Lasers power Pentagon’s next-gen artificial limbs

The Pentagon's already got brain-controlled prosthetics, and they are a major improvement over old-school artificial limbs. The devices are far from perfect, however. They rely on metal implants, which aren't compatible with the body's tissues, and they can only transmit a few signals at a time - turning what should be … » 11/05/11 9:25am 11/05/11 9:25am

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 kind of… » 8/17/11 3:44pm 8/17/11 3:44pm

A gallery of biotech devices that could give you superpowers right now

Biotechnology now outpaces the bodies we were born with. Today, we can give ourselves additional senses or improve the ones we've got, and we can heighten our strength while also building limbs better than the breakable ones most of us have. Here's a gallery of all the human enhancements that will be improving lives - … » 7/21/11 8:00am 7/21/11 8:00am

New synthetic vocal cord gel gives voice to the voiceless

Call it a silent killer: some 6 percent of the U.S. population has some kind of voice disorder, most of those resulting from scarring of the vocal cords that can lead to diminishing or even total loss of the ability to speak. Giving voice to the voiceless, a team of Harvard and MIT researchers have developed a » 7/16/11 8:00am 7/16/11 8:00am