Dictionary of Medical Terms in Science Fiction
(Technovelgy items at top: skip down to News)

Name

Author (Publication Date)

Airmaker - breathe it
A device that creates a specific breathable mix directly from the atmosphere.

Larry Niven (1970)
Alcodote
A compound that maintains sobriety while drinking.

H. Beam Piper (1962)
Alpha Plus
Intervening in the physical development of humans can result in enhancements.

Aldous Huxley (1932)
Anabolic Protoplaser
Uses laser light to repair wounds.

Theodore Cogswell (w/C. Spano) (1976)
Anadrenalin
Has the opposite effect of adrenalin.

Donald Wandrei (1933)
Analogue Treatment
Hypnotic drug treatment that normalizes behavior in humans.

Damon Knight (1952)
Anti-agathic drugs
Drugs that indefinitely postpone death from old age.

James Blish (1957)
Anti-Gerasone - drink and look younger
Cheap immortality comes to your neighborhood convenience store.

Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. (1954)
Anti-Heptant
A compound that erases specific areas of the brain.

Jack Vance (1956)
Anti-Onc Cream - cancer remedy
An ointment used to cure skin cancers.

David Brin (1990)
Anti-Tri-D Shot
Counteracts the deadly pesticide Tri-D.

E.B. White (1950)
Anti-Virus Design Software
Create a living space such that the spread of disease is less likely.

J.G. Ballard (2000)
Art-Derm - spray-on skin
Artificial skin sprayed directly on the body.

Philip K. Dick (1960)
Artificial eye - first use of this idea?
A surgically-implanted artificial eyeball.

E.E. 'Doc' Smith (1937)
Artificial Gravity-Assisted Childbirth
Using an artificial gravity field to assist (and accelerate) the process of childbirth.

Robert Heinlein (1973)
Artificial Muscles - for cyborgs
Replacement for organic muscle tissue.

Martin Caidin (1972)
Artificial Telepathy
Using technology to determine thoughts, and then translate it to speech that could be shared electronically.

Richard Meredith (1969)
Artificial Womb - very early use of concept
A room in which a human embryo waits for the necessary months as a fetus, preparing for birth (decanting).

Aldous Huxley (1932)
Artificially Grown Organs
Human organs suitable for transplantation, grown outside the body.

Larry Niven (1968)
Artiforg
An artificial organ kept 'on line' in the body.

Philip K. Dick (1969)
Artif-Org - mechanical replacement organ
A mechanical version of a human organ.

Philip K. Dick (1964)
Artigraft
Artificial skin graft.

Philip K. Dick (1955)
A-Som (Antisomnolence Drugs)
One simple pill removes the need for sleep.

Paul Di Filippo (2006)
Atlotl/Gibiril Regimen - regrow and rejuvenate
A method of altering the flow of energy in the body to aid in regrowth of damaged or missing tissue.

Frank Herbert (1972)
Autodoc - automated medical device
An automated physician, a fully autonomous surgical robot.

Larry Niven (1966)
Automated DNA Typing - from one drop
A device that takes quick samples of DNA and compares each sample to a database.

Andrew Niccol (1997)
Automatic Massager - robot masseuse
An autonomous massage machine with robotic arms and hands.

A.E. van Vogt (1944)
Automatic Reversed Memory - EEG in reverse
A device that activates memories and plays them back in reverse order.

Dave Cummins (1937)
Automatic Vein Finder
A device to automatically locate veins for intravenous needle insertion.

Michael Crichton (1969)
Autosurgeon - doctor's robot helper
A mechanical aid to physicians, performing surgical procedures with surgeons present.

Richard Morgan (2003)
Axolotl Tank - device for regeneration
A device to regenerate or reshape organic material.

Frank Herbert (1969)
Bacteria-Destroying Radiation
A special beam that created a sterile field for operations.

Philip K. Dick (1960)
Barker - hacking medical implants
A device that scans for nearby medical implants, and allows the operator to take control.

Alan Dean Foster (2010)
Betrization
An in utero method of reducing human aggression.

Stanislaw Lem (1961)
Bibs - cold storage for people
People who are put in cold-sleep because there is no niche for them in society.

Philip K. Dick (1964)
Bio-Implant (Compensator Chip)
A neural implant that helps an autistic child to live a more complete and useful life.

David Gerrold (2020)
Birthing egg - IVF without the bother
A chamber for in vitro fertilization (IVF), combining the DNA of two people to produce a child, without all the usual bother.

Bart Kosko (1987)
Boink Biosensor - handheld
A hand-held sensor that detects the presence of hazardous biological material.

Richard Preston (1997)
Brain-Case
A device designed to transport a living human (or alien, if similar) brain.

Edmond Hamilton (1938)
CAN-D
Illegal narcotic chewed to alter the state of colonists.

Philip K. Dick (1965)
Cardioplate - outta time
A device that could take seconds or minutes off your life, one beat at a time (or all at once).

Harlan Ellison (1965)
CCD Eyes - metal eyes
Electronic eyes using charged-coupled devices provide a wide variety of functions.

Paul Di Filippo (1985)
Cellphone Tranquilizing Spray
A mild sedative administered automatically by your cellphone.

Frederik Pohl (1966)
Cephalochromoscope (Cephscope) - see what's going on in there
A brain-scan device with a screen to display neural patterns.

Philip K. Dick (1977)
Chemical Orders
Use of chemical triggers for behavior and behavior modification.

Frank Herbert (1972)
Chronovitameter - your birth and death revealed
Device that can determine a person's date of birth - and the date on which he or she will die.

Robert Heinlein (1939)
Cogitator (The Chair of Reflection)
A device which improves the rationality of the thinking processes.

Daniel Defoe (1705)
Cold-Pack - death temporarily denied
Technology for indefinite cold storage of human beings.

Philip K. Dick (1960)
Cold-Rest - reduced temperature somnolence
Lowering body temperature and metabolic levels, as in hibernation; also called reduced temperature somnolence.

Robert Heinlein (1941)
Cold-Sleep - hibernation for humans
A state of hibernation, created by lowered temperature and metabolism.

Robert Heinlein (1941)
Conscious Retarded Animation
A kind of hibernation, but leaves the user fully conscious, but aging at an incredibly slow rate.

Donald Wandrei (1933)
A.R. Holmes (1931)
Control Natural
A person who is allowed to have an unmodified genetic makeup.

Robert Heinlein (1942)
CORA - Coronary Alarm
An implanted (or worn) ECG monitor that warns the user of coronary events.

Arthur C. Clarke (1978)
Corporol
Preserves and maintains the body.

Donald Wandrei (1933)
Corpsicle - thaw and fix
Cryogenically frozen person who could (hopefully) be revived later.

Frederik Pohl (1966)
Crechepod - full life support
A small, enclosed medical device providing full life support as well as advanced regrowth technologies.

Frank Herbert (1972)
Crosswell Tape Worm
Device that allows you to eat without gaining weight.

Brian Aldiss (1969)
Cryosleep
Use of extreme cold to cause suspended animation.

Ben Bova (1972)
Cyborg
A cybernetic organism - man in union with machine

Martin Caidin (1972)
Data-Retrieval Mode - data recovery for brains
A system for getting the thoughts and images out of a person's mind; recovering the data from a brain storage device.

John Brunner (1975)
DC Mini - psychotherapist dream tool
A therapy tool that allows a psychotherapist to enter a patient's dreams.

Satoshi Kon (2007)
Death-Rattle
A device that sends a signal upon brain death of the user.

Philip K. Dick (1957)
Death-rattle File
A cache of information set to destroy itself upon the death of its owner.

Philip K. Dick (1965)
Death-Reversal Equipment
Brings you back from losing a duel.

Frederik Pohl (1966)
Decorative Implant - gadget surgery
Small devices that can be implanted subcutaneously in the body and then controlled consciously.

Samuel R. Delany (1966)
E.E. 'Doc' Smith (1965)
Dermadisk
A means of quickly administering drugs directly through the skin.

William Gibson (1984)
Designer Eyes
Genetic designers create better-than-perfect eyes for replicants.

Ridley Scott (1982)
Dewlog
A drug with the side-effect of virtually eliminating hunger.

Karl von Rachen (1941)
Diagnostat
A device able to diagnose and treat most human ailments.

Robert Silverberg (1969)
Diagnostic Sleeve - smarter than a BP cuff
Worn on one arm, it diagnoses and adminsters medications.

Larry Niven (w/J. Pournelle) (1993)
Dispensing Tooth - remember the tooth!
A device shaped like a tooth that dispenses gas.

Frank Herbert (1965)
Ditto Blank - mindless android
A mentally unformed android, upon which a personality could be impressed.

David Brin (2002)
Dixon Pump
An temporary mechanical heart to circulate blood.

Philip K. Dick (1960)
Dominator
Device implants a psychological block.

James Schmitz (1951)
Dozer - cadge some O2
A person with extreme susceptibility to the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide.

David Brin (1990)
Dromozoa
Life forms that cause the human body to bud new parts for harvesting.

Cordwainer Smith (1961)
Ebony Teeth
Completely black artificial teeth.

Philip K. Dick (1966)
Ecstasy Plug
An implanted module that allowed a wirehead to plug himself into ordinary house current.

Larry Niven (1969)
Effective Human Implant Technology (EHIT)
Computer interface implanted directly into the human brain.

Tom Maddox (1986)
Electric Brain Stimulator
A device that coordinated the waves of the brain with an external device to improve performance.

Don Wilcox (1939)
Electronic Body Analyzer
A replacement for the human doctor.

Michael Crichton (1969)
Electronic-Eyed Snake
A fully automated stomach pump.

Ray Bradbury (1953)
Emergency Treatment Tank (Chamber)
A fully enclosed regeneration device.

James Schmitz (1949)
Erased Memory - forget about it
A procedure that deletes selected memories from the human mind.

Philip K. Dick (1966)
Espionage Machine - reading minds scientifically
A machine that makes it possible to experience the sensations of another person at a distance.

Cordwainer Smith (1958)
Eternity Drug
A medication that puts a person into a deep hibernation-like sleep for decades at a time.

A.E. van Vogt (1944)
Focusing - using mindrot
Psychoactive microbe improves the attention-focusing ability of those infected.

Vernor Vinge (1999)
Fornixation
Electrical stimulation of the pleasure centers of the brain.

Philip Jose Farmer (1967)
Ghola - night of the living Duncan
A living, functioning person who is regrown or recreated from the tissues of a dead person.

Frank Herbert (1969)
Gobathian - full body healing
An alien medical technology that enables full body healing in the event of traumatic injury.

Clifford Simak (1961)
Gyro-Hat
Hidden in a top hat, this device cures staggering and reeling, for whatever reason.

Ellis Parker Butler (1926)
Halo - get that man a hat!
Device that incapacitates a person by inducing unconsciousness.

Steven Spielberg (2002)
Head-Molding Skincaps -
Get a smooth pate without shaving.

Isaac Asimov (1988)
Healing Crystal
A small object that burns off diseased tissue, leaving healthy tissue unharmed.

Stanley G. Weinbaum (1934)
Heartshirt - wear your pulse on your sleeve
A shirt that was able to detect heart sounds and display associated colors.

Rudy Rucker (1988)
Hibernaculum - nap time
A small, self-contained chamber in which a person could endure months of enforced sleep.

Arthur C. Clarke (1968)
Home Therapy Appliances, Inc.
A store at which a variety of therapy devices are made available

Robert Sheckley (1956)
Homorium
A kind of nursery that could bring a human being to maturity in a single year.

Frank Belknap Long, Jr. (1934)
Howard Families
A project designed to produce a group of people with exceptionally long life.

Robert Heinlein (1941)
Hubrizine
A drug that brings about greater alertness and cheerfulness.

Philip K. Dick (1972)
Human Blood Chlorophyll
Replacement of elements of human blood with chlorophyll.

S.P. Meek (1929)
Humeld - more than human
A human being with augmented body parts.

Alan Dean Foster (2010)
Hypno-Motor Control
A means of controlling the body remotely, cutting off the need for local control (ie, by your mind).

Philip K. Dick (1954)
Hypnoteleset
A device that guarantees quick, surrogate sleep.

Frederik Pohl (w/CM Kornbluth) (1952)
Hypnotic injunction
A method of hypnosis that prevents people from revealing particular information.

Robert Heinlein (1941)
Hypo Arm - tentacle with a needle
A robotic arm used to autonomously deliver pharmaceuticals to patients.

Harry Harrison (1958)
Hypomatrin
A spinal anesthetic that allows the reformation of personality.

Stanton A. Coblentz (1939)
Image-Amps
Boost the signal from the eyes to see in the dark.

William Gibson (1984)
Implanted Interface With Retinal Nerves
Circuitry that provides a 'look' at what the eye sees.

D.G. Compton (1973)
Implanted Steel Teeth
Replacement teeth implanted in the jaw.

Philip K. Dick (1965)
Implant-Watch - this is so cool
Subcutaneous timepiece; uses patterns of colored lights to show the time.

Larry Niven (1972)
Imprint (A Ditto Blank) - pseudo-you
Impress one's personality upon a 'ditto blank' android.

David Brin (2002)
Inertial Bracelet
Device to still hand tremors.

Donald Kingsbury (2001)
Internal Body Power Pack - AAAAAAAA size
A tiny battery used to power implants.

Alfred Bester (1956)
Ixian Probe
A device that looks at brain tissue so carefully that memories can be seen.

Frank Herbert (1984)
Ixian Sight Mask
Device to allow the blind to see.

Frank Herbert (1976)
Jodie Grid
A 'tattoo' that provides points for mapping your face into a grid.

Neal Stephenson (1995)
Joeboy (Muscle Grafts) - got muscles?
Additional muscle tissue added through surgery.

William Gibson (1984)
Killalc Pills
Counteracts the effects of alcohol consumption.

Harry Harrison (1970)
KloraDerm
Human skin variant that contains chlorophyll to provide energy.

John Scalzi (2005)
KR-3
A drug that breaks down the ability of the brain to perceive space and physical objects properly, or in sequence; a new universe opens.

Philip K. Dick (1974)
Kundrenaline
Revives even a dead man's heart.

H.G. Winter (1931)
Life Detector - I see you!
A device that was capable of detecting living tissue within a set radius.

Frank Herbert (1958)
Life Detector Shield - an early mention of life sensors
An electronic field that is intended to shield living tissue from a Life Detector.

Frank Herbert (1958)
Luxvid Eyes (Jensen Wide-Angle) - unusual eye slits
Artificial, unmoving implanted eyes.

Philip K. Dick (1965)
Medical Mantis - telefactoring device for physicians
A medical telefactoring device; allows a physician to remotely examine patients and perform procedures.

Peter Watts (1999)
Memory Biochip
An implanted device that permits the user to 'play back' selected memories.

Lois McMaster Bujold (1986)
Memory Recording
A means of recording the entirety of a person's experience and personality.

John Varley (1977)
Merry-Go-Round Life Suspension (Refrigerator Plant)
A device that offered cold sleep.

Don Wilcox (1940)
Methuen Treatment - smart injection
Injections that increase intelligence.

L. Sprague de Camp (1940)
Microsoft - the cool kind
A small piece of firmware inserted into the brain that provides data on a particular subject, or special features, for the user.

William Gibson (1984)
Microsurgery Tool - first description
Miniaturized device for surgical precision.

Raymond Z. Gallun (1939)
Mind Destroyer
A method for wiping clean the mind of a human being, leaving only enough to run the body's functions.

Cordwainer Smith (1961)
Mind-Lock
A device that confines a mind within its own shielded area.

James Schmitz (1949)
Mindwipe - you may not want your mind
A process that selectively and effectively erases human memory.

Spider Robinson (1982)
Mite - very small machine helpers
A very small device (about the size of a dust mite) that has been manufactured for a particular purpose.

Neal Stephenson (1995)
Mnemotropin - helps you build memory
A drug to improve the creation of long-term memories.

Paul Di Filippo (1985)
Monsters Manufactured - chimeras described
Dr. Moreau demonstrates the plasticity of the organic form.

H.G. Wells (1896)
Morgue (Recall Stage)
Storage and retrieval of frozen bodies.

Samuel R. Delany (1966)
Morphogen
A drug that party relieves the need for sleep.

