A Detailed Description of Why Human Skin Is Amazing

As Minute Earth rightly points out, we could avoid a lot of flesh wounds by having thicker armored skin like a pangolin. But the energy needed to generate and maintain that armor wasn't evolutionarily worth it for us to expend because we put so much fuel into our enormous brains. We can think of ways to escape danger… » 10/27/13 5:07pm 10/27/13 5:07pm

New Artificial Electric Skin Will Let Robots Feel for Real

There are plenty of robot arms out there, but what about robot skin to cover them in? A new kind of piezotronic transistor mesh could make for robotic skin that's as soft supple sensitive as your own is, covered in thousands of tiny mechanical hairs. » 4/27/13 9:20am 4/27/13 9:20am

How to Prevent Running Blisters

Getting blisters on a run is the most annoying of injuries. They hurt. They can keep you sidelined when you're trying to train. They heal slowly. Worst of all: They're not even cool enough to brag about. So let's see how we can prevent them from happening in the first place. » 2/27/13 2:40pm 2/27/13 2:40pm

Creepy Aluminum Face Mask Promises a Spa-Like Treatment In the 'Comfort' …

So it turns out we actually shouldn't have been feeling sorry for the Man In the Iron Mask. Because during the many years he was held captive and forced to wear that oppressive facepiece, he might have also been getting a spa-quality facial if it worked anything like this bizarre contraption. » 7/21/12 9:00pm 7/21/12 9:00pm

This Painless Little Device Disappeared My Acne

After including no!no! Skin in my Gizmodo gift guide for obsessive groomers last year, the fine folks at no! no! sent me a test unit of their zit zapper. Even though the device is "FDA cleared," I was skeptical it would work on my face (yes I stil break out at my age, why god why?). I somehow figured I had extra gross… » 2/21/12 4:00pm 2/21/12 4:00pm