With Japan's declining birth rate it's only natural that the country's engineer begin to focus more on baby-centric devices, but this latest invention truly raises the stakes in the realm of sympathetic pregnancy simulators for men.
The legions of well-heeled Japanese elderly aren't the only ones looking for a little extra robotic help in their old age, it seems the French are thinking along the same lines. And, surprisingly, their KOMPAI robot may actually be a bit ahead of the game.
Journalist Miles O'Brien recently went on a whirlwind tour peeking at what's up in the world in the world of bionics. It reads like a greatest hits list, with exoskeletons, bionic arms and eyes and ears, and even some mind control thrown in for good measure.
It seems like carbon nanotubes are capable of doing just about anything we ask them to, from making space elevators a reality to ushering in the next generation of energy storage systems. They also have lots of biological applications, and researchers at Stanford are using fluorescent ones to see inside the bodies of living animals.
Even through traumatic brain injury has the word "traumatic" in it, it's often the case that soldiers in combat are exposed to things blowing up that leave mild to moderate brain injuries that go undetected. DARPA's new field blast gauge is designed to help medics tell exactly how much blast exposure someone has, and whether they need treatment.
Hot on the heels of India's injection-based birth control for men that is 100% effective, lasts ten years and also turns every man into the perfect cook, masseuse and pedicurist — all true, folks! — comes the news of a birth control pill being developed here in the U.S. that's fast acting and has no side effects.
When it comes to birth control, it's a lot harder figuring out how to stop a bajillion little sperm than one little egg, but a scientist in India has managed to develop an injection for men that has so far proven to be 100% effective and completely reversible with no side effects. Sign me up.
Do you hear that loud sound? It's the X Prize Foundation's challenge siren calling all tinkers to build a working mobile medical Tricorder. X Prize is offering $10 million dollars to the winner. Do you think you've got what it takes?
Generally, you want to avoid getting infected with a virus. But a new study shows that scientists could use a virus to trick your brain into making you less hungry. Hey, it's easier than exercising!
Normally, if you need to have a breathing tube inserted for medical reasons, a doctor will do it. But hey, why use a doctor when you can use a robot?