This is Rex, a set of bionic legs from New Zealand that could one day replace wheelchairs. That's a promise that's not unique to Rex, yet the usability present — such as the way one can transfer from a chair to Rex without help — makes Rex a viable contender.
Out on the battlefield, blood is constantly in short supply at military trauma care centers. But rather than just do endless blood drives, the Pentagon's research arm, DARPA, decided to just make their own.
A team of twelve students at Virginia Tech are taking on an impossible seeming task: how do you design a car that can be driven by the blind? They've got a solution worked out, and with it one day blind drivers may be able to take to the streets independently without any need for assistance.
Sometimes, scientists create something that is so amazing, my puny brain has trouble wrapping itself around the news. This is one of those times: researchers at Harvard have created a function, respirating human lung on a chip.
Poor Oscar the cat had his back feet severed by a combine harvester. But then, thanks to vet Noel Fitzpatrick, he became the subject of a world-first operation to replace his lost legs with custom, bioengineered fake legs.
Next time you find yourself struggling to get back to shore, your savior could be a curvy lifeguard named EMILY. Well, curved as in, y'know, like a buoy. EMILY has been patrolling Zuma Beach in Malibu this summer, and will safeguard 25 more by the end of the year. Here's how it works.
You see and read about suspended animation all the time in science fiction. In Avatar, for instance, the movie opens with Jake Sully being brought out of a state of cryogenic suspension. It's often thought as the ticket to travel through deep space and medical miracles here at home, and one scientist could be close to cracking the code.
Despite the fact that repeated attempts at tablet success in Japan have been largely met by failure, the country's love affair with the iPad has reached epic proportions as exampled by a doctor who recently decided the device was so cool he needed to use it for live surgery.
Arizona man Charles Okeke spent the last two years of his life connected to a 400-pound machine that acted as his heart. Now, he's able to shed that bulk thanks to the new "Freedom Driver," a backpack-powered, totally artificial heart that's letting him leave the hospital grounds. He's an honest-to-goodness bionic man.
This is the Muon by designer Taeho Yoon. Like pretty much every other concept car, it promises to do something crazy — namely, sense how you're feeling. While the concept is far-fetched, it still makes you wonder: could a car help our moods?