Sometimes being soft is an advantage.
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A library of texture
Testing a hypothesis about fistfights with cadaver arms
Plus, glass on Mars
These down-and-dirty labors are hard, dangerous, and outright gross—and people love them anyway
Behold the majesty of lasers
Just add in a speaker and a uh, condom, and you're good to do some science
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The creator of the Segway is one of the most successful and admired inventors in the world. He leads a team of 300 scientists and engineers devoted to making things that better mankind. But he's not done
More than 50 of the most dangerous, disgusting, humiliating and just plain bad professions
Sewage is more than just filth. It's evidence of our worst habits, everything from caffeine to cocaine, all ingested and flushed down the toilet. Now scientists are using wastewater to drug-test entire cities, and the results are sobering
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
Once upon a time, a neurosurgeon's best friends were a buzz saw and a knife. Now, robotic hands offer doctors the best chance of performing miracles
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 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
That's scientific entertainment.
Behind the scenes in the race to develop a military vehicle that can drive itself.
Some monkey business in a Duke University lab suggests we'll soon be able to move artificial limbs, control robotic soldiers, and communicate across thousands of miles--using nothing but our thoughts.
Coming to German sewer pipes this summer: Robotic snake inspectors.