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Scientists Just Built A Robot That Performs Brain Surgery Through Your Cheek

3-D printing, robotics and other technological advances have been revolutionizing the field of medicine in the past few years. From 3-D printed prosthetics for amputee victims to the bionic pancreas, there is no denying that modern medicine owes many of its recent advances to technology. Now, researchers from Vanderbilt University have designed a robot that can perform brain surgery on people suffering from conditions that affect the hippocampus, a region of the brain that plays a role in inhibition, memory and spatial awareness. Epilepsy is one

The Scientist Who Discovered Ebola: “It Is Clear That the Virus Is Mutating”

Like many other topics in the news these days, the conversation about Ebola has lacked one critical element: balance. In this case, it’s not the usual political bias a la FoxNews vs. MSNBC. This time, it’s a polarization of the way in which people are presenting their coverage of the outbreak. Not surprisingly, many people have jumped on the ‘everybody freak out’ train. Fortunately, however, there have also been reasonable people letting other people know, ‘you should NOT freak out about this, America’s health system

New Transparent Paint-On Bandage Glows to Help You See The Healing Process

Editor’s Note: I am extremely excited to announce that The Higher Learning recently acquired three talented new authors to help us bring you more valuable news and knowledge. Over the next few days we will be introducing you to them and their writing. The following article was authored by Mary Dolan. Scientists at the Wellman Center for Photomedicine of Massachusetts General Hospital have teamed up with researchers from Harvard Medical School to create a version of the common bandage that may sound

ISIS Is Making Nearly $100 Million Per Month Selling Oil. Who’s Buying It?

ISIS is raking in the oil money. The Iraq Energy Institute estimates that the terrorist organization is making approximately $3.2 million per day selling oil on the black market: $1.2 from oil in Iraq and $2 million from oil in Syria. A complex smuggling operation funnels the oil out of the region through Iran, Kurdistan, Jordan, Turkey and Syria. Hussein Allawi is the manager of the Iraq Energy Institute in Baghdad. He told CNN, “They use oil tank trucks instead of oil pipes.

The U.S. Is Committing 3,000 Troops and Half A Billion Dollars to Stop the Spread of Ebola

Later today, President Barack Obama will announce the United States’ new plan for stemming the spread of the Ebola virus in Africa. As of September 7, there were 4,366 confirmed, suspected or probable cases, as well as 2,218 deaths. The real numbers are probably much higher though, since many suffering from the disease in rural parts of Africa are actively avoiding detection. The President will announce his plans during a visit to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. Obama

This App Uses Your Phone To Help With Cancer and Alzheimer’s Research While You Sleep (Video)

A University of Vienna invention is turning our smartphones into a network of processing power. The Samsung Power Sleep App was developed by Samsung in Austria, as a collaboration with the Faculty of Life Sciences at the University of Vienna. Samsung Power Sleep lets you donate the processing power of your smartphone or tablet to assist researchers with the decryption of protein sequences. This decryption is an essential part of cancer and Alzheimer’s research (as well as other diseases). The app works like an

Designing 3-D Printed Prosthetics to Make Kids Feel Like Superheroes

Losing a limb can be extremely difficult, especially if you’re still a young child trying to make sense of the world. So with 3-D printing technology already capable of producing relatively inexpensive prosthetics, a group of prosthetic designers decided to set up a network where volunteer engineers and artists could share ideas and stories with one another. The organization, known as E-nabling The Future, describes itself as, A network of passionate volunteers using 3D printing to give the world a “Helping

Chinese Boy Receives First 3-D Printed Vertebra Implant (Video)

Doctors at Beijing’s Peking University have made a truly monumental step in the field of orthopedic surgery: implanting the first ever 3-D printed vertebra into a 12-year old boy. After he suffered a neck injury while playing soccer, it was discovered that the boy had a malignant tumor on his spinal chord. Following an examination of the tumor, the boy’s doctors decided that their only choice was to remove his entire second vertebra. But rather than replacing it with a traditional orthopedic implant, the

Deaths That Don’t Have to Happen: The Relationship Between Knowledge and Health

Editor’s note: As part of  a writing class I took this summer, I had to do a group project addressing a social issue within our society. Part of that assignment was writing an essay that promotes activism to address the issue.The research inspired me, so I decided to share that essay with you. Hope you enjoy!  Knowledge, and the desire to use it to better our own lives, as well as the lives of everyone else. This is what has made our species

Lack of Education: The Real Reason for the Spread of Ebola

Since the latest Ebola outbreak began in March, there have been more than 2,100 reported cases and 1,145 deaths, according to the World Health Organization. This is already by far the most serious Ebola outbreak in recorded history. But the disease isn’t some super-virus that is spreading through the air and infecting anyone who comes close. The only way it can be spread is through bodily fluids- getting the blood or vomit of a sick person in your eyes, nose,

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