providing millions of readers deals on e-books, this question is far more that just a bit of trivia. In India, the company saw an opportunity to dramatically expand its reach, and so it officially launched in the country earlier this month.  It’s […]



MIT Clean Energy Prize

MIT Clean Energy Prize

“Facebook’s data centers use the same amount of energy as the City of Palo Alto,” said Alexandra Wright, a MBA student from the MIT Sloan School of Management, who was the presenter for the winning team. Copper was seen as the culprit. The team decided to change the copper-based technology in the processors to one based on the more energy-efficient fibre optics. Mark Wade, a graduate research assistant at the University of Colorado, is the electrical engineer who designed the optical device to replace the […]



To Negotiate Pricey Medical Bills

To Negotiate Pricey Medical Bills

When they worked at Watertown’s AthenaHealth, which provides medical billing and other services to the health care industry, Rebecca Palm and Katie Vahle noticed that people weren’t paying their hospital bills on time. It turns out those people weren’t trying to dodge their debts. Instead, many of them seemed confused about what they actually owed — and there were few resources to guide them. So the duo started a technology-driven company, Boston-based CoPatient, which scrutinizes and negotiates health care bills to reduce costs. Read the […]