As Life Expectancy Increases, So Do the Years Spent in ‘Bad Health’ [Infographic]

Human life expectancy is at the highest it has ever been. We now have better access to healthcare, and better healthcare, and life expectancy is it an encouraging high. So we are living longer, but how much of that increased life is spent in good health? This infographic by Medigo illustrates the global numbers for what they call “Bad Health Years”, a number that has increased (on average) for Europe and South America.

Bionic eye allows man to see for the first time in 33 years

It’s a wonderful time we live in, and science makes miracles happen with an amazing regularity. Larry Hester, 66 had been blind for 33 years due to a condition called retinitis pigmentosa. Doctors at the Duke Eye Center surgically implanted an electronic stimulator in his left eye in September, and on October 1, the device was turned on by Dr. Paul Hahn. The heartwarming video shows what followed.

Tiny Robots Move Around, Build Stuff

As you can see here, micro robots can do very interesting and impressive maneuvers. Taking a leaf out of ant colonies, where ants are mostly specialized in a particular jobs, the micro robots can be programmed to handle some specific job as well. Diamagnetic Micro Manipulation (DM3) use magnets to move under a circuit board, and can be pre-programmed to follow a certain path and do specific jobs, even while navigating the terrain of the surface.

Korean Plastic Surgeons Are So Extreme, They Issue Certificates of Identity After Procedures

South Korea is one of the biggest destinations for cosmetic surgery. People from neighboring countries like China and Japan often visit South Korea to get surgeries. Apparently, they have a good reason to make such trips. While generally surgeries like these make small, localized changes, the South Koreans pull off an entirely new look where the patients are “enhanced” versions of themselves.

Woman Receives a 3D Printed Skull Implant [video]

[Note: The video shows a part of the surgery. If you don’t have the stomach for it, do not watch beyond the 50 second mark.]

3D Printing is well on its way to changing the way we live. From making toys, art, food, cars, and medicine, the technology is making its impact felt in nearly every aspect of modern life. For a 22 year old Dutch woman, the technology has been especially helpful in helping her battle a medical condition.