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Scientists make a viable semi-synthetic organism

Scientists at the Scripps Research Institute have already created organisms with synthetic DNA letters, but they weren't ready for the real world when they couldn't even keep the artificial base pair in their genetic code. However, the team has made a lot of progress since then: they've produced …

Quadriplegic Man Uses High-Tech Exoskeleton to Walk Again

See how this state-of-the-art device is helping people with spinal cord injuries<p>When a BMX biking accident made one Redditor a quadriplegic 8 years ago, the concept of walking again wasn’t in the conversation. Yet thanks to a state-of-the-art exoskeleton, the man who goes by “therickles” recently …

'Longest living human' says he is ready for death at 145

An Indonesian man who claims to be the longest living human in recorded history has described how he “just wants to die”.<p>Mbah Gotho, from Sragen in central Java, was born on December 31, 1870, according to the date of birth on his identity card.<p>Now officials at the local record office say they have …

Gamification Apps Make Fitness Fun

<b>New apps use zombies, aliens and superheroes to make exercise more entertaining.</b><p>From tossing around the football to jumping rope, the National …

Apps

Garmin’s new vívomove watch blurs the line between classic timepiece and activity tracker

Analog watches that double as activity trackers are nothing we haven’t seen in the past. Withings, the tech company that’s getting scooped up by Nokia, has made a name for itself over the years with its Activité line of fitness-tracking watches. Now it looks like Garmin is trying to give Withings …

Wearable Tech

'Run An Empire' Is 'Pokémon GO' With Real Health Benefits

<i>Run an Empire</i> incentivises exercise with an augmented reality running game that outguns <i>Pokémon GO</i> both in terms of strategy and the real running required — no, attaching your phone to a toy train won’t help you this time.<p>Gamification isn’t something I’m keen on. Usually both the game and the thing …

Apple acquired Gliimpse, a personal health data startup

Apple has reportedly acquired health data startup Gliimpse, a company that collects and combines disparate threads of personal health info.<p>Fast Company reports that the acquisition went down earlier this year, but there has yet to be any confirmation on the part of Gliimpse. However, FC says that …

Startups

Apple Could Be Developing an Entirely New Health-Focused Device

Apple might be working on a new device aimed at the healthcare market, according to a new report out of Taiwan.<p>The tech giant is building a new …

Stem cell-based cartilage could fix your broken hip

Doctors want to 3D print transplantable organs from your own stem cells, but now they might be able to replace a bum hip, too. A team of scientists in St. Louis and Durham used stem cells to grow cartilage on a 3D "scaffold" that can be molded into the exact shape of a patient's hip joint. It could …

Doctors Diagnosed A Patient's Life-Threatening Condition Through His Fitbit

Pretty impressive.<p>You might use your fitness tracker to make sure you're taking enough steps per day or to record your pace during a morning jog. But the device on your wrist or clipped to your shirt may have another major perk: It could help diagnose life-threatening conditions in the emergency …

Medicine

Withings' latest scale can gauge your cardiovascular health

Nokia recently bought Withings for $191 million and immediately put it in charge of its entire digital health business. The Finnish company may have been persuaded in part by the Body Cardio, Withings' new flagship scale that launched today. On top of measuring your body mass index (BMI) and …

Samsung's new smart earbuds track your steps and heart rate

​The newly announced Gear Fit 2 is probably the fitness band Samsung should have made in the first place, but does the world even need another wrist-worn gewgaw? In case your answer to that is "no," Samsung is unveiling a second exercise-friendly wearable today: a $199 pair of smart earbuds called …

Want a smartwatch or fitness tracker? Wait till the fall

So far, 2016 has been a lame year for wearable tech. The best watches and fitness bands you can buy right now were, for the most part, released in 2015. That's because you can practically count the number of new and notable wearable things that debuted in the first five months of this year on one …

The Apple Watch as a Health Monitoring Tool

Tim Bajarin on May 13, 2016<p>Reading Time: 4 minutes<p><i>This post was originally published for subscribers of Tech.pinions. Our subscribers gave us</i> …

