The week of November 1, 2015

The Frontiers of Medicine

The yearslong quest to make the ‘Star Trek’ tricorder a reality

By Chris Stokel-Walker

Science fiction says the medical tricorder—portable, able to diagnose any illness, usable by anyone—is invented around 2266. Inventor Jonathan O’Halloran doesn’t want to wait that long.


How the Internet is changing the face of psychological research

By Cynthia McKelvey

Web-based surveys have brought obscure diseases to the forefront and broadened our understanding of cognition.

The hypnosis health apps the FDA won’t do anything about

By Olga Lexell

Thousands of apps promise to help you stop smoking, cure your insomnia, and quell your ADHD. Should they be regulated?

This mobile game analyzes your brain for early signs of cognitive impairment

By Selena Larson

In the not-too-distant future, doctors may give a very different type of prescription.

Talking chemo and comedy with the host of the podcast ‘Jesse vs. Cancer’

By Sam Zelitch

Facing Stage IV colon cancer and 50/50 survival odds, Jesse Case did something surprising: He started a podcast.


I used fertility apps to get pregnant—and it actually worked

By Jam Kotenko

My month-long sexperiment with pregnancy apps.

No one needs an app for predicting their death

By S.E. Smith

Instead of focusing on when we’re going to die, we should focus on when we’re going to live.