New Medical Supplies

jedion357's picture
October 13, 2014 - 4:27pm
Hydrogel was proposed here:

its a gell that treats burns (any- lasers, fire etc) giving back +5 STA over any other medical treatment
Invented by the eorna. I assume its usable by anyone and not just a medic or rather that any PC may self medicate with this.

To my knowledge it has not made it into a magazine yet and If I can come up with at least 2 more medical items I'll do a Minzii Market place article

Anyone have a new medical device, medicine or treatment?
I might not be a dralasite, vrusk or yazirian but I do play one in Star Frontiers!

jedion357's picture
October 13, 2014 - 4:40pm
This is a treatment based on existing tech and inspired by the scene in "Aliens" when the Lt was monitoring his team from the vehicle:

all team members have a med inject implant and body comp
med inject implant is an upgrade holding more than one injectable dose

body comp has the apps that let it send data to the team medic's body comp and he is able to medically treat team members without being at their side. For example in the middle of a firefight. One dose each of Stay dose, Stim dose and biocort give the medic some options to save another character at chronocom ranges.

I believe that the existing med inject implant only allows one dose total so this would call for an upgraded implant which would be new. description would also specify all the apps the body comp should run

The new med inject implant could be able to wirelessly tie into a character's chronocom so that the character does not even need a body comp, just the medic treating him plus the codes that the implant responds to.
I might not be a dralasite, vrusk or yazirian but I do play one in Star Frontiers!

OnceFarOff's picture
October 13, 2014 - 6:24pm
Alternity has a trauma pack that installs in some of their heavier armors and releases healing chems into the bloodstream on command. A one shot kind of deal. 

Stars Without Number has a Lazarus Patch, which stabilizes characters at 0 hp. Something like an emergency pack that anyone can use to treat a fallen comrade to stabilize their condition until medical help arrives or a freeze field can be activated?

Another idea, not quite medical, but health related: Osmotic Biofilm: Water purification - Sewage treatment. A thin organic film that eats up anything nasty in water.

Anyways, a couple of ideas there...

rattraveller's picture
October 14, 2014 - 9:55am

Space Travel is not a happy experience for many since there is no artificial gravity. The disorientation and nausea make many a traveller very sick in the crew clean up in cabin 5 sorta way.

Now on Earth that Was a patch applied to the skin to slow dose medication seemed to help but they do not work on three of the Core Four races. Vrusk exoskeletons do not absorb, Dralasites tend to eat the patch and Yazirians do not like to shave a spot to place it.

However our friends at PGC long ago invented the Smooth Sailing buzzer. This device looks like a clip on locket and can be attached to clothing, Dralasite belts, Yazirian capes and even a sticky to attach it to Vrusk exoskeleton. It generates a white noise field which smoothes out the ill effects of space travel sickness.

Sounds like a great job but where did you say we had to go?

Jaxon's picture
October 15, 2014 - 4:28am
field compress or bandage with a chemical that stops bleedng

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Rum Rogue
October 15, 2014 - 6:53am
Jaxon wrote:
field compress or bandage with a chemical that stops bleedng

QuickClot Combat Gauze.
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Rum Rogue
October 15, 2014 - 6:59am
I think I have some conversions from other systems. It's been awhile since I have looked or worked on anything.
Is there an article or two in the SFMan or Frontier Ex with medical items? I dont want double up on something. 
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jedion357's picture
October 16, 2014 - 9:20am
Rum Rogue wrote:
I think I have some conversions from other systems. It's been awhile since I have looked or worked on anything.
Is there an article or two in the SFMan or Frontier Ex with medical items? I dont want double up on something. 
I'm pretty sure thats a no.
I might not be a dralasite, vrusk or yazirian but I do play one in Star Frontiers!

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Rum Rogue
October 16, 2014 - 5:37pm
jedion357 wrote:
Rum Rogue wrote:
Is there an article or two in the SFMan or Frontier Ex with medical items? I dont want double up on something. 
I'm pretty sure thats a no.

  Hmm ok. I thought someone had done up some slap patches simular to the ones found in Shadowrun.  I'm not finding anything either. Will try to drainstorm this over the next few days and cough up a submission.

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jedion357's picture
October 17, 2014 - 3:10am
Actually I think there was a medical robot. I'm sure I looked at the patches from Shadow Run but cant really remember them. Perhaps we should consider other measures that PCs lacking medical skill could use as a stop gap measure till they get to a medic.
I might not be a dralasite, vrusk or yazirian but I do play one in Star Frontiers!

bossmoss's picture
October 21, 2014 - 4:02am
The Rejuvenation Clinic

These are mentioned in SF somewhere I think.  I've been using them for so long I don't remember.  Anyway, they are a staple of science fiction books, such as Asimov, Heinlein and Chalker.  In movies, not as much, although in Back to the Future II, Doc gets a rejuvenation treatment.  They also had it in Bicentennial Man.

Cells are revitalized, and organs are replaced with cloned or cybernetic ones.

I play that this is the backbone of longevity in the Frontier.  A full treatment can add 40 years to someone's life.  In theory, there is no limit to how many treatments you can get, however in practice, when you've had 3 treatments, the mind starts to lose the ability to retain memories.

bossmoss's picture
October 21, 2014 - 4:08am
In my game I use the diagnostic glove from the TV series Earth 2.  I have mixed feelings about the show itself (some aspects were great, others were abysmal), but I always thought the glove was cool.

Another idea from Earth 2 is the bone-mending vaccine.  Everyone is assumed to have received this.  When you break a bone, your body automatically starts repairing it.  Breaks can be repaired in 24 hours.

jedion357's picture
October 21, 2014 - 4:46am
I dont see how to work the bone mending vaccine or the diagnostic glove into SF. There is little difference between passing a hand held scanner over a patient or passing a glove over the patient.

the glove will need some other capabilitiy to warrent buying it- perhaps it confers a +20% bonus to all surgery skill checks

I might not be a dralasite, vrusk or yazirian but I do play one in Star Frontiers!

bossmoss's picture
October 21, 2014 - 4:52am
The diagnostic glove is essentially a bioscanner.  It never actually touches the patient. 

It looks like a high-tech white gauntlet that goes up to the elbow, covered with lights & buttons & readouts.  It indicates the patient's physical condition, diagnoses ailments, suggests treatments, estimates time of survival under present conditions, etc.  It can also determine whether a plant or animal is edible, poisonous, or has an unusual biochemistry.  It gives extensive information regarding its physiology.

You must be medical personnel in order to use it.

jedion357's picture
October 21, 2014 - 5:02am
What if its a bracer thats worn on the arm like a body computer and can replace the medscanner from the med kit. It has a linked pair of goggles and instead of the doctor processing data from a 2D screen he's able to process data in 3D virtually via the scanner in the bracer and the holo display in the goggles. The benefit is in its use during surgery +20% to all surgical operations. Otherwise its just a med scanner, though one night use it to say show a being their unborn progeny by passing the goggles while scanning the abdomen.
I might not be a dralasite, vrusk or yazirian but I do play one in Star Frontiers!

jedion357's picture
October 21, 2014 - 5:32am
Lots of ideas and I'm going to propose a list for submission to the fan zines. The items will be things with quantifiable impact on the game so if I dont include your idea and you can think of game mechanics or other for how it would be worth while to a PC, then speak up.

Hydro-gel- cures +5 STA of burn damage. Can only be used once/ 10 hours or 1/day?

VITAL (Virtual Imagining and Trauma Assist tooL) Scanner is a bracer body comp and goggles device. The bracer is a standard med scanner worn on the body but paired with the holo display in the goggles is provides a benefit during surgery +20%.

Medical Operations progarm for robots- its not actually been detailed anywhere but the installation fo this program into a standard or anthropomorphic robot body allows it to perform medical skill checks at the skill level of the program's level. The program has high function point requirements and cannot be installed in a robot below level 5.

Perhaps some discussion of using the med inject implant from Zebs

RE: the Lazarus Patch- the freeze field sort of does this. Any ideas on game details for this that would make it worth having over the freeze field?

RE: Smooth Sailing Buzzer- this item lacks real game impact unless someone has a house rule for "space sickness" and naturally in an RPG about larger than life heroes the PCs never get space sickness. However, RT's description of it says that it puts out white noise field to sooth the sick traveller. There is potential there for a low powered/ extremely short ranged jamming and or impact on sonic technology. so while its a fluff medical device without real impact on medical situation in game it has some potential for use by ingenious players. the question is what would be the impact of it on com devices, the various scanners, sonic weapons?

So the above list is what I see as a potential submission aside from converting items from other systems.
I might not be a dralasite, vrusk or yazirian but I do play one in Star Frontiers!

Abub's picture
October 21, 2014 - 6:43am
Freeze fields require the medical skill to use. I think the idea with the Lazarus patch was that anybody could use it. 

jedion357's picture
October 21, 2014 - 8:16am
Abub wrote:
Freeze fields require the medical skill to use. I think the idea with the Lazarus patch was that anybody could use it. 
IC so a Lazarus patch should probably not be as effective as a freeze field at saving a character. Though it might be used by a lmedic in a mass cal situation. What about coma patches. One induces coma to stablize the severely injured and the other induces coma to affect rapid healing.
I might not be a dralasite, vrusk or yazirian but I do play one in Star Frontiers!

Ascent's picture
October 21, 2014 - 10:32am
jedion357 wrote:
VITAL (Virtual Imagining and Trauma Assist tooL) Scanner is a bracer body comp and goggles device. The bracer is a standard med scanner worn on the body but paired with the holo display in the goggles is provides a benefit during surgery +20%.
You created an acronym for a word that would work just fine as a stand-alone. The word for that is "OVERKILL". "Obsessive Vain Excessive Revising Kickers In Linguistic PlaceabLes". Laughing

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jedion357's picture
October 21, 2014 - 12:43pm
Ascent wrote:
jedion357 wrote:
VITAL (Virtual Imagining and Trauma Assist tooL) Scanner is a bracer body comp and goggles device. The bracer is a standard med scanner worn on the body but paired with the holo display in the goggles is provides a benefit during surgery +20%.
You created an acronym for a word that would work just fine as a stand-alone. The word for that is "OVERKILL". "Obsessive Vain Excessive Revising Kickers In Linguistic PlaceabLes". Laughing

I love ya, man.

I grew up on government installations where everything has an acrostic: AMS, SPS, MMS; ad nosium in college and the professional world I also encountered the same thing but with the added twist that the acrostic was made into an actual word to aid memmory (if you've hurt your back you need back AID: Asprin, Ice, Deep knee bends). I do the same thing sometimes in the Frontier as I believe the same impetus to do this would also exist in the Frontier. Glad i can amuse you.

I might not be a dralasite, vrusk or yazirian but I do play one in Star Frontiers!

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Rum Rogue
October 21, 2014 - 7:15pm
jedion357 wrote:
Abub wrote:
Freeze fields require the medical skill to use. I think the idea with the Lazarus patch was that anybody could use it. 
IC so a Lazarus patch should probably not be as effective as a freeze field at saving a character. Though it might be used by a lmedic in a mass cal situation. What about coma patches. One induces coma to stablize the severely injured and the other induces coma to affect rapid healing.

In the Alpha Dawn book Staydose is listed as being able to slow down a body's functions so it can survive with zero or fewer Stamina points. But can only be administered by a trained medic.
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Ascent's picture
October 21, 2014 - 9:53pm
jedion357 wrote:
I grew up on government installations where everything has an acrostic: AMS, SPS, MMS; ad nosium in college and the professional world I also encountered the same thing but with the added twist that the acrostic was made into an actual word to aid memmory (if you've hurt your back you need back AID: Asprin, Ice, Deep knee bends). I do the same thing sometimes in the Frontier as I believe the same impetus to do this would also exist in the Frontier. Glad i can amuse you.
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jedion357's picture
October 23, 2014 - 6:51pm
Rum Rogue wrote:
jedion357 wrote:
Abub wrote:
Freeze fields require the medical skill to use. I think the idea with the Lazarus patch was that anybody could use it. 
IC so a Lazarus patch should probably not be as effective as a freeze field at saving a character. Though it might be used by a lmedic in a mass cal situation. What about coma patches. One induces coma to stablize the severely injured and the other induces coma to affect rapid healing.

In the Alpha Dawn book Staydose is listed as being able to slow down a body's functions so it can survive with zero or fewer Stamina points. But can only be administered by a trained medic.

Yeah, I'm having trouble trying to figure a way to work in a Lazerus patch so that it fits into the equipment list without too much trouble.
I might not be a dralasite, vrusk or yazirian but I do play one in Star Frontiers!

Tchklinxa's picture
November 2, 2014 - 8:50am
I found a site with a list of sci-fi medical ideas:

I posted the gizmos & ideas which should all link to more info...

