What we’ve been reading: Week of April 27, 2015


Crowdfunded science is here. But is it legit science? (Wired)
More and more scientists are turning to crowdfunding to pay for research. Is it the end of science as we know it or a meaningful and realistic evolution?

The world’s top 10 most innovative companies of 2015 in robotics (Fast Company)
Medical applications are well-represented in this compendium of companies working on the world of tomorrow today.

What Uber drivers can teach health care (KevinMD.com)
Doctors can learn from enterprising and fiercely independent Uber drivers.

3-D printed splints help infants with airway disorder (MedPageToday)
3-D medical printing is proving its utility again. This time, 3-D printed custom airway splint devices designed to fit the anatomy of children with an often fatal airway disease could cure tracheobronchomalacia. A clinical trial is planned.

Security experts hack teleoperated surgical robot (MIT Technology Review)
The first hijacking of a medical telerobot raises important questions over the security of remote surgery, say computer security experts.

The great American kidney swap (The New York Times Magazine)
Waiting for a donated organ is a long shot, and buying one is illegal. But sophisticated software, combined with old-fashioned selflessness, could be a solution.

Malaria vaccine found effective in infants, young children (MedPageToday)
The malaria vaccine RTS,S/AS01 was associated with preventing a greater proportion of malaria cases in infants and young children compared with control vaccines, according to the results of a phase III clinical trial.