Nano Tattoos for Diabetics

So here’s a great story from the medical tech frontier. Two different sets of researchers at MIT and Draper Labs are working on nanotechnology ink that would be used to monitor blood glucose levels in diabetics. Injected into the skin of people with diabetes, these “tattoos” would give off a fluorescence that would indicate a person’s blood sugar level as part of regulating their insulin therapy.

Each lab is playing with different approaches – MIT features a more permanent tattoo while Draper Labs is working on a temporary version that would need to be reinjected every seven days. Here’s a video on the latter:

Human trials are still a long way off, but this research is yet another example of the fascinating work being done as we speak on the advancement of in-body technology that will monitor and regulate our health. Sensor-based pharmaceuticals, artery-scrubbing nanorobots, networked medical implants – coming soon to a clinic near you.


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Quests for Quantum

One technology quietly sliding from the realm of science fiction to science fact is quantum computing. This article from Singularity Hub speculates on the fields that stand to be most profoundly impacted by the rise of this powerful new way to process our world.

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Interstellar Travel by 2037?

Think about how dramatically different the world is today from 20 years ago. Consider the incredible pace of evolution of the technologies around us. Do that and you may realize that interstellar travel in the next 20 years may not be such a longshot. (It may just look different than you’re envisioning.)

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