Some of these might be good for various alien tech... and as was pointed out with patches some might work better with some species than others: pills, shots, sprays, even things to us that might look like backwards primitive magic could be medical to a species, or something found from another time period.

The Longevity Pill comes from one of the sci-fi serries that humans take... loose the pills, age faster.
Oxygen Pill (real old sci-fi) it somehow boosts either Oxygen in the body or improves blood cells abilities to take in Oxygen in thin atmosphere... Star Trek had a shot for that too. What I am getting at is there could be redundant medical that overlaps but one is more effecient or unique to a race/culture and so on. Like today we have drugs for pain and acupuncture, how would the average American react to the ER staff whipping out a huge pile of Acupunture needles after saying "we are going to give you something for the pain." The non-alternate medically inclinded would freak! We also have medical philosophies/attitudes around certain activities like birth (which other people can can be very judgemental about to people in their sub-cultures who choose a choice the culture frowns on)... 1) All Natural, drugs bad (there is then a range with extreme ends to the spectrum that can being very open or completely rejecting of any medical assistance to the mother & child and birth setting can also an issue), 2) Drugs & Medical help/facility great, 3) Forget the birthing non-sence C-section is the civilized way to go (this was what the socialite/elites of society where doing at one time). Breast Feeding vs Formula also falls into the quasi medical-society catagory... Breast Feeder advocates only focus on the benefits (all healthy, no risks attitude which is untrue), generally are activist inclinded (not all but a bunch are), are very judgemental of mothers that do not (you are harming your child, you should quit your job or invest in a pump ect) and rude about it too. It never occurs to them that some females can not Breast Feed... milk produced is insuffiecent, child fails to thrive on it, & nipples can have a genetic flaw... as far as I can tell this is an X gene trait, which means it is passed to daughters... one side of my family can not breast feed if they try the children starve (so wet nurse or formula it is). Just some examples of how society & medicine are sometimes a bit more complex.


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Larry Niven (1970)
H. Beam Piper (1962)
Aldous Huxley (1932)
James Blish (1957)
Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. (1954)
Jack Vance (1956)
David Brin (1990)
E.B. White (1950)
J.G. Ballard (2000)
Philip K. Dick (1960)
E.E. 'Doc' Smith (1937)
Robert Heinlein (1973)
Martin Caidin (1972)
Aldous Huxley (1932)
Larry Niven (1968)
Philip K. Dick (1969)
Philip K. Dick (1964)
Philip K. Dick (1955)
Paul Di Filippo (2006)
Frank Herbert (1972)
Larry Niven (1970)
Andrew Niccol (1997)
A.E. van Vogt (1944)
Dave Cummins (1937)
Michael Crichton (1969)
Richard Morgan (2003)
Frank Herbert (1969)
Philip K. Dick (1960)
Alan Dean Foster (2010)
Stanislaw Lem (1961)
Philip K. Dick (1964)
Bart Kosko (1987)
Richard Preston (1997)
Edmond Hamilton (1938)
Harlan Ellison (1965)
Paul Di Filippo (1985)
Frederik Pohl (1966)
Philip K. Dick (1977)
Frank Herbert (1972)
Robert Heinlein (1939)
Philip K. Dick (1960)
Robert Heinlein (1941)
Robert Heinlein (1941)
Robert Heinlein (1942)
Arthur C. Clarke (1978)
Frederik Pohl (1966)
Frank Herbert (1972)
Brian Aldiss (1969)
Martin Caidin (1972)
John Brunner (1975)
Satoshi Kon (2007)
Philip K. Dick (1957)
Philip K. Dick (1965)
Frederik Pohl (1966)
Samuel R. Delany (1968)
E.E. 'Doc' Smith (1965)
Ridley Scott (1982)
Robert Silverberg (1969)
Larry Niven (w/J. Pournelle) (1993)
Frank Herbert (1965)
David Brin (2002)
Philip K. Dick (1960)
David Brin (1990)
Cordwainer Smith (1961)
Philip K. Dick (1966)
Larry Niven (1969)
Tom Maddox (1986)
Michael Crichton (1969)
Ray Bradbury (1953)
James Schmitz (1949)
Philip K. Dick (1966)
Cordwainer Smith (1958)
A.E. van Vogt (1944)
Vernor Vinge (1999)
Frank Herbert (1969)
Clifford Simak (1961)
Steven Spielberg (2002)
Isaac Asimov (1988)
Rudy Rucker (1988)
Arthur C. Clarke (1968)
Robert Sheckley (1956)
Frank Belknap Long, Jr. (1934)
Robert Heinlein (1941)
Philip K. Dick (1972)
Alan Dean Foster (2010)
Philip K. Dick (1954)
Frederik Pohl (w/CM Kornbluth) (1952)
Robert Heinlein (1941)
Harry Harrison (1958)
D.G. Compton (1973)
Philip K. Dick (1965)
Larry Niven (1972)
David Brin (2002)
Alfred Bester (1956)
Frank Herbert (1984)
Frank Herbert (1976)
Neal Stephenson (1995)
Harry Harrison (1970)
John Scalzi (2005)
Philip K. Dick (1974)
Frank Herbert (1958)
Frank Herbert (1958)
Philip K. Dick (1965)
Peter Watts (1999)
Lois McMaster Bujold (1986)
John Varley (1977)
L. Sprague de Camp (1940)
William Gibson (1984)
Raymond Z. Gallun (1939)
Cordwainer Smith (1961)
Spider Robinson (1982)
Neal Stephenson (1995)
Paul Di Filippo (1985)
H.G. Wells (1896)
Isaac Asimov (1966)
William Gibson (1984)
Philip K. Dick (1957)
Peter Watts (1999)
Raymond Z. Gallun (1939)
Raymond Z. Gallun (1939)
Larry Niven (w/J. Pournelle) (1974)
Alan Dean Foster (2010)
Alan Dean Foster (2010)
Roger Zelazny (1980)
David Brin (1990)
Philip K. Dick (1969)
Cordwainer Smith (1961)
Joe Haldeman (1974)
John Ringo (2002)
John Ringo (2000)
Murray Leinster (1947)
Michael Crichton (1972)
Sid Meier (1999)
Anne McCaffrey (1990)
Philip K. Dick (1963)
Robert Heinlein (1942)
Harry Harrison (1956)
Frank Herbert (1965)
Peter F. Hamilton (1997)
John Varley (1983)
Robert Sheckley (1956)
Larry Niven (1976)
Philip K. Dick (1953)
Frank Herbert (1965)
Roger Zelazny (1967)
James Blish (1971)
Eric Frank Russell (1953)
Larry Niven (1970)
Robert Heinlein (1941)
Peter F. Hamilton (1997)
Murray Leinster (1953)
Hugo Gernsback (1911)
Robert Heinlein (1966)
Richard Morgan (2003)
Roger Zelazny (1966)
Robert Heinlein (1956)
Philip K. Dick (1965)
Joe Haldeman (1974)
Philip K. Dick (1964)
Philip K. Dick (1966)
Robert Heinlein (1951)
Edward Page Mitchell (1879)
Alfred Bester (1956)
Richard Morgan (2003)
Alexis Arnaldus Gilliland (1981)
E.M. Forster (1909)
Philip K. Dick (1966)
Frank Herbert (1969)
William Gibson (1984)
Philip K. Dick (1969)
Philip K. Dick (1960)
Philip K. Dick (1966)
Robert J. Sawyer (2003)
Michael Crichton (1969)
Robert Heinlein (1973)
Frank Herbert (1977)
Lois McMaster Bujold (1986)
Lois McMaster Bujold (2002)
Edmond Hamilton (1942)
Roger Zelazny (1966)
George Parsons Lathrop (1879)
Greg Bear (2007)
Frank Herbert (1965)
Larry Niven (1976)

