How We'll Finally Put An End To Organ Donation Shortages

The waiting list for organ transplants is growing at an alarming rate while the number of potential organ donors has failed to keep pace. Encouragingly, scientists are working several high-tech solutions in the field of regenerative medicine. We spoke to the experts to learn how organ shortages will soon become a… » 2/02/15 11:00am 2/02/15 11:00am

Researchers Turn DNA Into Robotic "Transformers"

Inspired by full-sized mechanical parts like hinges and pistons, researchers at Ohio State University have designed pieces of DNA that could eventually be used to construct nano-scale robots. » 1/06/15 2:00pm 1/06/15 2:00pm

A New Kind of Baker's Yeast That Gets You High

Soon We May Be Mass Producing Human Blood

Researchers in the UK have developed a technique to culture universal type-O blood from stem cells. It's the first time scientists have manufactured blood to the appropriate quality and safety standards for transfusion into a human being. It's a breakthrough that could eventually end blood shortages in emergencies. » 4/14/14 11:21am 4/14/14 11:21am

Somebody Built a Kangaroo Robot Because Why the Hell Not?

That somebody is German engineering firm Festo. The company, which has a history of turning to nature for inspiration, is also responsible for this mechanical seagull and these claw-tipped Doc Ock arms (which were modeled after an elephant's trunk). » 4/06/14 8:30am 4/06/14 8:30am

Watch as scientists "herd" cells with blasts of electricity

Researchers at Berkeley have orchestrated the flow of cell groups by using electrical currents. It's a tissue engineering breakthrough that could eventually lead to "smart bandages" that use electricity to guide cells during the wound healing process. » 3/12/14 1:20pm 3/12/14 1:20pm

Scientists just created some of the most powerful muscles in existence

In a surprising breakthrough for the world of materials science, researchers have created some of the most powerful artificial muscles we've ever seen. And they did it with simple fishing line. These freakishly strong and cheap muscles could revolutionize robotics, and perhaps one day our own bodies. » 2/20/14 2:12pm 2/20/14 2:12pm

Medical breakthrough could lead to functional artificial skin

Swiss researchers have achieved a major breakthrough in the development of bioengineered skin. The new grafts, which are about to undergo clinical trials, work a lot like the real thing — because they actually contain functioning blood vessels and lymph capillaries. » 1/30/14 1:49pm 1/30/14 1:49pm

Tomorrow's wind turbines could look like enormous owl wings

Engineers often take inspiration from animal designs because they're more efficient than machines are. In the case of owl wings, nature has a major advantage over human engineering: owl wings are uncannily quiet. Now, researchers are considering outfitting wind turbines with an upscaled equivalent – if they can figure… » 11/25/13 12:05pm 11/25/13 12:05pm

Bionic humans are about to get an upgrade, thanks to monkey cyborgs

In a big step towards making humans more bionic, scientists have trained monkeys to control not just one, but two virtual arms by thoughts alone. The work could someday be a boon to double amputees or quadriplegics. » 11/11/13 11:20am 11/11/13 11:20am

Transparent skull implant is the next step in body mods (and medicine)

Researchers have been kicking around the idea of a cranial porthole for years – a skylight for your skull that doctors could peer through to monitor brain cancer, or treat neurological disorders. But glass is too fragile, and traditional skull implants are opaque. Now, a team of bioengineers has developed an implant… » 9/05/13 9:20am 9/05/13 9:20am

Breakthrough: Scientists build a beating mouse heart with human tissue

In a major scientific first, a team of developmental biologists has built a functional mouse heart from human tissues. The results herald a future where specific patches of heart muscle – or even the whole organ – could be grown for transplantation. » 8/14/13 9:20am 8/14/13 9:20am

How to walk on water

John W.M. Bush is an applied mathematician at MIT, where he studies how insects stand, paddle, jump and jitter along the surface of water, via what he calls "interfacial biolocomotion." As this video compilation illustrates, the movements and mechanisms at work are surprisingly complex, and captivating to watch. » 8/13/13 7:20am 8/13/13 7:20am

Scientists explore the ocean floor with half-crab-half-car behemoth

Do not judge the Crabster by its lame name, which sounds more like the nickname of a frat guy from a terrible '80s movie than it does a badass ocean-roving robot. A portmanteau of "crab" and "lobster," two creatures after which it is modeled, the Crabster was designed by researchers in South Korea to help them do… » 8/02/13 9:28am 8/02/13 9:28am

Scientists grow teeth from human urine because why the hell not

A new study shows that stem cells extracted from urine can be turned into rudimentary tooth-like structures. Oh, and the researchers did so by growing the teeth inside the kidneys of mice. » 7/30/13 9:45am 7/30/13 9:45am

RNA-laced bandages could treat the worst wounds on the genetic level

While DNA is the building block of life, its cousin RNA keeps the show running smoothly, as it carries the information from DNA that allow genes to be expressed. RNA's ability to increase or decrease the expression of genes means it has huge potential to treat diseases at the genetic level, including tumors and… » 5/26/13 5:00pm 5/26/13 5:00pm

Don't Get Paranoid, But There Are Now Insect-Sized Flying Robots

Everyone, say hello to RoboBee. RoboBee is inspired by the biology of a fly – otherwise, it's exactly what it sounds like. And it is amazing. » 5/02/13 12:50pm 5/02/13 12:50pm

A 3D printed cybernetic ear that even a transhumanist would love

Generating organs and tissue with 3D printers is nothing new. But this bioengineered ear is unique in that it utilizes embedded electronics that allow it to pick up radio frequencies outside the range of normal human hearing. » 5/02/13 9:20am 5/02/13 9:20am

Doctors keep skin grafts in place using parasitic worms

Spiny headed worms are a clingy lot. They're intestinal parasites with long, cactus-like heads that are perfect for penetrating, and then grabbing hold of, the insides of their host's digestive organs. Now, bioengineers have co-opted these hanger-ons' latching mechanisms for something therapeutic: skin grafts. » 4/16/13 9:30am 4/16/13 9:30am