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

Vladislav Ociacia's Robot Renders Are Works Of Art

Be still my robotic heart! The level of detail is astounding and makes the renders look more like production models than concept art. The robotic organs are a fantastic concept and give the robots a sort of macabre humanity. The next sci-fi blockbuster needs make use of these robot designs. » 1/20/15 1:21pm 1/20/15 1:21pm

Surreal Collages of Animals, Plants, and Body Parts Are Subtly Creepy

Put these on your walls for a classier Halloween vibe than the one at my home. (I once recreated the X-Files "I Want to Believe " poster entirely in pumpkin.) Seriously, though, these are somehow scarier than the fake blood handprints that just won't come off the walls. (Another decorating decision I've made in the… » 10/07/14 1:30am 10/07/14 1:30am

Graphic anatomy cookies make anus and duodenum taste delicious

Have you ever wished to sink your teeth into a human gall bladder, but don't want to risk the jail time? Baker Miss Insomnia Tulip has recreated various human organs as macarons for the Eat Your Heart Out exhibition, for which she's also cooked up a smallpox-themed cake. Her heart cookies (at right) also make one… » 9/04/12 1:30pm 9/04/12 1:30pm

Set of disembodied lungs found lying on L.A. sidewalk

So this is weird. Even by Los Angeles standards, this is really weird. A pair of lungs has been discovered on a sidewalk on the city's southside, and officials still aren't sure where (or who/what) they came from. According to the L.A. Times: » 6/12/12 2:40pm 6/12/12 2:40pm

Human organs floating out of dress shirts, underwater

For her Liquid Ground series, photographer Helen Pynor shot submerged garments with eerily displaced human organs floating out of them. Prynor's series seeks to provide a counterpoint to the disgust and revulsion most folks associate with human viscera. » 7/03/11 10:45am 7/03/11 10:45am

More Opera, More Repo Men, and More Guts

The website for Repo The Genetic Opera has gone live, which means we must be closer than ever to seeing this film in theaters instead of in dribs and drabs on the interwebs. I've been excited about this movie for a while, partly because it stars Buffy's Anthony Stewart Head as a freakish organ repo-man and partly… » 4/08/08 2:28pm 4/08/08 2:28pm

How Many of Your Internal Organs Can You Live Without?

Organ failure is one of those annoying problems many of us face — often sooner than we want to. The good news is that there are a lot of organs you can live without. You probably already know, for example, that your appendix and tonsils can be removed entirely without any harm done. But there are several other organs… » 2/14/08 4:30pm 2/14/08 4:30pm

A Better Debugger for the Software That Runs Your Cybernetic Heart

Semi-permanent heart pumps like this one are installed in people's hearts all over the world. The problem is that when these software-controlled pumps fail, the blue screen of death is literally killing people. So researchers at Frunhofer-Gesellsschaft Research, who make a popular model of heart pump (or VAD, for… » 2/04/08 7:00am 2/04/08 7:00am

You Can Live Without Heart Valves and Kidneys

Two new artificial organs rolled out in the past week are going to make things a hell of a lot easier for people with malfunctioning (or absent) heart valves and kidneys. The first device (pictured) is an artificial heart valve that can replace the part of your heart that pushes blood through your body. Being born… » 12/19/07 7:30am 12/19/07 7:30am

Body Organs Get Yanked In Clash Of Repo Movies

In the future, you'll be able to pay for new organs on credit, just like decorating your home. But what happens when you can't payoff the new body parts you've been enjoying? That's the premise of not one but two new films coming out next year. And one of them is a musical. Only in Hollywood. » 11/19/07 10:30am 11/19/07 10:30am