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MIT creates a Star Trek hypospray to replace needles

Injecting stuff into your body via a needle is messy and old fashioned. For years, researchers around the world have been looking at new ways to get medicine under the skin without actually puncturing the skin. The latest from MIT is based on Star Trek’s hypospray technology.

The new jet injection method delivers a drug through the skin at speeds of up to 340 meters per second and in under a millisecond. The amount of drug can be varied, as can how deep it is injected. And as far as the patient is concerned, they shouldn’t feel anything other than the tip of the injector against their skin. That’s because the jet is as thin as a mosquito’s proboscis.


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  1. kiranerys reblogged this from king-tumbleweed and added:
    yup, serious science boners
  2. bloodcolossus reblogged this from teratomarty
  3. littlelostdragon reblogged this from perrydotto and added:
    This is really cool.
  4. perrydotto reblogged this from rainbowsparky
  5. pnshareditems reblogged this from iheartchaos
  6. smoresi reblogged this from revcleo
  7. harmonykitty reblogged this from samonsterx
  8. velinthesky reblogged this from inexchangeforyoursoul
  9. nuderefsarebest reblogged this from squishysound
  10. revcleo reblogged this from shandrydan and added:
    Very cool :)
  11. cuyguy reblogged this from teratomarty and added:
    Awesome tech development is awesome!
  12. molewoman reblogged this from jezza-bella and added:
    ^ Same.
  13. jezza-bella reblogged this from ranyakumo-moved and added:
    awh but i like needles
  14. shandrydan reblogged this from rainbowsparky and added:
    Star Trek was the inspiration for cellphones and tablet computers and now this. Star Trek is so great.
  15. inexchangeforyoursoul reblogged this from meowgosaurus
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  18. rainbowsparky reblogged this from nocakeno and added:
  19. squishysound reblogged this from teratomarty
  20. samonsterx reblogged this from squidinktea and added:
    I am one of those people. HOW LONG BEFORE I CAN GO TO A HOSPITAL AGAIN?
  21. squidinktea reblogged this from teratomarty and added:
    Neato. I daresay I know a few people that will be very happy with this.
  22. nocakeno reblogged this from teratomarty
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