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'In every diaper there is a fine copper wire...'- David H. Keller, 1928.
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Intraoral Tongue Drive System
'The operation that had transformed half his body... had located the control switchboard in his teeth.'- Alfred Bester, 1956.
(re: Alfred Bester, 6/28/2013 )
Your Own Handheld Biosensor
'I'm gonna do a hand-held Boink, real quick,' Littleberry said'- Richard Preston, 1997.
(re: Richard Preston, 5/29/2013 )
CARMAT Bioprosthetic Total Human Heart Replacement
'George Walt's corporate existence proved the workability of wholly mechanical organs...'- Philip K. Dick, 1964.
(re: Philip K. Dick, 5/14/2013 )
Physical Exam? We've Got Apps
See the future of handheld, personal medical devices used with your smartphone.
(re: Robert Silverberg, 5/11/2013 )
Japan's Nursing Home Robot Plan
Let's make the Roujin Z-0001 Robotic Bed!
(re: Katsuhiro Otomo, 5/5/2013 )
Mini-Livers Made By 3D Printer
Organlegging may not be the growth industry that some fear.
(re: Larry Niven, 4/29/2013 )
Mu-Gripper Microsurgical 'Robots'
'It took about seven minutes ... for the cookie cutters to be randomly distributed throughout the victim's organs and limbs.'- Neal Stephenson, 1995.
(re: Neal Stephenson, 4/21/2013 )
Implantable Bioengineered Rat Kidney Tested
'Probably Runciter's body contained a dozen artiforgs...'- Philip K. Dick, 1969.
(re: Philip K. Dick, 4/17/2013 )
'Bio-Ink' For Printing Human Organs
'For a while your colonists will have to come up to the Hospital to get treatment with the ramrobot symbiots...'- Larry Niven, 1968.
(re: Larry Niven, 4/9/2013 )
Salamandra Robotica II Crawls Onto Land
'He's taken the mining worm apart...'- Emmett McDowel, 1946.
(re: Philip K. Dick, 3/25/2013 )
PAAL Artificial Lung And Blood Pump Under Development
'George Walt's corporate existence proved the workability of wholly mechanical organs...'- Philip K. Dick, 1964.
(re: Philip K. Dick, 3/24/2013 )
Veti-Gel Closes Wounds, Starts Healing
'It's done miracles. It can patch up a smashed and broken body...'- Clifford Simak, 1961.
(re: CLifford Simak, 3/20/2013 )
Neurological Engineering - Creating Silicon Substrates For Brain Replacement
"They all seemed to have carbon sockets planted behind the left ear..."- William Gibson, 1984.
(re: William Gibson, 3/12/2013 )
Durable Medical Sensors Printed Onto Skin
'...she has had a subdermal pattern of micro-channels implanted.'- Paul Di Filippo, 1985.
(re: Paul Di Filippo, 3/11/2013 )
Can Sirtuins Block The Aging Process?
'...some rare ones actually grow younger when they take the series.'- Roger Zelazny, 1966.
(re: Roger Zelazny, 3/10/2013 )
iTube Platform Lets You Test Your Food
and the unobtrusive inspections with tiny remote-cast snoopers...- Frank Herbert, 1965.
(re: Frank Herbert, 12/14/2012 )
Custom Cartilage Via 3D Printer
Bespoke body parts? Print what you need.
(re: Larry Niven, 12/13/2012 )
Nano Retina Retinal Implant
'Have a retinal vid-screen installed in your least-used eye...'- Philip K. Dick, 1954.
(re: Philip K. Dick, 12/10/2012 )
Scanadu Smartphone-Based Tricorder
Fans of Dr. McCoy, your time is coming. Soon.
(re: Gene Roddenberry, 12/2/2012 )
Neuroprosthetic Projects Words Directly Onto Retina
'...soon we'll be testing a system that projects directly on the retina of the eye...' - Pohl/Kornbluth, 1952.
(re: Pohl/Kornbluth, 11/25/2012 )
Can Patients In A Vegetative State Communicate?
'...automatically he ... listened at the proper frequency for indication of cephalic activity.'- Philip K. Dick, 1969
(re: Philip K. Dick, 11/17/2012 )
Boy Banned From School For Bad Genes
'... the Alphas and Betas remained until definitely bottled...'- Aldous Huxley, 1932.
(re: Andrew Niccol, 10/21/2012 )
Measuring Awareness In Comatose Patients
'...he pressed a portable protophason amplifier ... tuned it, listened at the proper frequency for indication of cephalic activity.'-Philip K. Dick, 1969.
(re: Philip K. Dick, 10/19/2012 )
Could Young Blood Stop Alzheimer's?
'...the blood gets so clogged with the poisons that the scavenging process doesn’t take place properly.'- Robert Heinlein, 1941.
(re: Robert Heinlein, 10/18/2012 )
The Human Brain - Chemically Fixed And Embedded In Plastic
'Burial is barbaric... [a] remnant of the primitive origins of our culture' - Philip K. Dick, 1969.
(re: Cordwainer Smith, 9/18/2012 )
Cryonics Movement Loses Founder (Temporarily)
'Pay for suspended animation while medical science caught up with what was wrong with him...' - Robert Heinlein, 1956
(re: Larry Niven, 9/16/2012 )
'Spray-On Skin' Heals Leg Ulcers
'...she helped the doctor spray on surrogate skin.' - Robert Heinlein, 1951
(re: Robert Heinlein, 9/12/2012 )
Pre-Bionic Eye Implants Down Under
The Six Million Dollar Man is coming!
(re: Various, 9/4/2012 )
Glove Tricorder Improves Physical Exams (Updated!)
It allows for data from the physical exam to be a component of automated diagnosis.
(re: Various, 8/25/2012 )
Hydrolemic Systems Prepares For Water Shortages
'...Living on reclaimed moisture from his own breath and body.'
(re: Frank Herbert, 6/27/2012 )
Inject Oxygen Into The Bloodstream Like Star Trek Triox
Dr. McCoy had this in his medical bag.
(re: Gene Roddenberry, 6/26/2012 )
Eyedox Genetic Test To Exclude Color Blind
Imagine a future in which employment is restricted based on genetic testing.
(re: Andrew Niccol, 6/16/2012 )
Variable-Depth Jet-Injection Hypospray
Tomorrow's medical technology today.
(re: Gene Roddenberry, 5/25/2012 )
ZeroN The Levitating Orb Interface
Just follow the orb.
(re: Eando Binder, 5/24/2012 )
10K Illegal Kidneys Transplanted Every Year
'Any one of these units could be packed in a travel case at a moment's notice...'
(re: Larry Niven, 5/23/2012 )
Paralyzed Woman In Robotic Exoskeleton Finishes Marathon
Human courage plus technological progress equals science fiction in the news!
(re: Fritz Leiber, 5/12/2012 )
Nicotine 'Vaccine' Under Development
'You're biochemically incapable of getting off...'
(re: William Gibson, 5/3/2012 )
'Human Textiles' Woven From Donor Cells
First organ printing, now weaving with human cells.
(re: Larry Niven, 4/27/2012 )
Plasma Flashlight Illuminates, Kills Bacteria
This device will be a boon to the paramedics who serve in remote areas.
(re: Robert J. Sawyer, 4/15/2012 )
DNA-Based Robots To Fight Cancer
Tiny robot warriors will do battle in your bloodstream sooner than you think.
(re: Philip E. High, 2/20/2012 )
Sensory Substitution Device (Or Star Trek VISOR?)
Amazing device 'lights up' the visual cortex of the blind.
(re: Gene Roddenberry, 2/15/2012 )
Memory Improved By Direct Electrical Stimulation
Would you always keep the switch flipped on if you had this device installed?
(re: Dave Cummins, 2/12/2012 )
Elektrodress Treatment Suit For Nerve Disorders
You may wish to be assimilated into our technological fashion collective.
(re: Gene Roddenberry, 2/11/2012 )
3D Printer Used To Make Transplant Jawbone
A permanent replacement was printed for reconstructive surgery.
(re: Philip K. Dick, 2/5/2012 )
Free Swimming Endoscope Capsule On 'Fantastic Voyage'
This technology keeps getting closer.
(re: Various, 1/27/2012 )
RISUG Male Birth Control Almost Ready
So, guys, would you use this technology?
(re: Gene Roddenberry, 1/20/2012 )
Anti-Intoxicant Confers Quick Sobriety
Research with rats may have implications for human drinkers.
(re: Harry Harrison, 1/11/2012 )
Super-Strong Mouse 'Augments'
Could lead to treatments for muscle weakness.
(re: Gene Roddenberry, 1/8/2012 )
Diabetic Son? Parents Get Insulin Pump Tattoos
Loving parents support their child.
(re: Paul di Filippo, 1/2/2012 )
Prosthetic Vision Device ala Star Trek
Advances in vision prosthetics accelerate.
(re: Gene Roddenberry, 12/28/2011 )
Polymer Gel Mimics Human Vocal Cords 
'They can even sing by squirting air through their meat.'
(re: Terry Bisson, 12/15/2011 )
DecNef: Download Skills Into Your Brain
Click here to download your next career.
(re: James Blish, 12/11/2011 )
C-Path Computational Pathologist Better Than Doctors
Computerized systems keep getting better; one day they may be better than human doctors.
(re: Larry Niven, 11/18/2011 )
A Prosthetic Arm That Feels
Amazing next-generation work by surgeons and engineers catches up with last-generation science fiction imagination.
(re: Martin Caidin, 10/23/2011 )
Flex, The First Portable VeinViewer
Michael Crichton actually thought of this idea forty years ago. 
(re: Michael Crichton, 10/16/2011 )
Self-Propelled 'Microrobots' For The Blood Stream
Keep your fingers crossed, Fantastic Voyage fans. Your day will come.
(re: Isaac Asimov, 9/24/2011 )
LOBIN Intelligent T-Shirts
At some point, we'll all wear intelligent t-shirts.
(re: Rudy Rucker, 9/23/2011 )
E-Health Point Telemedicine In Rural India
Amazing story of a medical start-up that provides affordable health care services in rural India.
(re: EM Forster, 9/20/2011 )
Electric Brain Stimulation Quickens Learning
Faster learning is as close as the nearest electrical outlet.
(re: James Blish, 9/19/2011 )
Printed Artificial Capillary Blood Vessels
We need these for the lager, more complex artiforgs we've already made.
(re: Larry Niven, 9/16/2011 )
Star Trek-Style Sick Bay Bed
Dr. McCoy, your sick bay bed is almost ready.
(re: Gene Roddenberry, 9/4/2011 )
Bulletproof Human Skin Works! Kind of.
As Achilles knows, it's important to have bulletproof skin all over. Just saying.
(re: Various, 8/27/2011 )
Dogs Sniff For Cancer
Take a whiff, Fido!
(re: John Brunner, 8/24/2011 )
Medical Monitoring With Flexible Electronic 'Tattoos'
Not only incredibly thin, but also 'structured into a serpentine shape' that allows them to deform without breaking. 
(re: Jack Vance, 8/11/2011 )
Teeth From Stem Cells
This research may someday permit your dentist to grow new teeth for you from your own stem cells.
(re: William Gibson, 7/17/2011 )
Synthetic Trachea From Patient's Own Cells Implanted 
Amazing success in Stockholm; the patient has been discharged from the hospital.
(re: Philip K. Dick, 7/11/2011 )
iBag Urine Bag Tweets When Full
A top hospital tweeter? Collectively.
(re: David H. Keller, 7/7/2011 )
Memory Implant Records And Plays Back
This device is being tested in rats, but may be coming to a human brain near you.
(re: Lois McMaster Bujold, 6/21/2011 )
Insomnia? Try Cooling Your Brain
Insomnia can be very difficult to treat; this idea may provide a non-prescription answer.
(re: Larry Niven, 6/16/2011 )
Biomaterial Mimics Human Tissue
Feel comfortable in your new skin.
(re: Frank Herbert, 6/10/2011 )
Artificial Microbrain Memory Cells
What would you do with additional brain cells?
(re: Peter Watts, 6/4/2011 )
Somnus Sleep Shirt - Sweet Dreams
Get your REM on.
(re: Rudy Rucker, 5/24/2011 )
What Retinal Implants May Not Replace
'Such eyes are metal and he is flesh ...such a union must be sinful' according to the Fremen.
(re: Frank Herbert, 5/1/2011 )
Memory Erasure Thanks To Snails
Is it possible to erase individual memories? This research may give the answer.
(re: Philip K. Dick, 4/27/2011 )
Phage-Assisted Continuous Evolution
Clever humans create 'directed evolution.
(re: Theodore Sturgeon, 4/19/2011 )
Thermal Ligating System Welds Soft Tissue
This device seals and cuts soft tissue in one stroke.
(re: Gene Roddenberry, 3/30/2011 )
LOPES Robotic Exoskeleton Assists Stroke Victims
This robotic exoskeleton is designed to both assist and assess stroke victims as they walk back from their illness.
(re: Fritz Lieber, 2/28/2011 )
Liquid Lens For Optical Coherence Microscopy
New device may make surgical removal and biopsy of small, possibly cancerous lesions obsolete.
(re: Gene Roddenbaerry, 2/27/2011 )
Motorika Robot Therapy Helps Stroke Patients
This robotic therapy device has demonstrated efficacy in assisting stroke victims in recovering much of their lost mobility.
(re: A.E. van Vogt, 2/15/2011 )
Bio-Retina Retina Prosthesis Project
This is a very promising design; the second gen device could offer 72x72 pixel vision almost immediately.
(re: Gene Roddenberry, 2/12/2011 )
RhinoChill IntraNasal Cooling
Cools your head down fast! Farscape fans, this one's for you.
(re: Various, 2/11/2011 )
Biocompatible Retinal Implants
Are organic implants better than silicon and metal electrodes?
(re: Ridley Scott, 2/8/2011 )
LifeBot Tablet In-Ambulance Computer
This all-in-one medical tablet computer can be used by ambulance personnel and first responders to save lives.
(re: Various, 2/4/2011 )
Skin Cell Gun Video
Amazing confirmation of the value of Dr. Gerlach's technique - and Philip K. Dick's vision of the future.
(re: Philip K. Dick, 2/2/2011 )
'Medical Tricorder' Sees Viral DNA Quickly
This device could reduce the usual days-long process to wait for culture results with a specific diagnosis within minutes.
(re: Gene Roddenberry, 1/29/2011 )
Curvilinear Camera Combines Your Eye With Zoom
Going beyond the human eye? Someday, we will rebuild you better than you were before
(re: EE 'Doc' Smith, 1/23/2011 )
Magnetic Pills Steered Within The Body
Precise drug delivery could be achieved by controlling a special pill as it moved through the patient's gastrointestinal tract.
(re: Isaac Asimov, 1/20/2011 )
Stem Cell Spray For Burn Healing
Ready for your art-derm spray? It's on trial now at the University of Utah Burn Care Center.
(re: Philip K. Dick, 11/30/2010 )
IEM Pill Microchip Remote Monitoring Of Dosage
It sends data to a Bluetooth-enabled dermal patch.
(re: William Gibson, 11/14/2010 )
Small Human Livers Grown In Lab
The shortage of livers for transplant may be a solvable problem.
(re: Larry Niven, 11/7/2010 )
Print Out New Skin Directly Onto Your Body
In situ printing of brand new skin may eclipse some other technologies already under development.
(re: Various, 10/30/2010 )
Q Sensor Wristband Detects Emotions
This device brings hope to those who care for autistic children.
(re: Various, 10/26/2010 )
Hair Brush Reads Your Mind
A whole new kind of consumer brain scanning has been opened up today.
(re: Philip K. Dick, 10/21/2010 )
Permanent Mechanical Heart A First For Children
Philip K. Dick talked about artificial mechanical organs almost sixty years ago.
(re: Philip K. Dick, 10/3/2010 )
Suspended Animation For Surgery Patients
Chill out - you'll live longer.
(re: Edward Page Mitchell, 9/26/2010 )
First Artificial Human Ovary
The Social Predestination Room is down two doors, on the left.
(re: Aldous Huxley, 9/24/2010 )
Brain Coprocessor Platform Needed
Do we need a Brain Implant Operating System?
(re: William Gibson, 9/23/2010 )
Memory-Erasing Drugs
Do you have memories that you would rather not be able to access? This researcher has a possible technique.