Isaac Asimov (1966)
Mother-Scanner
A device that can see your future through your next birth.

Philip K. Dick (1954)
Mutation
An organism that has come into being through genetic mutation.

Edmond Hamilton (1931)
Neural Door Lock
A device that provides access based on neurological data.

Philip K. Dick (1957)
Neural Lace
An interface between the brain and computer facilities.

Iain M Banks (2010)
Neuroinduction Field
Keeps the patient still without the use of cumbersome restraints or drugs.

Peter Watts (1999)
Neuronic Control Apparatus - put your experience in reverse
A device that communicated with a brain implant, granting both sight and control.

Raymond Z. Gallun (1939)
Neuronic Receptor-Transmitter
A device which, implanted in the brain, can both transmit sight and sound, and enable control of the body by a remote operator.

Raymond Z. Gallun (1939)
Nucleocat Cureall
Only human cells can survive contact.

Katherine MacLean (1950)
Numbitol
You guessed it, a topical anesthetic.

Larry Niven (w/J. Pournelle) (1974)
Nutrient Extractor and Maximizer (NEM) - get more out of food
Device that replaces and extends the capabilities of the human digestive system.

Alan Dean Foster (2010)
Office Hand
A robotic hand with each finger customized for a different function.

Alan Dean Foster (2010)
Ontogenetic Adaptation
Immediate genetic-level ability to eat alien plants.

James Schmitz (1951)
Optic Prosthesis
A replacement for a damaged eye.

Roger Zelazny (1980)
Oxygen Hip Flask - just a quick nip
A small, portable source of pure oxygen for breathing.

David Brin (1990)
Physiognomic Template
A method for changing the appearance of your face at will.

Philip K. Dick (1969)
Plasta-Skin
Artificial Skin

Andre Norton (1953)
Plastiskin
Artificial human skin to cover prosthetics.

Richard Meredith (1969)
Plastissue
Artificial flesh.

W.F. Wallace (1952)
Pleasure Cap
A device that delivers amps of pleasure directly to the brain.

Cordwainer Smith (1961)
Powered Suit with Trauma Maintenance
A powered suit (or powered armor) that is set up to save as much of your body as possible in worse case scenarios.

Joe Haldeman (1974)
Provigil - sleep surrogate
A medication that makes the user 'untired' - not just more awake.

John Ringo (2002)
Provigil-C
A special drug that promotes wakefulness in troops.

John Ringo (2000)
Psychoscanner
A device capable of taking impressions, feelings and memories from living brains; it can be used on animals as well.

Murray Leinster (1947)
P-Terminal Implant - turn yourself on
A device consisting of implanted power pack, control and electrodes placed near pleasure centers of the brain.

Michael Crichton (1972)
Punishment Sphere
Used to bring disruptive elements of society into line.

Sid Meier (1999)
Purza the Pukha
A toy with sensors used to monitor children in hospitals.

Anne McCaffrey (1990)
Quizzer
An autonomous mind-probe.

James Schmitz (1949)
Rabbit-Paper - pregnancy test strip
A paper pregnancy test that showed immediate results.

Philip K. Dick (1963)
Rachag
A caffeine-style stimulant.

Frank Herbert (1965)
Radiation Garment
Clothing worn by ordinary citizens to reduce the risk of radiation exposure.

Robert Heinlein (1942)
Regen-Buds
Small collection of cells that can regrow into human limbs.

Harry Harrison (1956)
Regeneration Tank
A nutrient bath large enough to enclose a person that preserved life and treated disease.

Katherine MacLean (1950)
Residual Poison
A poison that, once administered, resides in the body; only regular intake of the antidote keeps the person alive.

Frank Herbert (1965)
Retinal Implant
An implanted device that can record and transmit what the person sees.

Peter F. Hamilton (1997)
Revitalizer Console. - perk up your bloodstream
A kind of automated medical marvel; it optimizes your body chemistry for better health, tops off your fluids, etc.

John Varley (1983)
Rex Regenerator (Mechanotherapist) - heavy duty therapy
Mechanotherapy device cures homicidal urges.

Robert Sheckley (1956)
RNA Shots - don't read Cliff notes; eat Cliff
An injection prepared from the tissues of a person with knowledge or experience that you need.

Larry Niven (1976)
Robot Psyche Tester - gestalting device
An automated psychiatric evaluation device.

Philip K. Dick (1953)
Sapho Juice - juice of Mentats
Unique substance enhanced the cognitive performance of Mentats.

Frank Herbert (1965)
Scientific Reincarnation
Technology to allow a person to transfer themselves to a new, healthy body.

Roger Zelazny (1967)
Selektrogel
An over-the-counter gel to choose the sex of a child at conception.

James Blish (1971)
Shipboard Medical Treatment
An elaborate system to guard against infection in returning space explorers.

Katherine MacLean (1950)
Short-Wave Surgical Knife
A means of performing an internal cut without breaking the skin.

Eric Frank Russell (1953)
Skinsuit
Wearable artificial, full-body skin.

John Varley (1983)
Skull Alarm
Implanted wakeup call.

John Varley (1983)
Sleep Set (Sleep Headset)
An electronic device for inducing deep sleep.

Larry Niven (1970)
Sleep Surrogate - substitute for sleep
Pharmaceutical designed to make up for lost sleep.

Robert Heinlein (1941)
Sleep-Inducer
A device that electronically imposes sleep on a human being.

Arthur C. Clarke (1963)
Sloth Pill
A medication to induce a kind of somnolence like short-term hibernation; used in air travel.

M.T. Hill (2020)
Softlight
Personality erasure via laser imprinted subliminal commands.

Peter F. Hamilton (1997)
Space Scurvy (Kenoalgia)
A wasting disease of space travel.

Margaret Saint Clair (1949)
Space Weakness
Early description of what happens to the human body in zero gravity.

Murray Leinster (1953)
Space-Sick
Uneasiness associated with space travel.

Hugo Gernsback (1911)
Specialized Prosthetic Arm
A set of prosthetics that provide different functionality in place of missing arm.

Robert Heinlein (1966)
Spice (Melange)
The spice must flow.

Frank Herbert (1965)
Spinning Mill for Veins (Artificial Organs)
The manufacture of artificial organs, digestive tract, veins - body parts.

Karel Capek (1920)
Spray-on Surgical Gloves
Effective glove for surgeons that is skin tight.

Richard Morgan (2003)
Sprung-Samser Treatment
A medical treatment to extend human life.

Roger Zelazny (1966)
Stasis (Cold Sleep, Hibernation)
Hibernation for human beings, lasting for many years.

Robert Heinlein (1956)
Steel Teeth - all stainless
Artificial teeth welded to the bone.

Philip K. Dick (1965)
Stimtab - stay alert
A drug designed to keep the user awake and alert for long periods.

Joe Haldeman (1974)
Substance D
An addictive, psychoactive drug.

Philip K. Dick (1977)
Surgical Hand
A specialized robotic hand used for surgery.

Philip K. Dick (1964)
Surgical Homeostatic Unit
An autonomous surgical robot, able to drill into the body and perform surgery.

Philip K. Dick (1966)
Surrogate Skin
False skin that is sprayed onto damaged areas.

Robert Heinlein (1951)
Suspended Animation (Frigorific Process)
Very early reference to cryogenic storage.

Edward Page Mitchell (1879)
Sympathetic Block - psychological privacy
A way to keep certain mental contents from being spoken or revealed.

Alfred Bester (1956)
Synthetic Sleeve - artificial body
An artificial body, into which a person can be downloaded.

Richard Morgan (2003)
Tannin-Secretion Pills
Artificially darkens skin, for skin protection.

Larry Niven (1994)
Tapeworm Tranquilizer
Robotic suppository dispenses tranquilizer.

Alexis Arnaldus Gilliland (1981)
Telemedicine Apparatus - first known reference
First reference to a device that allows physicians to examine or aid patients at a distance.

E.M. Forster (1909)
Telepathic Transmitter (Telep-transmitter)
A device using living alien tissue to transmit your thoughts.

Philip K. Dick (1966)
Tleilaxu Eyes (Metal Eyes) - insectile mechanical eyes
Tleilaxu eye surgery replaces natural eyeballs damaged or destroyed.

Frank Herbert (1969)
Toothbud Transplant - implanted teeth
Implanted teeth that mimic the dentition of other species.

William Gibson (1984)
Tranquilizing Gum
Chewing gum with a tranquilizing agent.

Philip K. Dick (1969)
Transdermal Drug Capsule - slap it on
A drug capsule that delivers medication by being placed on the skin.

Philip K. Dick (1960)
Tru-Mem Systems
Organic process of recalling personal events.

Philip K. Dick (1966)
Tuned-Laser Decontamination - zap just the bad
Process to destroy foreign biomolecules within the body.

Robert J. Sawyer (2003)
TW-55 Spy
Conscious control of facial characteristics.

Samuel R. Delany (1966)
Ultraflash
A device that sterilizes the skin by a pulse of light.

Michael Crichton (1969)
Ultramicrominiature Waldo
A device for transforming ordinary human hand movements into extremely small-scale surgical motions.

Robert Heinlein (1973)
Uniflesh - skin for every occasion
A type of artificial skin and underlying flesh.

Frank Herbert (1977)
Uterine Replicator
A device that simulates the functions of the human uterus.

Lois McMaster Bujold (1986)
Vagus Nerve Bio-Chip
Relief from nausea without drugs.

Lois McMaster Bujold (2002)
Vestan Parasite
Semi-intelligent creatures that take control of the nervous system of other animals.

Edmond Hamilton (1942)
Vision Implant
Photoelectric cell implanted in the forehead grants some vision to the blind.

Roger Zelazny (1966)
Vita-Light
A special form of bulb or light source that could keep people who were never exposed to the sun perfectly healthy.

R.F. Starzl (1931)
Vivatape
Perfectly seals cuts also helps through-skin implants heal.

Samuel R. Delany (1966)
Vivification
A process by which the body can be preserved for centuries at body temperature and then revived.

George Parsons Lathrop (1879)
Vivo-Gel
Semi-living material.

James Schmitz (1949)
WAGD Germ Detector - handy hand-held
A hand-held biohazard analyzer.

Greg Bear (2007)
Wakeshot
An injection designed to bring a person out of sleep to full wakefulness.

Frank Herbert (1965)
Wimp Vault
Lots of spare bodies.

John Varley (1983)
Xixtline
Venusian drug provides a rejuvenate effect.

Stanley G. Weinbaum (1935)
Young Blood - New Blood For Old
Replacing the blood plasma of older people with material from younger people.

Robert Heinlein (1941)
Young-Forever
A very particular formula for human immortality, which solves the most serious attendant problem (population explosion).

Larry Niven (1976)

