Paper of the future is waterproof, magnetic, and even antibacterial

Dr. Roberto Cingolani, Scientific Director at the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) in Genoa, Italy and his team have developed a new nanotech process. What they have discovered is a way to make paper waterproof, magnetic, and antibacterial. Despite these additional qualities, the paper still retains its flexibility and weight that we have become accustomed too. You are still able to write on it, erase on it, or turn it into an orginial work of origami art.

Twitter and social media shown to provide rapid early monitoring in cholera epidemic

During epidemic outbreaks of infectious diseases, official figures on the spread of disease can often take weeks to be collected and released, delaying epidemiologic assessment. Informal media sources have been shown to be accurate metrics for “predicting present activity” in economics, sales, disease prevalence, and consumer activity. Recently, researchers looked into using similar methods in times of disease outbreak. They studied the correlation between formal government reported cholera cases and those collected by informal sources on the internet during the Haitian cholera outbreak of 2010.

Nanobots being developed capable of detecting disease in the human body

A prototype nanobots is currently being developed that could one day detect disease in humans. These tiny robots are being developed to mimick living creatures. According to the article, the minute devices are called “Cyberplasm” and will be able to join together advanced microelectronics with cutting edge biomimicry (technology inspired by nature) research.