Bionic humans are about to get an upgrade, thanks to monkey cyborgs

In a big step towards making humans more bionic, scientists have trained monkeys to control not just one, but two virtual arms by thoughts alone. The work could someday be a boon to double amputees or quadriplegics. » 11/11/13 11:20am 11/11/13 11:20am

Further evidence that nature is not the opposite of technology

As we move into a clean tech future, it's becoming more obvious that the old distinction between machines and nature is a false one. This sophisticated filter, made by researchers at MIT, is a perfect way to remove bacteria from drinking water — and its main component is xylem, or the connective tissues of a tree. » 10/24/13 11:13am 10/24/13 11:13am

How Close Are We to Building a Full-Fledged Cyborg?

The dream of the cyborg is coming true at an exhilarating rate. As humans gets better and better at making machines, we keep attaching those machines to our bodies to make ourselves better humans. It seems at times that the only question left is if we can put a human brain in a robotic frame. Actually, it's not a… » 10/22/13 5:53pm 10/22/13 5:53pm

Now you can control living cockroaches with a mobile app

A company called Backyard Brains will sell you a DiY kit that allows you to hook a living cockroach up to your mobile phone and control its movements with electrical impulses. This will be the first consumer version of the technology behind things like the robo-rat. And not everyone is happy about it. » 10/07/13 4:48pm 10/07/13 4:48pm

This condom delivers an anti-HIV drug, prevents pregnancy, then…

Sex often fuels the adoption of cutting-edge technology, even in the burgeoning field of nano-fabrication. Researchers at the University of Washington have just published a paper in PLoS One describing how they'll use "electrospinning" to create next-generation female condoms made from specially customized nano-fibers. » 12/05/12 11:40am 12/05/12 11:40am

Artist creates genetically modified Elvis-mouse hybrid

The King may be dead, but his memory lives on in the form of a genetically engineered mouse created by Royal College of Art graduate student, Koby Barhad. The "genetically cloned model" of the late rock legend is part of an art project called, All That I Am — an attempt to explore a number of philosophical and ethical… » 7/11/12 1:00pm 7/11/12 1:00pm

Bugs from your colon could produce the world's next great energy source

For years, the energy industry has been looking to seaweed to become the next big source of biofuel. But the algae plant has its drawbacks. Much of its energy is stored in a form of sugar that is difficult to tap into; this snag drives the cost of biofuel produced from seaweed up, and its viability as an alternative to … » 1/20/12 7:22am 1/20/12 7:22am