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(re: Frederik Pohl, 3/25/2021 )
SpinCare Electrospins And Shoots Wound Dressing
'Over her lacerated right shoulder he sprayed art-derm...' - Philip K. Dick, 1960
(re: Philip K. Dick, 1/25/2021 )
PEDOT Polymer Could Enhance Brain-Machine Interfaces
'the hair-fine wire going deep into Owen's brain, down into the pleasure center.' - Larry Niven, 1969.
(re: Larry Niven, 12/27/2020 )
BioVYZR Is Ready, Anti-Covid19 PAPR Lovers
'Some clad in the insulated space-suits, with their transparent glassite helmets.' - Edmond Hamilton, 1931.
(re: Edmond Hamilton, 10/11/2020 )
Healight Ultraviolet Endotracheal Device Has Covid-19 Treatment Potential
'He applied the tip of the instrument to the interior of the wound...' - Cogswell, 1976.
(re: Cogswell, 10/5/2020 )
Beat Covid-19 With AIR By MicroClimate - At Last I Get My PAPR
More than just a bubble.
(re: Edmond Hamilton, 9/7/2020 )
EPR Is Quick, Temporary Biostasis
'The cold-pack was being sucked out greedily by plastic suction tendrils...' - Philip K. Dick, 1960.
(re: Philip K. Dick, 8/11/2020 )
TytoCare Offers Futuristic Home Care
'Immediately an enormous apparatus fell on to her out of the ceiling...' - EM Forster, 1909.
(re: EM Forster, 7/3/2020 )
Would You Swallow An Origami Robot?
'Swallow it in an emergency--it goes down easily and works just as well inside as outside.' - Doc Smith, 1934.
(re: EE 'Doc' Smith, 6/13/2020 )
Biotech Firms Raised $Millions For Anti-Agathics (Longevity Drugs)
'Against Death doth no simple grow.' - James Blish, 1957.
(re: James Blish, 1/15/2020 )
Medical Tattoos Are STILL Being Researched
'Following the current craze, she has had a subdermal pattern of micro-channels implanted.'
(re: Paul Di Filippo, 12/23/2019 )
Rise Of Skywalker Could Trigger Epileptic Seizures
'... then the screen started to flicker. I stared at it for a while.' - John Varley, 1984.
(re: John Varley, 12/3/2019 )
Injectable Magnetic Fluid Slows Bleeding, Aids Magneto
'There's something different about you.'
(re: Various, 11/21/2019 )
Vascularized Human Skin 3D Printed
Hey Fishboy! Three days and you're out!
(re: Frank Herbert, 10/27/2019 )
China Accused Of Harvesting Organs From Unwanted Groups
'The death penalty was his immortality, and he would vote the death penalty for any crime at all.' Larry Niven, 1967.
(re: Larry Niven, 9/23/2019 )
Robothread Robotic Worms Crawling Through Your Brain
Perfect for clot-busting in the human brain. No Raquel Welch and no lasers, though.
(re: Harry Kleiner, 8/23/2019 )
Skin Electronics Can Show Electrocardiogram
'... the young men in the streets who applied polyimde OLED body film to their bared shoulders.' - Chen Qiufan, 2019.
(re: Chen Qiufan, 5/29/2019 )
Neurodevices For Consumers? Neuroethicists (And Philip K Dick) Say 'Caveat Emptor'
'They tried to use it today and it wouldn't work. No colors and no ceph patterns, neither one...' - Philip K. Dick, 1977.
(re: Philip K. Dick, 5/23/2019 )
BrainEx Restores Some Activity To Severed Pig Head
'... they placed the brain in a special solution, having all the properties of Nursing the brain cells.' - Edmond Hamilton, 1929.
(re: Edmond Hamilton, 4/7/2019 )
Purdue Pharma Ready To Profit From OxyContin Use Or Addiction Recovery
'It may be organic damage. It may be permanent. Time'll tell, and only after you are off Substance D for a long while.' - Philip K. Dick, 1977.
(re: Philip K. Dick, 2/3/2019 )
Organaut! Russians 3D Print Living Tissue In Space
'For a while your colonists will have to come up [to orbit] to the Hospital...' - Larry Niven, 1968.
(re: Larry Niven, 12/27/2018 )
MIT Scientists Create 'Peek-a-Boo Prober' From Jetsons
Well, George, it's the latest thing.
(re: Various, 12/11/2018 )
Wound Healing With Wearable Nanogenerators
'... forcing the energy transfer which allowed him to ... erase the other internal-external damage.' - Frank Herbert, 1972.
(re: Frank Herbert, 12/9/2018 )
EXPLORER, The First Total-Body Scanner
'The object is built up of an infinite series of plane layers, at the focus of the ray...' - Jack Williamson, 1930.
(re: Jack Williamson, 11/30/2018 )
Bioreactor Helps Legless Frogs Get Their Jump Back
'An alien drug... Used by an insect race... It can repair bones and organs. It can grow new tissue." - Clifford Simak, 1961
(re: Clifford Simak, 11/3/2018 )
Sleeep PRO Earplug For Maximum Rest
'Merton... placed the electrodes of the sleep-inducer on his forehead.' - Arthur C. Clarke, 1963.
(re: Arthur C. Clarke, 9/9/2018 )
You'll Regrow That Limb, One Day
'... forcing the energy transfer which allowed him to regrow his lost fingers.' - Frank Herbert, 1972.
(re: Frank Herbert, 6/18/2018 )
First 3D Printed Human Corneas From Stem Cells
Just what we need! Lots of spare parts.
(re: Larry Niven, 6/9/2018 )
Nanorobots Roam Your Bloodstream, Cleaning It
Too bad they won't have lasers, though...
(re: Isaac Asimov, 6/3/2018 )
MIT Ampli Blocks Build Biomedical Devices
Damn it Spock, I'm a doctor not an engineer!
(re: Gene Roddenberry, 5/7/2018 )
Handheld Human Skin Printer
It outputs a thin wad of uniflesh.
(re: Frank Herbert, 5/1/2018 )
Retinal Prosthesis Uses Organic Printing Inks
We can rebuild you - well, your eyes, maybe.
(re: Frank Herbert, 4/21/2018 )
New Brain Scanner Lets You Move Around
'In Bob Arctor's living room his thousand dollar custom-quality cephscope crafted by Altec...' - Philip K. Dick, 1977.
(re: Philip K. Dick, 3/18/2018 )
Ultrathin Brain Needle Developed At MIT
Putting drugs into a selected cubic millimeter within the living brain.
(re: Larry Niven, 3/2/2018 )
NASA's 'Armstrong' Soft Wearable Upper Extremity Garment
'Exact same articulation as your shoulder joint, and it holds your muscles out of the way...' - Samuel R. Delany, 1966.
(re: Samuel R. Delany, 2/18/2018 )
iFlytek Doctor Robot First To Pass Medical Exams
No problem, we'll just use the autodoc.
(re: Larry Niven, 11/15/2017 )
Watch What People Are Seeing Via Brain Scanning
'had managed to see through the other man's eyes as the other man, all unaware, washed their Zis limousine sixteen hundred meters away...' - Cordwainer Smith, 1958.
(re: Cordwainer Smith, 11/9/2017 )
PRIMA Bionic Vision Restoration
'The VISOR... was a medical device used in the Federation to aid patients who have suffered loss of eyesight...'
(re: Gene Roddenberry, 11/6/2017 )
Targeted Neuroplasticity Training For 'Downloading Skills'
'I know kung-fu.'
(re: Various, 10/1/2017 )
Will The FDA Approve This Antiaging Drug?
'So what we're looking for now is... an anti-agathic, an anti-death drug.' - James Blish, 1951.
(re: James Blish, 8/11/2017 )
EVE Artificial Womb For Lambs (For Now)
'In the crimson darkness, stewing warm on their cushion of peritoneum and gorged with blood-surrogate and hormones...' - Aldous Huxley, 1932.
(re: Aldous Huxley, 8/7/2017 )
Bees Royal Jelly Helps Wounds Heal Faster
'An alien drug... used by an insect race.' - Clifford Simak, 1961.
(re: Clifford Simak, 8/5/2017 )
3D Printed Bionic Chinese Skin
Designer skin for everyone!
(re: Philip K. Dick, 7/6/2017 )
Drug Creates Real Melanin Tan
I've used them all my life...
(re: Larry Niven, 6/3/2017 )
Medical Drones Hover Like Angels Near You
'The death-reversal equipment is on its way...'- Frederk Pohl, 1965.
(re: Frederik Pohl, 6/2/2017 )
Vaccine Blocks Heroin High
'You're biochemically incapable of getting off...' - William Gibson, 1985.
(re: William Gibson, 5/22/2017 )
Ambrosia Start-Up Offers New Blood For Old 'Caper'
'It consists largely in replacing the entire blood tissue in an old person with new, young blood...' - Robert Heinlein, 1941.
(re: Robert Heinlein, 5/14/2017 )
Cryonic Preservation - The Last Perk You'll Ever Need
'Is there not also a law providing for voluntary suspension of animation?' - Edward Page Mitchell, 1879.
(re: Edward Page Mitchell, 4/25/2017 )
How Deep Learning And AI Will Affect Health Care
'A sort of satchel with an orifice in the top from which two metallic tentacles protruded slightly.' - Gordon R. Dickson, 1965.
(re: Gordon R. Dickson, 4/9/2017 )
DxtER! Tricorder Prize Won By Final Frontier Medical Devices
We've been waiting a long time for this, Star Trek fans.
(re: Gene Roddenberry, 3/26/2017 )
Dune Fans! Your God Emperor Is Ready
'If one held a sandtrout in the hand, smoothing it over your skin, it formed a living glove.' - Frank Herbert, 1976.
(re: Frank Herbert, 2/22/2017 )
H-MEX Helpful Exoskeleton From Hyundai
'We have those new suits rigged with atomic-powered lifting gadgets...' - John W. Campbell, 1938.
(re: John W. Campbell, 1/29/2017 )
3D Skin Printer Helps Burn Victims
'Over her lacerated right shoulder he sprayed art-derm...'- Philip K. Dick, 1960.
(re: Philip K. Dick, 1/19/2017 )
Can Virtual Reality help People Cope With Pain?
Research is promising.
(re: Roger Zelazny, 1/7/2017 )
Talkspace Anonymous Therapy App
'Stonkered or clutched or quite simply going insane, someone reaches for the phone...' - John Brunner, 1975.
(re: John Brunner, 12/23/2016 )
Dr. McCoy, Your 'Salt Shaker' Scanner Is Ready
Bones would be so pleased.
(re: Gene Roddenberry, 12/22/2016 )
'Living Bandage' For Knee Injuries
'It can patch up a smashed and broken body.' - Clifford Simak, 1961.
(re: Clifford Simak, 12/18/2016 )
Veebot Robotic Blood Drawing ala Andromeda Strain
'The device was able to insert intravenous needles, finding veins easily.' - Michael Crichton, 1969.
(re: Michael Crichton, 12/8/2016 )
Just Two Tricorder Xprize Finalists Remain
'I'm beginning to think I could cure a cloudy day!"
(re: Gene Roddenberry, 12/3/2016 )
Mini Robot Uses 2 mm Surgical Tools
'... surgical tool - blades, tweezers, probes - so fine you could just see them with the naked eye.' - Raymond Z. Gallun, 1939.
(re: Raymond Z. Gallun, 11/19/2016 )
Feeling A Poke On Your Robotic Hand
'Take care, sir.'
(re: George Lucas, 11/4/2016 )
Deep Brain Stimulation Soon Without Surgery
'I sat down at my mood organ and I experimented.' - Philip K. Dick, 1968.
(re: Philip K. Dick, 10/30/2016 )
GyroGlove Idea For Parkinson's Was Suggested In 1926
'The gyroscope was revolving at the rate of three thousand revolutions a minute, and the slight humming was hardly noticeable...' - Ellis Parker Butler, 1926
(re: Ellis Parker Butler, 10/18/2016 )
Human Doctors Still Better Than Computers
'Nowadays surgery was normally done by autodocs...' - Larry Niven, 1966.
(re: Larry Niven, 10/6/2016 )
MiniMed 670G - First 'Artificial Pancreas' Approved By FDA
'Proved the workability of wholly mechanical organs...' - Philip K. Dick, 1964.
(re: Philip K Dick, 9/16/2016 )
Three Clues To Limb Regeneration
'Forcing the energy transfer which allowed him to regrow his lost fingers...' - Frank Herbert, 1972.
(re: Frank Herbert, 8/20/2016 )
Electric Head Patch Helps PTSD Patients
'Don't confuse this with the little ten amp neurosis models.' - Robert Sheckley, 1956.
(re: Robert Sheckley, 8/11/2016 )
MEDi Robot Calms The Nervous Patient
'Specially programmed stabilizing surrogate devices.' - Anne McCaffrey, 1990.
(re: Anne McCaffrey, 8/10/2016 )
One-Shot Gene Therapy Cure $665K
One shot - one cure. Guaranteed.
(re: Various, 8/4/2016 )
Ultrasonic Wireless ‘Neural Dust’ Sensors For Medical Monitoring
'These dustmotes already had sensors and independence built in.' - Vernor Vinge, 2005.
(re: Vernor Vinge, 8/2/2016 )
Mind-Altering Drugs Administered Deep Into The Brain
'Happy to serve!'- Greg Bear, 2015.
(re: Greg Bear, 6/22/2016 )
BRUISE Smart Injury Detection Suit
'... Bee could see that three of them were disabled and two of them damaged.' - Orson Scott Card, 1985.
(re: Orson Scott Card, 6/11/2016 )
First US Clinical Trial For Wearable Artificial Kidney
'Wholly mechanical organs...' - Philip K. Dick, 1964.
(re: Philip K. Dick, 6/4/2016 )
Open Bionics To Produce Deus Ex Prosthetic Designs
Be a part of a science fictional future.
(re: Square Enix and Eidos-Montréal, 6/3/2016 )
Skingun Now More Advanced, Apparently
'Over her lacerated right shoulder he sprayed art-derm...' - Philip K. Dick, 1960.
(re: Philip K. Dick, 5/22/2016 )
Implants Melt In Your Brain, Not In Your Hands
Implant and forget - they melt in your brain, not in your hands.
(re: Greg Bear, 5/8/2016 )
MIT's Second Skin Enhances Original Skin
'I must care, or I wouldn't live in this lying skin suit...' - John Varley, 1983.
(re: John Varley, 5/3/2016 )
Artificial Skin Grows Hair
'Plastissue, as any fool can see...' - WF Wallace, 1952.
(re: WF Wallace, 4/3/2016 )
Virtual Reality Therapy Helps Patients With Depression
Entering the virtual reality dreams of patients.
(re: Roger Zelazny, 3/21/2016 )
Chromat Misfit Shine Tracks Health And Glows
'Show me your hand, Logan...' - Nolan and Johnson, 1967.
(re: Nolan and Johnson, 3/15/2016 )
Closer To An Artificial, Organic Heart
Closer to this phildickian future every day.
(re: Philip K Dick, 3/9/2016 )
Cyborg Cardiac Patch Combines Organics And Electronics
'[It] had not yet objected to being made over into a portion of an electronic system... '- Philip K. Dick, 1964.
(re: Philip K DIck, 3/7/2016 )
Military Implants To Boost Memory
'He... pried a bright magenta splinter from his socket with a dirty thumbnail.' - William Gibson, 1985.
(re: William Gibson, 3/2/2016 )
Lab-Grown Human Eyeball Tech Advances
'The eyes were vatgrown sea-green Nikon transplants.' - William Gibson, 1984.
(re: Ridley Scott, 2/26/2016 )
Teleportation: How Might The Brain Handle It
'Any man was capable of jaunting provided he developed two faculties, visualization and concentration.' - Alfred Bester, 1956.
(re: Alfred Bester, 2/18/2016 )
3D Printed Replacement Tissue
'The object is built up of an infinite series of plane layers, at the focus of the ray,' - Jack Williamson, 1930.
(re: Jack Williamson, 2/14/2016 )
3 Parent Embryos Approved By Bioethicists
' A tkan merely courts a mlenb and is attracted to a good guur...' - William Tenn, 1949.
(re: William Tenn, 2/2/2016 )
Myo-Controlled Prosthetic Arm
'Sensitive actuators touch the tendons in your right wrist.'- Harry Harrison, 1960.
(re: Harry Harrison, 1/19/2016 )
Get Your Own 64 Channel, Dry-Electrode Brain-Computer Headset!
'they all relaxed and got mellow....' - Philip K. Dick, 1977.
(re: Philip K. Dick, 1/16/2016 )
Islamic State Now Organlegging?
'His heart went into storage immediately...' -Larry Niven, 1967.
(re: Larry Niven, 12/24/2015 )
The Secret of Longevity?
'if any one of them had had the grace to die at a reasonable age...' - Robert Heinlein, 1941.
(re: Robert Heinlein, 12/21/2015 )
Bionic Eyes Coming Up In Australia
We can build a new you, if not rebuild you.
(re: Various, 12/18/2015 )
XSTAT 30 - Plugs Wounds In 15 Seconds!
'It's done miracles. It can patch up a smashed and broken body...' - Clifford Simak,
(re: Clifford Simak, 12/11/2015 )
'It Feels Like Robocop - Without A Weapon
Gandhi's exoskeleton?
(re: Fritz Leiber, 11/25/2015 )
'Ingestibles' Are Medical Devices You Can Swallow
These devices get smaller and more capable.
(re: Various, 11/22/2015 )
Humai Startup To Implant Your Brain In Robot Body
'The astounded onlookers saw a human brain snugly encased in a transparent skull-shaped receptacle.' - Otis Adelbert Kline
(re: Otis Adelbert Kline, 11/18/2015 )
Tech Tats Prototype Sfnal Devices
'...Permanently fixed in the centre of his forehead.' -
(re: Brian Aldiss, 11/12/2015 )
Surgically Implantable Artificial Kidney Starts Testing
'George Walt... proved the workability of wholly mechanical organs...' - Philip K. Dick, 1964.
(re: Philip K. Dick, 11/9/2015 )
Computer Predicts Psychosis Better Than Psychiatrists
'The mechanism which was the portable extension of Dr. Smile...' - Philip K. Dick, 1965.
(re: Philip K. Dick, 9/16/2015 )
Lab-Grown Kidneys Implanted Successfully - In Animals
'For a while your colonists will have to come up to the Hospital to get treatment with the ramrobot symbiots'- Larry Niven, 1968.
(re: Larry Niven, 9/14/2015 )
Heart-In-A-Box Saves Organ For Later
'Storage in the hospital's organ banks...' - Larry Niven, 1967.
(re: Larry Niven, 9/1/2015 )
Surgery In Space