(re: Jack Vance, 9/20/2010 )
Remote Control Of Brain Activity
How can we ensure the alertness of Warfighters? Reduce stress, enhance cognition and reduce experienced pain?
(re: Vernor Vinge, 9/12/2010 )
iPad For Radiologists?
Does the iPad really have what it takes to be a science fiction medical tablet computer? A radiologist takes a look.
(re: Gene Roddenberry, 9/11/2010 )
Artificial Kidney Prototype To Be Implantable
Artificial organs have been a science fiction staple for a long time; perhaps we'll see implantable mechanical organs soon.
(re: Philip K. Dick, 9/3/2010 )
Labor-Saving Centrifuge
'I made sure my left foot was positioned for the gravistat control and watched her belly.'
(re: Robert Heinlein, 8/17/2010 )
Yurina Care Robot Cure For Nurses' Strained Backs
If you can promise nurses 'no more strained backs' you'll get a sale.
(re: Katsuhiro Otomo, 8/14/2010 )
Pharmed Blood Is DARPA's Tru Blood
Artificially produced blood for transfusions is on its way.
(re: Various, 7/14/2010 )
KrioRus Brain Freeze Technology
Frozen head buffs take heart from Russian firms ready to save them.
(re: Frederik Pohl, 7/1/2010 )
EPI Life First ECG Mobile Phone
The world's first cell phone with a built-in ECG monitor.
(re: Arthur C. Clarke, 6/22/2010 )
Stem Cells From Fat May Heal Bones
A special gel made from a soldier's own stem cells may be able to effect better healing of broken bones.
(re: Clifford Simak, 6/18/2010 )
Suspended Animation Works in Lab (With Nematodes)
Cold sleep is a science fiction standard; can metabolic processed be halted for even a short period?
(re: Robert Heinlein, 6/14/2010 )
PLEASE Painless Laser Epidural System Like Trek Hypospray
And Variable laser deflection allows flexible formation of pore arrays.
(re: Gene Roddenberry, 6/5/2010 )
Your Telemedicine Future
Vashti, your telemedicine apparatus is almost ready, thanks to physicians and Internet technicians.
(re: E.M. Forster, 6/1/2010 )
Nanoparticle Tattoo Monitors Blood Glucose
An 'ink' of nanoparticles suspended under the skin could save millions of people the pain of daily needle pricks, and improve monitoring.
(re: Paul Di Filippo, 6/1/2010 )
SCRAM Anklet For Lindsay Lohan
This ankle bracelet uses transdermal alcohol monitoring to keep track of miscreants.
(re: Philip K. Dick, 5/27/2010 )
Artificial Heart Recipient Goes Home With Freedom Driver
Take heart, Tin Man. No, really; it's a mechanical heart that is fully portable, thanks to its new power source.
(re: Philip K. Dick, 5/25/2010 )
Micromasonry 'Biological Legos' Building New Organs
New technique for putting 3-dimensional structure in artificial organs.
(re: Larry Niven, 5/16/2010 )
Artificial 'Muscle' Has Elasticity 
Forget those mushy muscle-cell-only artificial muscles; this new material should give them some stretch and some pop.
(re: Larry Niven, 5/7/2010 )
Spray-On Skin With Skin Cell Spray-Transplantation
Remarkable research may make Philip K. Dick's 'art-derm' possible for use with burn victims.
(re: Philip K. Dick, 5/7/2010 )
Nanopatch Delivers Vaccines
Interesting new way to deliver vaccines may solve problems using much less active agent.
(re: Philip K. Dick, 5/1/2010 )
Artificial Skin From Spain
Artificial skin is an sf favorite - now, researchers have got you covered.
(re: Robert Heinlein, 4/21/2010 )
Underpant's Amperometric Biosensors Don't Chafe SF Fans
SF fans have already eased at least one leg into this concept, thanks to Rudy Rucker.
(re: Rudy Rucker, 4/21/2010 )
NewOrgan Prize From Methuselah Foundation
Sounds like an effort that the science fiction community could get behind.
(re: Robert Heinlein, 4/6/2010 )
Implantable Device Security
I'd rather not have medical device hacking on the table.
(re: Robert J. Sawyer, 4/6/2010 )
Human Vein Bioprinted In 3D
Organic artificial organs, printed by request, from ready-mix prepared from your own cells, avoiding that annoying need for lifelong anti-rejection drug cocktails. Excellent.
(re: Larry Niven, 3/22/2010 )
Can Brains Erase Memories?
Do human beings have the capacity to actively erase memories, rather than simply letting them dim over time?
(re: Philip K. Dick, 2/21/2010 )
Plasma Gas Hand Sanitizer
Doctors and nurses can save a lot of time, assure a clean environment and avoid badly chapped hands with this amazing invention.
(re: Various, 2/14/2010 )
Mind-Control Lights At Vancouver Olympics
This doesn't quite bring The Game (from ST:TNG) to the Olympic Games, but close.
(re: Gene Roddenberry, 2/3/2010 )
Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy For Iraq Vets
Extensive study now being done on the uses of virtual reality in combatting PTSD in returning veterans.
(re: Roger Zelazny, 1/22/2010 )
App Turns iPhone Into Autodoc (Almost)
It doesn't treat your injuries (yet), but the Pocket First Aid & CPR app provided enough information and assistance to save the life of a man trapped by the earthquake in Haiti.
(re: Larry Niven, 1/20/2010 )
Vitalsens Continuous Medical Monitoring
Why shouldn't your doctor be able to check up on you between office visits - if you want him or her to be able to do so?
(re: Gene Roddenberry, 1/9/2010 )
Epoc Headset Brainwave Controller
Who could have predicted that EEG would become a popular consumer device. Philip K. Dick - who else?
(re: Philip K. Dick, 12/28/2009 )
3D Bioprinter Now In Production
That's right, Dick fans, your artiforgs will be ready soon.
(re: Philip K. Dick, 12/19/2009 )
Saving Soldiers With Hibernation
Maybe you can think of a better match for this one, but I'll bet you can't think of a better name for it. Or can you?
(re: Joe Haldeman, 12/11/2009 )
Thought-Controlled Robotic Hand
This one-month experiment bodes well for everyone living with disabilities that require prosthetics.
(re: George Lucas, 12/5/2009 )
Complete Human Skin Grown From Stem Cells
Not just skin cells, this discovery could lead to complete skin substitutes grown on lab mice.
(re: Robert Heinlein, 12/3/2009 )
Can Humans Reproduce In Zero-Gravity?
Can mammals (like human beings) successfully reproduce in microgravity environments? This research casts doubt on that fundamental sfnal idea.
(re: Various, 11/27/2009 )
Facilitated Communication With Coma Man Bogus?
When does facilitated communication with the disabled actually work?
(re: Philip K. Dick, 11/25/2009 )
Brain Scan Used In Murder Trial Sentencing
Should fMRI scans be admitted into evidence during trials, or even during the penalty phase of a completed trial?
(re: Robert Heinlein, 11/24/2009 )
Spray-On Skin For Burns From ReCell Kit
Spray-on skin prepared from a patient's own skin cells may be the perfect choice for even severe second-degree burns.
(re: Philip K. Dick, 11/6/2009 )
Gregory Benford On Artificial Biological Selection for Longevity
Benford, a physics professor and sf writer, has put his money where Robert Heinlein's mouth was, and created a corporation to extend human life.
(re: Gregory Benford, 11/5/2009 )
Your Thoughts On Youtube?
Scientists pull information out of the brains of people watching Youtube. Make up your own joke, but this method seems to work.
(re: Various, 11/2/2009 )
Death Algorithm Developed In Japan
Interesting work raises moral questions; I wonder if this algorithm will me made available in a simple home test.
(re: William Nolan w/GC Johnson, 10/29/2009 )
EVestG Basis For Star Trek 'Psychotricorder'
Depression is just one mental illness that can take years to properly diagnose; surely a machine that could diagnose it immediately is science-fictional. With video.
(re: Gene Roddenberry, 10/23/2009 )
Microwave Tissue Soldering For Traumatic Wounds
Solder living tissue as a way to deal with traumatic wounds? What is that, some kind of Star Trek episode subplot? No, it's being developed for the space program.
(re: Gene Roddenberry, 10/20/2009 )
Spider Pill: Wireless Endoscopic Capsule Robot
Updated with 1962 Jetson's reference. This tiny, free-roaming robot is scheduled for a trip through your intestines sooner than you think. Especially if you are over 50. (With video and CAD diagram.)
(re: Various, 10/14/2009 )
Nanobees Sting Tumors With Melittin
Unique use of nanoparticles to deliver melittin, a component of bee venom, directly to cancer cells.
(re: Isaac Asimov, 10/3/2009 )
MIT Retinal Implant
Some degree of relief may be in store for people who suffer from retinitis pigmentosa or age-related macular degeneration.
(re: Gene Roddenberry, 9/26/2009 )
Individualized Artificial Voices
If you've ever heard the artificial voice systems still in use for laryngectomy patients, you'll be pleased to know that this very old technology will be getting a digital update.
(re: Various, 9/10/2009 )
Death Risk Rankings Provides 'Death Calculator' 
Interesting website attempts to determine your chance of death in the coming year scientifically.
(re: Robert Heinlein, 8/29/2009 )
Organovo Organ Printing Future Video 
Very nicely done video shows the near, no longer entirely science-fictional future of medicine.
(re: Philip K. Dick, 8/23/2009 )
Baha Divino Bone-Conduction iPod Implanted 'Ear Buds'
These are very neat - you can hear them much better than regular ear buds or other such devices, particularly in noisy environments.
(re: Hugo Gernsback, 8/10/2009 )
Cures Found in 'Junk DNA'
What has been conserved in the so-called 'junk DNA' of the human genome? Perhaps cures for disease? And more.
(re: Greg Bear, 8/9/2009 )
DARPA's Restorative Injury Repair Dream
Those guys at DARPA must spend all their spare time reading old 1960's sf novels. Not that I'm knocking it; if you're going to read, you can't do better than Phil Dick, Clifford Simak and Larry Niven.
(re: Clifford Simak, 8/4/2009 )
Neurosecurity Concerns In Neural Implant Tech
Fascinating paper details the possible negative consequences of having electronic brain implants; sf readers feel perfectly at home reading it.
(re: Robert J. Sawyer, 8/1/2009 )
Stable Motor Memory For Mastery Of Prosthetics
There is no limit to the type or variety of prosthetic device your brain could learn to control. Time to start thinking of unique implants - Samuel R. Delany has a few ideas.
(re: Samuel R. Delany, 7/24/2009 )
Ultrasound Surgery Performed On Humans
Dr. McCoy's wonderful bloodless surgical instruments get closer to reality; surgeons now use this surgical technique on people with successful results.
(re: Gene Roddenberry, 7/23/2009 )
Protectan May Guard Us From Radiation Damage
Scientists take advantage of a little-known (to me, anyway) property of the whip-like tails of bacteria to create what could be a very valuable drug.
(re: Gene Roddenberry, 7/18/2009 )
Artificial Skin Swatches Mass-Produced
These tiny swatches of artificial skin come complete with little blood vessels.
(re: Frank Herbert, 7/17/2009 )
WellAWARE Passive Sensor Monitoring Of Elderly
This monitoring system doesn't go as far as its sfnal predecessors, but we're getting there.
(re: Ray Bradbury, 7/16/2009 )
Precisely Crafted Artificial Organs Via Stereolithography
Interesting technique provides another way to create an artificial organ that is not just biologically compatible, but a perfect three-dimensional fit.
(re: Philip K. Dick, 7/6/2009 )
Tongue Drive System Validated In Clinical Trial
The Tongue Controller has come through its clinical trial with flying colors; this is good news for people with high-level spinal chord injuries.
(re: Alfred Bester, 7/6/2009 )
Limb Regeneration Grows Closer
Frank Herbert suggested that an axolotl tank might be useful in tissue regeneration; scientists are now teasing out the salamander's secrets.
(re: Frank Herbert, 7/3/2009 )
Robotic Microsurgery Instrument Goes Anywhere
The idea of robotic micro-surgical instruments has a longer history in sf than in medicine. This powerful TED talk displays the latest devices.
(re: Raymond Z. Gallun, 6/29/2009 )
Optogenetics - Fiber Optic Brain Control
Possibly a cure for Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and epilepsy. Also, possibly a way to selectively control the behavior of any individual.
(re: Vernor Vinge, 6/24/2009 )
Online Virtual Medical Training
This sim is the first step to having an emergency medical hologram.
(re: Gene Roddenberry, 6/23/2009 )
DEKA 'Luke' Prosthetic Arm Gains VA Funding
This remarkable video shows just how far the science of prosthetics has come. A bionic arm, like that of the Six Million Dollar Man? We're getting pretty close.
(re: Martin Caidin, 6/17/2009 )
Zeo Personal Sleep Coach
If you want to know more about your sleep patterns, but don't want to spend and uncomfortable night in the sleep lab, try Zeo.
(re: Satoshi Kon, 6/15/2009 )
iPlant Brain Implant Advocated For Self-Improvement
If you could affect your own mood by simply pressing a button, would you use it? Would you use it to improve yourself?
(re: Larry Niven, 6/8/2009 )
GPS Shoes Track Alzheimer's Patients
Keeping track of people with Alzheimer's will get easier once GTX and Aetrex have embedded GPS locators in their shoes.
(re: Jack Williamson, 6/6/2009 )
ECoG Reads The Brain's Surface
This is a new approach to using a sensor grid to detect brain signals and make it possible to control an external device with brain power alone.
(re: Gene Roddenberry, 6/5/2009 )
Healing With Light Like Trek Protoplaser 
Another healing technology that would have seemed sfnal a generation ago - and was presented as such in the 1960's.
(re: Gene Roddenberry, 6/1/2009 )
ViRob Microrobot Crawls Inside You
Got the creepy-crawlies? Maybe its just ViRob, the friendly internal robot.
(re: Various, 5/31/2009 )
Cell Phone-Based Epidemiology For H1N1 Flu
Test will use cell phones to track your location; did you cross paths with anyone who was infected? I smell a new kind of fee from your cell phone provider...
(re: Various, 5/19/2009 )
Venus Sensor And Portable Monitor For Dr. McCoy
The team at the National Space Biomedical Research Institute is trying to make this amazing device even smaller; it obviates the need for needle sticks in orbit. But will it be as small as the sensor in the video?
(re: Gene Roddenberry, 5/13/2009 )
Bacteria Guided Through Bloodstream W/Magnetic Fields
Rather than building nanomachines (or building a shrink ray!), how about using actual bacteria as the 'robots' to move material through the bloodstream to a desired spot.
(re: Issac Asimov, 5/4/2009 )
Brain-Controlled Wheelchair
Take a look at this video of a wheelchair controlled by the brainwaves of the user.
(re: Gene Roddenberry, 5/4/2009 )
Software Tools Design Anti-Viral Cities
Can software tools design cities to prevent the spread of disease? J.G. Ballard thought so, and so do modern computer scientists.
(re: J.G. Ballard, 5/3/2009 )
Programmable Lab-On-A-Chip
