bionics

Scientists Use Graphene To Make Bionic, Super-Powered Plants

A team of chemical engineers and biochemists has managed to change how plants work. Well, to be exact, they have made plants work better by embedding carbon nanotubes into the plants’ leaves so that they absorb more light. Put simply, they have created bionic plants.


Welcome To The Age Of The Bionic Superbug

Like a silent bionic army, the era of the cyborg has crept upon us. Or so a group of reviewers said recently when they evaluated where the science of cyborgs has led.


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 matter of if. It’s a matter of when.


Science Has Literally Built Luke Skywalker's Robotic Hand, Touch And All

Amputees may one day regain actual feeling thanks to DARPA and researchers at Case Western University, who have created what we thought was once only possible in science fiction. As apart of DARPA’s Reliable Neural-Interface Technology (RE-NET) program, CWRU’s flat interface nerve electrode (FINE) system has demonstrated that it can provide enough sensation to give amputees the ability to feel their way around, just like Luke Skywalker.


How Computers Of The Future Will Be Wired Directly To Your Brain

A brain-computer interface is a nice thing to dream about, but it’s not exactly around the corner. We are always getting closer, however. Newly developed carbon microthreads could serve as the long-lasting kind of brain implants you’d need to be able to mind-control computers.


A Bionic Hand Is The Ultimate Bluetooth Accessory

The i-Limb bionic hand has always been a favourite around here, and it keeps getting better. Today, Touch Bionics announced that they’ve enhanced their incredibly capable prosthesis with the i-Limb Pulse. It’s got better gripping action, thanks to Bluetooth-enabled software.


The iPad Vs Alien Apocalypse

I’m not sure how to respond to this other than: I can only hope that the iPad destroys us all, painfully. [xkcd]


Sensor Armour Transforms Pitchers Into Finely Honed Machines

With any sport, the more exhausted you become, the more prone you are to injury. In baseball, this is especially a problem for pitchers. But a new shirt can track a pitcher’s form in real time.


This Cyborg Life Gets Unplugged

It’s time to wrap up last week’s theme, This Cyborg Life, a look into the future of the machine called Man.


Meet The British Man With The "Bionic Bottom"

What better way to, um, end the This Cyborg Life theme week than a post about a British guy with a bionic butt?