This time-lapse video of a tarantula molting will give you spontaneous…

If you're an arthropod, molting your exoskeleton is one of those uncomfortable realities of life. (Hello, spider crab!) Just ask this Burgundy Goliath Birdeater tarantula (Theraphosa stirmi), who can rock up to an 11-inch legspan. Even this critter must discard his exoskeleton every so often — here's some footage of… » 9/12/12 2:35pm 9/12/12 2:35pm

Darpa underwear will "harvest" soldiers’ energy, give them killer abs

Soldiers: Your underwear of the future will do more than prevent crotch rot. It'll protect you from injuries, monitor your vitals, and even "harvest" your energy. That is, if a new project from Darpa's Defense Sciences Office works out as planned. That's an illustration, to the right, of what Darpa thinks its "Warrior… » 10/01/11 10:30am 10/01/11 10:30am

Real "Iron Man" Suits are Coming, but are Just the Beginning

"Iron Man" fans rejoice: real exoskeletons are coming. Japanese company Cyberdyne has plans to start selling their model, the HAL-5 Robot Suit later this year. The American company Sarcos has its own prototype out, too, so the race is on for new generations of exoskeletons that can do everything humans an do, only… » 4/22/08 9:33am 4/22/08 9:33am