This important development will lead to much more useful portable biosensors and other analysis tools; it would be useful to have a device that detected swine flu from a simple needle stick.
(re: Greg Bear, 4/30/2009 )
Read/Write Brain Electrodes Handier Now
Prototypes can simultaneously read and stimulate brain neurons - smart neurological implant systems coming right up.
(re: Frank Herbert, 4/30/2009 )
Smart Phone-Based Tricorder Tech
It's just a prototype, but it illustrates very nicely how the computing power and graphics of a smartphone can be married to existing small medical probes.
(re: Gene Roddenberry, 4/24/2009 )
Supernumerary Phantom Limb Confirmed
Extremely rare case of an additional phantom limb; fMRI confirms that the patient can use it to feel as if she scratches herself.
(re: Larry Niven, 4/13/2009 )
Air Conditioned Coffins
I doubt that an air conditioned coffin would keep you cooler for eternity - but maybe for a more comfortable half-life.
(re: Philip K. Dick, 4/12/2009 )
3D HD da Vinci Surgical Robotics
This remarkable system lets you perform microsurgery in binocular hd.
(re: Raymond Z. Gallun, 4/9/2009 )
MichelAngelo Bionic Hand
Evoking the image of Michelangelo's Hand of God, a new prosthetic device is successfully implanted.
(re: Martin Caidin, 4/3/2009 )
Miniature Telescope Implanted In Eye
Although implanting a telescope in the eye is impressive, I find myself wondering when the implant will offer 10x magnification.
(re: Various, 4/3/2009 )
Fuel Cell Uses Human Blood
Interesting microbial fuel cell that uses yeast to process glucose in blood. Just the thing for that implant you were looking at - who needs to go looking for batteries?
(re: Various, 4/2/2009 )
Narcisystem Belt - The Biometric Self Captured
In this experiment, biometric data is used to make the environment all about the user.
(re: , 3/30/2009 )
Total Health Surveillance Near
Yes, that's right - 24 hours per day, 7 days per week medical monitoring is coming, whether you want to or not.
(re: William Gibson, 3/27/2009 )
Synthetic Human Blood From Embryonic Stem Cells?
The quest for artificial blood continues; the Scots are about to take a stab at it.
(re: Various, 3/25/2009 )
Brain Wave Patterns Predict Mistakes
If we work on this a bit more, we might even be able to prethink. Just a little.
(re: Philip K. Dick, 3/24/2009 )
3D Bone Printer Uses Your Cells
I'm thinking of going in and getting a complete set of X-rays; when they ask me what they're for, I'll say 'I want to make sure I have templates.'
(re: Frank Herbert, 3/12/2009 )
RehaBot Physical Therapy Robot Proposed
Interesting use of medical robotics; I can find some precedents for this ideas as far back as 1944.
(re: A.E. van Vogt, 3/5/2009 )
Robotic Breast Exam And Biopsy
The tabletop robot doctor research you read about (here) last summer continues to advance.
(re: Michael Crichton, 2/12/2009 )
ITPP Boosts Blood Oxygen Like Star Trek Triox
Tired of fighting aliens on planets where the oxygen level in the atmosphere is too low? Now, you can get an injection that improves the ability of hemoglobin to carry oxygen to the body. 
(re: Gene Roddenberry, 2/12/2009 )
'Immaculate' Prosthetic Design Makes Fashion Statement
Interesting design concept opens up a new field for fashion - designer prosthetics.
(re: Various, 2/11/2009 )
Star Trek Laser Tissue Bonding Video
Laser tissue welding like on Star Trek (those are the Professor's words, not mine) offers a lot of advantages over conventional sutures.
(re: Gene Roddenberry, 2/11/2009 )
Cloaca No. 5 Bionic Bowel, At Last
This art project has a somewhat more serious side; some people with gastric, colon or other cancers could use a bionic replacement.
(re: Various, 2/4/2009 )
Brain Stimulation Enhances Motor Skill Learning
Any shortcuts to learning are appreciated; when can we get it in a convenient helmet form?
(re: James Blish, 1/26/2009 )
Robots Plus Virtual Reality Equals Better Rehab
Performing physical therapy with a robotic device while under the spell of a virtual reality scenario helps patients do their bets.
(re: Various, 1/25/2009 )
Surgical Robot Bores Into Brain Like Wasp
Let's hope DARPA doesn't get interested in these brain-boring robots. Not that I'm paranoid.
(re: Emmett McDowell, 1/21/2009 )
Therapeutic Medical Exoskeleton Prototype
Interesting use of robotics to both amplify lost muscle power and assist in rehabilitation when possible.
(re: Fritz Leiber, 1/20/2009 )
Proteus Microrobot Video: A Fantastic Voyage
Scientists have named their microrobot the Proteus, after the 1966 movie. With video.
(re: Isaac Asimov, 1/20/2009 )
Therapeutic Ultrasound Now Pocket-Sized
Fans of Star Trek's Dr. McCoy may be thinking that they are seeing miniaturized medical instruments in the near future.
(re: Gene Roddenberry, 12/31/2008 )
NEC Thermal Scans For Flu
NEC is taking no chances at their corporate headquarters - the flu patrol is looking for you!
(re: Michael Crichton, 12/29/2008 )
Lipodiesel - Energy From Liposuction Fat
In which Dr. Bittner makes a wrong turn on the road to a more fuel-efficient society.
(re: Various, 12/26/2008 )
Tunable Liquid Lens Glasses For The Masses
A retired British physics professor has created simple spectacles that can be fitted to most people who need glasses - cheaply and without an optometrist.
(re: Frank Herbert, 12/23/2008 )
'Sex Chip' Like Niven's Ecstasy Plug
Would-be wireheads will no doubt rejoice at this news; others may be less sanguine.
(re: Larry Niven, 12/23/2008 )
Therapists To See (Maybe Enter?) Dreams
Finally, psychotherapists can take a direct look at those troubling or odd dreams of yours. 'Hmmm... it looks like ... your mother.'
(re: Satoshi Kon, 12/14/2008 )
Extract Images Directly From The Human Brain
Remarkable results appear to duplicate work done in cats almost ten years ago. But still, this is human brain reading.
(re: Cordwainer Smith, 12/12/2008 )
Smart Fabrics For Biomonitoring
New development could make the development of a heartshirt cheap, and not merely possible.
(re: Rudy Rucker, 12/10/2008 )
Portable MRI Scans For Psychopathy Like Voight-Kampff
As scientists try to understand psychopathy, their use of machines and images seems almost phildickian.
(re: Philip K. Dick, 12/5/2008 )
Laser Welding Skin Closure Like Star Trek
Laser welding now useful in the body; this article also includes a handy compendium of Star Trek medical instruments made-real.
(re: Gene Roddenberry, 11/18/2008 )
Laser 'Breathalyzer' To Diagnose Cancer, Diabetes
New technology may provide a non-invasive way to detect disease processes early.
(re: Various, 11/13/2008 )
Google Flu Trends - Dr. Google Beats CDC
It turns out that Google is way ahead of the CDC in predicting flu activity. The nose knows.
(re: E.M. Forster, 11/12/2008 )
Wearable Field Hospital On A Chip
New concept in the works to create a kind of hospital uniform to minister to the troops.
(re: Various, 11/10/2008 )
Injectable Ice Slurry To Cool Organs
Fascinating technique may soon allow doctors to selectively cool individual organs, improving the chances for surgical success.
(re: Philip K. Dick, 11/5/2008 )
Amnesia Beam Under Dev - Uh, What Was I Saying
Is it possible to produce amnesia with beams? Some effects have been noted.
(re: Various, 10/31/2008 )
Artificial Heart Beats Like Yours
Remarkable new mechanical heart may give you even more choices.
(re: Philip K. Dick, 10/29/2008 )
Deep Bleeder Acoustic Coagulation Device
DARPA is trying to bring this device into being to help save the lives of wounded soldiers; it quickly coagulates blood to prevent bleed-out.
(re: Gene Roddenberry, 10/28/2008 )
Selective Memory Deletion In Mice
New technique demonstrates how specific memories can be blocked in mice; sf writers and movie makers have been predicting this one for decades.
(re: Philip K. Dick, 10/23/2008 )
Net Surfing For Brain Development
It turns out that clicking on links at improves brain function. No really; the more stories you read at, the smarter you get. New research proves what you already knew.
(re: Gene Roddenberry, 10/16/2008 )
Solar Camel-Back Clinic From Mpala Project
Remarkable development to help bring perishable medicines to people in the most remote and inaccessible parts of the world.
(re: , 10/6/2008 )
ELISHA Handheld Personal Biosensors
Okay, Trek fans, you've been waiting for this one since 1967. Dr. McCoy, your scanner is almost ready.
(re: Gene Roddenberry, 10/2/2008 )
'Thinking Cap' Now With TMS Coil
Sydney researchers try using transcranial magnetic stimulation to improve ordinary people, with anecdotal results. SF writers love this idea.
(re: James Blish, 10/1/2008 )
Separate Parasites From Hosts - With Light
Clever technique leads to better research samples in studies of parasitic organisms.
(re: Robert J. Sawyer, 9/24/2008 )
'Spit Parties:' Social Networking Gattaca-Style
If you've ever felt like you need to party with the 'right people' there's no time like the present to apply scientific rigor to this social process.
(re: Various, 9/17/2008 )
Erotic Sensation Self-Stimulation Via Brain Implants
Interesting story surfaces about this topic; Larry Niven and Michael Crichton have covered at least some of this ground decades ago.
(re: Larry Niven, 9/17/2008 )
Gene Therapy Could Restore Hearing To The Deaf
Milestone in gene therapy demonstrates the possibility of curing the deaf.
(re: Various, 9/11/2008 )
Moral Performance Enhancement
Is it possible for a person to behave better through the use of pharmaceuticals?
(re: Various, 9/11/2008 )
Blood From Stem Cells: Tru Blood For Real?
Researchers come up with a way to create blood in quantity from stem cells, just when television vampires will really need it.
(re: Charlain Harris, 9/5/2008 )
Genealogy DNA Databases Trek-Style
Perhaps one day there will be some sort of computer printout of ancestors and descendants; in the meantime, DNA testing gets better.
(re: Gene Roddenberry, 9/4/2008 )
LifeBed System Like Star Trek Sick Bay
Now, EU nations can move into a Trekkie future.
(re: Gene Roddenberry, 9/3/2008 )
Microgrippers Grab, Cut Tissue Internally
Interesting new microsurgical technique is uncomfortably similar to a Neal Stephenson device.
(re: Neal Stephenson, 9/2/2008 )
Synthetic Telepathy For US Military Borg-Style
Yet another scheme for direct interpretation of thought - financed with a big grant from the US Army.
(re: Pournelle & Niven, 8/14/2008 )
Telemedicine Platform For Consultation Works
Interesting study demonstrates that even simple two-way consultation with an appropriate telemedicine program works. With video.
(re: E.M. Forster, 8/13/2008 )
Memory-Erasing Chemical
Interesting advance may make an old PKD idea into a reality, coincidentally, to help people with drug-related problems.
(re: Philip K. Dick, 8/13/2008 )
Kill Switch For Pacemakers (And Countermeasures)
Think of the implications for the security of all implanted medical devices.
(re: Various, 8/10/2008 )
Pressure-Sensing Contact Lenses Monitor Glaucoma
This is a great development that will aid glaucoma research, and possibly help individuals monitor their own pressure if necessary.
(re: Niven/Barnes, 8/9/2008 )
Curved Electronic Eye Camera Like Retina
Great development for Six Million Dollar Man fans; this is starting to look like bionic eyes might really work.
(re: Martin Caidin, 8/7/2008 )
Grow Customized Skin
This new technique holds great promise for burn patients.
(re: Frank Herbert, 8/6/2008 )
NASA iShoe Insole Could Prevent Falls On Earth
Interesting advance is a NASA spinoff; this researcher realized that the device might be able to help his grandmother - or yours.
(re: Frank Herbert, 8/4/2008 )
Respirocytes: Medical Science Fiction
Will assimilation into a medical insurance collective be a requirement if you receive respirocytes? Let's hope not.
(re: Gene Roddenberry, 8/4/2008 )
AICAR Exercise In A Pill
Researchers test out yet another drug that benefits mice; when do I get my exercise in a pill? Found a usable sf reference for this one, thanks to a reader.
(re: Philip Frances Nowlan, 8/2/2008 )
LiftMagic Shows Enhanced You Logan's Run-Style
This website lets you see a whole new you with selected facial cosmetic surgery touch-ups before you spend a nickel.
(re: Various, 7/27/2008 )
Neural Implant Technology Needs To Improve
At present, there is no way to permanently implant an electrode or other metallic object deep into the brain without scarring and loss of function.
(re: Larry Niven, 7/24/2008 )
Rapamycin Can Repair Specific Learning Deficits
Interesting results may bode well for specific patients, as well as suggesting that mental retardation may be, in some cases, reversible.
(re: Daniel Keyes, 7/16/2008 )
'Life Support' Using The Whole Animal
Interesting design concept brings out the idea of using animals to help human beings with their medical problems in a very visual way.
(re: Various, 7/8/2008 )
Tongue Controller Uses Tongue Magnets
New controller shows a response time of less than a second and one hundred percent accuracy; that's information transfer of about 150 bits per second.
(re: Alfred Bester, 7/8/2008 )
Genes Responsible For Brain Growth Identified
Interesting research identifies the genetic basis for brain growth and development.
(re: Aldous Huxley, 7/7/2008 )
Designer-Babies Perfected With Three Parents
This could help couples who are concerned that their children will have inevitable genetic diseases.
(re: Various, 6/24/2008 )
Is He Legend?
Just imagine that you are a scientist, and somebody takes the basic elements of your research and turns it into a grisly horrific movie in which humanity is destroyed.
(re: Richard Matheson, 6/19/2008 )
Paralyzed Walk In Second Life
Thanks to neurological research combined with computer-based virtual reality systems, the wheelchair-bound may walk again.
(re: Gene Roddenberry, 6/18/2008 )
AutoFish Sorter Now, People Sorter Later
Nevermind why you need to be able to sort people at an incredibly high rate of speed; here's a start on it.
(re: John Varley, 6/10/2008 )
Electro-Sensitive People And Lo Teks
Can Wi-Fi actually harm particular individuals?
(re: Robert Heinlein, 6/10/2008 )
Hacking The Mind Of The Soldier
A couple of interesting articles show the many concerns about providing mind- and mood-altering medications while in the field.
(re: Joe Haldeman, 6/10/2008 )
Owada's Freezing Method Vs. Carbonite
Flash frozen body parts may result from this method of freezing that seems to work with a variety of materials.
(re: Frederik Pohl, 6/2/2008 )
Fracture Putty For Compound Fractures - DARPA
Clifford Simak thought about this almost fifty years ago; it's about time DARPA tries to make it real.
(re: Clifford Simak, 5/29/2008 )
