This ‘Cyborg’ Spinal Implant Could Help Paralyzed Walk Again

I recently came across this video that I found to be particularly interesting. It looks like scientists in France have recently created a remarkable, life-altering technology for patients with paralysis. It’s a”cyborg”-like spinal implant that could restore movement. Source: Futurism

Brain Implants That Can Connect Human Brain To The Digital World

A new DARPA program, Neural Engineering System Design (NESD), is seeking to bridge the gap between the human brain and the digital world. They believe this can be achieved through an implantable neural interface that offers unprecedented resolution and data-transfer bandwidth between the human brain and technological devices. The neural interface will basically serve as […]

How Does Bacteria Kill Their Competitors?

Bacteria kill their competitors by using antibiotics, toxic proteins that can kill other microorganisms.  These microorganisms can be of the same or different species. Bacteria known as Bacillus subtilis produce proteins that kill sister cells.  This behavior occurs when the bacteria are grown on a medium void of nutrients.  Sporulating cells release toxic proteins into […]

Helminthic Therapy

I read an article about the potential use of helminthic parasites as a cure for autoimmune disease.  The idea of using parasites to cure ailments, originated from the “hygiene hypothesis”, that an increase in hygiene has led to an increase in allergies.  As a result of a loss of microbes that the immune system can […]

Therapeutic Cancer Vaccines

Therapeutic cancer vaccines can slow or stop cancer growth, shrink tumors, prevent cancer from returning, and even kill cancer cells that cannot be killed by other means. In order for a therapeutic cancer vaccine to work, it needs to stimulate a targeted and specific immune response, and recognize cancer cells that are being evasive. Cancer […]

High-tech methods study bacteria on the International Space Station

This article is about a recent study that evaluated the contents of the International Space Station’s (ISS) HEPA filters and compared it to NASA’s clean rooms on earth. The study showed that Actinobacteria, such as Corynebacterium and Propionibacterium was found in the ISS. The ISS (which uses filtered recycled air) had more of these two […]

Microbes In The News: Legionnaire’s Disease

This year, a total of six veterans who were at the Veteran’s Administration hospital in Pittsburg were diagnosed with Legionnaire’s disease. Now, the Legionella pneumophila bacteria that causes Legionnaire’s disease has been found on three water fixtures in the same hospital. The first three cases that occurred earlier this year were not the same strain […]

New Invention May Revolutionize Analytical Chemistry

A new invention, developed by an FIU researcher, has the potential to revolutionize the field of analytical chemistry. The invention, which measures just 2 centimeters long and 2 millimeters in diameter, is a sorbent tube that could bring analytical chemistry to the masses. The device is simple yet highly sensitive, and is designed to sample […]

“CSI Effect” Impacts Forensic Science

Many people are familiar with the field of forensic science from popular crime television shows, such as CBS’ long-running crime drama, CSI. The iconic crime show recently aired its last episode, after 15 seasons and more than 300 episodes. Over the years, CSI cemented itself within our society and largely influenced the way society perceives […]