Can a Prosthetic Arm Turn a Drummer’s Disability Into a Superability?

It was the summer of 1987. I, in my hypercolor t-shirt, nibbled astronaut ice cream to an endless parade of MTV hair bands dispensing bar-closing mainstays like... more

Written By: | Posted: 03/18/14


Driverless Cars, Meet Captainless Ships: Autonomous Vehicles To Take To The Sea

If artificial intelligence is sophisticated enough to guide a car through Bay Area traffic, surely it can pilot a ship safely from port to port on the open sea. That’s... more

Written By: | Posted: 03/18/14


Patient’s Face Reconstructed Using 3D-Printed Parts

Stephen Power, a 29-year-old Welsh man who was badly injured in a 2012 motorcycle crash, underwent major reconstructive surgery on his face and now wears custom-made... more

Written By: | Posted: 03/17/14


As Robots Evolve the Workforce, Will Labor Laws Keep Pace?

Every day, robots pop up in more workplaces. Employers in industries from health care to food service are drawn to automation technology by the promise of greater... more

Written By: | Posted: 03/16/14


Backing Up the World’s Food Supply with 800,000 Plant Species on Ice

In March 2008, on a remote Norwegian island in the Arctic Circle, the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, or “doomsday vault,” took its first deposits. The vault’s builders... more

Written By: | Posted: 03/15/14


Will Sensor-Packed Body Armor Launch a New Blood(less) Sport?

Chiron Global’s martial arts armor has been described as Iron Man-like. We’d say it's more of a cross between the Dark Knight and Darth Vader. But hey, splitting... more

Written By: | Posted: 03/14/14


Tiny Ultrasonic Device to Travel Arteries and Image Coronary Blockages

There’s a rule of thumb in surgery—the less invasive the procedure, the better. Less invasive surgeries reduce patient discomfort, foster faster recoveries, and limit... more

Written By: | Posted: 03/13/14


Virtual Arm Eases Amputee’s Phantom Limb Pain

It would be hard enough to learn, as a patient in a hospital, that doctors would have to amputate a limb. But imagine losing the limb only to have it replaced by constant... more

Written By: | Posted: 03/12/14


Sharing Photos Online? Companies Are Tracking What You Wear and How You Feel

The same utopian principle of the Internet — it allows people to communicate freely around the globe — makes it an appealing target not just for government surveillance... more

Written By: | Posted: 03/11/14


Can Graphene Oxide Filters Unlock Our Most Abundant Water Source?

Humans live on a water world, and yet, many of us still struggle to slake our thirst. Why is that? Earth’s oceans are salty. Just 2.5% of the Earth’s water is... more

Written By: | Posted: 03/11/14


Superstrong Artificial Muscles Developed From Fishing Line and Sewing Thread

We tend to dream of a future enabled by miraculous materials—nanoscale honeycomb lattices of strong, ultralight superconducting metals. Carbon nanotubes and graphene... more

Written By: | Posted: 03/10/14


Controversy Brews Over Role Of ‘Killer Robots’ In Theater of War

Technology promises to improve people's quality of life, and what could be a better example of that than sending robots instead of humans into dangerous situations? Robots... more

Written By: | Posted: 03/9/14

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