NASA Biohazard Biosensor Nanotech-Based
This technology is really coming along; it's also another case in which some space technology came home to Earth.
(re: Greg Bear, 5/23/2008 )
NeuroArm Robotic Surgeon 'Hands'
I think Raymond Z. Gallun called this one in 1939; think 'caliper slowness, minuteness and precision.'
(re: Raymond Z. Gallun, 5/19/2008 )
Mediseus Surgical Drilling Simuator Remote Haptic Tutor
This device not only uses force-feedback techniques, it's also usable as a remote device; students and teachers can be on different continents.
(re: Robert Heinlein, 5/17/2008 )
Zingo Local Anesthesia Like Star Trek Hypospray
Although Star Trek is not the origin of the hypospray idea, take a look at this new applicator.
(re: Gene Roddenberry, 5/7/2008 )
Pixie Dust Magical Pinkie Regeneration
Amazing story, if true. Even more amazing, if it can work on larger and more complex structures in the body.
(re: Various, 5/6/2008 )
'McSleepy' Automated Anesthesia Machine
This device seems to provide anesthesia quality that is as good or better than an ordinary human anesthesiologist.
(re: Various, 5/6/2008 )
Vital Jacket Heart (Monitoring) Shirt Via Rudy Rucker
I'm going to keep on collecting example technologies that are almost a Rucker heartshirt, because I know someday those docs are going to get it right.
(re: Rudy Rucker, 4/28/2008 )
New Australian Bionic Eye Less Invasive
More options are good; the Austrailian prototype helps patients with some residual sight conserve what they have.
(re: , 4/27/2008 )
'Bionic Eye' Argus II Retinal Implant
This operation is not quite routine, but it's spreading around the world. And that's great news.
(re: Frank Herbert, 4/22/2008 )
EEG Headset Is Parasitic Cephscope
Now here's a product with multiple uses; entertainment is just as important as medicine. And, there's a PKD-licious bonus feature.
(re: Philip K. Dick, 4/19/2008 )
Real-Time Mind-Controlled Robotic Limbs Soon?
Cyborg research is proceeding apace in Japan's Osaka University.
(re: Niven and Pournelle, 4/18/2008 )
Your Brain Knew It Would Click This Link Before You Did
This story about studies of brain activity, and the associated sf short story, make good reading. You've already decided, so click the link already.
(re: Daryl Gregory, 4/16/2008 )
CardioArm - Snakelike Surgical Robot
The body of this robot will follow exactly the movement of its head through the body.
(re: Emmett McDowell, 4/5/2008 )
Microbead-Based Bacteriophages Kill Superbugs Alien-Style
Researchers have found a way to make bacteria like MRSA, who laugh at antibiotics, fear us.
(re: Various, 4/3/2008 )
ReWalk Medical Powered Exoskeleton
The ReWalk device is slim enough that you can even fit it under your clothes, which you can't say about some of those other exoskeletons.
(re: John W. Campbell, 4/2/2008 )
JewelEye Extraocular Implant Video
Would you get this piercing done? Not me.
(re: Various, 3/30/2008 )
HeartLander Robotic Device Crawls Onto Your Heart
Nothing to worry about, just a friendly little robotic device crawling along the epicardial surface of your heart...
(re: , 3/28/2008 )
Sewer Gas-Based Suspended Animation
Researchers are once again putting mice at the forefront of science-fictional-medicine-made-real.
(re: Gene Roddenberry, 3/27/2008 )
Implantable Prosthetic For The Blind
Interesting follow-up to the story about an implantable optic prosthesis to help the estimated 45 million people in the world without sight.
(re: Roger Zelazny, 3/20/2008 )
Anatomy Tattoos: Showing The Inside On The Outside
Now this is really a case of thinking ahead - having anatomical details tattooed in advance.
(re: Various, 3/20/2008 )
Hospital Bed Of The Future From The EU
Futuristic hospital beds are not yet being designed according to specs - specs provided by Heinlein, Pohl and Otomo.
(re: Frederik Pohl, 2/28/2008 )
MIT Biorubber-Based Band-Aid Geckohesive
I was just joking around last week, but researchers are way ahead of the rest of us in their use of nanopatterning.
(re: Various, 2/21/2008 )
Motorized Web Will Keep Hearts Beating
This fabric will be an artificial myocardium that wraps around the heart, squeezing it on the beat.
(re: Various, 2/15/2008 )
Eon Neurostimulation Lasts 10 Years
Alfie Bester wrote about a cool power pack that could supercharge human performance. This isn't quite it, but we're getting there.
(re: Alfred Bester, 2/15/2008 )
Talking Lights Help Patients Navigate
This is a unique system to help people find their way around in one of the most confusing environments in the world - hospitals.
(re: Isaac Asimov, 2/12/2008 )
Sensium Wireless Monitoring Band-Aid
These 'digital plasters' take band-aids into the 21st century; if you're clever, you could even make them stickier.
(re: Various, 2/11/2008 )
Wiihab - Just What Rehab Doctor Ordered
It turns out that the Wii is its own cure; physical therapists like the Wii for lots of reasons.
(re: Various, 2/8/2008 )
Three Genetic Parents? How About Seven?
Fortunately, science fiction writers have been thinking ahead on the idea that a single child might have three or more genetic parents.
(re: William Tenn, 2/7/2008 )
Bone Transplant Grown In Patient's Abdomen From Stem Cells
This is a remarkable result; let's hope that stem cell research is allowed to proceed in this country as well.
(re: Various, 2/3/2008 )
Will Scientists Learn How To Fine-Tune Autism?
Far out speculation on the possibility of ways to get more focused for tests, then defocus in time for the weekend.
(re: Vernor Vinge, 1/30/2008 )
Scientists Add New Letters To DNA's 'Alphabet'
Astonishing and troubling development has scientists rewriting genetic code - with new letters.
(re: Chris Carter, 1/30/2008 )
Morgellons Disease Has Science-Fictional Effects
Morgellons syndrome is an almost sfnal disease process - if it really exists.
(re: Greg Bear, 1/17/2008 )
Sensitive Artificial Skin For Humans, Not Robots
Interesting development shows that what's good for robots might be good for us, too.
(re: Various, 1/9/2008 )
xTAG Viral Panel Tests 12 Viruses In One Sample
More remarkable developments in which scientists give futurists a run for their money.
(re: Greg Bear, 1/8/2008 )
Ukrainian Buckyballs V. Alzheimer's
Interesting research from the Ukraine tells you what you're going to be doing with all those spare buckminsterfullerene molecules you've got lying around in your lab.
(re: Various, 1/4/2008 )
Orexin A Sleep Surrogate
DARPA seems to have funded something that bloggers who stay up too late will pay real money for the next morning. 
(re: Robert Heinlein, 12/30/2007 )
i-Snake Flexible Robot Surgeon Concept
It sounds creepy, but the i-Snake idea has enough funding for a fair trial.
(re: Harry Harrison, 12/30/2007 )
Performance-Enhancing Drugs For The Mind
Everyone who depends upon their mental acuity would like to be sharper.
(re: Paul Di Filippo, 12/28/2007 )
Anti-Aging Drug Research Is Taking Too Long
All I can say is that they need to start figuring out this longevity stuff soon.
(re: Robert Heinlein, 12/25/2007 )
Cultured Muscle Sheet Used To Repair Heart
First ever case in which a person was repaired using their own cells.
(re: , 12/16/2007 )
Tanita Belly Fat Scanner Dr. McCoy Would Like
I was sure I had seen this thing before, and then I got it.
(re: Gene Roddenberry, 12/10/2007 )
Diabetes Tattoo Tests For Glucose Levels
People with diabetes must monitor their blood glucose levels by sticking themselves with a needle; one scientist may have thought of an easier way.
(re: Paul Di Filippo, 12/1/2007 )
Simroid Robot Dental Patient Zombie Oral Prophylaxis
This sophisticated fembot has a number of sensors to make sure that a dentist-in-training is sensitive to a patient's pain.
(re: Various, 11/29/2007 )
Forced Resonance Ultra-Short Pulse Laser Kills Viruses Dead
It appears that every virus has a specific frequency that will cause it to vibrate - and shake itself apart - and the process can be done without harming healthy tissue.
(re: Robert J. Sawyer, 11/18/2007 )
Thoughts Become Words With Brain Implant
The wish may be the father of the thought, but now the thought can directly father the word - with brain implants.
(re: Niven and Pournelle, 11/15/2007 )
3D Cat Scan Display With Non-Contact Control
This remarkable display not only provides 3D views of CAT scan data, but allows physicians to manipulate the image without having to touch anything.
(re: Various, 11/12/2007 )
LifeReader Senses The Enemy Through Walls
Frank Herbert thought about the military applications for a 'life detector' fifty years ago; the real military is catching up.
(re: Frank Herbert, 10/17/2007 )
A Brain Radiator For Epileptics
This unusual remedy appears to have a science-fictional precursor.
(re: Various, 10/11/2007 )
Reduce Snoring With Computerized Pillow
This little wonder may be just the thing so that everyone else can get to sleep - if you are the snorer.
(re: Various, 10/5/2007 )
Baby's First Tinfoil Hat - MummyWraps With Swiss Shield
This interesting item for expectant mothers makes humorous reading - let's hope there's nothing to it.
(re: Robert Heinlein, 10/3/2007 )
Smart Bra Does Breast Cancer Screening
This prototype could lead the way to an easy method of breast cancer screening that could lead to more breast cancer cures through early detection.
(re: Rudy Rucker, 9/11/2007 )
Ultrasound Bloodless Surgery Star Trek-Style
Looks like Dr. McCoy had it right again - maybe knives aren't necessary even for surgery.
(re: Gene Roddenberry, 8/31/2007 )
Vanderbilt Robot Arm Has Steam-Powered Prothetics
This new prosthetic limb power source could be in use as early as 2009 - and it even sweats like you do.
(re: Various, 8/22/2007 )
Artificial Bones Custom-Made On 3D Inkjet Printer
Far out even by sf standards, printed out bones are now being implanted in humans.
(re: Frank Herbert, 8/13/2007 )
Bionic Dog Storm Gets Carbon Fiber Paw
Maximillion got his name because he was the one million dollar dog - now Storm gets a prosthetic paw in real life.
(re: James Parriott, 7/19/2007 )
Amnesia Drugs: Bad Memories Blocked
Researchers may have found a way to block or even delete bad, unpleasant memories. Imagine the possibilities.
(re: Philip K. Dick, 7/1/2007 )
Hitachi Brain-Machine Interface Applications
Once a working brain-machine interface is developed, who knows what sort of devices we'll have.
(re: Frank Herbert, 6/23/2007 )
Raydiance USP Laser Attacks Unwanted Cells
Medical uses for ultrashort pulse lasers are possible because they transfer no heat to the surrounding area.
(re: Robert J. Sawyer, 6/22/2007 )
Spartan DX Real-Time DNA Check
Need that DNA verification fast, fast, FAST? Try this little product - almost as fast as in the movies.
(re: Andrew Niccol, 6/12/2007 )
Russians Fear Targeted Bioweapons, Ban Human Tissue Export
Russian fears about bioweapons were predicted by several sf writers, including Greg Bear.
(re: Greg Bear, 6/1/2007 )
Hitachi Brain Scanner Fun Toy
Hitachi lets you look deep into the brain in this fun toy for the family.
(re: Philip K. Dick, 5/24/2007 )
Biocomputers (Biological Computers) Come Closer
Researchers continue to take small steps toward the creation of biological computers.
(re: Greg Bear, 5/22/2007 )
RFID Diagnostic Sensors Read By RFID-Enabled Cell Phones
Band Aid-style skin patches with RFID chips will help you monitor yourself post-surgery.
(re: Various, 5/21/2007 )
'Plastic' Artificial Red Blood Cells
New blood substitute developed in the UK may provided the answer for blood shortages in emergency situations.
(re: Various, 5/12/2007 )
SPARKy Robotic Ankle Prosthesis (Runner-Up)
The secret of this cool-looking device is a special robotic tendon.
(re: Various, 5/12/2007 )
Robotic Ankle First Such Powered Prosthesis
MIT researchers appear to have created the world's first powered robotic ankle prosthesis.
(re: Various, 5/12/2007 )
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation May Provide A Napcap
TMS may also help with sleep disorders - switch on deep sleep.
(re: Larry Niven, 5/8/2007 )
Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act Passed
Finally, the House passes a bill to keep genetic information from being used by employers to discriminate.
(re: Andrew Niccol, 4/26/2007 )
Your Chemical Wake Up
Science fiction fans have asked for it - now you've got it - a fictional wake up pill.
(re: Frank Herbert, 4/8/2007 )
VeinViewer Now In First Hospital
VeinViewer now in use bigtime.
(re: Michael Crichton, 4/5/2007 )
Beetle-Sized Robot Roams Your Body
Tiny bot can roam your body under the direction of doctors.
(re: , 3/8/2007 )
Intellidrug Medication Dispensing Tooth
Interesting idea from overseas on how to help patients take medications regularly.
(re: Frank Herbert, 2/27/2007 )
Robot Hand HOWARD Stroke Rehabilitation
Robot helps people to relearn simple manual tasks following strokes.
(re: , 2/12/2007 )
Skin Cells Genetically Modified To Fight Infection
This medical advance will help burn patients, who face lethal infection in skin graft procedures.
(re: John Varley, 1/9/2007 )
Disco Capsule Endoscope Theme Park Video
Awesome promotional video takes you to places you never imagined, yet lie within you. Really.
(re: Various, 1/5/2007 )
Snake-like Robots For Throat Surgery Doc Ock-Style
Snakelike robots down your throat? Fortunately, they will be under the control of skilled physicians.
(re: Various, 12/24/2006 )
Bio Ink Jet Printing Muscle And Bone
This unique system is the first step in creating replacements for complex body structures like joints.
(re: Various, 12/10/2006 )
Anti-Viral Polymer Paints Flu Into A Corner
This paint, applied to doorknobs and doors and nursery/day care walls can significantly reduce the transmission of bacteria and flu viruses.
(re: , 11/16/2006 )
Dr. Google Works For Patients, Doctors
Physicians who used search engine giant Google to make diagnoses did amazingly well.
(re: Various, 11/11/2006 )
World's First Artificial Human Liver Grown In Lab
The creation of 'mini-livers' from stem cells may be in time to avoid the dangers of too much demand in the organ transplant field.
(re: Larry Niven, 10/31/2006 )
Bio-Shirts From Korea Monitor Athletes
Very lightweight shirt to help elite athletes (and amateurs) train and avoid overstraining themselves - maybe you'll wear one when you get older.
(re: Rudy Rucker, 10/25/2006 )
SkyCeiling Big Indoor Sky
This remarkable product from The Sky Factory is worthy of Hogwarts - and Stanislaw Lem.
(re: Stanislaw Lem, 10/11/2006 )
Slime-Ridin' Snail-Bot Colonoscopy Robot
Sometimes, science meets fiction - and then grosses it out.
(re: Various, 9/25/2006 )
Stereo Omnidirectional System Intelligent Wheelchair
No blind spots and 360 degree vision - this wheelchair sees it all.
