High-tech health care isn’t just for hospitals. For some of the most innovative advances soon to come, check your bathroom
By Amos KenigsbergPosted 08.01.2005 at 4:40 pm 0 Comments
Your future medicine cabinet will integrate home, pharmacy and doctor's office into a digital health network. It will work with next-gen health-care productsdisease screeners, needle-less injectors, sunscreen pillsbut its most important product will be the information it can give you and your doctor about your health. Here's a look inside your future home-care center.
Advances in medical science may well lead to more-than-human abilities
By Siri Steiner, with additional reporting by Nicole Dyer, Jenny Everett and Martha HarbisonPosted 08.01.2005 at 3:00 pm 0 Comments
The pattern is familiar: Researchers develop a technology or drug to aid the ailing. Soon thereafter, healthy people co-opt it to make themselves stronger, faster or smarter. Follow this trend far enough, and we reach the augmented human. Popular Science has scoured the most promising research under way in bioengineering laboratories worldwide to take an informed look at how technology will enter and alter our bodies over the coming decades.
The newest in-car navigation units let you choose your own points of interest
By Suzanne Kantra Kirschner, Senior Technology EditorPosted 08.01.2005 at 2:00 pm 0 Comments
GPS maker Garmin recently announced two car-navigation products—the StreetPilot c340 and StreetPilot 2720—with one very special feature: points of interest (POIs) that will be updateable after purchase and open to third-party development. POIs are those little icons on the GPS maps that indicate the presence of museums, restaurants, stores, and so on. Why am I so excited about this feature?
Will we grow babies outside their mothers' bodies?
By Gretchen ReynoldsPosted 08.01.2005 at 2:00 pm 8 Comments
A fetus lives in a world of bubbles. In its earliest days, it’s shaped like one. Later, it floats in one-the squishy, enveloping amniotic sac. And eventually, if all goes well, the fetus releases one bubble of fluid, then another and another, like smoke signals, as it puckers and swallows and floats in the womb. It was the bubbles that first convinced Hung-Ching Liu two years ago that a baby might actually be grown outside its mother’s uterus.
Download five free original songs inspired by this issue, then burn them to a CD and cut out the CD-case cover art below
By John HodgmanPosted 08.01.2005 at 2:00 am 5 Comments
Last February, PopSci added a new name to its list of contributors: Jonathan Coulton, Contributing Troubadour. So who is this guy, and what is he doing to earn that unique title? With Our Bodies, Ourselves, Our Cybernetic Arms, we are pleased to provide the answers to both of those questions, and many more.
It has long been a maxim that science is best explained in song (Nikola Tesla, you will recall, had a great music-hall hit with his "Principles of Alternating Current" and was himself a whiz on the zither).
The Future of Diagnosis 2015: Get Fit Without Moving a Muscle Joan Vernikos, Pharmacologist and NASA Consultant
A new study shows that overweight people lose about as much muscle mass in 10 years—10 percent—as astronauts do on extended space missions. Now physicians are fighting fat with the NASA-inspired human centrifuge, a spinning platform that doubles the gravitational load on the body, stimulating metabolism and forcing muscles to contract.
Scientists are making headway on our most vexing health issues
By Dawn StoverPosted 07.31.2005 at 10:00 pm 0 Comments
While some scientists are looking to the future, trying to push the human body beyond its natural limits, others are fighting the same old scourges we’ve always faced. Here, an update on five particularly stubborn ailments and promising research avenues that might finally lead to cures.
A new understanding of brain chemistry could usher in an age of biologically enhanced humans
By James VlahosPosted 07.31.2005 at 2:00 am 0 Comments
June 6, 2025, 7:30 a.m.The alarm is going off, and I feel great. Thanks to Reposinex, I´ve had a full four hours of deep, restorative sleep. My head hit the pillow, and boom! I was right into slow-wave delta sleep. In the car, driving to work, I sip an Achieve latte. I love these things-they sensitize my dopamine receptors, shift my MAO levels, and send my noradrenaline levels soaring. I have no jitters, and my concentration is tack-sharp. Driving used to freak me out, actually. I was involved in a bad accident a few years back.