Weekend Links: Smart Contact Lenses, the Potential Healing Powers of Dragon Blood and More

Welcome to Weekend Links, a collection of fascinating science stories from across the web, curated by your science-loving friends at the Mass General Research Institute.

Need to Check Your Blood Sugar? Just Scan Your Contact Lens.

Kimberly McCoy writing for Massive Science

Scientists believe lenses could one day diagnose dry-eye syndrome, glaucoma, or even cancer, with the ultimate hope that in the near future contacts could let the wearer know when something is wrong, before they have to go to the doctor.

As the Shutdown Persists, Here Are 5 Ways It Will Impact Science

Lauren Morello, Sara Reardon, Emiliano Rodríguez Mega, Jeff Tollefson, Alexandra Witze writing for Scientific American

A second wave of closures looms as the government funding fight barrels towards a record-breaking fourth week. Nature examines how the funding fight is stymieing scientific research, and how the damage could grow over time.

Dragon Blood May Help Wounds Heal Faster

Sarah Fecht writing for Popular Science

In some myths, dragon’s blood is a toxic, vile substance. In others, it has magical properties, curing disease and making ordinary mortals invincible. When it comes to the blood of real-life Komodo dragons, both perspectives may contain a kernel of truth.

Killer Whales and Chimpanzees Have Similar Personalities

Jason G. Goldman writing for Scientific American

That chimpanzees and humans have similar personality profiles makes some sense, given that the two species are so closely related. But what about our more distant cousins?

Our War on Microbes May Be Giving Us Cancer

Greg Fish writing for Weird Things

Antibacterial wipes, soaps, and sprays are in virtually every modern housing unit cupboard, and our medicine cabinets used to be filled with antibiotics at the slightest sniffle. But recent studies show that such a dedication to wiping out as many microscopic living things around us as possible is backfiring.

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