(re: Robert Silverberg, 9/21/2006 )
Donation After Cardiac Death (Wait, I needed that!)
Larry Niven thought about it in 1967 - doctors are trying to increase the donor pool in more creative ways.
(re: Larry Niven, 8/7/2006 )
FRS - Forehead Retina System
Remarkable system helps visually impaired people distinguish the objects in front of them.
(re: Various, 8/3/2006 )
Freeze-Dried Blood For Israeli Soldiers
In a remarkable development, it may soon be possible for soldiers to carry their own blood for emergency transfusion.
(re: , 7/31/2006 )
Cryogenic Suspension For Humans In Two Years
Heinlein's cold rest gets closer and closer - human trials soon.
(re: Robert Heinlein, 7/15/2006 )
Long Life Family Study (Heinlein's 'Howard Families') Now Recruiting
Robert Heinlein got his program started in the mid-1800's; the NIA is starting late, but maybe they'll still get there.
(re: Robert Heinlein, 7/12/2006 )
LSTAT-lite Life Support For Trauma and Transport-lite Demoed
DARPA's LSTAT-lite was demonstrated earlier this month in a real-life format.
(re: Larry Niven, 6/29/2006 )
Smart Pills: 'Steroids' For Brainiacs?
Will SAT scores, like baseball statistics, need to have asterisks to indicate the use of performance-enhancing brain stimulants?
(re: Various, 6/12/2006 )
Pimp My Heart EKG Bling
Pimp My Heart lets cardiologists go for the bling, dog.
(re: Various, 5/25/2006 )
Pierced Glasses - Extreme Eyewear
LASIK is extreme - this is just making good use of a piercing that you might have gotten anyway.
(re: Various, 5/20/2006 )
SPOT-NOSED Nanobiosensors For Doctors
The electronic nose doesn't quite know, but soon will, based on this research.
(re: Michael Crichton, 5/15/2006 )
Medical Nanotubes Need Opening? Ask Raquel Welch
How to uncork a medical nanotube - if only we could find a medical assistant the size of a bacterium.
(re: Various, 5/10/2006 )
Mandadory Microchip Implants To Be Prohibited By Law
Want to make sure you are never implanted with a microchip against your will? Better move to Wisconsin.
(re: Various, 4/25/2006 )
Synthehol Sought By Psychopharmacologists
Science-fictional alcohol without hangovers and cirrhosis may be within reach, says a UB prof.
(re: Gene Roddenberry, 4/11/2006 )
Do-It-Yourself Microgravity Courtesy Of NASA
How can regular guys be more like those macho astronauts? NASA has found a way.
(re: Robert Heinlein, 3/29/2006 )
Radiation Aging - The Deadly Years In Space
Radiation is a problem outside of our Earth's friendly magnetic field. Accelerated aging could result.
(re: John W. Campbell, 3/23/2006 )
RI-MAN And Roujin-Z Robots: Elder Care Fact And Fiction 
Hospital robots can go either way, according to sf writers and anime creators. Will we see both?
(re: Frederik Pohl, 3/21/2006 )
Defending Against Harmful Nanotechnology
The winners of the Lifeboat Foundation Guardian Award warned us about nanomachines, but at least half a century after hard-working sf authors did.
(re: Maurice A. Hugi, 3/13/2006 )
Toxoplasma Gondii Parasite Mind Control
How could a tiny parasite influence the behavior of an entire organism?
(re: Robert Heinlein, 2/7/2006 )
Imation Flash Wristband: Music And Medical Informatics Miracle
Hey, kill two birds with one stone with this cool item.
(re: Larry Niven, 2/1/2006 )
Dynasty Trusts Lively Topic For Corpsicles
Cold cash for corpsicles; before freezing, cryonauts put assets on ice.
(re: Larry Niven, 1/24/2006 )
Fantastic Voyage Of Self-assembling Peptide Nanofibers
Researchers write a sequel to the sixties film.
(re: Isaac Asimov, 12/20/2005 )
Implant For Nausea Relief
Newly patented system for relieving nausea already suggested by Lois McMaster Bujold.
(re: Lois McMaster Bujold, 11/11/2005 )
DARPA's Radiation Decontamination (And 'Doc' Smith's Dekon)
DARPA and a host of scientists are working on decontamination techniques for dirty bombs.
(re: E.E. 'Doc' Smith, 11/3/2005 )
Remote Control For Humans
NTT's prototype of a consumer version of a galvanic vestibular stimulation machine really works.
(re: Various, 10/25/2005 )
'Cellborg' Humidity Gauge First Bacterial Cyborg
For the first time, a living bacterium is assimilated borg-style into an electronic circuit. Resistance is futile!
(re: Gene Roddenberry, 10/18/2005 )
Lab Mice Unexpectedly Regenerate Limbs, Organs
Mice bred to contract lupus are found to regrow limbs and organs.
(re: Neal Asher, 10/9/2005 )
AKROD v2 - Active Knee Rehabilitation Device Human Trials
Human trials of the programmable, portable robotic knee brace called the AKROD will begin soon
(re: Various, 9/12/2005 )
Southampton Remedi Hand Beats Hollywood
Better than Hollywood special effects, it provides more degrees of freedom and advanced feedback control.
(re: George Lucas, 9/8/2005 )
Klotho Anti-Aging Gene
A gene in mice and men may give long life, but not without a possible price.
(re: Larry Niven, 8/29/2005 )
Bionic Arm Uses Neuro-Engineering
Scientists at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago attached a unique bionic arm to an injured electrician's left shoulder - just like Steve Austin.
(re: Martin Caidin, 7/14/2005 )
Smallest Implantable Body Batteries
An implantable body battery 100 times smaller than a standard AA battery has been developed by Argonne National Laboratory in cooperation with Quallion and the University of Wisconsin.
(re: Alfred Bester, 7/7/2005 )
Remote-Controlled Robotic Hand Performs Breast Exams
A remote-controlled robotic hand will soon enable medical specialists to examine women from anywhere in the world.
(re: E.M. Forster, 7/7/2005 )
Futurist Gets Around To Digital Immortality
Ian Pearson, head of the Futurology unit at BT, claims that the wealthy will be able to download their minds into computers by 2050. Science fiction writers have been making the same claim since the 1960's.
(re: David Brin, 5/28/2005 )
UCB - University of California Bone Regeneration
UCLA professors Kang Ting and Ben Wu are developing a new molecule they’ve named University of California Bone (UCB). This technology may be the most significant advance in bone regeneration in decades. 
(re: J.K. Rowling, 4/24/2005 )
Trauma Pod Battlefield Medical Treatment System
DARPA has awarded a $12 million contract to develop an automated medical treatment system that can recieve, assess and stabilize wounded soldiers immediately following injury. The trauma pod is used to treat soldiers on the battlefield using advanced
(re: Frank Herbert, 4/5/2005 )
Philip K. Dick's Bubblehead Brainiacs
Over-expressing the protein CPG-15 in rats gives them bigger brains; these enlarged brains have grooves and furrows like evolved mammalian brains with larger surface areas.
(re: Philip K. Dick, 3/31/2005 )
IVF Parents Pick Sex, Alter Balance Of Nature
Should parents undergoing fertility treatments like IVF have the right to choose the sex of the baby? Lawmakers in Britain have split over this issue, reigniting the debate over "designer babies".
(re: James Blish, 3/25/2005 )
Bacillus Loquacious: AI-2 and the Talkative Bacterium
"When we think about bacteria, we think about them as being tiny single-celled organisms that live these very asocial reclusive lives," said Bonnie Bassler, a molecular biologist at Princeton University. "In fact, bacteria have developed language, an
(re: Greg Bear, 3/14/2005 )
Brain 'Pacemaker' For Depression Sufferers
For the first time, deep brain stimulation (DBS) has been shown to treat people suffering from major depression. DBS has been used to successfully treat epilepsy and Parkinson's.
(re: Larry Niven, 3/3/2005 )
Young Blood Found To Revive Aging Muscles
Dr. Thomas Rando and his group have been studying specialized cells called satellite cells, which are the stem cells in muscles.
(re: Robert Heinlein, 3/2/2005 )
Mouse With Human Brain May Live
Stanford University has given researcher Irving Weissman permission to create a mouse-human hybrid. The intent is to inject human brain cells into the brains of developing mice to see what happens.
(re: H.G. Wells, 2/16/2005 )
RFID Tags Proposed To Halt Blackmarket Cadaver Trade
An investigation into illegal sale and distribution of cadavers and body parts at the University of California, Los Angeles, has lead to recommendations that include implanting cadavers and individual body parts with RFID tags.
(re: Larry Niven, 2/10/2005 )
First Methuselah Mouse Rejuvenation 'M Prize' Awarded
The first Methuselah Foundation Rejuvenation 'M Prize" for Reversing Aging in Middle-Aged Mice Using Techniques Applicable to Human Beings has been awarded to Dr. Stephen Spindler, who lead an experiment to make mice biologically younger while extend
(re: Robert Heinlein, 11/28/2004 )
Geo-View ECG-Shirt - So Close To A Heartshirt
Geo-View has created a new shirt for sports enthusiasts (and others) called the ECG-Shirt. It has incorporated high-tech foil containing sensors that measure heart rate, yielding an electrocardiogram.
(re: Rudy Rucker, 11/17/2004 )
Chips In Your Head - Artificial Brain Prosthesis Under Development
In the spirit of works by William Gibson, a silicon chip implant that mimics the hippocampus is under development.
(re: William Gibson, 10/26/2004 )
Hey Epsilons! Brave New World Getting Closer
Researchers have found they can make monkeys work their hardest and fastest all the time by manipulating a specific gene so they forgot about rewards. No complaints or slacking off. You have that gene, too.
(re: Aldous Huxley, 10/25/2004 )
Electronic Underwear Monitors Your Heart
Philips Research in Germany announced on Friday that they have developed underwear that monitors your heart. The underwear can also dial 911 for you.
(re: Rudy Rucker, 10/18/2004 )
VeriChip RFID Tag Patient Implant Badges Now FDA Approved
The Federal Drug Administration has approved a final review process to determine whether hospitals can use VeriChip RFID tags to identify patients. The estimated life of the tags is twenty years.
(re: Alfred Bester, 10/17/2004 )
BrainGate - Earth Scientists Begin To Crack Krell Secrets
BrainGate, a tiny sensor array implanted in the brain, has allowed a quadriplegic man to check e-mail and play computer games.
(re: Irving Block, 10/14/2004 )
NEEMO 7 - NASA Undersea Robotic Telemedicine Experiment
The Zeus robotic surgical system will be used in an unusual experiment to give NASA additional options.
(re: Peter Watts, 10/12/2004 )
MEMSwear Fall Fashion - Bluetooth-enabled Motion Detection Shirt
Fallen and you can't get up? This shirt has already called for help.
(re: Rudy Rucker, 10/12/2004 )
Dogs Sniff For Cancer
Dogs can detect cancer through their sense of smell, according to a study published last weekend in the British medical journal BMJ.
(re: John Brunner, 9/29/2004 )
Cream Encourages Your Immune System
A cream that encourages the body's immune system to destroy cancer cells has been released for general use in Australia.
(re: David Brin, 9/19/2004 )
Automatic Blood Donation Machine
A recent advance to help reduce the cost of transfusions in Japan is the automatic blood donation machine.
(re: John Varley, 7/9/2004 )
EEGLAB: Independent Component Analysis Reads Your Thoughts
EEGLAB processes continuous and event-related EEG (electroencephalogram) data, allowing researchers to closely correlate specific brain activity with specific cognitive events - reading your individual thoughts.
(re: John Brunner, 6/15/2004 )
Sleep Room - Better Rest From A To Zzz
Japan is the land of the rising sun - a sun that rises all too soon for weary commuters and hard-working students who burn the midnight oil. The Matsushita Electric Works Sleep Room may be the answer - sort of like Larry Niven's Napcap Rental Facilit
(re: Larry Niven, 6/14/2004 )
SpineAssist Robot Has Got Your Back
The SpineAssist robot attaches directly to the spine during operations. It has Food and Drug Administration approval to assist surgeons in the precise placement of tools and implants.
(re: Frank Herbert, 6/13/2004 )
Picture This: Cell Repair By Medical Nanorobots
Svidinenko Yuriy's renderings of medical nanorobots give Fantastic Voyage an update.
(re: Isaac Asimov, 6/9/2004 )
Crystal Palm Flower: Logan's Run Life Clock on Ebay
A palm flower from the movie Logan's Run (from the novel by William F. Nolan and George Clayton Johnson) is available for purchase on Ebay.
(re: William F. Nolan, 6/1/2004 )
HetaCool - Your Personal Antifreeze?
Lowering the body temperature to near freezing would be very helpful for certain surgeries, but it's impossible to cool blood to that temperature without disrupting the cells you need to live. But what if you had antifreeze running in your veins?
(re: Robert Heinlein, 5/14/2004 )
The Blind May See - In The Dark
A number of companies and research laboratories are working on optical prostheses; devices that are actually implanted in the eye of a person who is unable to see. Some allow a patient to see in the far-infrared.
(re: Bruce Sterling, 5/12/2004 )
Biomolecular Computer: The Tiniest Doc?
The vial at shown here contains trillions of tiny doctors capable of both diagnosing a particular form of cancer as well as administering an anti-cancer agent.
(re: Greg Bear, 5/2/2004 )
da Vinci Surgical Robot: Dr.'s Helper
A 2004 University of Michigan study noted that patients who were operated on with robotic surgeon assistance recovered more quickly with fewer or less obtrusive scars using a surgical robot. Similar devices are used in telemedicine; read a wry encoun
(re: Peter Watts, 3/15/2004 )
Nerve Cells Grown On Microchip
Nerve cells grown on a microchip have been shown to learn and memorize information, according to researchers from the University of Calgary.
(re: Peter Watts, 2/23/2004 )
Gene Therapy Builds Muscles Fast
Lee Sweeney (University of Pennsylvania) has shown that gene therapy can build muscles fast in rats - and maintain their size - even without an exercise program.
(re: William Gibson, 2/18/2004 )
Real Organleggers: Human Organ Trafficking
What has been described as an "international human organ trafficking syndicate" has been discovered in South Africa. Nine Brazilians and two Israelis have been arrested in Brazil.
(re: Larry Niven, 12/10/2003 )
Artificial Cornea Helps Pigs See
According to the Proceedings of the Royal Academy of Sciences, scientists have succeeded in creating artificial corneas.
(re: William Gibson, 12/1/2003 )
Underwear Detects Heart Problems
Recently, Philips Electronics came out with a network of sensors woven into ordinary clothing, like underwear.
(re: Rudy Rucker, 10/3/2003 )
Can Men Really Get Pregnant?
You'll have to be the judge; sf fans are as qualified as anyone to imagine the possibilities.
(re: Barry Longyear, )
 "Never fire a laser at a mirror."

