Being a soldier is by far one of the bravest professions out there. And it’s no wonder governments invest their funding into ensuring their welfare. From the highest grade weapons to the most durable armor down to the best nutrition, soldiers must have it all to maintain their strength in battle. But now, as an added step to maintaining their welfare in the battlefield, the US Army Research Office has funded the development of implantable biosensors that can monitor the soldiers’ health.
The US Army Research Offcie gave biotech company Profusa a $7.5 million grant in order to develop these implantable biosensors that monitor the health status of the soldiers.
Ben Hwang, PhD, Chairman and CEO of Profusa explains, “Profusa’s vision is to replace a point-in-time chemistry panel that measures multiple biomarkers, such as oxygen, glucose, lactate, urea, and ions with a biosensor that provides a continuous stream of wireless data.”
The tiny sensors, which are between 2mm and 5mm long and 200 to 500 microns in diameter, are made of a bioengineered “smart hydrogel” that is similar to the material contact lenses are made of. They form a porous, tissue-integrating scaffold that can fully integrate into the body’s tissue through an injection without using any metal devices or electronics.
When exposed to light, the hydrogel is able to glow in accordance to the concentration of certain chemicals like oxygen, glucose, or other biomarkers. This allows health professionals within the field to know if a soldier is suffering from a certain ailment like low blood sugar, high concentrations of uric acid, or a lack of oxygen in the blood. This will then allow the health professionals to immediately administer first aid to bring the soldiers back into top shape.
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With technology that gives real-time information on the status of a soldier’s health, casualties caused by soldiers being sent to battle in bad health may be lessened significantly.
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The dream of having eco-friendly, worldwide internet service is no longer just a dream with the first flight of Aquila, the solar-powered plane designed by Facebook engineer to beam internet to remote parts of the world.
Talks of Facebook's "Aquila" planes started out earlier in 2015 when Facebook considered delivering internet coverage to remote or poor areas in the developing world. Now it's no longer just plans and talks -- Aquila is now a reality.
The Aquila prototype before its launch
Breakthrough in Medical Science: Titanium and Gold Alloy for Implants
While titanium implants are known to be tough and safe, there’s a new alloy made with titanium and gold that can be up to 3 times stronger!
Titanium medical implants are now very commonplace and no longer exclusive to those from rich countries who can afford the latest implements. In fact, you may know some people who have had hip replacements, bone replacements, or even dental implants that contain titanium.
As you may know, titanium is currently the metal of choice for prosthetics, inner body devices, and instruments due to its ability to perform well inside the human body with minimal complaints, as opposed to outdated materials that could cause severe reactions.
If this is your line of interest or you yourself are considering employing the use of titanium for medical purposes, you might be delighted to know that there has been a breakthrough in the medical sciences regarding the use of titanium alloys.
Weird Underground Bubbles Are All Over This Island In Siberia
Scientists on Belyy Island, Siberia, are trying to find out why there are parts of the ground that seem to be bubbling up.
The Siberian Times recently released a video that shows some strange things in Siberia's Belyy Island. The video features Russian scientists Alexander Sokolov and Dorothee Ehrich exploring the island. However, they stop when they encounter a patch of grass that seems to be protruding from the ground.
When Sokolov and Ehrich are shocked when they step on the patch of grass. The ground underneath it seems to be moving. Its effect is described as "like a trampoline." In the video, Sokolov is shown repeatedly stepping on the spot. It appears to be bouncing back from the force of his foot.
At first, the bouncy patch shocked the Russian scientists.
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