Model could lead to personalized artificial hips that last

Modeling how artificial hips stand up over time could help make future implants better. It could also lead to personalized replacement joints.

Mike Williams-Rice • futurity
Jan. 12, 2021 ~7 min

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‘Hovering’ cuts hospital returns after joint replacement

A program that monitored hip and knee replacement patients after they left the hospital resulted in a fourfold decline in those who had to return.

Frank Otto-Penn • futurity
Dec. 22, 2020 ~6 min

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Powering through the coming energy transition

Carbon capture and storage are key to achieving climate goals.

Mark Dwortzan | MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change • mit
Nov. 18, 2020 ~6 min

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Saudi Arabia faces increased heat, humidity, precipitation extremes by mid-century

High-resolution climate projections could enable a robust adaptation and resilience response.

Mark Dwortzan | Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change • mit
Oct. 29, 2020 ~4 min

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Method regrows cartilage to cushion bones

A new technique to regrow cartilage could one day help people avoid arthritis before things get too bad, researchers say.

Christopher Vaughn - Stanford • futurity
Aug. 26, 2020 ~9 min

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These cells spike before rheumatoid arthritis flare-ups

Newly discovered cells in the blood seem to indicate impending flare-ups of rheumatoid arthritis. Could they one day be a gauge of pain to come?

Katherine Fenz-Rockefeller • futurity
July 20, 2020 ~7 min

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Space station motors take prosthetic legs to a new level

Motors first designed for the International Space Station can help people using prosthetic legs to walk with a more natural gait, researchers say.

Nicole Casal Moore-Michigan • futurity
July 17, 2020 ~5 min

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Decarbonize and diversify

How energy-intensive economies can survive and thrive as the globe ramps up climate action.

Mark Dwortzan | MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change • mit
July 15, 2020 ~4 min

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Strong hydrogel could replace busted knee cartilage

The new hydrogel is strong enough to stand up to stretching and squishing like real knee cartilage. A quarter-sized disc can handle a 100-pound kettlebell.

Robin Smith-Duke • futurity
June 26, 2020 ~6 min

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