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

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

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

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

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

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

This new discovery will finally allow us to build biological computers

The dawn of biological computers is at hand. In a major first for synthetic biology, Stanford engineers have used genetic material to create a biological transistor. Called the "transcriptor," the creation is the final, missing component necessary for the creation of a biological computer that could enable researchers… » 3/29/13 9:40am 3/29/13 9:40am