Bigfoot: Beyond Footprints and DNA

Last week researchers from Oxford University and the Lausanne Museum of Zoology announced that they are seeking genetic materials (such as hair, skin, and blood samples) claimed to be of unknown animals such as Bigfoot. The goal of the Oxford-Lausanne Collateral Hominid Project is to catalogue and identify new species, including those long believed to be mythical.

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Toddler received world’s smallest artificial heart as he waited for a transplant
Italian doctors have saved the life of a 16-month-old boy by implanting the world’s smallest artificial heart to keep the infant alive until a donor was found for a transplant.

The tiny titanium pump weighs only 11 grams and can handle a blood flow of 1.5 liters a minute. An artificial heart for adults weighs 900 grams.

Surgeon Antonio Amodeo said the baby had become family and his team wanted to do everything to help him.

“Every day, every hour, for more than one year he was with us. So when we had a problem we couldn’t do anything more than our best,” he said. (Photo: Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters)


Harry Potter and the Order of Phlebotomists

A new blood type test has been developed that takes a page right out of Tom Riddle’s diary. Instead of writing on a page and receiving an answer, blood is washed over the paper and the letter corresponding to the blood type is activated.

Antibodies that are specific to each particular blood type are immobilized on the page, and when blood is washed over them, it sticks. The result is an easy-to-read, foolproof check for hospitals and mobile units. 

No word on if it can detect mudblood.

(via Monash University)