New Implant Helps Paralyzed Patients Regain Partial Use Of Their Legs

After receiving an implant that electrically stimulates the spinal cord, four paraplegic men can now voluntarily move their previously paralyzed legs. It's a breakthrough that's poised to revolutionize the treatment of paralysis. » 4/08/14 12:15pm 4/08/14 12:15pm

Patients suffering from locked-in syndrome can speak with their pupils

Locked-in syndrome (LIS) is the harrowing condition that leaves fully conscious patients unable to communicate due to complete paralysis. Now, researchers have uncovered a new way to help victims of LIS communicate with the outside world — by measuring changes in the diameter of their pupils. » 8/06/13 9:00am 8/06/13 9:00am

How a scientist taught himself to write cursive with his eyeballs

We're used to the idea of communicating with our eyes — but soon, we could be using just our eyes to write words, or to control machines. A French scientist accidentally figured out how to control his eye movement enough to be able to write on a computer screen — and in the process, may have revolutionized how we… » 7/27/12 8:00am 7/27/12 8:00am

10 of the Deadliest Proteins on Earth

Proteins are the building blocks of life, and the reason we're all here on this planet. So it's weird to realize that proteins can be some of the deadliest poisons of all. We've already told you about the most dangerous chemicals — but some proteins that are found in nature can be the deadliest substances of all. » 6/19/12 10:06am 6/19/12 10:06am

Groundbreaking rat experiment offers new hope for paralyzed humans

Swiss scientists have conducted an experiment in which paraplegic rats have re-learned to walk, run, and evade obstacles. The spectacular results followed a physical training regimen that included electrical and chemical stimulation of the rats' damaged spinal columns and the use of a "robotic postural interface". The… » 6/04/12 8:50am 6/04/12 8:50am

Watch this paralyzed woman control a robotic arm using only her mind

Watch this video, and witness a breakthrough in the field of brain-machine interfaces. Researchers have been improving upon BrainGate — a brain-machine interface that allows users to control an external device with their minds — for years, but what you see here is the most advanced incarnation of the implant system to … » 5/16/12 12:12pm 5/16/12 12:12pm

Prosthetic Speech Implant Turns Your Thoughts to Words

Imagine waking up one morning and being unable to speak. Your mind still churns away, trying to form words, but no sounds will come out. It's like the bleak ending of Harlan Ellison's I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream only, you know, real. This is a fact of life for many people with varying levels of paralysis, who… » 7/03/08 9:32am 7/03/08 9:32am