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Google Cardboard may look like a cheap toy, but it just saved this baby's life

Google Cardboard looks like the packing material, but the gadget was just used by doctors at Nicklaus Children's Hospital in Miami to save the life of a baby who had been sent home to die.  Teegan Lexcen was born in August with heart and lung defects so rare that doctors had never before seen a...

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Feb 22, 2016

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Emily S

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Netflix has created 'smart' socks that sense when you fall asleep and pause the show you're watching

Falling asleep during a Netflix binge can be annoying.  Depending on how far down the rabbit hole you are, when you wake up, you might have no idea where you fell asleep in the episode. You might not even remember which episode you were in altogether. Fortunately Netflix has a cheeky solution to...

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Microsoft's Radical Bet On A New Type Of Design Thinking

On one otherwise unremarkable day in May 2013, August de los Reyes fell out of bed and hurt his back. Forty-two years old at the time, he was just six months into his dream job at Microsoft: running design for Xbox and righting a franchise that was drifting due to mission creep. At first, de los...

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Partners offers $1 million in innovation grants to employees

Partners HealthCare, as it steps up efforts to commercialize research done at its labs and hospitals, is offering up to $1 million in grants for employees who come up with promising ideas for new drugs, devices and other inventions that have the potential to improve patient care.

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Jan 12, 2016

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In Cambodia, 'Lucky' Iron Fish For The Cooking Pot Could Fight Anemia

In 2008, Canadian student Christopher Charles was working in rural Cambodia, living in a typical Cambodian house on stilts. He had no electricity, no running water and, he says, a lot of time to sit around and think.

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Jan 5, 2016

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Deirdre

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Design Thinking for a Better You

A strategy called “design thinking” has helped numerous entrepreneurs and engineers develop successful new products and businesses. But can design thinking help you create healthful habits? Bernard Roth, a prominent Stanford engineering professor, says that design thinking can help everyone form...

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Jan 4, 2016

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Deirdre

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A Surgery Center That Doubles as an Idea Lab

From the moment patients register at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center’s new $300 million, state-of-the-art outpatient surgery center on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, they will be taking part in a test bed for emerging ideas in patient experience design, health care technology and data...

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Jun 1, 2015

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Deirdre

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How A Drunken Chipmunk Voice Helps Send A Public Service Message

You get a voicemail message from a friend. Her voice sounds a little ... weird. Like a chipmunk who had too much to drink. After her message, you're told you can push a button on the phone and hear another kind of message: say, job listings in your neighborhood or tips on how to stop the spread of...

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Nov 17, 2014

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Maggie

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'Ambulance drone' takes to the skies

A Belgian student is seeking sponsors to get his prototype "ambulance drone" off the ground. The airborne medical kit can be flown to the scene of an emergency without the risk of traffic delays. It travels at speeds of up to 100km/h (60mph). Alec Momont says the precious minutes it saves could...

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Sep 17, 2014

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$1 Million Longevity Prize Seeks To "Hack The Aging Code"

Palo Alto Prize (www.PaloAltoPrize.com), a newly established Silicon Valley-based initiative for health-related incentive prize competitions, today announced the launch of the $1 million Palo Alto Longevity Prize, challenging teams from all over the world to "hack the aging code" to improve our...

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