Docbots and drones

Military medics used to paint their helmets or wear armbands with red crosses to make themselves more visible, signalling to the enemy that they, and the soldiers they cared for, were not combatants. In a once widely respected humanitarian rule of war, they were not deliberately targeted. But they can no longer count on...
  • Trying To Keep The Blood Flowing

    March 1, 2005 by Natalie Salat
    ILLUSTRATION: BARBARA SPURLL Ron Morrow is sitting in a red leather armchair, looking pretty relaxed for someone who has a needle and long, thin tube coming out of his right arm. One unit—450 millilitres—of his blood is making its way into a plastic bag at...
  • Needle-Free Injections

    January 1, 2005 by Natalie Salat
    It may seem like something out of Star Trek, but doctors at the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology are well on their way to developing painless, needle-free injections. Instead of relying on the standard hypodermic needle to deliver medication or extract body fluids,...