Fibres that imitate the double helix of DNA can make artificial muscles more powerful than those found in nature.
‘Euphoria’ is one of many premium cable TV shows to feature an abundance of prosthetic penises.
Directors and audiences are becoming more comfortable with male frontal nudity. But what message does it send when almost all of the penises shown aren't real?
Bernard Tobey, a double amputee, and his son, wearing Union sailor uniforms, standing beside a small wagon displaying Secretary of War Edwin Stanton’s dispatch on the fall of Fort Fisher.
Fetter's New Photograph Gallery/Library of Congress
Lessons from history make clear that the federal government can spur medical innovation in a crisis, including this pandemic. Providing certainty and clarity is critical.
Ella Maru Studio
A new silicone 'skin' contains electronics that mimic the human body's lightning-fast response to pain, potentially paving the way for smart prosthetics that can detect painful sensations.
Model Kelly Knox with a prosthetic arm designed by Sophie de Oliveira Barata and Dani Clode.
Sophie de Oliveira Barata/Alternative Limb Project
Appearance, functionality and culture should all be considered.
Tiny fuel cells convert sweat to electricity that can power sensors in electronic skin.
Yu et al., Sci. Robot. 5, eaaz7946 (2020)
Lightweight, flexible materials can be used to make health-monitoring wearable devices, but powering the devices is a challenge. Using fuel cells instead of batteries could make the difference.
How do you know if a brace is better versus the patient just believing it is?
Are more technologically advanced prosthetics and orthotics actually better for improving health? Or do we just think they are better? And most importantly, how do we figure it out?
Advances in technology mean it’s now possible to 3D print everything from prosthetic limbs to skin, bones and organs.
Who should be legally responsible when 3D printed devices fail? Proposed changes to the Therapeutic Goods Administration's regulatory framework have the potential to settle that question.
Should disabled competitors be judged on the same criteria as their able-bodied rivals when it comes to dance competitions?
Surgeons at the University of Saskatchewan use a 3D printed human brain to plan complex neurosurgical procedures for patients with movement disorders.
From cheap prosthetic arms for landmine victims in Sudan to the promise of surgery on astronauts in space — 3D printing is sparking a healthcare revolution.
The quest for technology to be the salvation of humankind neglects to consider some darker truths that lead to dystopia.
Mia Woodruff at the November 2016 launch of the Herston Biofabrication Institute, a collaboration between QUT and the Metro North Hospital and Health Service.
What if one of the most essential items in the hospital of the future is a 3D printer?
The future soldier may be enhanced.
Armed forces around the world are exploring technological and biological enhancements to their soldiers. But this raises a number of serious ethical concerns, before, during and after conflict.
Programmable materials that can change shape could have all manner of potential uses.
Technology makes an impact on various events, but the key is to let the athlete’s ability shine through.
Technology has had a particularly visible impact on the Paralympics. But the the most important thing is to let the athlete's ability come to the fore.
The best prosthetics feel more like the real thing.
A tool in place of your arm or a stereo for your leg? How our attitudes towards human enhancement have changed.
Groundbreaking new technologies are finally leaving the lab.
Alessandro Della Bella/ETH Zurich
After the Olympics and the Paralympics come the Cyberolympics – bionic men and women are coming to competitive sports.
Biofabrication takes place at the intersection of biology and technology.
At the nexus of medical science, engineering, computer science and 3D printing is the biofabricator, a new career for the 21st century.
“Give me some skin! No, really.”
Once a topic explored exclusively in science fiction, the notion of restoring sensory feelings to humans and to machines is now approaching reality. Scientists around the world are developing artificial…