How Close Are We to Building a Full-Fledged Cyborg?

The dream of the cyborg is coming true at an exhilarating rate. As humans gets better and better at making machines, we keep attaching those machines to our bodies to make ourselves better humans. It seems at times that the only question left is if we can put a human brain in a robotic frame. Actually, it's not a… » 10/22/13 5:53pm 10/22/13 5:53pm

Successful test of artificial pancreas could help millions with diabetes

Sufferers of Type 1 diabetes spend a lifetime having to cope with impaired function of the pancreas — a crucial organ of the digestive system. But a first-generation artificial pancreas could offer hope to the millions of people who are at risk — a prospect that became all the more real, after a very successful… » 6/12/12 12:00pm 6/12/12 12:00pm

Synthetic Replacement Veins Will Make You a Cardiovascular Cyborg

Next-gen cyborgs will have human blood flowing through artificial veins (pictured), and their organs will be grown in a lab to act just like real organs, only better, stronger, faster. We have the technology. The next time someone you know gets a coronary bypass, they might come out of the operation as a cyborg. In… » 6/05/08 8:00am 6/05/08 8:00am

The Terrible Beauty Of Alison Hiltner's Viruses

You're looking a deadly virus right in the face, but it's not a new work of microscopy or nano-imaging. Instead, it's a giant model made by Minnesota artist Aliston Hiltner. To confront us with the strange beauty of pathogens in her latest show, "Pathology," she used 6,000 balloons. Her work also includes weirdly… » 4/15/08 4:00pm 4/15/08 4:00pm