' It was a ... coffin, form-fitted to Nessus himself...' - Larry Niven, 1972.
(re: Larry Niven, 8/21/2015 )
Organoids Galore!
'Runciter's body contained a dozen artiforgs...'- Philip K. Dick, 1969.
(re: Philip K. Dick, 7/21/2015 )
Please, Please Let There Be Regenerated Teeth
'Toothbud transplants...' - William Gibson, 1984.
(re: William Gibson, 7/1/2015 )
First Biolimb Grown In Lab
A brand-new forelimb for some lucky rat.
(re: Frank Herbert, 6/4/2015 )
Robot Swarm Performs Colonoscopy And Biopsy
'There was ... the Seven Minute Special...'- Neal Stephenson, 1995.
(re: Neal Stephenson, 5/29/2015 )
L'Oreal To 3D Print Human Skin
'...She helped the doctor spray on surrogate skin.'- Robert Heinlein, 1951.
(re: Robert Heinlein, 5/19/2015 )
NASA FINDER To The Rescue In Nepal
'The antennae of the Life Detector atop the OP swept back and forth...'- Frank Herbert, 1958.
(re: Frank Herbert, 5/6/2015 )
Moran Cerf, When Will We Get Neuro Tech For Ourselves?
If brainwave-sensing consumer products tickle your fancy, try real science!
(re: Philip K. Dick, 4/23/2015 )
Performance Enhancing Drugs - In Gaming?
'A faint smell of rachag stimulant wafted down the table.'- Frank Herbert, 1965.
(re: Various, 4/16/2015 )
MC10 Electronics Skin Stickers
'Every diaper... a fine copper wire…' - David H. Keller, 1928.
(re: David H. Keller, 3/5/2015 )
EDSAP Wearable Stroke Detection
'His Altec cephalochromoscope, around which he had built the pleasure part of his schedule...'- Philip K. Dick, 1977.
(re: Philip K. Dick, 1/22/2015 )
In Vivo Micromotors Powered By Stomach Acid
First in vivo study of artificial micromotors.
(re: Isaac Asimov, 1/20/2015 )
Patient Walks Out With Fully Artificial Heart
'The throb of the robot pump gave him confidence...'- Philip K. Dick, 1960.
(re: Philip K. Dick, 1/16/2015 )
Radisens' Gemini Instant Blood Tests
It's a step toward a universal medical testing device.
(re: Larry Niven, 1/15/2015 )
Mimo Baby Monitor
'In every diaper there is a fine copper wire.'- David H. Keller, 1928.
(re: David H. Keller, 12/6/2014 )
Flying Defibrillator Ambulance Drone
'The death-reversal equipment is on its way...'- Frederk Pohl, 1965.
(re: Frederik Pohl, 10/25/2014 )
Erased Memories In A Flash Of Light
'Someone, probably at a government military-sciences lab, erased his conscious memories...'- Philip K. Dick, 1966.
(re: Philip K. Dick, 10/13/2014 )
'Artificial Spleen' Cleans The Blood
'The workability of wholly mechanical organs... '- Philip K. Dick, 1964.
(re: Philip K. Dick, 10/12/2014 )
PrintAlive Bioprinter 3D Printed Skin Grafts Video
'Over her lacerated right shoulder he sprayed art-derm...'- Philip K. Dick, 1960.
(re: Philip K. Dick, 9/29/2014 )
Sense.ly Virtual Nurse Will See You Soon
The virtual nurse is IN.
(re: Larry Niven, 9/20/2014 )
AliveCor App Detects Heart Arrhythmias, Has FDA Approval
Works on humans and puppeteers.
(re: Larry Niven, 8/16/2014 )
Artificial Wombs - Ectogenesis Technology - Is On The Way
'Magnificent, aren't they? (Lama Su, in Star Wars II)
(re: Aldous Huxley, 8/5/2014 )
Bionic Hand Provides 'Lifelike' Sensations, Like Luke Skywalker's
A fictional scene becomes reality in just thirty-five years.
(re: George Lucas, 7/28/2014 )
Neural Implant To Treat Memory Loss
'You've got remote storage. How regular is the update?'- Richard Morgan, 2003.
(re: Richard Morgan, 7/11/2014 )
The Claustrum - The Brain's On Off Switch?
'All I have to do is move this switch and he'll recover consciousness...'- John Brunner, 1976.
(re: John Brunner, 7/3/2014 )
Beating Mini-Heart Grown In Lab
'Runciter's body contained a dozen artiforgs...'- Philip K. Dick, 1969.
(re: Philip K. Dick, 6/28/2014 )
An 'OFF' Switch For The Brain
'Yes, sir, he's status go.'- John Brunner, 1975.
(re: John Brunner, 5/2/2014 )
Artificial Blood From Factories
This blood's for you.
(re: Various, 4/12/2014 )
Wrigley's Anti-Impotence Chewing Gum
'Chew one of these, Mr. Chip.'- Philip K. Dick, 1969.
(re: Philip K. Dick, 4/11/2014 )
Bioengineered Muscle Grows In Mice
'Joeboys... shoulders bulging with grafted muscle.'
(re: William Gibson, 4/7/2014 )
Neither Dead Nor Alive - But Not In Suspended Animation
'...Can he be brought out of the cold-pack?'- Philip K. Dick, 1960.
(re: Philip K. Dick, 4/2/2014 )
Spray-On Polymer Mats Heal Wounds Fast
'Over her lacerated right shoulder he sprayed art-derm...'- Philip K. Dick, 1960.
(re: Philip K. Dick, 3/27/2014 )
Can Gut Bacteria Make You Smarter?
'Vergil had trained the lymphocytes in the past six months to interact as much as possible with each other and with their environment...'- Greg Bear, 1984.
(re: Greg Bear, 2/27/2014 )
PillCam Colon Now Approved By FDA
'You're going to take a picture of my insides?'- The Jetsons, 1962.
(re: various, 2/15/2014 )
Brain-Dead Pregnant Woman Taken Off Life Support
Although this is a very creepy idea, Frank Herbert has already been here.
(re: Frank Herbert, 1/25/2014 )
McCoy Home Health Tablet Declared Fraudulent
This nonexistent tablet is not even science-fictional, It's a scam.
(re: Gene Roddenberry, 12/26/2013 )
France Implants First Artificial Heart
'The workability of wholly mechanical organs…'- Philip K. Dick, 1964.
(re: Philip K. Dick, 12/15/2013 )
tDCS Jumpstarts Your Future
'We invented a scanner that can change the labyrinthine neural connections of the brain by tiny electronic impulses…'- Edmond Hamilton, 1948.
(re: Edmond Hamilton, 11/4/2013 )
RealView Interactive Live Medical Holography
Surgeons can see an organ in its entirety in a live image.
(re: Various, 11/2/2013 )
Child Trafficked To Britain By Organleggers
'The doctor took him apart with exquisite care, like disassembling a flexible, fragile, tremendously complex jigsaw puzzle.'- Larry Niven, 1967.
(re: Larry Niven, 10/20/2013 )
Google Vs. Death
Who wants to live forever?
(re: James Blish, 10/9/2013 )
Human On A Chip
'[The] life form ... had not yet objected to being made over into a portion of an electronic system.'
(re: Philip K. Dick, 9/30/2013 )
Living Human Kidneys 3D-Printed In China
Next thing you know, you'll be able to print your own organs at home...
(re: Philip K. Dick, 9/10/2013 )
Biosensing Clothing Listens To Your Heart
I'm thinking that Rudy Rucker should have one of these...
(re: Rudy Rucker, 9/6/2013 )
'Smart Sock' From Owlet Baby Care
'In every diaper there is a fine copper wire...'- David H. Keller, 1928.
(re: David H. Keller, 9/2/2013 )
Tattoo Biosensor Warns Athletes Of 'The Wall'
For extreme athletes only. For now.
(re: Nolan and Johnson, 7/25/2013 )
Bionic Ear 3D Printed
The ultimate hearing aid.
(re: Various, 7/16/2013 )
Smart Diapers Help Spot Disease
'In every diaper there is a fine copper wire...'- David H. Keller, 1928.
(re: David H. Keller, 7/15/2013 )
Intraoral Tongue Drive System
'The operation that had transformed half his body... had located the control switchboard in his teeth.'- Alfred Bester, 1956.
(re: Alfred Bester, 6/28/2013 )
Your Own Handheld Biosensor
'I'm gonna do a hand-held Boink, real quick,' Littleberry said'- Richard Preston, 1997.
(re: Richard Preston, 5/29/2013 )
CARMAT Bioprosthetic Total Human Heart Replacement
'George Walt's corporate existence proved the workability of wholly mechanical organs...'- Philip K. Dick, 1964.
(re: Philip K. Dick, 5/14/2013 )
Physical Exam? We've Got Apps
See the future of handheld, personal medical devices used with your smartphone.
(re: Robert Silverberg, 5/11/2013 )
Japan's Nursing Home Robot Plan
Let's make the Roujin Z-0001 Robotic Bed!
(re: Katsuhiro Otomo, 5/5/2013 )
Mini-Livers Made By 3D Printer
Organlegging may not be the growth industry that some fear.
(re: Larry Niven, 4/29/2013 )
Mu-Gripper Microsurgical 'Robots'
'It took about seven minutes ... for the cookie cutters to be randomly distributed throughout the victim's organs and limbs.'- Neal Stephenson, 1995.
(re: Neal Stephenson, 4/21/2013 )
Implantable Bioengineered Rat Kidney Tested
'Probably Runciter's body contained a dozen artiforgs...'- Philip K. Dick, 1969.
(re: Philip K. Dick, 4/17/2013 )
'Bio-Ink' For Printing Human Organs
'For a while your colonists will have to come up to the Hospital to get treatment with the ramrobot symbiots...'- Larry Niven, 1968.
(re: Larry Niven, 4/9/2013 )
Salamandra Robotica II Crawls Onto Land
'He's taken the mining worm apart...'- Emmett McDowel, 1946.
(re: Philip K. Dick, 3/25/2013 )
PAAL Artificial Lung And Blood Pump Under Development
'George Walt's corporate existence proved the workability of wholly mechanical organs...'- Philip K. Dick, 1964.
(re: Philip K. Dick, 3/24/2013 )
Veti-Gel Closes Wounds, Starts Healing
'It's done miracles. It can patch up a smashed and broken body...'- Clifford Simak, 1961.
(re: CLifford Simak, 3/20/2013 )
Neurological Engineering - Creating Silicon Substrates For Brain Replacement
"They all seemed to have carbon sockets planted behind the left ear..."- William Gibson, 1984.
(re: William Gibson, 3/12/2013 )
Durable Medical Sensors Printed Onto Skin
'...she has had a subdermal pattern of micro-channels implanted.'- Paul Di Filippo, 1985.
(re: Paul Di Filippo, 3/11/2013 )
Can Sirtuins Block The Aging Process?
'...some rare ones actually grow younger when they take the series.'- Roger Zelazny, 1966.
(re: Roger Zelazny, 3/10/2013 )
iTube Platform Lets You Test Your Food
and the unobtrusive inspections with tiny remote-cast snoopers...- Frank Herbert, 1965.
(re: Frank Herbert, 12/14/2012 )
Custom Cartilage Via 3D Printer
Bespoke body parts? Print what you need.
(re: Larry Niven, 12/13/2012 )
Nano Retina Retinal Implant
'Have a retinal vid-screen installed in your least-used eye...'- Philip K. Dick, 1954.
(re: Philip K. Dick, 12/10/2012 )
Scanadu Smartphone-Based Tricorder
Fans of Dr. McCoy, your time is coming. Soon.
(re: Gene Roddenberry, 12/2/2012 )
Neuroprosthetic Projects Words Directly Onto Retina
'...soon we'll be testing a system that projects directly on the retina of the eye...' - Pohl/Kornbluth, 1952.
(re: Pohl/Kornbluth, 11/25/2012 )
Can Patients In A Vegetative State Communicate?
'...automatically he ... listened at the proper frequency for indication of cephalic activity.'- Philip K. Dick, 1969
(re: Philip K. Dick, 11/17/2012 )
Boy Banned From School For Bad Genes
'... the Alphas and Betas remained until definitely bottled...'- Aldous Huxley, 1932.
(re: Andrew Niccol, 10/21/2012 )
Measuring Awareness In Comatose Patients
'...he pressed a portable protophason amplifier ... tuned it, listened at the proper frequency for indication of cephalic activity.'-Philip K. Dick, 1969.
(re: Philip K. Dick, 10/19/2012 )
Could Young Blood Stop Alzheimer's?
'...the blood gets so clogged with the poisons that the scavenging process doesn’t take place properly.'- Robert Heinlein, 1941.
(re: Robert Heinlein, 10/18/2012 )
The Human Brain - Chemically Fixed And Embedded In Plastic
'Burial is barbaric... [a] remnant of the primitive origins of our culture' - Philip K. Dick, 1969.
(re: Cordwainer Smith, 9/18/2012 )
Cryonics Movement Loses Founder (Temporarily)
'Pay for suspended animation while medical science caught up with what was wrong with him...' - Robert Heinlein, 1956
(re: Larry Niven, 9/16/2012 )
'Spray-On Skin' Heals Leg Ulcers
'...she helped the doctor spray on surrogate skin.' - Robert Heinlein, 1951
(re: Robert Heinlein, 9/12/2012 )
Pre-Bionic Eye Implants Down Under
The Six Million Dollar Man is coming!
(re: Various, 9/4/2012 )
Glove Tricorder Improves Physical Exams (Updated!)
It allows for data from the physical exam to be a component of automated diagnosis.
(re: Various, 8/25/2012 )
Hydrolemic Systems Prepares For Water Shortages
'...Living on reclaimed moisture from his own breath and body.'
(re: Frank Herbert, 6/27/2012 )
Inject Oxygen Into The Bloodstream Like Star Trek Triox
Dr. McCoy had this in his medical bag.
(re: Gene Roddenberry, 6/26/2012 )
Eyedox Genetic Test To Exclude Color Blind
Imagine a future in which employment is restricted based on genetic testing.
(re: Andrew Niccol, 6/16/2012 )
Variable-Depth Jet-Injection Hypospray
Tomorrow's medical technology today.
(re: Gene Roddenberry, 5/25/2012 )
ZeroN The Levitating Orb Interface
Just follow the orb.
(re: Eando Binder, 5/24/2012 )
10K Illegal Kidneys Transplanted Every Year
'Any one of these units could be packed in a travel case at a moment's notice...'
(re: Larry Niven, 5/23/2012 )
Paralyzed Woman In Robotic Exoskeleton Finishes Marathon
Human courage plus technological progress equals science fiction in the news!
(re: Fritz Leiber, 5/12/2012 )
Nicotine 'Vaccine' Under Development
'You're biochemically incapable of getting off...'
(re: William Gibson, 5/3/2012 )
'Human Textiles' Woven From Donor Cells
First organ printing, now weaving with human cells.
(re: Larry Niven, 4/27/2012 )
Plasma Flashlight Illuminates, Kills Bacteria
This device will be a boon to the paramedics who serve in remote areas.
(re: Robert J. Sawyer, 4/15/2012 )
DNA-Based Robots To Fight Cancer
Tiny robot warriors will do battle in your bloodstream sooner than you think.
(re: Philip E. High, 2/20/2012 )
Sensory Substitution Device (Or Star Trek VISOR?)
Amazing device 'lights up' the visual cortex of the blind.
(re: Gene Roddenberry, 2/15/2012 )
Memory Improved By Direct Electrical Stimulation
Would you always keep the switch flipped on if you had this device installed?
(re: Dave Cummins, 2/12/2012 )
Elektrodress Treatment Suit For Nerve Disorders
You may wish to be assimilated into our technological fashion collective.
(re: Gene Roddenberry, 2/11/2012 )
3D Printer Used To Make Transplant Jawbone
A permanent replacement was printed for reconstructive surgery.
(re: Philip K. Dick, 2/5/2012 )
Free Swimming Endoscope Capsule On 'Fantastic Voyage'
This technology keeps getting closer.
(re: Isaac Asimov, 1/27/2012 )
RISUG Male Birth Control Almost Ready
So, guys, would you use this technology?
(re: Gene Roddenberry, 1/20/2012 )
Anti-Intoxicant Confers Quick Sobriety
Research with rats may have implications for human drinkers.
(re: Harry Harrison, 1/11/2012 )
Super-Strong Mouse 'Augments'
Could lead to treatments for muscle weakness.
(re: Gene Roddenberry, 1/8/2012 )
Diabetic Son? Parents Get Insulin Pump Tattoos
Loving parents support their child.
(re: Paul di Filippo, 1/2/2012 )
Prosthetic Vision Device ala Star Trek
Advances in vision prosthetics accelerate.
(re: 2962, 12/28/2011 )
Polymer Gel Mimics Human Vocal Cords
'They can even sing by squirting air through their meat.'
(re: Terry Bisson, 12/15/2011 )
DecNef: Download Skills Into Your Brain
Click here to download your next career.
(re: James Blish, 12/11/2011 )
C-Path Computational Pathologist Better Than Doctors
Computerized systems keep getting better; one day they may be better than human doctors.
(re: Larry Niven, 11/18/2011 )
A Prosthetic Arm That Feels
Amazing next-generation work by surgeons and engineers catches up with last-generation science fiction imagination.
(re: Martin Caidin, 10/23/2011 )
Flex, The First Portable VeinViewer
Michael Crichton actually thought of this idea forty years ago.
(re: Michael Crichton, 10/16/2011 )
Self-Propelled 'Microrobots' For The Blood Stream
Keep your fingers crossed, Fantastic Voyage fans. Your day will come.
(re: Isaac Asimov, 9/24/2011 )
LOBIN Intelligent T-Shirts
At some point, we'll all wear intelligent t-shirts.
(re: Rudy Rucker, 9/23/2011 )
E-Health Point Telemedicine In Rural India
Amazing story of a medical start-up that provides affordable health care services in rural India.
(re: EM Forster, 9/20/2011 )
Electric Brain Stimulation Quickens Learning
Faster learning is as close as the nearest electrical outlet.
(re: James Blish, 9/19/2011 )
Printed Artificial Capillary Blood Vessels
We need these for the lager, more complex artiforgs we've already made.
(re: Larry Niven, 9/16/2011 )
Star Trek-Style Sick Bay Bed
Dr. McCoy, your sick bay bed is almost ready.
(re: Gene Roddenberry, 9/4/2011 )
Bulletproof Human Skin Works! Kind of.
As Achilles knows, it's important to have bulletproof skin all over. Just saying.
(re: Various, 8/27/2011 )
Dogs Sniff For Cancer
Take a whiff, Fido!
