Skunk Bear’s “Father of the Week” designed a bionic pancreas.

Ed Damiano’s son David was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when he was 11 months old. So Ed started to develop a system he calls a “bionic pancreas” — It’s designed to help people better manage their blood sugar.

He’s racing to get it approved by the Food and Drug Administration before his son leaves for college in three years.

Read the full story, from NPR’s Rob Stein, here.


  • Ed tests tubing for his son’s insulin pump.
  • A pump that uses the hormone glucagon to help provide better blood sugar control.
  • David wears a transmitter on his abdomen that sends data on his glucose levels to a monitoring unit.
  • Ed Damiano and his son David, 15, play basketball at home in Acton, Mass.

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It’s June and Lake Superior is still full of ice

Summer is finally here — except at Lake Superior.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced last Saturday that all of the Great Lakes were finally ice-free — breaking an unprecedented seven-month streak of ice coverage. Typically, ice on the lakes melts by the first week of May; thanks to the polar vortex, it lasted well past Memorial Day this year.

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Seasonal dissonance


Medieval Orthodox illuminations? Look closer.

These are actually “Lord of the Rings” illustrations by an Ukrainian artist Sergei Iukhimov. You can view many more here.

Mind. Blown.