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Top 8 Scientific Breakthroughs You Missed in 2014

By Yuval Zur

Wooly Mammoths, Drunk Birds, and Transplanted Uteri.

1) Bed Bug Trap:
www.wired.com/2014/12/building-a-better-bed-bug-trap/

Researchers at Simon Fraser University have found a way to trap bed bugs. They have succeeded in concocting the perfect blend of bed bug attractant which caught 100 percent of bed bugs using only 10 cents worth of chemicals. Thanks to these scientists we now have a quick, inexpensive way to monitor and find new infestations.

2) A woman paralyzed from the neck down can now grab a ball with a robotic arm using her mind as a guide:
http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn26703-thought-control-makes-robot-arm-grab-and-move-objects.html:

Jan Scheuermann, who lost control of her limbs in 2003, has succeeded at making complex arm movements. She picked up and moved a variety of objects, from a tiny cube to a tube standing upright. Computer algorithms learned to match the electrical patterns to Scheuermann’s thoughts and these patterns were translated into the real movements of a robotic arm.

3) New ‘youth serum’ may be the antidote to aging: 

http://www.sciencemag.org/content/346/6216/1444.full#sec-3:

Researchers showed that blood or blood components from young mice can rejuvenate the muscles and brains of old mice. If the results hold up in people—an idea already being texted—factors in young blood could offer the cure to aging. Now, scientists are heading the first clinical trial using 18 middle-aged and elderly Alzheimer’s patients who will receive injections of plasma donated by young adults.

4) Medical Inhalers that track where you take each breath:
http://www.popsci.com/every-breath-you-take-theyll-be-tracking-you

An inhaler made by Propeller Health tracks coordinates to build a map of spots in a city where citizens are having problems breathing. This device, used for asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, records the time and location that a patient takes a puff of medication. The inhaler’s sensor uses Bluetooth to connect to a smartphone or a data hub that plugs into a wall and computes a cities results for the week, month and year.

5) Researchers in Siberia state that they have access to good quality DNA that offers a “high chance” of cloning the woolly mammoth:
http://siberiantimes.com/science/casestudy/news/exclusive-siberian-scientists-announce-they-now-have-a-high-chance-to-clone-the-extinct-woolly-mammoth/

The Russian Association of Medical Anthropologists, has discovered a woolly mammoth carcass that is more than 43,000 years old, about 33,00 years older than they hypothesized. Doctors estimate that the mammal was around 50 or 60 when it died and by looking at the blood, they were able to see that she died an agonizing death. Now researchers are working to find a way to use an elephant in the cloning process to bring to life the mother of this wooly mammoth after over half a millennia.

6) For The First Time, Baby Born From A Transplanted Human Uterus:
http://www.popsci.com/article/science/first-time-baby-born-transplanted-human-uterus

Vincent is the world’s first baby to be born from a transplanted uterus. The Swedish doctor implanted the new mother’s uterus which came from a close family friend, who is 61 years old. However, transplanted uteri cannot stay in the woman’s body for an extended duration of time. Instead, the concept is that the woman would get a uterus, bear a child, then the uterus would be removed.

7) New Fabric Softener Tech Promises Clothes That Never Stain
http://www.popsci.com/article/technology/new-fabric-softener-tech-promises-clothes-never-stain

Vinod Nair, founder and CEO of the Sofft company, calls the technique “prevention based laundry.” Sofft’s hydrophobic qualities create a coating on clothes which prevents from staining and excessive odor. The idea is that fewer loads in laundry machines could also ease the strain of detergent chemicals and water consumption on the environment.

8) This Device Could Detect Dozens of Cancers With a Single Blood Test
http://www.wired.com/science/page/22/

A new startup named Miroculus, is building a device that could easily and affordably check for dozens of cancers using a single blood sample. Known as Miriam, this low-cost device will revolutionize current diagnostic methods which are invasive and expensive, making it easier for patients to catch cancer before it is too late.

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