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image: Prosthetic Retinas Help Blind Mice See

Prosthetic Retinas Help Blind Mice See

By Ashley Yeager | March 6, 2018

Artificial photoreceptors made of nanowires help restore blind animals’ sensitivity to light.


image: A Prosthetic Advantage?

A Prosthetic Advantage?

By Diana Kwon | September 1, 2017

Scientists are analyzing how factors such as the length and stiffness of artificial limbs affect performance in athletes with amputations.

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image: Man Meets Machine

Man Meets Machine

By The Scientist Staff | September 1, 2017

Alena Grabowski, a University of Colorado Boulder researcher, discusses her motivations for studying the interface between biology and mechanics in prosthetic devices.

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image: Gaining Proprioception with Prosthetics

Gaining Proprioception with Prosthetics

By Bob Grant | May 31, 2017

New surgical techniques may help amputees feel more enmeshed with their artificial limbs.


image: Artificial Ion Pump Mimics Neuronal Speed, Precision

Artificial Ion Pump Mimics Neuronal Speed, Precision

By Ben Andrew Henry | November 3, 2016

Researchers create an artificial nerve that could be the forerunner of neural prosthetics.


image: Artificial Touch Enabled

Artificial Touch Enabled

By Jef Akst | October 13, 2016

A quadriplegic 28-year-old man senses touch via stimulation of electrodes implanted in his somatosensory cortex.


image: Artificial Skin Communicates with Neurons

Artificial Skin Communicates with Neurons

By Jef Akst | October 19, 2015

A new flexible sensor can detect touch and generate electrical pulses that signal intensity of pressure to mouse neurons in vitro.


image: Lending an Ear

Lending an Ear

By Kerry Grens | September 1, 2015

Until recently, auditory brainstem implants have been restricted to patients with tumors on their auditory nerves.


image: Three Monkey Brains, One Robotic Arm

Three Monkey Brains, One Robotic Arm

By Jef Akst | July 10, 2015

Researchers network the brains of three monkeys to create a “living computer” that can steer an image of a robotic arm toward a target.


image: Retinal Film Detects Light

Retinal Film Detects Light

By Jef Akst | November 13, 2014

A new light-sensitive nanotube-based film could pave the way to more flexible and durable retinal implants.


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