Your Bio-Engineered Penis Is Almost Ready

Using advanced techniques in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine, doctors in the U.S. are reporting their first successes with lab-grown penises. They've worked in rabbits, and now scientists say they're ready to begin testing the penises on humans. » 10/09/14 4:00pm 10/09/14 4:00pm

Common Treatment for Vampirism Could Help Ebola Patients

One of the typical tropes of the vampire movie is the "blood cleansing" scene, where vampires are cured by running their blood through a purification device. Now this grisly gothic idea has become a reality — and could ease the suffering of Ebola victims. » 9/18/14 3:01pm 9/18/14 3:01pm

The Claws Of This Cyborg Scorpion Can Be Controlled Remotely

Because smartphone-controlled cyborg cockroaches are apparently not enough, Michigan-based Backyard Brains has turned their attention to predatory arthropods — this time using an electrical current to remotely induce a scorpion to strike with its claws and tail. » 7/29/14 1:20pm 7/29/14 1:20pm

DARPA Wants Wants to Fund Research into "Predatory" Bacteria

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has announced that it is soliciting proposals for research into whether living "predatory" bacteria could be used to treat humans or animals infected with biological agents such as plague, Q fever or tularemia. » 7/22/14 3:37pm 7/22/14 3:37pm

This Man Wants to Genetically Engineer Trees to Save the World

Carbon fiber is one of the strongest and most resilient materials on the market, used in everything from car frames to body armor. It's also incredibly expensive to make. But one plant biologist says that in fifty years, we'll be growing it on trees. » 7/17/14 2:09pm 7/17/14 2:09pm

Is Congress About to Reduce Funding for Bioterrorism Vaccines?

In 2004, Congress passed the Project BioShield Act—a ten-year, $5.6 billion fund for purchasing vaccines to use in the event of a bioterrorist attack. But, faced with budget constraints and perceptions of a decreased terrorist threat, Congress is having second thoughts about how it funds the program. » 6/27/14 1:20pm 6/27/14 1:20pm

A sensor that will constantly monitor your blood for drugs

It's either a medical miracle, or the ultimate surveillance device, depending on your perspective. This incredible new sensor can monitor drug levels in your blood in real-time, and has already been shown to work in mice. This video shows how it functions. » 12/04/13 3:18pm 12/04/13 3:18pm

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

PETA protests cyborgs

A new DiY science kit, "Backyard Brains," teaches kids about neuroscience and biotech by helping them dissect cockroaches — and then use simple electronic components to control the bugs' brains and movements. Now PETA is protesting the kits, saying they are cruel. » 11/04/13 1:13pm 11/04/13 1:13pm

Further evidence that nature is not the opposite of technology

As we move into a clean tech future, it's becoming more obvious that the old distinction between machines and nature is a false one. This sophisticated filter, made by researchers at MIT, is a perfect way to remove bacteria from drinking water — and its main component is xylem, or the connective tissues of a tree. » 10/24/13 11:13am 10/24/13 11:13am

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

Now you can control living cockroaches with a mobile app

A company called Backyard Brains will sell you a DiY kit that allows you to hook a living cockroach up to your mobile phone and control its movements with electrical impulses. This will be the first consumer version of the technology behind things like the robo-rat. And not everyone is happy about it. » 10/07/13 4:48pm 10/07/13 4:48pm

Millionaire in the machine

Dmitry Itskov dreams of immortality. It’s a dream that the Russian multimillionaire is hoping to engineer into reality in a relatively short 32 years with his creation of the “2045 Initiative” – a project devoted to the kind of “life extension technologies” that currently populate science fiction. » 6/19/13 4:47pm 6/19/13 4:47pm

The one crucial takeaway from the Supreme Court ruling on DNA patents

Last week, the Supreme Court issued a ruling on patenting "natural" DNA. It was a ruling so confusing that even Justice Scalia admitted he didn't feel qualified to understand it. Luckily, science journalist Maggie Koerth-Baker has spelled it all out (literally) for you. » 6/17/13 3:26pm 6/17/13 3:26pm

This condom delivers an anti-HIV drug, prevents pregnancy, then…

Sex often fuels the adoption of cutting-edge technology, even in the burgeoning field of nano-fabrication. Researchers at the University of Washington have just published a paper in PLoS One describing how they'll use "electrospinning" to create next-generation female condoms made from specially customized nano-fibers. » 12/05/12 11:40am 12/05/12 11:40am

Gelatin made with human DNA will make snacks safer

Gelatin is an essential ingredient in gummy snacks and marshmallows, not to mention vaccines and drug capsules. Manufacturing it is a messy, inconsistent process, but now scientists can create perfect gelatin with human DNA. The only obstacle seems to be our own squeamishness. » 11/08/12 1:48pm 11/08/12 1:48pm

Genetically modified tomatoes could save you from heart disease

A tomato genetically modified to produce a certain peptide has managed to do a pretty good job of lower plaque build up in the arteries of mice — so one day, you could help your heart simply popping down some produce. » 11/05/12 8:45am 11/05/12 8:45am

Artist creates genetically modified Elvis-mouse hybrid

The King may be dead, but his memory lives on in the form of a genetically engineered mouse created by Royal College of Art graduate student, Koby Barhad. The "genetically cloned model" of the late rock legend is part of an art project called, All That I Am — an attempt to explore a number of philosophical and… » 7/11/12 1:00pm 7/11/12 1:00pm

Cloned Horses Given the Green Light to Compete at the Olympics

The international governing body for equestrian sports has decided that cloned horses can compete at international events — including the Olympics. This reverses an earlier ban, that prohibited their use in sporting events. » 7/09/12 4:50pm 7/09/12 4:50pm

Artificial retinas give blind patients ability to see light and shapes

Two British men who were completely blind for years have regained some of their vision, after undergoing surgery to fit eye implants, according to the BBC. » 5/03/12 4:51pm 5/03/12 4:51pm