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    This Device Could Make It Easier To Find Your Veins

    This Device Could Make It Easier To Find Your Veins

    Scientists have discovered a way to find your veins before poking around half a dozen times to find the spot. Now the Australian Red Cross Blood service is using the near infrared light device that locates blood to study whether being able to locate hard to find veins will result in reduced anxiety and thus make it more likely these types of donors will come back and donate again. The… Read More

  • NaturalCycles Expands Its Contraception App Subscription Service In Europe

    NaturalCycles Expands Its Contraception App Subscription Service In Europe

    Swiss founded startup NaturalCycle, which has been testing its contraception app in the Nordics since last December has now opened it up to the U.K. market, making its first move to scale the subscription service which aims to offer women an alternative to hormone based contraception methods such as the pill. Read More

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    This Scientist Is Using Open Sourced Software Techniques To Turn Bugs Into Patent-Free Drugs

    This Scientist Is Using Open Sourced Software Techniques To Turn Bugs Into Patent-Free Drugs

    Chemist and “semi-recreational” codemonkey Isaac Yonemoto is running a crowdfunding campaign called Project Marilyn to create open sourced, patent-free cancer drugs. Yonemoto proposes a $75,000 stretch goal to fund an experiment he hopes will prove we can use a compound sequenced from microscopic bug cultures to treat cancer. It’s a plan that could liberate pharmaceuticals… Read More

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    SOSVentures Takes On Y Combinator With A Pure Biotech Accelerator

    SOSVentures Takes On Y Combinator With A Pure Biotech Accelerator

    International VC firm SOSVentures is capitalizing on the now buzz worthy biotech investment trend with the creation of IndieBio, the first accelerator to focus on just life sciences. Y Combinator raised a few eyebrows when it accepted five biotech companies out of the 80 startups in its program this last summer. That was a first for the Silicon Valley accelerator. But IndieBio partners tell… Read More

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    StoreDot Charges Up With $42M For Its Fast-Charging Bio-Organic Batteries

    StoreDot Charges Up With $42M For Its Fast-Charging Bio-Organic Batteries

    Israeli startup StoreDot, which is developing quantum dot-utilizing fast-charging smartphone battery technology, among other things, has closed a $42 million Series B funding round. It pitches its bio-organic nano-crystal technology as an enabler for faster charging batteries and also a cheaper and non-toxic alternative to cadmium in screens. Read More

  • Pavlok’s Wristband That Electroshocks You For Facebooking Or Skipping Workouts Now On Indiegogo

    Pavlok’s Wristband That Electroshocks You For Facebooking Or Skipping Workouts Now On Indiegogo

    Pavlov and his dogs proved conditioning shapes behavior patterns. A hundred years later, a startup called Pavlok hopes the same theory and its electroshock wristband will make us exercise, wake up on time, and stop procrastinating. Launching today on Indiegogo starting at $99, Pavlok’s app lets you set up goals like hitting the gym or avoiding social media sites, and then its… Read More

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    StartX Opens Biolab For Stanford Startups

    StartX And QB3 Open A Biotech Lab In Palo Alto

    StartX, the nonprofit accelerator program spun out of Stanford University, is opening a biotech laboratory in conjunction with QB3, the institute focused on molecular biology research at the University of California. The space is intended for early stage medical and hardware tech companies, providing equipment useful for molecular biology startups and early stage hardware startups. Read More

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    The Eyeball Selfie For Secure Banking, EyeVerify Gets $6 Million In Series A Part 2

    The Eyeball Selfie For Secure Banking, EyeVerify Gets $6 Million In Series A Part 2

    Banking is now in the eye of the beholder. That’s literally for EyeVerify. This new kind of ID verification tech lets you simply hold your smartphone about 8 inches from your face and take a picture of your eyeball. EyeVerify then pattern-matches the blood vessels within the sclera, the white part of your eye, to unlock your bank account. This eliminates any possibility of a hacker… Read More

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    New At Y Combinator: Startups Solving Huge Problems!

    New At Y Combinator: Startups Solving Huge Problems!

    During today’s YC Demo Day, there was a notable block among the startups presenting that didn’t give off the vibe we’re used to seeing at this kind of event in Silicon Valley: companies that are addressing real issues with big, bold solutions. We’re not talking about minor problems we all have — like burritos being too hard to get quickly — but issues that… Read More