Google Sugar Lens
Week of July 19

Nurse in gogglesThe guys and gals at Google are putting out some pretty nifty inventions. Last year they introduced Google Glass, which allows users to do things like check email and read maps, all with a pair of glasses. They're also testing driverless cars, and now something just as unexpected: a contact lens that measures blood sugar in the wearer's tears!

For diabetics, that's got to be exciting! Imagine not having to poke yourself several times a day to check your blood sugar level. This traditional way of checking blood sugar is invasive, inconvenient and expensive, but right now diabetics don't have a choice if they want to stay healthy... More »

A Real Ice Monster
Week of July 12

MicroscopeIt came from the ice, a monster of unimagined size, and it was alive!

Sounds like the plot from a B grade horror film. But we're actually talking about a thirty thousand year old virus - the biggest virus ever found - recently revived by a group of French scientists. It’s comparable to a small bacterium, when usually viruses are eighty to a thousand times smaller! We’re lucky it infects amoebas rather than people.

That’s actually what researchers used to bait the ancient virus from Siberian permafrost... More »

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