Health

  • Trak is like a Fitbit for sperm

    Trak is like a Fitbit for sperm

    If you feel the world is in danger of under-population but your fallopian swim team is letting the side down, Sandstone Diagnostics has your back. Now FDA-approved, the company’s product Trak will be the lifestyle coach and home-diagnostics tool to help deliver happier sperm and tiny shouty miracles. Read More

  • YCombinator makes every SimCity player’s dream reality with new research initiative

    YCombinator makes every SimCity player’s dream reality with new research initiative

    Ever wanted to design a city from scratch? All those years tinkering with SimCity and Legos are going to finally start paying dividends for a lucky few. YCombinator is looking for urban mavericks to address everything from the creation of affordable housing to the design of public spaces in its new research undertaking. The buzz-word smart-city is rapidly becoming platitudinous but YC will… Read More

  • How the ancient art of origami is inspiring cutting-edge technology Crunch Network

    How the ancient art of origami is inspiring cutting-edge technology

    The future is always being shaped by the past. Long before the 3D printer, origami was the original genius at creating lifelike forms out of a flat surface. Folding brings with it the ability to collapse, flex and unfurl structures at will, which has huge potential for a variety of engineering applications. From digestible origami pills that could provide alternatives to invasive surgery to… Read More

  • With $3 million in new funding, Farm Hill brings its healthy lunches to San Francisco

    With $3 million in new funding, Farm Hill brings its healthy lunches to San Francisco

    A food delivery startup called Farm Hill is expanding its business from the suburbs of Silicon Valley to San Francisco this week, bucking the trend of so many “on-demand” businesses that focus on dense, urban markets first. Interestingly, Farm Hill benefitted from the demise of one of its city-focused peers in the industry, Spoonrocket. Farm Hill has taken over leases and… Read More

  • Can the smartphone cure Zika? Crunch Network

    Can the smartphone cure Zika?

    The smartphone has become the digital Swiss Army Knife of modern life. Beyond making phone calls, it takes pictures and videos, facilitates purchases, connects us to our social networks, helps us navigate around town and runs applications for almost any imaginable purpose — including one you couldn’t imagine. Read More

  • Playing catch-up in hospital innovation Crunch Network

    Playing catch-up in hospital innovation

    Earlier this year, the White House made a bold bid against cancer, announcing a new, nationwide “Moonshot” initiative to do away with the disease — once and for all. However, for every moonshot, there is an endless list of insidious problems plaguing the industry that don’t make headlines, but are silently killing our system (and patients), inefficiency by small… Read More

  • Nootrobox wants to boost your brain power with vitamin D

    Nootrobox wants to boost your brain power with vitamin D

    Who needs the sun? Many Silicon Valley startups pride themselves on long, grueling work hours, toiling from the crack of dawn until late into the night. But that work pride has a toll — they likely suffer from a serious lack of vitamin D. Most U.S. office workers do these days and Nootrobox co-founder Geoff Woo says that’s affecting our brains. Vitamin D plays an important role… Read More

  • Simple Habit is an app to squeeze mindfulness into your busy day

    Simple Habit is an app to squeeze mindfulness into your busy day

    The stress of running a startup guided founder Yunha Kim to her next idea: a mindfulness app called Simple Habit, offering audio meditations as short as five-minutes so that busy people can squeeze a little tranquility into their day. Read More

  • NIH grants $2.3M to development of FeverPhone, a portable disease diagnosis kit

    NIH grants $2.3M to development of FeverPhone, a portable disease diagnosis kit

    Quick diagnosis of bloodborne diseases can very much be a matter of life and death, but bouncing results off a hospital can take hours or days — so the NIH and Cornell University are working on a device called the FeverPhone that could cut that time to as little as 15 minutes. Read More

  • Bio
    A federal safety board just OK’d the first CRISPR trial to genetically alter humans

    A federal safety board just OK’d the first CRISPR trial to genetically alter humans

    In the spring of 2015, a group of Chinese scientists modified the DNA of 54 embryos using CRISPR/Cas 9 technology. Twenty-eight of those embryos were successful, but 26 — nearly half of them — failed, setting off a heated debate throughout the scientific community on the ethics of altering human genes. Regulators don’t currently allow the use of CRISPR on human DNA in the… Read More

  • Hardware Battlefield competitor Foobot wants to reduce pollution in your home

    Hardware Battlefield competitor Foobot wants to reduce pollution in your home

    The last we heard from AirBoxLab, the company was presenting an indoor air quality monitor called Alima in the TechCrunch Hardware Battlefield at CES 2014. In the two years since that event, the company has rebranded the Alima as the Foobot, raised €2 million and shifted focus from simply monitoring air quality to improving it. When Foobot released a direct to consumer product back in… Read More