Watch a Woman Get a New 3D-Printed Skull

It's not news that we can 3D print bones or even successfully implant 3D-printed skull fragments. But a team of Dutch brain surgeons has taken things to the next level by replacing the bulk of a woman's skull with a 3D-printed dome. It's a little bit gnarly to watch. » 3/26/14 10:20am 3/26/14 10:20am

Mad Scientists Just Built an Edible Battery Out of Cuttlefish Ink

A few years ago, a whole new crop of crazy medical devices started popping up—things like little robots that could crawl through your veins and clear blocked arteries. Scientists lauded the promise of ingestible electronics, but there was one big problem. How are we going to power these devices? » 12/18/13 12:20pm 12/18/13 12:20pm

Scary-Sounding Mind-Controlled Drones Actually Aim to Do Good

There's something uncanny about drones, those autonomous airplanes that kill insurgents and civilians—but mostly civilians—and anger the pants off of many liberty-loving Americans. But drones aren't all bad. Outside of warzones, drones have been helping everyone from farmers to journalists and now they're helping… » 6/05/13 4:42pm 6/05/13 4:42pm

How Smartphones Are Trying to Replace Your Doctor (But Can't Yet)

For most of time medicine was a guessing game. Doctors, or witch doctors, or shaman would inspect a patient, stir a potion and hope it would work. With some notable exceptions, modern medicine isn't so different. The data collection—blood pressure, heart rate, weight, reflexes—is largely rudimentary. We're getting by,… » 6/04/13 11:00am 6/04/13 11:00am

DARPA's Crazy Mind-Controlled Prosthetics Have Gotten Even Better

We've known for a few years now that DARPA-funded prosthetics research is yielding some pretty incredible technology. We're not talking incredible in the robotic cheetah sense. We're talking incredible in The Incredibles sense of the term. Specifically, DARPA is literally building superheroic technology that enables… » 5/31/13 12:11pm 5/31/13 12:11pm

Scientists Create Diode Propulsion Engine for Bloodstream-Swimming…

Science fiction edges ever closer to reality as researchers at NC State University devise a form of propulsion that can accelerate microbots through the human bloodstream. The challenge: not only finding a way to create this engine on such a tiny scale, but to provide power to it. The solution? Diode propulsion, using… » 3/15/07 1:37pm 3/15/07 1:37pm