For the first time in 8 years a man paralyzed from the neck down has been able to move his right arm thanks to a neuroprosthetic brain implant. This allows him to control his right hand through thoughts that are transmitted to electrodes embedded in his hand.
Stanford University researchers have developed a vastly lower-cost alternative to traditional centrifuges. For approximately 20 cents (rather than hundreds or thousands of dollars, and without the need for power), a paper device could allow health workers in the field, in remote areas without power, or after natural disasters do on the spot testing for diseases such as malaria, tuberculosis and HIV.
There’s still a very long way to go before fusion reactors become viable (several decades?), but a 70 second blast of high performance plasma at a South Korean research facility could be a small step in the right direction.
Futurity reports on research at the University of Warwick (UK) that aims to identify early-stage arthritis years in advance of significant and in some cases irreversible damage. It is hoped the approach could help prevent the condition from taking hold in the first place, whilst minimising the impact of more severe forms of arthritis.
Futurity highlights an online game that helps fight Alzheimer’s, developed by researchers at Cornell University. The game – Stall Catchers – asks users to search for clogged blood vessels in videos in exchange for points, with the goal of speeding up research that cannot be automated and is reliant on human input.
A new drug being trialed in the US shows promise in protecting the brain from the plaques that are believed to cause memory loss and conditions such as Alzheimer’s.
Biogen’s drug, called aducanumab, was given to 165 patients, and the company says in those who took the highest dose it practically eradicated the amyloid plaques in their brains. Those plaques are widely thought to be what kills nerve cells and causes memory loss.