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Smartphone Diagnoses Disease in 15 Minutes

Your smartphone just got even smarter. Using them for calls, texts, emails, web surfing, and other things… that’s so last week. How about using it to diagnose serious diseases like HIV and syphilis? Well, that’s now possible in two simple steps. First, plug in a dongle to the smartphone. This “phone lab” acts like a...

Another First for Science: Lab-Grown Human Cartilage

Chalk up another unprecedented breakthrough for science… For the first time, scientists have managed to grow fully functioning human cartilage in a lab. The discovery comes from Columbia University in New York, where biomedical engineers used stem cells from adult bone marrow to form cartilage, using a process similar to how the body generates the...

Random Drug Testing in Our Schools is Not the Answer

A New Jersey school district has parents up in arms over a new school policy. The school district is recommending random drug and alcohol testing for thousands of high school students. The proposal to implement the tests at Demarest and Old Tappan high schools was unveiled at a school board meeting earlier this week. The...

Saving the World With Synthetic Trees

In the last decade, scientists have increasingly devoted their energies to the issues of climate change and global warming with the goal of helping the world breathe a little easier. Researchers at Columbia University in New York are part of the effort. Dr. Klaus Lackner and his team have been examining ways to remove excess...

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