Flesh and titanium merge via a design inspired by deer antlers.
Mouse milk (for people), spider-goats, pain-free cattle, and nine more
The world's first human-robot arm-wrestling match shows off the potential of a new material that someday could power machines--and even human limbs and organs
When David Hanson set out to build a robotic head, he saw no reason not to make it look just like a human. Then he stumbled into the Uncanny Valley.
The next generation of artificial limbs-fused directly to human bone and commanded by the brain-promises effortless, natural motion. It can't come soon enough for the newest group of prosthetics wearers: U.S. soldiers
The latest generation of sport-specific prosthetics allow elite amputee athletes to run faster and climb higher than ever before
It's the closest we have come to a naturally functioning hand
Work-around surgeries for missing limbs, quick fixes to mend Nazi bones and tricks for lengthening uneven limbs; when it comes to special ops, the Doctor is in
Getting closer to lifelike
Multiple groups are trying to recycle used artificial limbs and devices like pacemakers.
The makers of the Deus Ex: Mankind Divided video game host a bioethics conference
Researchers fit macaques with one of the most advanced prosthetics in the hopes of improving life for amputees (not to mention marshmallow-starved primates)
These findings could help researchers make prosthetic arms that have a lifelike sense of touch.
Plus, new Veil Nebula images from Hubble
Engineers develop a mind-controlled prosthetic arm dexterous enough to play piano
It can transmit different amounts of pressure, just like real skin
Nearly half of this year's MacArthur "genius grant" recipients are advancing science and technology
Prosthetic arms improve; narwhal tusks are as neat as ever
The use of performance enhancers in sports is inevitable. Celebrating it instead of banning it would make competition safer, more honest, and more fun
It's yet another step toward creating lifelike, mind-controlled prosthetics for those who have lost use of their limbs.
Behold the majesty of lasers
Fermenting bacteria could help prevent food spoilage
Or at least keep your teeth cavity-free. A growing chorus of medical researchers say our bacteria-killing zealotry is misguided. Instead of fighting bugs, they argue, we should train them to do our bidding and then set them loose in our bodies. The trouble is keeping them there
We asked a writer to notice and decode the science claims he heard on a typical day. They averaged one every 10 minutes. And they weren't very scientific.
We asked a writer to notice and decode the science claims he heard on a typical day. they averaged one every 10 minutes. And they werenâ€™t very scientific.
How a virus seems to help fight off HIV and Ebola
But elective amputation has its opponents
How long until we can successfully 3-D print a whole human?
From arsenic to Prozac to the passage of the Pure Food and Drug Act.
Unfortunately it won't allow humans to squirt ink, at least not yet.
New research uncovers unusual benefits of vitamin D
Studies heralding the health benefits of our most sinful indulgences are a dime a dozen. But are they ever for real?
To green or not to green?
New studies on fitness, fatness, baldness, and more
A skin-care company builds a futuristic facility to stockpile human tissue. Should you donate?
Last July, 9-year-old Alex Everett received his first shot of synthetic human growth hormone--an injection he will get every night for eight years. Alex is not sick--he is short. Should we be treating stature as a medical condition?
This is your brain on stress
DARPA's 100-Year Starship project is getting underway
An open letter from PopSci to President Obama about science and the future
Epigenetic molecules that regulate genes may influence homosexuality.
Welcome to a future in which big data helps law enforcement predict and punish crime before it happens.
Babies' genomes hold clues that can save their lives, but that same information could be used in far less noble ways. Where should we draw the line?
Jayson Lusk's new book makes the case for robot chefs and pink slime
A new study looks at the power of practicing well beyond mastery.
The frog that laid the golden egg.
Innovations in battlefield medicine are ensuring that more combatants survive. Often, the technology follows them home
Scientists have created cultured teeth, seeding them like pearls in the intestines of rats. Progress with stem cells and tissue engineering promises to bring this tech to dentistry.
A stronger, better grip without the incessant ripping sound. Has a long-standing dream finally been realized?
Keep them shut. Researchers find a nap is the surest way to retain information
How new medical tech gets injured stars off the disabled list and onto the field
We visit operating rooms, observatories, and islands full of slightly-less-than-rational monkeys to find the young geniuses who are shaping the future of science
Ted Berger has spent the past decade engineering a brain implant that can re-create thoughts. The chip could remedy everything from Alzheimerâ€™s to absent-mindednessâ€”and reduce memory loss to nothing more than a computer glitch
Careers: Mechanical engineer, biomedical engineer
Self-repairing computers! Electronic skin! Bat-wing planes! A look at the amazing stuff that's changing the world.
Jerome Rifkin's K3 Promoter mimics the jointed motion of a real foot for easier walking. Watch it in action
Dream investor Peter Thiel is giving budding scientists a financial leg up, but with a controversial twist.
Coming soon to a park near you ... if you live in Amsterdam
One of 10 insane ideas that just might save the world
Humans aren't the only ones who like companionship.
This student team is running its own private competition: It's entering two vehicles, each programmed to act quite differently
A new blood test promises to spot cancer and Alzheimerâ€™s long before you get sick
The unfair science behind the M(J) Phelps suspension
As the Large Hadron Collider readies to be fired up in Geneva, Physicist Brian Cox explains what it might reveal about the workings of the Universe—and why the grandest scientific instrument ever built is well worth the $6 billion investment
U.S. cloning expert Martin Pera on the Korean cloning scandal, self-correcting science and the importance of sound PR
A bureaucracy built for oil and gas leasing punishes the most efficient technology
PopSci learns, over the decades, that cocaine anesthesia, radioactive drinking water, and cryogenic cancer treatments are actually not good for your health
What's the best way to make scientists?
But not really. A research paper shows how perfectly verified statistical results can still be perfectly wrong.
Not necessarily! The chemistry behind aging ales, wet-cardboard taste, and what you can do about it.
In a novel form of peer review, a biologist has given an colorfully fiery critique of a genome research consortium. Here's why.
People in the control group always realize they're just playing Tetris for hours.
Information about how terrible drugs and alcohol are for your health doesn't seem to be an effective deterrent, a new study says.
Traditional chicken, beef, and pork production devours resources and creates waste. Meat-free meat might be the solution.
How science can give us more diverse and flavorful brews
Cholesterol-lowering drugs may help prevent yeast infections
Startup Clear Labs is scanning food products to identify just what's in them
It would be the first crop to go on sale that has been genetically altered with the enzyme
It's time to go viral.
When men were men and sodas were cocaine-laced nerve tonics.
The holidays are over and the weather outside is still frightful. May as well make use of it.
And how to use physics principles to improve your skills.
The calculations were a part of how the agency decided on its proposed laws to regulate e-cigarettes.
UC Berkeley researchers are the first to explain how a compound in broccoli and cabbage can inhibit an enzyme to battle breast and prostate cancers