(re: John Brunner, 8/24/2011 )
Medical Monitoring With Flexible Electronic 'Tattoos'
Not only incredibly thin, but also 'structured into a serpentine shape' that allows them to deform without breaking.
(re: Jack Vance, 8/11/2011 )
Teeth From Stem Cells
This research may someday permit your dentist to grow new teeth for you from your own stem cells.
(re: William Gibson, 7/17/2011 )
Synthetic Trachea From Patient's Own Cells Implanted
Amazing success in Stockholm; the patient has been discharged from the hospital.
(re: Philip K. Dick, 7/11/2011 )
iBag Urine Bag Tweets When Full
A top hospital tweeter? Collectively.
(re: David H. Keller, 7/7/2011 )
Memory Implant Records And Plays Back
This device is being tested in rats, but may be coming to a human brain near you.
(re: Lois McMaster Bujold, 6/21/2011 )
Insomnia? Try Cooling Your Brain
Insomnia can be very difficult to treat; this idea may provide a non-prescription answer.
(re: Larry Niven, 6/16/2011 )
Biomaterial Mimics Human Tissue
Feel comfortable in your new skin.
(re: Frank Herbert, 6/10/2011 )
Artificial Microbrain Memory Cells
What would you do with additional brain cells?
(re: Peter Watts, 6/4/2011 )
Somnus Sleep Shirt - Sweet Dreams
Get your REM on.
(re: Rudy Rucker, 5/24/2011 )
What Retinal Implants May Not Replace
'Such eyes are metal and he is flesh ...such a union must be sinful' according to the Fremen.
(re: Frank Herbert, 5/1/2011 )
Memory Erasure Thanks To Snails
Is it possible to erase individual memories? This research may give the answer.
(re: Philip K. Dick, 4/27/2011 )
Phage-Assisted Continuous Evolution
Clever humans create 'directed evolution.
(re: Theodore Sturgeon, 4/19/2011 )
Thermal Ligating System Welds Soft Tissue
This device seals and cuts soft tissue in one stroke.
(re: Gene Roddenberry, 3/30/2011 )
LOPES Robotic Exoskeleton Assists Stroke Victims
This robotic exoskeleton is designed to both assist and assess stroke victims as they walk back from their illness.
(re: Fritz Lieber, 2/28/2011 )
Liquid Lens For Optical Coherence Microscopy
New device may make surgical removal and biopsy of small, possibly cancerous lesions obsolete.
(re: Gene Roddenbaerry, 2/27/2011 )
Motorika Robot Therapy Helps Stroke Patients
This robotic therapy device has demonstrated efficacy in assisting stroke victims in recovering much of their lost mobility.
(re: A.E. van Vogt, 2/15/2011 )
Bio-Retina Retina Prosthesis Project
This is a very promising design; the second gen device could offer 72x72 pixel vision almost immediately.
(re: Gene Roddenberry, 2/12/2011 )
RhinoChill IntraNasal Cooling
Cools your head down fast! Farscape fans, this one's for you.
(re: Various, 2/11/2011 )
Biocompatible Retinal Implants
Are organic implants better than silicon and metal electrodes?
(re: Ridley Scott, 2/8/2011 )
LifeBot Tablet In-Ambulance Computer
This all-in-one medical tablet computer can be used by ambulance personnel and first responders to save lives.
(re: Various, 2/4/2011 )
Skin Cell Gun Video
Amazing confirmation of the value of Dr. Gerlach's technique - and Philip K. Dick's vision of the future.
(re: Philip K. Dick, 2/2/2011 )
'Medical Tricorder' Sees Viral DNA Quickly
This device could reduce the usual days-long process to wait for culture results with a specific diagnosis within minutes.
(re: Gene Roddenberry, 1/29/2011 )
Curvilinear Camera Combines Your Eye With Zoom
Going beyond the human eye? Someday, we will rebuild you better than you were before
(re: EE 'Doc' Smith, 1/23/2011 )
Magnetic Pills Steered Within The Body
Precise drug delivery could be achieved by controlling a special pill as it moved through the patient's gastrointestinal tract.
(re: Isaac Asimov, 1/20/2011 )
Stem Cell Spray For Burn Healing
Ready for your art-derm spray? It's on trial now at the University of Utah Burn Care Center.
(re: Philip K. Dick, 11/30/2010 )
IEM Pill Microchip Remote Monitoring Of Dosage
It sends data to a Bluetooth-enabled dermal patch.
(re: William Gibson, 11/14/2010 )
Small Human Livers Grown In Lab
The shortage of livers for transplant may be a solvable problem.
(re: Larry Niven, 11/7/2010 )
Print Out New Skin Directly Onto Your Body
In situ printing of brand new skin may eclipse some other technologies already under development.
(re: Various, 10/30/2010 )
Q Sensor Wristband Detects Emotions
This device brings hope to those who care for autistic children.
(re: Various, 10/26/2010 )
Hair Brush Reads Your Mind
A whole new kind of consumer brain scanning has been opened up today.
(re: Philip K. Dick, 10/21/2010 )
Permanent Mechanical Heart A First For Children
Philip K. Dick talked about artificial mechanical organs almost sixty years ago.
(re: Philip K. Dick, 10/3/2010 )
Suspended Animation For Surgery Patients
Chill out - you'll live longer.
(re: Edward Page Mitchell, 9/26/2010 )
First Artificial Human Ovary
The Social Predestination Room is down two doors, on the left.
(re: Aldous Huxley, 9/24/2010 )
Brain Coprocessor Platform Needed
Do we need a Brain Implant Operating System?
(re: William Gibson, 9/23/2010 )
Memory-Erasing Drugs
Do you have memories that you would rather not be able to access? This researcher has a possible technique.
(re: Jack Vance, 9/20/2010 )
Remote Control Of Brain Activity
How can we ensure the alertness of Warfighters? Reduce stress, enhance cognition and reduce experienced pain?
(re: Vernor Vinge, 9/12/2010 )
iPad For Radiologists?
Does the iPad really have what it takes to be a science fiction medical tablet computer? A radiologist takes a look.
(re: Gene Roddenberry, 9/11/2010 )
Artificial Kidney Prototype To Be Implantable
Artificial organs have been a science fiction staple for a long time; perhaps we'll see implantable mechanical organs soon.
(re: Philip K. Dick, 9/3/2010 )
Labor-Saving Centrifuge
'I made sure my left foot was positioned for the gravistat control and watched her belly.'
(re: Robert Heinlein, 8/17/2010 )
Yurina Care Robot Cure For Nurses' Strained Backs
If you can promise nurses 'no more strained backs' you'll get a sale.
(re: Katsuhiro Otomo, 8/14/2010 )
Pharmed Blood Is DARPA's Tru Blood
Artificially produced blood for transfusions is on its way.
(re: Various, 7/14/2010 )
KrioRus Brain Freeze Technology
Frozen head buffs take heart from Russian firms ready to save them.
(re: Frederik Pohl, 7/1/2010 )
EPI Life First ECG Mobile Phone
The world's first cell phone with a built-in ECG monitor.
(re: Arthur C. Clarke, 6/22/2010 )
Stem Cells From Fat May Heal Bones
A special gel made from a soldier's own stem cells may be able to effect better healing of broken bones.
(re: Clifford Simak, 6/18/2010 )
Suspended Animation Works in Lab (With Nematodes)
Cold sleep is a science fiction standard; can metabolic processed be halted for even a short period?
(re: Robert Heinlein, 6/14/2010 )
PLEASE Painless Laser Epidural System Like Trek Hypospray
And Variable laser deflection allows flexible formation of pore arrays.
(re: Gene Roddenberry, 6/5/2010 )
Nanoparticle Tattoo Monitors Blood Glucose
An 'ink' of nanoparticles suspended under the skin could save millions of people the pain of daily needle pricks, and improve monitoring.
(re: Paul Di Filippo, 6/1/2010 )
Your Telemedicine Future
Vashti, your telemedicine apparatus is almost ready, thanks to physicians and Internet technicians.
(re: E.M. Forster, 6/1/2010 )
SCRAM Anklet For Lindsay Lohan
This ankle bracelet uses transdermal alcohol monitoring to keep track of miscreants.
(re: Philip K. Dick, 5/27/2010 )
Artificial Heart Recipient Goes Home With Freedom Driver
Take heart, Tin Man. No, really; it's a mechanical heart that is fully portable, thanks to its new power source.
(re: Philip K. Dick, 5/25/2010 )
Micromasonry 'Biological Legos' Building New Organs
New technique for putting 3-dimensional structure in artificial organs.
(re: Larry Niven, 5/16/2010 )
Spray-On Skin With Skin Cell Spray-Transplantation
Remarkable research may make Philip K. Dick's 'art-derm' possible for use with burn victims.
(re: Philip K. Dick, 5/7/2010 )
Artificial 'Muscle' Has Elasticity
Forget those mushy muscle-cell-only artificial muscles; this new material should give them some stretch and some pop.
(re: Larry Niven, 5/7/2010 )
Nanopatch Delivers Vaccines
Interesting new way to deliver vaccines may solve problems using much less active agent.
(re: Philip K. Dick, 5/1/2010 )
Underpant's Amperometric Biosensors Don't Chafe SF Fans
SF fans have already eased at least one leg into this concept, thanks to Rudy Rucker.
(re: David Keller, 4/21/2010 )
Artificial Skin From Spain
Artificial skin is an sf favorite - now, researchers have got you covered.
(re: Robert Heinlein, 4/21/2010 )
Implantable Device Security
I'd rather not have medical device hacking on the table.
(re: Robert J. Sawyer, 4/6/2010 )
NewOrgan Prize From Methuselah Foundation
Sounds like an effort that the science fiction community could get behind.
(re: Robert Heinlein, 4/6/2010 )
Human Vein Bioprinted In 3D
Organic artificial organs, printed by request, from ready-mix prepared from your own cells, avoiding that annoying need for lifelong anti-rejection drug cocktails. Excellent.
(re: Larry Niven, 3/22/2010 )
Can Brains Erase Memories?
Do human beings have the capacity to actively erase memories, rather than simply letting them dim over time?
(re: Philip K. Dick, 2/21/2010 )
Plasma Gas Hand Sanitizer
Doctors and nurses can save a lot of time, assure a clean environment and avoid badly chapped hands with this amazing invention.
(re: Various, 2/14/2010 )
Mind-Control Lights At Vancouver Olympics
This doesn't quite bring The Game (from ST:TNG) to the Olympic Games, but close.
(re: Gene Roddenberry, 2/3/2010 )
Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy For Iraq Vets
Extensive study now being done on the uses of virtual reality in combatting PTSD in returning veterans.
(re: Roger Zelazny, 1/22/2010 )
App Turns iPhone Into Autodoc (Almost)
It doesn't treat your injuries (yet), but the Pocket First Aid & CPR app provided enough information and assistance to save the life of a man trapped by the earthquake in Haiti.
(re: Larry Niven, 1/20/2010 )
Vitalsens Continuous Medical Monitoring
Why shouldn't your doctor be able to check up on you between office visits - if you want him or her to be able to do so?
(re: Gene Roddenberry, 1/9/2010 )
Epoc Headset Brainwave Controller
Who could have predicted that EEG would become a popular consumer device. Philip K. Dick - who else?
(re: Philip K. Dick, 12/28/2009 )
3D Bioprinter Now In Production
That's right, Dick fans, your artiforgs will be ready soon.
(re: Philip K. Dick, 12/19/2009 )
Saving Soldiers With Hibernation
Maybe you can think of a better match for this one, but I'll bet you can't think of a better name for it. Or can you?
(re: Joe Haldeman, 12/11/2009 )
Thought-Controlled Robotic Hand
This one-month experiment bodes well for everyone living with disabilities that require prosthetics.
(re: George Lucas, 12/5/2009 )
Complete Human Skin Grown From Stem Cells
Not just skin cells, this discovery could lead to complete skin substitutes grown on lab mice.
(re: Robert Heinlein, 12/3/2009 )
Can Humans Reproduce In Zero-Gravity?
Can mammals (like human beings) successfully reproduce in microgravity environments? This research casts doubt on that fundamental sfnal idea.
(re: Various, 11/27/2009 )
Facilitated Communication With Coma Man Bogus?
When does facilitated communication with the disabled actually work?
(re: Philip K. Dick, 11/25/2009 )
Brain Scan Used In Murder Trial Sentencing
Should fMRI scans be admitted into evidence during trials, or even during the penalty phase of a completed trial?
(re: Robert Heinlein, 11/24/2009 )
Spray-On Skin For Burns From ReCell Kit
Spray-on skin prepared from a patient's own skin cells may be the perfect choice for even severe second-degree burns.
(re: Philip K. Dick, 11/6/2009 )
Gregory Benford On Artificial Biological Selection for Longevity
Benford, a physics professor and sf writer, has put his money where Robert Heinlein's mouth was, and created a corporation to extend human life.
(re: Gregory Benford, 11/5/2009 )
Your Thoughts On Youtube?
Scientists pull information out of the brains of people watching Youtube. Make up your own joke, but this method seems to work.
(re: Various, 11/2/2009 )
Death Algorithm Developed In Japan
Interesting work raises moral questions; I wonder if this algorithm will me made available in a simple home test.
(re: William Nolan w/GC Johnson, 10/29/2009 )
EVestG Basis For Star Trek 'Psychotricorder'
Depression is just one mental illness that can take years to properly diagnose; surely a machine that could diagnose it immediately is science-fictional. With video.
(re: Gene Roddenberry, 10/23/2009 )
Microwave Tissue Soldering For Traumatic Wounds
Solder living tissue as a way to deal with traumatic wounds? What is that, some kind of Star Trek episode subplot? No, it's being developed for the space program.
(re: Gene Roddenberry, 10/20/2009 )
Spider Pill: Wireless Endoscopic Capsule Robot
Updated with 1962 Jetson's reference. This tiny, free-roaming robot is scheduled for a trip through your intestines sooner than you think. Especially if you are over 50. (With video and CAD diagram.)
(re: Various, 10/14/2009 )
Nanobees Sting Tumors With Melittin
Unique use of nanoparticles to deliver melittin, a component of bee venom, directly to cancer cells.
(re: Isaac Asimov, 10/3/2009 )
MIT Retinal Implant
Some degree of relief may be in store for people who suffer from retinitis pigmentosa or age-related macular degeneration.
(re: Gene Roddenberry, 9/26/2009 )
Individualized Artificial Voices
If you've ever heard the artificial voice systems still in use for laryngectomy patients, you'll be pleased to know that this very old technology will be getting a digital update.
(re: Various, 9/10/2009 )
Death Risk Rankings Provides 'Death Calculator'
Interesting website attempts to determine your chance of death in the coming year scientifically.
(re: Robert Heinlein, 8/29/2009 )
Organovo Organ Printing Future Video
Very nicely done video shows the near, no longer entirely science-fictional future of medicine.
(re: Philip K. Dick, 8/23/2009 )
Baha Divino Bone-Conduction iPod Implanted 'Ear Buds'
These are very neat - you can hear them much better than regular ear buds or other such devices, particularly in noisy environments.
(re: Hugo Gernsback, 8/10/2009 )
Cures Found in 'Junk DNA'
What has been conserved in the so-called 'junk DNA' of the human genome? Perhaps cures for disease? And more.
(re: Greg Bear, 8/9/2009 )
DARPA's Restorative Injury Repair Dream
Those guys at DARPA must spend all their spare time reading old 1960's sf novels. Not that I'm knocking it; if you're going to read, you can't do better than Phil Dick, Clifford Simak and Larry Niven.
(re: Clifford Simak, 8/4/2009 )
Neurosecurity Concerns In Neural Implant Tech
Fascinating paper details the possible negative consequences of having electronic brain implants; sf readers feel perfectly at home reading it.
(re: Robert J. Sawyer, 8/1/2009 )
Stable Motor Memory For Mastery Of Prosthetics
There is no limit to the type or variety of prosthetic device your brain could learn to control. Time to start thinking of unique implants - Samuel R. Delany has a few ideas.
(re: Samuel R. Delany, 7/24/2009 )
Ultrasound Surgery Performed On Humans
Dr. McCoy's wonderful bloodless surgical instruments get closer to reality; surgeons now use this surgical technique on people with successful results.
(re: Gene Roddenberry, 7/23/2009 )
Protectan May Guard Us From Radiation Damage
Scientists take advantage of a little-known (to me, anyway) property of the whip-like tails of bacteria to create what could be a very valuable drug.
(re: Gene Roddenberry, 7/18/2009 )
Artificial Skin Swatches Mass-Produced
These tiny swatches of artificial skin come complete with little blood vessels.
(re: Frank Herbert, 7/17/2009 )
WellAWARE Passive Sensor Monitoring Of Elderly
