From Engadget: MIT duo successfully tests wireless drug-delivery microchips, more consistent than injections

Despise those daily injections of essential medication? Well folks, relief could be on the way. Over a decade ago, two MIT professors, Robert Langer and Michael Cima, first considered developing a drug-delivery microchip that could be wirelessly controlled. This past week, researchers in Cambridge — alongside scientists from MicroCHIPS, Inc. — announced that they have successfully used the aforementioned chip to give osteoporosis patients their daily allotment of teriparatide. “You can do remote control delivery, you can do pulsatile drug delivery, and you can deliver multiple drugs,” Langer noted. Chips used in this particular study housed 20 doses each and results indicated that the delivery showed less variation than administered injections. In theory, microchips like these could be used alongside sensors that monitor glucose levels — creating tech that could adapt to changes in a patient’s condition. More info on the trial awaits in the source link below.

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From Technology Review RSS Feeds: Self-Driving Tech Veers into Mid-Range Cars

Sensor technologies once limited to luxury cars are increasingly available in the mass market.

Fully autonomous self-driving cars are still far from the market, but a wide range of features—including sensor systems that warn of lane departures and imminent crashes, and can even apply the brakes if you don’t—are rapidly showing up in midmarket cars.

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From Technology Review RSS Feeds: A Very Young CEO

At 23, Seth Priebatsch has a life that’s all about winning, and not much else.

Seth Priebatsch comes to his office door in bare feet and a wrinkled orange polo shirt. Even at 6 p.m. on a Saturday, this isn’t normal garb for the CEO of a company of 100 people. But Shoeless Seth isn’t your typical CEO. For one thing, he’s 23. For another, his formal title is Chief Ninja.

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From There, I Fixed It – Redneck Repairs: Historical Thursday: Flying Tanks

white trash repairs - Historical Thursday: Flying Tanks

After World War I, military development and testing had reached an unprecedented height. The recent developments in technology had given birth to new inventions that changed the landscape of the battlefield. Two machines in particular emerged in the previous decades that had never been used on a large scale; tanks and airplanes. The next step was obvious – combine the two.

America, Russia and England all tinkered with the idea of transporting the grounded beasts, but the USSR really led the way. After attempts at parachuting mini-tanks from bombers, they hired engineer Oleg Antonov to design a dedicated glider that could parachute full-sized tanks.

After years of development and multiple failures, the project was finally scrapped when the Soviets finally acknowledged there was no plane in existed that could carry the weight of a tank. Fortunately the world never had to experience the fear of a tank gliding 200mph through the air, and the scientist began their work on flying sharks.



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