Jaxon's picture
November 2, 2014 - 9:55am

Tchklinxa's picture
November 2, 2014 - 11:19am
I know it is a lot... but many are cool ideas, & the research is there to browse through from sci-fi, some are real things too...

This idea would exist in some form in the UPF I am sure plus who doesn't want to say "death-reversal equipment" to a PC group! LOL
Flying Defibrillator Ambulance Drone 
'The death-reversal equipment is on its way...

I think a small hover type bot either white with red logo or yellow & red logo that could do basic life saving things for the Core 4 in cities or facilities or larger ships would exist.
 "Never fire a laser at a mirror."

jedion357's picture
November 2, 2014 - 2:07pm
Tchklinxa wrote:
I know it is a lot... but many are cool ideas, & the research is there to browse through from sci-fi, some are real things too...

This idea would exist in some form in the UPF I am sure plus who doesn't want to say "death-reversal equipment" to a PC group! LOL
Flying Defibrillator Ambulance Drone 
'The death-reversal equipment is on its way...

I think a small hover type bot either white with red logo or yellow & red logo that could do basic life saving things for the Core 4 in cities or facilities or larger ships would exist.

What about a hvy duty robot with altered movement method of rotor and the auto-doc coffin (sfman #?) on board. We've already had a trauma recovery robot but this one would fly in, scoop up the casualty, repair, charge their credit account and send them on their way before returning to its depot.
I might not be a dralasite, vrusk or yazirian but I do play one in Star Frontiers!

Tchklinxa's picture
November 2, 2014 - 2:52pm
That would be perfect for a major city and maybe a few well funded out of the way places, you know club-med in space maybe with some risker fun for some... civilized play spots for the rich, or tourist spots that make lots of Credits, but people sometimes get in trouble, or major research planets, or agriculture planets even, where it might be more practical if say every one is spread out... plus if the bot was needed to gain access to a depot for some reason, that could be fun watching the Players try to figure out how to pull that off... Foot in mouth

The Hypo-Arm as used in the story it was pulled from could well be an unexpected surprise on a ship bunk: (You know for those days you need to kidnap the PCs):" ...the padded arms slipped across his bunk, pinning him down securely. He watched the panel slip back in the wall next to him and the hypo arm slide through, moving erratically like a snake as its metal fingers sought him out. They touched his ankle and the serpent's tooth of the needle snapped free. The last thing he saw was the needle slipping into his vein, then the drug blacked him out."

 "Never fire a laser at a mirror."

jedion357's picture
November 2, 2014 - 4:52pm
@ Tchklinxa: WOW information overload- I'm trying to catch up after being out of things for most of a week.

Many things in those list are hard to convert to the SF setting however:

1. Short wave surgical knife- call it a wave field scapel which can cut without cutting the skin- in other words it cuts beneath the skin with out puncturing the skin. Works by having two wave fields out of phase and at right angles to each other, the point of intersection is where the cutting is done and its possible to perform surgery beneath the skin. Requires a full set of wave field tools like wave field forcepts and wave field probes and a medical scanner being held by an assistent (Hello, nurse.) Downside is -10% to surgery skill check but upside is that it can all but eliminate the chance of an infection. Infections can be dangerous see the Medical subskill 'Controlling Infection'. If the medic is not in a sterile facility and or the nature of things is that there is a chance of infection he can opt to use wave field tools. Many surgeons perfer using the classic sonic and laser scapels as they are easier to use than the wave field tools and by cutting the skin they can better see what they are doing. Wave Field tools are pricey.

these are mine:
2. Athilor Cream: Yazirian herbal remedy that if rubbed on wounds will triple the natural healing rate
Alpha Dawn wrote:
Wounds heal naturally at a rate of 1 point for every 20 hours the wounded character spends resting.
thus use of this cream with rest would restore 3 points per 20 hours. unfortunately this ancient herb remedy only works on Yazirians. One 5 dose jar (a dose is enough for one 20 period of rest/healing) cost 12Cr

3. But have no fear SynthCorp has developed Athilor 4 cream, formulated to work on all of the species in the 'core four' but in only doubles the healing restoring 2 points/ 20 hours rest. One 5 dose jar (a dose is enough for one 20 period of rest/healing) cost 10Cr

4. Nerve Block Nanite. These nanites are injected into the character's system and will control pain for the character reducing the pain penalty for half STA from -20 to -10 preventing the movement penalty of half speed for 1/2 STA. Characters that continue fun move rate despite 1/2 STA risk increased injury and must pass a current STA check or lose 1 STA. the nanites persist in the body for 5 years but a booster injection is all that is required to extend them for another 5 years. Initial injection 2000 Cr, Booster injection 500 Cr.
I might not be a dralasite, vrusk or yazirian but I do play one in Star Frontiers!

Jaxon's picture
November 2, 2014 - 5:09pm

Tchklinxa's picture
November 2, 2014 - 11:23pm
Tapeworm Tranquilizer could work... yes I agree eew... but would make a great alien genetically modified creature or some sort of bio-mechanical device. The tech could probably be used to release other needed meds as well. 

Selektrogel though not "needed" for game play could in theory create a problem in population demographics. 

The Vestan Parasite though not for healing would make a great annoying parasite... turns out the ship's infested! 
 "Never fire a laser at a mirror."