The first person in the world to become a government-recognized cyborg

Neil Harbisson is the first person on the planet to have a passport photo that shows his cyborg nature — in his UK passport, he's wearing a head-mounted device called an eyeborg. The color-blind artist says the eyeborg allows him to see color, and he wants to help other cyborgs like himself gain more rights. » 12/02/13 2:58pm 12/02/13 2:58pm

Pig-to-human transplants could be closer than you think

Two scientists at the Thomas E. Starzl Transplantation Institute at the University of Pittsburgh discussed the state of xenotransplantation—the use of cells, organs, or tissue from one animal in another—in a review in The Lancet. In that review, they touch on the history of one particular subject: pig-to-human… » 10/22/11 10:30am 10/22/11 10:30am

Anti-smoking PSA from the 1980s warns Brits about the scary posthuman…

Britain's National Archives has created an amazing online collection of "public information films," or what we in the United States call "public service announcements" (PSAs). It's an incredible collection that goes back to the 1950s and continues up through 2006. Some of the movies are just silly, and others are… » 8/17/11 3:44pm 8/17/11 3:44pm

The hidden posthuman messages in Pixar movies

Futurist Kyle Munkittrick has an interesting essay about Pixar movies over at Discover's Science Not Fiction blog, where he argues that most of the studio's films are offering a message about how non-human creatures (like robots or rats) are just as sentient as humans are, and deserve to be treated like people. He… » 5/20/11 4:30pm 5/20/11 4:30pm

Are there phenomena in the universe that will always be beyond human…

Just after we linked to the Physics and Cake blog's post about whether there might be a "ceiling" in the level of theoretical physics that humans can understand, Reith Lecturer Martin Rees wrote an essay for the London Times, explaining the first of his Reith Lectures. And Rees does believe that there may be intrinsic… » 6/01/10 2:20pm 6/01/10 2:20pm

In the Future, Your Vasectomy Will Be Liveblogged

Abel Pharmboy, the intrepid medical blogger behind Terra Sigillata, liveblogged his vasectomy last week. I love the idea of this guy sitting there with his laptop in his lap while the surgeon exposes his balls (yes, he goes there). There's even a moment when he can smell burning flesh during the cauterization. I can't… » 2/26/08 4:46pm 2/26/08 4:46pm