This monitoring system doesn't go as far as its sfnal predecessors, but we're getting there.
(re: Ray Bradbury, 7/16/2009 )
Precisely Crafted Artificial Organs Via Stereolithography
Interesting technique provides another way to create an artificial organ that is not just biologically compatible, but a perfect three-dimensional fit.
(re: Philip K. Dick, 7/6/2009 )
Tongue Drive System Validated In Clinical Trial
The Tongue Controller has come through its clinical trial with flying colors; this is good news for people with high-level spinal chord injuries.
(re: Alfred Bester, 7/6/2009 )
Limb Regeneration Grows Closer
Frank Herbert suggested that an axolotl tank might be useful in tissue regeneration; scientists are now teasing out the salamander's secrets.
(re: Frank Herbert, 7/3/2009 )
Robotic Microsurgery Instrument Goes Anywhere
The idea of robotic micro-surgical instruments has a longer history in sf than in medicine. This powerful TED talk displays the latest devices.
(re: Raymond Z. Gallun, 6/29/2009 )
Optogenetics - Fiber Optic Brain Control
Possibly a cure for Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and epilepsy. Also, possibly a way to selectively control the behavior of any individual.
(re: Vernor Vinge, 6/24/2009 )
Online Virtual Medical Training
This sim is the first step to having an emergency medical hologram.
(re: Gene Roddenberry, 6/23/2009 )
DEKA 'Luke' Prosthetic Arm Gains VA Funding
This remarkable video shows just how far the science of prosthetics has come. A bionic arm, like that of the Six Million Dollar Man? We're getting pretty close.
(re: Martin Caidin, 6/17/2009 )
Zeo Personal Sleep Coach
If you want to know more about your sleep patterns, but don't want to spend and uncomfortable night in the sleep lab, try Zeo.
(re: Satoshi Kon, 6/15/2009 )
iPlant Brain Implant Advocated For Self-Improvement
If you could affect your own mood by simply pressing a button, would you use it? Would you use it to improve yourself?
(re: Larry Niven, 6/8/2009 )
GPS Shoes Track Alzheimer's Patients
Keeping track of people with Alzheimer's will get easier once GTX and Aetrex have embedded GPS locators in their shoes.
(re: Jack Williamson, 6/6/2009 )
ECoG Reads The Brain's Surface
This is a new approach to using a sensor grid to detect brain signals and make it possible to control an external device with brain power alone.
(re: Gene Roddenberry, 6/5/2009 )
Healing With Light Like Trek Protoplaser
Another healing technology that would have seemed sfnal a generation ago - and was presented as such in the 1960's.
(re: Cogswell and Spano, 6/1/2009 )
ViRob Microrobot Crawls Inside You
Got the creepy-crawlies? Maybe its just ViRob, the friendly internal robot.
(re: Various, 5/31/2009 )
Cell Phone-Based Epidemiology For H1N1 Flu
Test will use cell phones to track your location; did you cross paths with anyone who was infected? I smell a new kind of fee from your cell phone provider...
(re: Various, 5/19/2009 )
Venus Sensor And Portable Monitor For Dr. McCoy
The team at the National Space Biomedical Research Institute is trying to make this amazing device even smaller; it obviates the need for needle sticks in orbit. But will it be as small as the sensor in the video?
(re: Gene Roddenberry, 5/13/2009 )
Bacteria Guided Through Bloodstream W/Magnetic Fields
Rather than building nanomachines (or building a shrink ray!), how about using actual bacteria as the 'robots' to move material through the bloodstream to a desired spot.
(re: Issac Asimov, 5/4/2009 )
Brain-Controlled Wheelchair
Take a look at this video of a wheelchair controlled by the brainwaves of the user.
(re: Gene Roddenberry, 5/4/2009 )
Software Tools Design Anti-Viral Cities
Can software tools design cities to prevent the spread of disease? J.G. Ballard thought so, and so do modern computer scientists.
(re: J.G. Ballard, 5/3/2009 )
Programmable Lab-On-A-Chip
This important development will lead to much more useful portable biosensors and other analysis tools; it would be useful to have a device that detected swine flu from a simple needle stick.
(re: Greg Bear, 4/30/2009 )
Read/Write Brain Electrodes Handier Now
Prototypes can simultaneously read and stimulate brain neurons - smart neurological implant systems coming right up.
(re: Frank Herbert, 4/30/2009 )
Smart Phone-Based Tricorder Tech
It's just a prototype, but it illustrates very nicely how the computing power and graphics of a smartphone can be married to existing small medical probes.
(re: Gene Roddenberry, 4/24/2009 )
Supernumerary Phantom Limb Confirmed
Extremely rare case of an additional phantom limb; fMRI confirms that the patient can use it to feel as if she scratches herself.
(re: Larry Niven, 4/13/2009 )
Air Conditioned Coffins
I doubt that an air conditioned coffin would keep you cooler for eternity - but maybe for a more comfortable half-life.
(re: Philip K. Dick, 4/12/2009 )
3D HD da Vinci Surgical Robotics
This remarkable system lets you perform microsurgery in binocular hd.
(re: Raymond Z. Gallun, 4/9/2009 )
MichelAngelo Bionic Hand
Evoking the image of Michelangelo's Hand of God, a new prosthetic device is successfully implanted.
(re: Martin Caidin, 4/3/2009 )
Miniature Telescope Implanted In Eye
Although implanting a telescope in the eye is impressive, I find myself wondering when the implant will offer 10x magnification.
(re: Various, 4/3/2009 )
Fuel Cell Uses Human Blood
Interesting microbial fuel cell that uses yeast to process glucose in blood. Just the thing for that implant you were looking at - who needs to go looking for batteries?
(re: Various, 4/2/2009 )
Narcisystem Belt - The Biometric Self Captured
In this experiment, biometric data is used to make the environment all about the user.
(re: , 3/30/2009 )
Total Health Surveillance Near
Yes, that's right - 24 hours per day, 7 days per week medical monitoring is coming, whether you want to or not.
(re: William Gibson, 3/27/2009 )
Synthetic Human Blood From Embryonic Stem Cells?
The quest for artificial blood continues; the Scots are about to take a stab at it.
(re: Various, 3/25/2009 )
Brain Wave Patterns Predict Mistakes
If we work on this a bit more, we might even be able to prethink. Just a little.
(re: Philip K. Dick, 3/24/2009 )
3D Bone Printer Uses Your Cells
I'm thinking of going in and getting a complete set of X-rays; when they ask me what they're for, I'll say 'I want to make sure I have templates.'
(re: Frank Herbert, 3/12/2009 )
RehaBot Physical Therapy Robot Proposed
Interesting use of medical robotics; I can find some precedents for this ideas as far back as 1944.
(re: A.E. van Vogt, 3/5/2009 )
Robotic Breast Exam And Biopsy
The tabletop robot doctor research you read about (here) last summer continues to advance.
(re: Michael Crichton, 2/12/2009 )
ITPP Boosts Blood Oxygen Like Star Trek Triox
Tired of fighting aliens on planets where the oxygen level in the atmosphere is too low? Now, you can get an injection that improves the ability of hemoglobin to carry oxygen to the body.
(re: Gene Roddenberry, 2/12/2009 )
'Immaculate' Prosthetic Design Makes Fashion Statement
Interesting design concept opens up a new field for fashion - designer prosthetics.
(re: Various, 2/11/2009 )
Star Trek Laser Tissue Bonding Video
Laser tissue welding like on Star Trek (those are the Professor's words, not mine) offers a lot of advantages over conventional sutures.
(re: Gene Roddenberry, 2/11/2009 )
Cloaca No. 5 Bionic Bowel, At Last
This art project has a somewhat more serious side; some people with gastric, colon or other cancers could use a bionic replacement.
(re: Various, 2/4/2009 )
Brain Stimulation Enhances Motor Skill Learning
Any shortcuts to learning are appreciated; when can we get it in a convenient helmet form?
(re: James Blish, 1/26/2009 )
Robots Plus Virtual Reality Equals Better Rehab
Performing physical therapy with a robotic device while under the spell of a virtual reality scenario helps patients do their bets.
(re: Various, 1/25/2009 )
Surgical Robot Bores Into Brain Like Wasp
Let's hope DARPA doesn't get interested in these brain-boring robots. Not that I'm paranoid.
(re: Emmett McDowell, 1/21/2009 )
Therapeutic Medical Exoskeleton Prototype
Interesting use of robotics to both amplify lost muscle power and assist in rehabilitation when possible.
(re: Fritz Leiber, 1/20/2009 )
Proteus Microrobot Video: A Fantastic Voyage
Scientists have named their microrobot the Proteus, after the 1966 movie. With video.
(re: Isaac Asimov, 1/20/2009 )
Therapeutic Ultrasound Now Pocket-Sized
Fans of Star Trek's Dr. McCoy may be thinking that they are seeing miniaturized medical instruments in the near future.
(re: Gene Roddenberry, 12/31/2008 )
NEC Thermal Scans For Flu
NEC is taking no chances at their corporate headquarters - the flu patrol is looking for you!
(re: Michael Crichton, 12/29/2008 )
Lipodiesel - Energy From Liposuction Fat
In which Dr. Bittner makes a wrong turn on the road to a more fuel-efficient society.
(re: Various, 12/26/2008 )
Tunable Liquid Lens Glasses For The Masses
A retired British physics professor has created simple spectacles that can be fitted to most people who need glasses - cheaply and without an optometrist.
(re: Frank Herbert, 12/23/2008 )
'Sex Chip' Like Niven's Ecstasy Plug
Would-be wireheads will no doubt rejoice at this news; others may be less sanguine.
(re: Larry Niven, 12/23/2008 )
Therapists To See (Maybe Enter?) Dreams
Finally, psychotherapists can take a direct look at those troubling or odd dreams of yours. 'Hmmm... it looks like ... your mother.'
(re: Satoshi Kon, 12/14/2008 )
Extract Images Directly From The Human Brain
Remarkable results appear to duplicate work done in cats almost ten years ago. But still, this is human brain reading.
(re: Cordwainer Smith, 12/12/2008 )
Smart Fabrics For Biomonitoring
New development could make the development of a heartshirt cheap, and not merely possible.
(re: Rudy Rucker, 12/10/2008 )
Portable MRI Scans For Psychopathy Like Voight-Kampff
As scientists try to understand psychopathy, their use of machines and images seems almost phildickian.
(re: Philip K. Dick, 12/5/2008 )
Laser Welding Skin Closure Like Star Trek
Laser welding now useful in the body; this article also includes a handy compendium of Star Trek medical instruments made-real.
(re: Gene Roddenberry, 11/18/2008 )
Laser 'Breathalyzer' To Diagnose Cancer, Diabetes
New technology may provide a non-invasive way to detect disease processes early.
(re: Various, 11/13/2008 )
Google Flu Trends - Dr. Google Beats CDC
It turns out that Google is way ahead of the CDC in predicting flu activity. The nose knows.
(re: E.M. Forster, 11/12/2008 )
Wearable Field Hospital On A Chip
New concept in the works to create a kind of hospital uniform to minister to the troops.
(re: Various, 11/10/2008 )
Injectable Ice Slurry To Cool Organs
Fascinating technique may soon allow doctors to selectively cool individual organs, improving the chances for surgical success.
(re: Philip K. Dick, 11/5/2008 )
Amnesia Beam Under Dev - Uh, What Was I Saying
Is it possible to produce amnesia with beams? Some effects have been noted.
(re: Various, 10/31/2008 )
Artificial Heart Beats Like Yours
Remarkable new mechanical heart may give you even more choices.
(re: Philip K. Dick, 10/29/2008 )
Deep Bleeder Acoustic Coagulation Device
DARPA is trying to bring this device into being to help save the lives of wounded soldiers; it quickly coagulates blood to prevent bleed-out.
(re: Gene Roddenberry, 10/28/2008 )
Selective Memory Deletion In Mice
New technique demonstrates how specific memories can be blocked in mice; sf writers and movie makers have been predicting this one for decades.
(re: Philip K. Dick, 10/23/2008 )
Net Surfing For Brain Development
It turns out that clicking on links at Technovelgy.com improves brain function. No really; the more stories you read at Technovelgy.com, the smarter you get. New research proves what you already knew.
(re: Gene Roddenberry, 10/16/2008 )
Solar Camel-Back Clinic From Mpala Project
Remarkable development to help bring perishable medicines to people in the most remote and inaccessible parts of the world.
(re: , 10/6/2008 )
ELISHA Handheld Personal Biosensors
Okay, Trek fans, you've been waiting for this one since 1967. Dr. McCoy, your scanner is almost ready.
(re: Gene Roddenberry, 10/2/2008 )
'Thinking Cap' Now With TMS Coil
Sydney researchers try using transcranial magnetic stimulation to improve ordinary people, with anecdotal results. SF writers love this idea.
(re: James Blish, 10/1/2008 )
Separate Parasites From Hosts - With Light
Clever technique leads to better research samples in studies of parasitic organisms.
(re: Robert J. Sawyer, 9/24/2008 )
Erotic Sensation Self-Stimulation Via Brain Implants
Interesting story surfaces about this topic; Larry Niven and Michael Crichton have covered at least some of this ground decades ago.
(re: Larry Niven, 9/17/2008 )
'Spit Parties:' Social Networking Gattaca-Style
If you've ever felt like you need to party with the 'right people' there's no time like the present to apply scientific rigor to this social process.
(re: Various, 9/17/2008 )
Gene Therapy Could Restore Hearing To The Deaf
Milestone in gene therapy demonstrates the possibility of curing the deaf.
(re: Various, 9/11/2008 )
Moral Performance Enhancement
Is it possible for a person to behave better through the use of pharmaceuticals?
(re: Various, 9/11/2008 )
Blood From Stem Cells: Tru Blood For Real?
Researchers come up with a way to create blood in quantity from stem cells, just when television vampires will really need it.
(re: Charlain Harris, 9/5/2008 )
Genealogy DNA Databases Trek-Style
Perhaps one day there will be some sort of computer printout of ancestors and descendants; in the meantime, DNA testing gets better.
(re: Gene Roddenberry, 9/4/2008 )
LifeBed System Like Star Trek Sick Bay
Now, EU nations can move into a Trekkie future.
(re: Gene Roddenberry, 9/3/2008 )
Microgrippers Grab, Cut Tissue Internally
Interesting new microsurgical technique is uncomfortably similar to a Neal Stephenson device.
(re: Neal Stephenson, 9/2/2008 )
Synthetic Telepathy For US Military Borg-Style
Yet another scheme for direct interpretation of thought - financed with a big grant from the US Army.
(re: Pournelle & Niven, 8/14/2008 )
Telemedicine Platform For Consultation Works
Interesting study demonstrates that even simple two-way consultation with an appropriate telemedicine program works. With video.
(re: E.M. Forster, 8/13/2008 )
Memory-Erasing Chemical
Interesting advance may make an old PKD idea into a reality, coincidentally, to help people with drug-related problems.
(re: Philip K. Dick, 8/13/2008 )
Kill Switch For Pacemakers (And Countermeasures)
Think of the implications for the security of all implanted medical devices.
(re: Various, 8/10/2008 )
Pressure-Sensing Contact Lenses Monitor Glaucoma
This is a great development that will aid glaucoma research, and possibly help individuals monitor their own pressure if necessary.
(re: Niven/Barnes, 8/9/2008 )
Curved Electronic Eye Camera Like Retina
Great development for Six Million Dollar Man fans; this is starting to look like bionic eyes might really work.
(re: Martin Caidin, 8/7/2008 )
Grow Customized Skin
This new technique holds great promise for burn patients.
(re: Frank Herbert, 8/6/2008 )
Respirocytes: Medical Science Fiction
Will assimilation into a medical insurance collective be a requirement if you receive respirocytes? Let's hope not.
(re: Gene Roddenberry, 8/4/2008 )
NASA iShoe Insole Could Prevent Falls On Earth
Interesting advance is a NASA spinoff; this researcher realized that the device might be able to help his grandmother - or yours.
(re: Frank Herbert, 8/4/2008 )
AICAR Exercise In A Pill
Researchers test out yet another drug that benefits mice; when do I get my exercise in a pill? Found a usable sf reference for this one, thanks to a reader.
(re: Philip Frances Nowlan, 8/2/2008 )
LiftMagic Shows Enhanced You Logan's Run-Style
