Brain-Machine Interface (BMI) – Part 1

Earlier this week, The Associated Press reported that a paralyzed man remotely controlled a simple robot using only thoughts.  (The images shown here are not from that experiment, but from one done three years ago by Honda.  More on that later.) The robot was a small, simple device that moved on wheels, was equipped with a camera, and had a laptop computer perched on top.  … Continue reading Brain-Machine Interface (BMI) – Part 1

FDA Proposes Rules for Nanoparticles

On Friday, April 20, 2012, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued tentative guidelines for food and cosmetic companies interested in using nanoparticles. “This is an emerging, evolving technology and we’re trying to get ahead of the curb to ensure the ingredients and substances are safe.” — Dennis Keefe, director of FDA’s Office of Food Additive Safety The FDA is “an agency within the … Continue reading FDA Proposes Rules for Nanoparticles

Healing Stones – Part 2: Targeted Cancer Therapy

How do you get a nano-robot to target and kill just cancer cells but leave healthy cells alone? Think like a suicide bomber: Carry a concealed mass killing weapon like a bomb, Act and look like you belong, Get into the enemy’s site, and Blow it up. Nanotechnology for medicine does not necessarily mean robotic machinery. On the nanometer scale, the mechanism is more like … Continue reading Healing Stones – Part 2: Targeted Cancer Therapy

Healing Stones – Part 1: Bio-Nano-Robots to the Rescue

I just got back from the doctor for a cybernetic implant tune-up.  She got on my case for going beyond the six month recommended tune-up cycle.  I also haven’t been taking the prescribed minerals the nano-factories need to spit out the little doctors. Tsk tsk. What? You haven’t heard about little doctors? (Yes, this is fictional.) How about nanites? No? What century are you living in, the 21st?  OK, I’ll explain.  … Continue reading Healing Stones – Part 1: Bio-Nano-Robots to the Rescue