The bionic pancreas consists of a smartphone, top, hardwired to a continuous glucose monitor and two pumps, bottom, that pumps deliver doses of insulin or glucagon every five minutes.
Boston University Department of Biomedical Engineering/AP
By TIME Video
June 16, 2014

Here are the stories TIME is watching this Monday, June 16.

Iraq inches closer to civil war after Sunni extremists within the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria claimed more territory and boasted on social media that they killed 1,700 Iraqi soldiers, a claim that remains unverified. The U.S. may pursue discussions with Iran about how to quell the instability.

In a limited trial of patients with Type 1 Diabetes, an artificial pancreas with a smartphone app successfully regulated subjects’ blood sugar levels and instructed a pump to dispense insulin when needed.

Starbucks is partnering with Arizona State University to offer online college tuition assistance for many of its baristas.

And finally, one groom-to-be may actually remember his bachelor party in New Mexico after his group found a mastodon fossil while living it up one last time.

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