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Biomedicine Archive

  • When Piracy Becomes Promotion

    The underground subtitling and circulation of Japanese anime helped to open the American market to Asian cultural imports.

  • Teaching Nanotech to Swim

    When things get really small, they don’t move through fluids with quite the same ease. But a new mathematical model of nanoscale motion could lead to elegant devices that deliver tiny cargoes.

  • Feds Target Phishers

    Government fraud-busters have stepped up their attacks against phishing and online identity theft. Does it matter?

  • Prescription for Trouble?

    British regulators say it’s now OK to buy potent cholesterol-busting drugs without a prescription, but medical experts wonder if such easy access is a good idea.

  • Prepared Minds Favor Chance

    As data gets cheaper to collect, smart innovators will manufacture their own serendipity.

  • Power Elbow

    A powered elbow brace developed at MIT allows patients with spinal-cord injuries to bend and extend their arms under their own control.

  • MEMS Blow past Air Bags

    A new generation of micromachines could transform everything from eye surgery to cell-phone reception.

  • Spotting Cancer Sooner

    Blood tests that detect cancer in its early stages would save countless lives. The first could arrive within a year.

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