This Spinal Implant Is Letting Paralyzed Rats Walk Again

The ability to internally bridge the gap between two ends of severed spinal cord—not just rely on the support of an external carapace like the Ekso-Suitwould be nothing short of revolutionary for the neurosurgical field. Oh wait, looks like a team from the EPFL has just invented a way to do just that—in mice. » 1/09/15 2:00pm 1/09/15 2:00pm

Woman Puts Deus Ex On Computer Chip In Her Hand

How Implants and Prosthetic Limbs Get Recycled and Reused

Every year, millions of pacemakers, metal hips, and prosthetics outlast the bodies they're designed for. But these medical devices could very well go on to have a second-life—in cars, wind turbines, and even another person. » 3/11/14 5:20pm 3/11/14 5:20pm

This High-Tech Surgical Implant Is Hand-Woven On a Wooden Loom

You're looking at an amazing medical advancement, a protective patch that guides the way cells heal after shoulder surgery. It's made from microfibers 100 times finer than human hair, and it completely disintegrates to prevent long-term complications. Believe it or not, all that medical tech is constructed the very » 1/02/14 12:00pm 1/02/14 12:00pm

This Guy Has an Invisible Headphone Implanted In His Ear

Rich Lee has freed himself from the frustrations of misplacing or having to untangle his headphones ever again. How? He's what's known as a grinder: someone who experiments with surgical implants or body-enhancements, and he's come up with a doozie. Implanted in his tragus—the stiff protrusion just in front of your… » 6/25/13 1:51pm 6/25/13 1:51pm

How 3D Printing Gave This Man His Life (and Face) Back

While doctors have experimented with 3D-printed prosthetics in the past, none has been quite as prominent or incredibly detailed as Eric Moger's newest addition: a prosthetic, 3D-printed face. » 4/01/13 11:36am 4/01/13 11:36am

Say Goodbye To Needles and Get a Bluetooth Microchip That Bathes in…

We've got plenty of devices that track stats on the outside of our bodies and send the numbers to our phones, but how about one that goes under your skin and bathes in blood? A chip developed by a team of Swiss scientists does just that; it's a Fitbit for under your skin. Sorta. » 3/20/13 10:37am 3/20/13 10:37am

Guy Gets Magnets Implanted in His Arm To Hold His iPod, Forgets There's…

The touchscreen-equipped iPod Nano spawned a multitude of straps and cases letting users wear it like a watch. But none are as creative, or downright creepy, as this body piercing artist who had four magnets implanted in his arm to hold it in place. » 5/10/12 2:20pm 5/10/12 2:20pm

Model Tries to Smuggle Cocaine Inside Fake Breast and Butt Implants

Rome's airport police have caught a busty model trying to smuggle 2.5 kilograms (5.5 pounds) of cocaine inside her fake breast and buttocks' implants. » 12/22/11 9:59am 12/22/11 9:59am

Glucose-Measuring Implant Glows Like a Christmas Tree When Sugar Levels…

Instead of putting up with a mild pin-prick whenever your blood sugar levels need testing, Japanese scientists have invented a little implant that glows when the levels change. No pain, and a free glowstick for raves—high five, science! » 8/19/11 1:00pm 8/19/11 1:00pm

Implant Jamming Shield Will Keep Body Hackers from Giving You a Heart…

Wirelessly-connected medical implants are convenient, smart, and save a lot of lives. But the prospect of murdering someone by remotely-screwing their, say, pacemaker, isn't that remote. And researchers at MIT are working to protect you from implant assassins. » 6/13/11 10:40am 6/13/11 10:40am

The Human Scientist Infected With a Computer Virus

Click to viewThis is Dr. Mark Gasson. He's a human being who's managed to contract a nasty computer virus. Don't feel too bad for him, though: he did it to himself. » 5/26/10 2:20pm 5/26/10 2:20pm

Scientists Successfully Embed Silicon Chips Inside Human Cells

Scientists have already created mini-cyborgs out of living cells and semiconductor materials, but now biological cells can also contain tiny silicon chips, which could become sensors that monitor microscopic activities, deliver drugs to target cells or even repair cell structures. » 3/17/10 5:03pm 3/17/10 5:03pm

Expose Fake Boobs Using Only a Flashlight

The gals at Jezebel have stumbled onto the party trick of the decade: How to detect breast implants using only a flashlight. While it may not exactly be an entirely scientific method, it most definitely looks fun. » 12/29/09 10:56pm 12/29/09 10:56pm

In These Solar Eye Circuits, Light is the Power and Signal

Researchers have been tinkering with contact and implanted eye sensors and electronics for some while, but here's a way around the problem of powering that gear: use the same light entering the eye to power it. » 12/28/09 8:30am 12/28/09 8:30am

Tiny Telescopes Help the Blind See Again

The bionic eye's inexorable advance continued this weekend, as doctors reported they were able to implant tiny telescopes (telescopes!) into the eyes of patients suffering from macular degeneration. » 7/20/09 1:40am 7/20/09 1:40am

The Mechanic Eye

If you think it's tough to decide on the make and model of your next laptop, imagine the internal debates to come when we can upgrade eyeballs as casually as RAM. [Bogen Freund/Flickr via bbGadgets] » 4/07/09 2:40pm 4/07/09 2:40pm

Tiny 4mm Telephoto Lens Implant Is One Step Closer To Being in Your Eye

For people suffering from advanced macular degeneration, this lens implant magnifies light at 2.2x to 3x and projects it onto the healthy part of the retina, avoiding the damaged blind spot. » 4/03/09 11:50am 4/03/09 11:50am

Stable, Sane Young Man Installs DIY RFID Implant into His Hand

Some people are sick of waiting for the RFID implant controversy to play out, and at least one of those people is taking action. YouTube user Quethe has posted a video » 10/15/08 6:13am 10/15/08 6:13am demonstrating his own RFID implantation technique, involving a terrifying pencil-size needle and a chip designed for pets, which he is using for a…