This website lets you see a whole new you with selected facial cosmetic surgery touch-ups before you spend a nickel.
(re: Various, 7/27/2008 )
Neural Implant Technology Needs To Improve
At present, there is no way to permanently implant an electrode or other metallic object deep into the brain without scarring and loss of function.
(re: Larry Niven, 7/24/2008 )
Rapamycin Can Repair Specific Learning Deficits
Interesting results may bode well for specific patients, as well as suggesting that mental retardation may be, in some cases, reversible.
(re: Daniel Keyes, 7/16/2008 )
'Life Support' Using The Whole Animal
Interesting design concept brings out the idea of using animals to help human beings with their medical problems in a very visual way.
(re: Various, 7/8/2008 )
Tongue Controller Uses Tongue Magnets
New controller shows a response time of less than a second and one hundred percent accuracy; that's information transfer of about 150 bits per second.
(re: Alfred Bester, 7/8/2008 )
Genes Responsible For Brain Growth Identified
Interesting research identifies the genetic basis for brain growth and development.
(re: Aldous Huxley, 7/7/2008 )
Designer-Babies Perfected With Three Parents
This could help couples who are concerned that their children will have inevitable genetic diseases.
(re: Various, 6/24/2008 )
Is He Legend?
Just imagine that you are a scientist, and somebody takes the basic elements of your research and turns it into a grisly horrific movie in which humanity is destroyed.
(re: Richard Matheson, 6/19/2008 )
Paralyzed Walk In Second Life
Thanks to neurological research combined with computer-based virtual reality systems, the wheelchair-bound may walk again.
(re: Gene Roddenberry, 6/18/2008 )
Electro-Sensitive People And Lo Teks
Can Wi-Fi actually harm particular individuals?
(re: Robert Heinlein, 6/10/2008 )
Hacking The Mind Of The Soldier
A couple of interesting articles show the many concerns about providing mind- and mood-altering medications while in the field.
(re: Joe Haldeman, 6/10/2008 )
AutoFish Sorter Now, People Sorter Later
Nevermind why you need to be able to sort people at an incredibly high rate of speed; here's a start on it.
(re: John Varley, 6/10/2008 )
Owada's Freezing Method Vs. Carbonite
Flash frozen body parts may result from this method of freezing that seems to work with a variety of materials.
(re: Frederik Pohl, 6/2/2008 )
Fracture Putty For Compound Fractures - DARPA
Clifford Simak thought about this almost fifty years ago; it's about time DARPA tries to make it real.
(re: Clifford Simak, 5/29/2008 )
NASA Biohazard Biosensor Nanotech-Based
This technology is really coming along; it's also another case in which some space technology came home to Earth.
(re: Greg Bear, 5/23/2008 )
NeuroArm Robotic Surgeon 'Hands'
I think Raymond Z. Gallun called this one in 1939; think 'caliper slowness, minuteness and precision.'
(re: Raymond Z. Gallun, 5/19/2008 )
Mediseus Surgical Drilling Simuator Remote Haptic Tutor
This device not only uses force-feedback techniques, it's also usable as a remote device; students and teachers can be on different continents.
(re: Robert Heinlein, 5/17/2008 )
Zingo Local Anesthesia Like Star Trek Hypospray
Although Star Trek is not the origin of the hypospray idea, take a look at this new applicator.
(re: Gene Roddenberry, 5/7/2008 )
Pixie Dust Magical Pinkie Regeneration
Amazing story, if true. Even more amazing, if it can work on larger and more complex structures in the body.
(re: Various, 5/6/2008 )
'McSleepy' Automated Anesthesia Machine
This device seems to provide anesthesia quality that is as good or better than an ordinary human anesthesiologist.
(re: Various, 5/6/2008 )
Vital Jacket Heart (Monitoring) Shirt Via Rudy Rucker
I'm going to keep on collecting example technologies that are almost a Rucker heartshirt, because I know someday those docs are going to get it right.
(re: Rudy Rucker, 4/28/2008 )
New Australian Bionic Eye Less Invasive
More options are good; the Austrailian prototype helps patients with some residual sight conserve what they have.
(re: , 4/27/2008 )
'Bionic Eye' Argus II Retinal Implant
This operation is not quite routine, but it's spreading around the world. And that's great news.
(re: Frank Herbert, 4/22/2008 )
EEG Headset Is Parasitic Cephscope
Now here's a product with multiple uses; entertainment is just as important as medicine. And, there's a PKD-licious bonus feature.
(re: Philip K. Dick, 4/19/2008 )
Real-Time Mind-Controlled Robotic Limbs Soon?
Cyborg research is proceeding apace in Japan's Osaka University.
(re: Niven and Pournelle, 4/18/2008 )
Your Brain Knew It Would Click This Link Before You Did
This story about studies of brain activity, and the associated sf short story, make good reading. You've already decided, so click the link already.
(re: Daryl Gregory, 4/16/2008 )
CardioArm - Snakelike Surgical Robot
The body of this robot will follow exactly the movement of its head through the body.
(re: Emmett McDowell, 4/5/2008 )
Microbead-Based Bacteriophages Kill Superbugs Alien-Style
Researchers have found a way to make bacteria like MRSA, who laugh at antibiotics, fear us.
(re: Various, 4/3/2008 )
ReWalk Medical Powered Exoskeleton
The ReWalk device is slim enough that you can even fit it under your clothes, which you can't say about some of those other exoskeletons.
(re: John W. Campbell, 4/2/2008 )
JewelEye Extraocular Implant Video
Would you get this piercing done? Not me.
(re: Various, 3/30/2008 )
HeartLander Robotic Device Crawls Onto Your Heart
Nothing to worry about, just a friendly little robotic device crawling along the epicardial surface of your heart...
(re: , 3/28/2008 )
Sewer Gas-Based Suspended Animation
Researchers are once again putting mice at the forefront of science-fictional-medicine-made-real.
(re: Gene Roddenberry, 3/27/2008 )
Anatomy Tattoos: Showing The Inside On The Outside
Now this is really a case of thinking ahead - having anatomical details tattooed in advance.
(re: Various, 3/20/2008 )
Implantable Prosthetic For The Blind
Interesting follow-up to the story about an implantable optic prosthesis to help the estimated 45 million people in the world without sight.
(re: Roger Zelazny, 3/20/2008 )
Hospital Bed Of The Future From The EU
Futuristic hospital beds are not yet being designed according to specs - specs provided by Heinlein, Pohl and Otomo.
(re: Frederik Pohl, 2/28/2008 )
MIT Biorubber-Based Band-Aid Geckohesive
I was just joking around last week, but researchers are way ahead of the rest of us in their use of nanopatterning.
(re: Various, 2/21/2008 )
Eon Neurostimulation Lasts 10 Years
Alfie Bester wrote about a cool power pack that could supercharge human performance. This isn't quite it, but we're getting there.
(re: Alfred Bester, 2/15/2008 )
Motorized Web Will Keep Hearts Beating
This fabric will be an artificial myocardium that wraps around the heart, squeezing it on the beat.
(re: Various, 2/15/2008 )
Talking Lights Help Patients Navigate
This is a unique system to help people find their way around in one of the most confusing environments in the world - hospitals.
(re: Isaac Asimov, 2/12/2008 )
Sensium Wireless Monitoring Band-Aid
These 'digital plasters' take band-aids into the 21st century; if you're clever, you could even make them stickier.
(re: Various, 2/11/2008 )
Wiihab - Just What Rehab Doctor Ordered
It turns out that the Wii is its own cure; physical therapists like the Wii for lots of reasons.
(re: Various, 2/8/2008 )
Three Genetic Parents? How About Seven?
Fortunately, science fiction writers have been thinking ahead on the idea that a single child might have three or more genetic parents.
(re: William Tenn, 2/7/2008 )
Bone Transplant Grown In Patient's Abdomen From Stem Cells
This is a remarkable result; let's hope that stem cell research is allowed to proceed in this country as well.
(re: Various, 2/3/2008 )
Will Scientists Learn How To Fine-Tune Autism?
Far out speculation on the possibility of ways to get more focused for tests, then defocus in time for the weekend.
(re: Vernor Vinge, 1/30/2008 )
Scientists Add New Letters To DNA's 'Alphabet'
Astonishing and troubling development has scientists rewriting genetic code - with new letters.
(re: Chris Carter, 1/30/2008 )
Morgellons Disease Has Science-Fictional Effects
Morgellons syndrome is an almost sfnal disease process - if it really exists.
(re: Greg Bear, 1/17/2008 )
Sensitive Artificial Skin For Humans, Not Robots
Interesting development shows that what's good for robots might be good for us, too.
(re: Various, 1/9/2008 )
xTAG Viral Panel Tests 12 Viruses In One Sample
More remarkable developments in which scientists give futurists a run for their money.
(re: Greg Bear, 1/8/2008 )
Ukrainian Buckyballs V. Alzheimer's
Interesting research from the Ukraine tells you what you're going to be doing with all those spare buckminsterfullerene molecules you've got lying around in your lab.
(re: Various, 1/4/2008 )
Orexin A Sleep Surrogate
DARPA seems to have funded something that bloggers who stay up too late will pay real money for the next morning.
(re: Robert Heinlein, 12/30/2007 )
i-Snake Flexible Robot Surgeon Concept
It sounds creepy, but the i-Snake idea has enough funding for a fair trial.
(re: Harry Harrison, 12/30/2007 )
Performance-Enhancing Drugs For The Mind
Everyone who depends upon their mental acuity would like to be sharper.
(re: Paul Di Filippo, 12/28/2007 )
Anti-Aging Drug Research Is Taking Too Long
All I can say is that they need to start figuring out this longevity stuff soon.
(re: Robert Heinlein, 12/25/2007 )
Cultured Muscle Sheet Used To Repair Heart
First ever case in which a person was repaired using their own cells.
(re: , 12/16/2007 )
Tanita Belly Fat Scanner Dr. McCoy Would Like
I was sure I had seen this thing before, and then I got it.
(re: Gene Roddenberry, 12/10/2007 )
Diabetes Tattoo Tests For Glucose Levels
People with diabetes must monitor their blood glucose levels by sticking themselves with a needle; one scientist may have thought of an easier way.
(re: Paul Di Filippo, 12/1/2007 )
Simroid Robot Dental Patient Zombie Oral Prophylaxis
This sophisticated fembot has a number of sensors to make sure that a dentist-in-training is sensitive to a patient's pain.
(re: Various, 11/29/2007 )
Forced Resonance Ultra-Short Pulse Laser Kills Viruses Dead
It appears that every virus has a specific frequency that will cause it to vibrate - and shake itself apart - and the process can be done without harming healthy tissue.
(re: Robert J. Sawyer, 11/18/2007 )
Thoughts Become Words With Brain Implant
The wish may be the father of the thought, but now the thought can directly father the word - with brain implants.
(re: Niven and Pournelle, 11/15/2007 )
3D Cat Scan Display With Non-Contact Control
This remarkable display not only provides 3D views of CAT scan data, but allows physicians to manipulate the image without having to touch anything.
(re: Various, 11/12/2007 )
LifeReader Senses The Enemy Through Walls
Frank Herbert thought about the military applications for a 'life detector' fifty years ago; the real military is catching up.
(re: Frank Herbert, 10/17/2007 )
A Brain Radiator For Epileptics
This unusual remedy appears to have a science-fictional precursor.
(re: Various, 10/11/2007 )
Reduce Snoring With Computerized Pillow
This little wonder may be just the thing so that everyone else can get to sleep - if you are the snorer.
(re: Various, 10/5/2007 )
Baby's First Tinfoil Hat - MummyWraps With Swiss Shield
This interesting item for expectant mothers makes humorous reading - let's hope there's nothing to it.
(re: Robert Heinlein, 10/3/2007 )
Smart Bra Does Breast Cancer Screening
This prototype could lead the way to an easy method of breast cancer screening that could lead to more breast cancer cures through early detection.
(re: Rudy Rucker, 9/11/2007 )
Ultrasound Bloodless Surgery Star Trek-Style
Looks like Dr. McCoy had it right again - maybe knives aren't necessary even for surgery.
(re: Gene Roddenberry, 8/31/2007 )
Vanderbilt Robot Arm Has Steam-Powered Prothetics
This new prosthetic limb power source could be in use as early as 2009 - and it even sweats like you do.
(re: Various, 8/22/2007 )
Artificial Bones Custom-Made On 3D Inkjet Printer
Far out even by sf standards, printed out bones are now being implanted in humans.
(re: Frank Herbert, 8/13/2007 )
Bionic Dog Storm Gets Carbon Fiber Paw
Maximillion got his name because he was the one million dollar dog - now Storm gets a prosthetic paw in real life.
(re: James Parriott, 7/19/2007 )
Amnesia Drugs: Bad Memories Blocked
Researchers may have found a way to block or even delete bad, unpleasant memories. Imagine the possibilities.
(re: Philip K. Dick, 7/1/2007 )
Hitachi Brain-Machine Interface Applications
Once a working brain-machine interface is developed, who knows what sort of devices we'll have.
(re: Frank Herbert, 6/23/2007 )
Raydiance USP Laser Attacks Unwanted Cells
Medical uses for ultrashort pulse lasers are possible because they transfer no heat to the surrounding area.
(re: Robert J. Sawyer, 6/22/2007 )
Spartan DX Real-Time DNA Check
Need that DNA verification fast, fast, FAST? Try this little product - almost as fast as in the movies.
(re: Andrew Niccol, 6/12/2007 )
Russians Fear Targeted Bioweapons, Ban Human Tissue Export
Russian fears about bioweapons were predicted by several sf writers, including Greg Bear.
(re: Greg Bear, 6/1/2007 )
Hitachi Brain Scanner Fun Toy
Hitachi lets you look deep into the brain in this fun toy for the family.
(re: Philip K. Dick, 5/24/2007 )
Biocomputers (Biological Computers) Come Closer
Researchers continue to take small steps toward the creation of biological computers.
(re: Greg Bear, 5/22/2007 )
RFID Diagnostic Sensors Read By RFID-Enabled Cell Phones
Band Aid-style skin patches with RFID chips will help you monitor yourself post-surgery.
(re: Various, 5/21/2007 )
SPARKy Robotic Ankle Prosthesis (Runner-Up)
The secret of this cool-looking device is a special robotic tendon.
(re: Various, 5/12/2007 )
Robotic Ankle First Such Powered Prosthesis
MIT researchers appear to have created the world's first powered robotic ankle prosthesis.
(re: Various, 5/12/2007 )
'Plastic' Artificial Red Blood Cells
New blood substitute developed in the UK may provided the answer for blood shortages in emergency situations.
(re: Various, 5/12/2007 )
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation May Provide A Napcap
TMS may also help with sleep disorders - switch on deep sleep.
(re: Larry Niven, 5/8/2007 )
Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act Passed
Finally, the House passes a bill to keep genetic information from being used by employers to discriminate.
(re: Andrew Niccol, 4/26/2007 )
Your Chemical Wake Up
Science fiction fans have asked for it - now you've got it - a fictional wake up pill.
(re: Frank Herbert, 4/8/2007 )
VeinViewer Now In First Hospital
VeinViewer now in use bigtime.
(re: Michael Crichton, 4/5/2007 )
Beetle-Sized Robot Roams Your Body
Tiny bot can roam your body under the direction of doctors.
(re: , 3/8/2007 )
Intellidrug Medication Dispensing Tooth
Interesting idea from overseas on how to help patients take medications regularly.
(re: Frank Herbert, 2/27/2007 )
Robot Hand HOWARD Stroke Rehabilitation
Robot helps people to relearn simple manual tasks following strokes.
(re: , 2/12/2007 )
Skin Cells Genetically Modified To Fight Infection
This medical advance will help burn patients, who face lethal infection in skin graft procedures.
(re: John Varley, 1/9/2007 )
Disco Capsule Endoscope Theme Park Video
Awesome promotional video takes you to places you never imagined, yet lie within you. Really.
(re: Various, 1/5/2007 )
Snake-like Robots For Throat Surgery Doc Ock-Style
Snakelike robots down your throat? Fortunately, they will be under the control of skilled physicians.
(re: Various, 12/24/2006 )
Bio Ink Jet Printing Muscle And Bone
