Synanon's Sober Utopia: How a Drug Rehab Program Became a Violent Cult

In 1970, George Lucas needed dozens of actors with shaved heads for his sci-fi dystopian movie THX 1138. He had trouble filling the roles at first, since so few actresses wanted to cut their locks, but Lucas eventually found the extras he needed in a strange utopian community where everyone worshipped sobriety and… »4/15/14 2:04pm4/15/14 2:04pm

A Rehab Machine That Lets Patients See Their Muscles in Motion

A skilled physiotherapist can get your body working again after an injury, but even they can't see your inner workings while you're rebuilding muscle. So a team of researchers from Saitama University have developed a rehabilitation machine that generates a virtual representation of the muscles in your arm letting… »12/04/13 9:27am12/04/13 9:27am

I Wore a Bionic Leg, And I Never Wanted To Take It Off Again

Say you've just had ACL surgery. Or you're recovering from a bad break. Or, worse, you suffer a stroke, or MS, or spinal or neurological damage. Regaining the power to walk is one of the toughest things you can do, and it may be impossible without a crutch, rail, or physical therapist to lean on. The AlterG Bionic… »7/10/13 3:48pm7/10/13 3:48pm

Telegraph Says Scientists Excited by Future of Gaming Platforms

Powerful game consoles are often just as programmable as research computers, and scientists are finding real world applications for them every day. »2/17/08 5:45pm2/17/08 5:45pm

The Sony PS3 and Nintendo Wii in particular can function as great scientific tools. We've previously seen how the Wii's cheap motion sensing technology has been to…

Jump Up Internet Rescue School Provides Rehabilitation for the Internet Addicted

South Korea's Jump Up Internet Rescue School is the first of its kind, providing rehabilitation to those who cannot escape from the confines of the great interweb. Fittingly, South Korea is the world's foremost internet connected nation, with over 90% of homes having access to cheap, high speed broadband. Worryingly,… »11/18/07 6:45pm11/18/07 6:45pm