Humanity's ability to invent incredible things is what makes us one of the most amazing species. It also makes us one of the laziest. I mean, the fact that we created the KFC Double Down sandwich is a testament to mankind's arrogance, if you ask me. And the snuggie? Terrible.
But then there are the obvious incredible inventions: solar panels. The airplane. The film Pumping Iron, which is a creative endeavor and technically not an invention, but it's definitely changed my life for the better.
And then you have potentially life-saving innovations that are low-cost and are already part of our everyday lives to begin with.
Like a bra that can detect breast cancer.
It was developed by an 18-year-old boy from Mexico who's earning praise from scientists and health care professionals all over the world.
Julia Ruas Cantu took home the first place prize at the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA) for his breakthrough design.
The bra's nicknamed EVA, and wearing it could likely help alert women to the onset of breast cancer before it becomes life-threatening. EVA does this by being packed with over 200 biosensors which monitor breast weight, shape, and temperature. For example, if an area of the breast all of a sudden has an increase in blood flow, this could mean that a tumor is forming in the wearer's breast.
"As soon as there is a malformation in the breast or a tumour, there is an over-vascularisation; so the more [flow of] blood, the higher the temperature," Cantu told El Universal.
The best part is that the bra only needs to be worn one hour a week. So you can get an early breast cancer screening during an episode of Game of Thrones.
"[It] allows us to have the breasts in the same position [so it can detect change] and it doesn’t have to be worn more than one hour a week," Cantu said.
For Cantu, recognition of his device hits close to home. He developed the bra after his mom underwent a double mastectomy due to breast cancer.
He took home $20,000 for his awesome invention. Here's hoping bigger medical researchers adopt this technology and find out a low-cost way to mass-produce the cancer-screening bra. (h/t cosmopolitan)
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