Diabetes

Making wearables more useful and smart homes less of a chore

Wearables might be set to get a whole lot more useful in future if research being conducted by Carnegie Mellon University’s Future Interfaces Group is indicative of the direction of travel.<p>While many companies, big and small, have been jumping into the wearables space in recent years, the use-cases …

Machine Learning

Scientists held a secret meeting to debate creating synthetic human genes

On Tuesday, about 150 scientists, lawyers and entrepreneurs gathered at Harvard Medical School to discuss a future project to improve techniques to synthesize human DNA from chemicals. But they held the meeting behind closed doors, with explicit instructions not to contact the media, getting the …

MIT's tiny robot operates on your stomach from the inside

Imagine this: you accidentally swallowed a battery (!), and to get it out, you need to take a pill that turns into a robot. Researchers from MIT, the University of Sheffield and the Tokyo Institute of Technology have developed a new kind of origami robot that transforms into a microsurgeon inside …

Greenlight wants to turn your smartphone into a dashcam

Dashcams are responsible for some of the best viral videos on the Internet. But they also serve a serious purpose. Whether a dashcam's preventing insurance fraud or just keeping track of the dingbats that try to damage your car on a daily basis, it's quite the helpful tool. One company, Greenlight, …

Viv, from Siri's creators, is the virtual assistant of your dreams

Siri made the world aware of the potential of virtual assistants, but several years after its release, it's still a bit basic. Siri can only do certain very specific tasks, and she doesn't play well with third-party services. So for its next product, Viv, the people behind Siri aimed to build a …

911bot is a chat bot that could save your life

When you find yourself in an emergency situation, it’s hard to know what to do. And even if you do, panic can take over.<p>911bot, a product built at the Disrupt Hackathon here in New York, aims to help you out in a pinch.<p>The Facebook Messenger-based chat bot lets you report emergencies to the …

Apps

10 basic rules to follow if you want to invest your money in stocks

If you've maxed out your 401(k), have a fully funded emergency account, and are prepared for bigger, upcoming purchases, you may want to consider investing in the stock market.<p>After all, there are several compelling reasons to invest in stocks, financial journalist Andrew Tobias explains in the …

This mobile banking startup can offer financial advice right from your smartphone

<i>This story was delivered to BI Intelligence "Fintech Briefing" subscribers. To learn more and subscribe, please click here.</i><p>Mobile banking is growing in popularity in the fintech space, and a new startup is poised to worm its way onto consumers' smartphones.<p>Varo Money, a San Francisco-based startup …

Google may be thinking about putting Android in your eyeball

For those of you who A) think that Google is a bit too invasive already and B) suffer from “Eye Scream” squeamishness, this article is probably going to be a tough read. A patent filed in 2014 has just been made public that reveals that Google wants to create a device that would be installed …

Google Glass

Scientists use nanoparticles to crush lingering fat cells

If you think losing weight is simply diet plus exercise, the equation is not so simple. A recent study of <i>Biggest Loser</i> participants showed that even if you manage to drop pounds, your body will fight you for years afterward to gain them back. That's why scientists have put so much effort into …

Google patents smart lenses you inject into your eyes

Google Glass may have been too clunky to succeed in its original version, but the search giant will find its way into your eyeballs one way or another. According to a new patent filing, the company has devised a method to inject a device directly into your eyeballs.<p>Per the patent filing, the device …

'My driving score cut my premiums by £140': How technology can cut car insurance costs

New technology is changing the way car insurers calculate risk, with the happy result that, for many, premiums are going down.<p>But there's a price to pay: in many cases, to qualify for lower premiums, you need to be prepared to share more data with the insurer, including information about when, …

Why your wallet is becoming the next platform

The “wallet” in the modern sense of “flat case for holding paper currency” dates back almost 200 years. The word itself goes back 700 years, and the concept (minus paper currency) for millennia.<p>Leather wallets were not “smart,” of course; they were atom agnostic, payment type agnostic, even, as …

What Will Self-Driving Cars Mean For Insurance?

“There’s a tech innovation arms race underway to create vehicles that don’t crash,” said Kenny Leitch, Global Telematics Director at RSA. “We intend to be right in the middle of it.”<p>Considering 93% of accidents involve human error, and 76% of them are caused solely by it, the promise of autonomous …

Autonomous Cars