This unique system is the first step in creating replacements for complex body structures like joints.
(re: Various, 12/10/2006 )
Anti-Viral Polymer Paints Flu Into A Corner
This paint, applied to doorknobs and doors and nursery/day care walls can significantly reduce the transmission of bacteria and flu viruses.
(re: , 11/16/2006 )
Dr. Google Works For Patients, Doctors
Physicians who used search engine giant Google to make diagnoses did amazingly well.
(re: Various, 11/11/2006 )
World's First Artificial Human Liver Grown In Lab
The creation of 'mini-livers' from stem cells may be in time to avoid the dangers of too much demand in the organ transplant field.
(re: Larry Niven, 10/31/2006 )
Bio-Shirts From Korea Monitor Athletes
Very lightweight shirt to help elite athletes (and amateurs) train and avoid overstraining themselves - maybe you'll wear one when you get older.
(re: Rudy Rucker, 10/25/2006 )
SkyCeiling Big Indoor Sky
This remarkable product from The Sky Factory is worthy of Hogwarts - and Stanislaw Lem.
(re: Stanislaw Lem, 10/11/2006 )
Slime-Ridin' Snail-Bot Colonoscopy Robot
Sometimes, science meets fiction - and then grosses it out.
(re: Various, 9/25/2006 )
Stereo Omnidirectional System Intelligent Wheelchair
No blind spots and 360 degree vision - this wheelchair sees it all.
(re: Robert Silverberg, 9/21/2006 )
Donation After Cardiac Death (Wait, I needed that!)
Larry Niven thought about it in 1967 - doctors are trying to increase the donor pool in more creative ways.
(re: Larry Niven, 8/7/2006 )
FRS - Forehead Retina System
Remarkable system helps visually impaired people distinguish the objects in front of them.
(re: Various, 8/3/2006 )
Freeze-Dried Blood For Israeli Soldiers
In a remarkable development, it may soon be possible for soldiers to carry their own blood for emergency transfusion.
(re: , 7/31/2006 )
Cryogenic Suspension For Humans In Two Years
Heinlein's cold rest gets closer and closer - human trials soon.
(re: Robert Heinlein, 7/15/2006 )
Long Life Family Study (Heinlein's 'Howard Families') Now Recruiting
Robert Heinlein got his program started in the mid-1800's; the NIA is starting late, but maybe they'll still get there.
(re: Robert Heinlein, 7/12/2006 )
LSTAT-lite Life Support For Trauma and Transport-lite Demoed
DARPA's LSTAT-lite was demonstrated earlier this month in a real-life format.
(re: Larry Niven, 6/29/2006 )
Smart Pills: 'Steroids' For Brainiacs?
Will SAT scores, like baseball statistics, need to have asterisks to indicate the use of performance-enhancing brain stimulants?
(re: Various, 6/12/2006 )
Pimp My Heart EKG Bling
Pimp My Heart lets cardiologists go for the bling, dog.
(re: Various, 5/25/2006 )
Pierced Glasses - Extreme Eyewear
LASIK is extreme - this is just making good use of a piercing that you might have gotten anyway.
(re: Various, 5/20/2006 )
SPOT-NOSED Nanobiosensors For Doctors
The electronic nose doesn't quite know, but soon will, based on this research.
(re: Michael Crichton, 5/15/2006 )
Medical Nanotubes Need Opening? Ask Raquel Welch
How to uncork a medical nanotube - if only we could find a medical assistant the size of a bacterium.
(re: Various, 5/10/2006 )
Mandadory Microchip Implants To Be Prohibited By Law
Want to make sure you are never implanted with a microchip against your will? Better move to Wisconsin.
(re: Various, 4/25/2006 )
Synthehol Sought By Psychopharmacologists
Science-fictional alcohol without hangovers and cirrhosis may be within reach, says a UB prof.
(re: Gene Roddenberry, 4/11/2006 )
Do-It-Yourself Microgravity Courtesy Of NASA
How can regular guys be more like those macho astronauts? NASA has found a way.
(re: Robert Heinlein, 3/29/2006 )
Radiation Aging - The Deadly Years In Space
Radiation is a problem outside of our Earth's friendly magnetic field. Accelerated aging could result.
(re: John W. Campbell, 3/23/2006 )
RI-MAN And Roujin-Z Robots: Elder Care Fact And Fiction
Hospital robots can go either way, according to sf writers and anime creators. Will we see both?
(re: Frederik Pohl, 3/21/2006 )
Defending Against Harmful Nanotechnology
The winners of the Lifeboat Foundation Guardian Award warned us about nanomachines, but at least half a century after hard-working sf authors did.
(re: Maurice A. Hugi, 3/13/2006 )
Toxoplasma Gondii Parasite Mind Control
How could a tiny parasite influence the behavior of an entire organism?
(re: Robert Heinlein, 2/7/2006 )
Imation Flash Wristband: Music And Medical Informatics Miracle
Hey, kill two birds with one stone with this cool item.
(re: Larry Niven, 2/1/2006 )
Dynasty Trusts Lively Topic For Corpsicles
Cold cash for corpsicles; before freezing, cryonauts put assets on ice.
(re: Larry Niven, 1/24/2006 )
Fantastic Voyage Of Self-assembling Peptide Nanofibers
Researchers write a sequel to the sixties film.
(re: Isaac Asimov, 12/20/2005 )
Implant For Nausea Relief
Newly patented system for relieving nausea already suggested by Lois McMaster Bujold.
(re: Lois McMaster Bujold, 11/11/2005 )
DARPA's Radiation Decontamination (And 'Doc' Smith's Dekon)
DARPA and a host of scientists are working on decontamination techniques for dirty bombs.
(re: E.E. 'Doc' Smith, 11/3/2005 )
Remote Control For Humans
NTT's prototype of a consumer version of a galvanic vestibular stimulation machine really works.
(re: Various, 10/25/2005 )
'Cellborg' Humidity Gauge First Bacterial Cyborg
For the first time, a living bacterium is assimilated borg-style into an electronic circuit. Resistance is futile!
(re: Gene Roddenberry, 10/18/2005 )
Lab Mice Unexpectedly Regenerate Limbs, Organs
Mice bred to contract lupus are found to regrow limbs and organs.
(re: Neal Asher, 10/9/2005 )
AKROD v2 - Active Knee Rehabilitation Device Human Trials
Human trials of the programmable, portable robotic knee brace called the AKROD will begin soon
(re: Various, 9/12/2005 )
Southampton Remedi Hand Beats Hollywood
Better than Hollywood special effects, it provides more degrees of freedom and advanced feedback control.
(re: George Lucas, 9/8/2005 )
Klotho Anti-Aging Gene
A gene in mice and men may give long life, but not without a possible price.
(re: Larry Niven, 8/29/2005 )
Bionic Arm Uses Neuro-Engineering
Scientists at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago attached a unique bionic arm to an injured electrician's left shoulder - just like Steve Austin.
(re: Martin Caidin, 7/14/2005 )
Remote-Controlled Robotic Hand Performs Breast Exams
A remote-controlled robotic hand will soon enable medical specialists to examine women from anywhere in the world.
(re: E.M. Forster, 7/7/2005 )
Smallest Implantable Body Batteries
An implantable body battery 100 times smaller than a standard AA battery has been developed by Argonne National Laboratory in cooperation with Quallion and the University of Wisconsin.
(re: Alfred Bester, 7/7/2005 )
Futurist Gets Around To Digital Immortality
Ian Pearson, head of the Futurology unit at BT, claims that the wealthy will be able to download their minds into computers by 2050. Science fiction writers have been making the same claim since the 1960's.
(re: David Brin, 5/28/2005 )
UCB - University of California Bone Regeneration
UCLA professors Kang Ting and Ben Wu are developing a new molecule they’ve named University of California Bone (UCB). This technology may be the most significant advance in bone regeneration in decades.
(re: J.K. Rowling, 4/24/2005 )
Trauma Pod Battlefield Medical Treatment System
DARPA has awarded a $12 million contract to develop an automated medical treatment system that can recieve, assess and stabilize wounded soldiers immediately following injury. The trauma pod is used to treat soldiers on the battlefield using advanced
(re: Frank Herbert, 4/5/2005 )
Philip K. Dick's Bubblehead Brainiacs
Over-expressing the protein CPG-15 in rats gives them bigger brains; these enlarged brains have grooves and furrows like evolved mammalian brains with larger surface areas.
(re: Philip K. Dick, 3/31/2005 )
IVF Parents Pick Sex, Alter Balance Of Nature
Should parents undergoing fertility treatments like IVF have the right to choose the sex of the baby? Lawmakers in Britain have split over this issue, reigniting the debate over "designer babies".
(re: James Blish, 3/25/2005 )
Bacillus Loquacious: AI-2 and the Talkative Bacterium
"When we think about bacteria, we think about them as being tiny single-celled organisms that live these very asocial reclusive lives," said Bonnie Bassler, a molecular biologist at Princeton University. "In fact, bacteria have developed language, an
(re: Greg Bear, 3/14/2005 )
Brain 'Pacemaker' For Depression Sufferers
For the first time, deep brain stimulation (DBS) has been shown to treat people suffering from major depression. DBS has been used to successfully treat epilepsy and Parkinson's.
(re: Larry Niven, 3/3/2005 )
Young Blood Found To Revive Aging Muscles
Dr. Thomas Rando and his group have been studying specialized cells called satellite cells, which are the stem cells in muscles.
(re: Robert Heinlein, 3/2/2005 )
Mouse With Human Brain May Live
Stanford University has given researcher Irving Weissman permission to create a mouse-human hybrid. The intent is to inject human brain cells into the brains of developing mice to see what happens.
(re: H.G. Wells, 2/16/2005 )
RFID Tags Proposed To Halt Blackmarket Cadaver Trade
An investigation into illegal sale and distribution of cadavers and body parts at the University of California, Los Angeles, has lead to recommendations that include implanting cadavers and individual body parts with RFID tags.
(re: Larry Niven, 2/10/2005 )
First Methuselah Mouse Rejuvenation 'M Prize' Awarded
The first Methuselah Foundation Rejuvenation 'M Prize" for Reversing Aging in Middle-Aged Mice Using Techniques Applicable to Human Beings has been awarded to Dr. Stephen Spindler, who lead an experiment to make mice biologically younger while extend
(re: Robert Heinlein, 11/28/2004 )
Geo-View ECG-Shirt - So Close To A Heartshirt
Geo-View has created a new shirt for sports enthusiasts (and others) called the ECG-Shirt. It has incorporated high-tech foil containing sensors that measure heart rate, yielding an electrocardiogram.
(re: Rudy Rucker, 11/17/2004 )
Chips In Your Head - Artificial Brain Prosthesis Under Development
In the spirit of works by William Gibson, a silicon chip implant that mimics the hippocampus is under development.
(re: William Gibson, 10/26/2004 )
Hey Epsilons! Brave New World Getting Closer
Researchers have found they can make monkeys work their hardest and fastest all the time by manipulating a specific gene so they forgot about rewards. No complaints or slacking off. You have that gene, too.
(re: Aldous Huxley, 10/25/2004 )
Electronic Underwear Monitors Your Heart
Philips Research in Germany announced on Friday that they have developed underwear that monitors your heart. The underwear can also dial 911 for you.
(re: Rudy Rucker, 10/18/2004 )
VeriChip RFID Tag Patient Implant Badges Now FDA Approved
The Federal Drug Administration has approved a final review process to determine whether hospitals can use VeriChip RFID tags to identify patients. The estimated life of the tags is twenty years.
(re: Alfred Bester, 10/17/2004 )
BrainGate - Earth Scientists Begin To Crack Krell Secrets
BrainGate, a tiny sensor array implanted in the brain, has allowed a quadriplegic man to check e-mail and play computer games.
(re: Irving Block, 10/14/2004 )
NEEMO 7 - NASA Undersea Robotic Telemedicine Experiment
The Zeus robotic surgical system will be used in an unusual experiment to give NASA additional options.
(re: Peter Watts, 10/12/2004 )
MEMSwear Fall Fashion - Bluetooth-enabled Motion Detection Shirt
Fallen and you can't get up? This shirt has already called for help.
(re: Rudy Rucker, 10/12/2004 )
Dogs Sniff For Cancer
Dogs can detect cancer through their sense of smell, according to a study published last weekend in the British medical journal BMJ.
(re: John Brunner, 9/29/2004 )
Cream Encourages Your Immune System
A cream that encourages the body's immune system to destroy cancer cells has been released for general use in Australia.
(re: David Brin, 9/19/2004 )
Automatic Blood Donation Machine
A recent advance to help reduce the cost of transfusions in Japan is the automatic blood donation machine.
(re: John Varley, 7/9/2004 )
EEGLAB: Independent Component Analysis Reads Your Thoughts
EEGLAB processes continuous and event-related EEG (electroencephalogram) data, allowing researchers to closely correlate specific brain activity with specific cognitive events - reading your individual thoughts.
(re: John Brunner, 6/15/2004 )
Sleep Room - Better Rest From A To Zzz
Japan is the land of the rising sun - a sun that rises all too soon for weary commuters and hard-working students who burn the midnight oil. The Matsushita Electric Works Sleep Room may be the answer - sort of like Larry Niven's Napcap Rental Facilit
(re: Larry Niven, 6/14/2004 )
SpineAssist Robot Has Got Your Back
The SpineAssist robot attaches directly to the spine during operations. It has Food and Drug Administration approval to assist surgeons in the precise placement of tools and implants.
(re: Frank Herbert, 6/13/2004 )
Picture This: Cell Repair By Medical Nanorobots
Svidinenko Yuriy's renderings of medical nanorobots give Fantastic Voyage an update.
(re: Isaac Asimov, 6/9/2004 )
Crystal Palm Flower: Logan's Run Life Clock on Ebay
A palm flower from the movie Logan's Run (from the novel by William F. Nolan and George Clayton Johnson) is available for purchase on Ebay.
(re: William F. Nolan, 6/1/2004 )
HetaCool - Your Personal Antifreeze?
Lowering the body temperature to near freezing would be very helpful for certain surgeries, but it's impossible to cool blood to that temperature without disrupting the cells you need to live. But what if you had antifreeze running in your veins?
(re: Robert Heinlein, 5/14/2004 )
The Blind May See - In The Dark
A number of companies and research laboratories are working on optical prostheses; devices that are actually implanted in the eye of a person who is unable to see. Some allow a patient to see in the far-infrared.
(re: Bruce Sterling, 5/12/2004 )
Biomolecular Computer: The Tiniest Doc?
The vial at shown here contains trillions of tiny doctors capable of both diagnosing a particular form of cancer as well as administering an anti-cancer agent.
(re: Greg Bear, 5/2/2004 )
da Vinci Surgical Robot: Dr.'s Helper
A 2004 University of Michigan study noted that patients who were operated on with robotic surgeon assistance recovered more quickly with fewer or less obtrusive scars using a surgical robot. Similar devices are used in telemedicine; read a wry encoun
(re: Peter Watts, 3/15/2004 )
Nerve Cells Grown On Microchip
Nerve cells grown on a microchip have been shown to learn and memorize information, according to researchers from the University of Calgary.
(re: Peter Watts, 2/23/2004 )
Gene Therapy Builds Muscles Fast
Lee Sweeney (University of Pennsylvania) has shown that gene therapy can build muscles fast in rats - and maintain their size - even without an exercise program.
(re: William Gibson, 2/18/2004 )
Real Organleggers: Human Organ Trafficking
What has been described as an "international human organ trafficking syndicate" has been discovered in South Africa. Nine Brazilians and two Israelis have been arrested in Brazil.
(re: Larry Niven, 12/10/2003 )
Artificial Cornea Helps Pigs See
According to the Proceedings of the Royal Academy of Sciences, scientists have succeeded in creating artificial corneas.
(re: William Gibson, 12/1/2003 )
Underwear Detects Heart Problems
Recently, Philips Electronics came out with a network of sensors woven into ordinary clothing, like underwear.
(re: Rudy Rucker, 10/3/2003 )
Can Men Really Get Pregnant?
You'll have to be the judge; sf fans are as qualified as anyone to imagine the possibilities.
(re: Barry Longyear, )

 

 

 

 

 

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