Technology and science can be a mixed bag when it comes to impacting our lives. Some innovations make us lose our jobs, our attention spans or our ability to navigate streets without a GPS. But other kinds not only enhance our lives—they prolong it. Here are 7 recent breakthroughs in technology and health science that could help us live longer, happier, more productive lives.
The Centers for Disease Control and Preventions estimates that at least 23,000 people die every year from superbug infections they picked up in a hospital. These superbugs have become resistant to antibiotics, but scientists now think they may be able to treat the drug-resistant strains through recoding the bugs' DNA, a breakthrough that could also help medical professionals more quickly identify MRSA, C-diff and streptococcus pneumonia.