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Three Monkey Brains, One Robotic Arm
Jef Akst | Jul 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.
Retinal Film Detects Light
Jef Akst | Nov 13, 2014
A new light-sensitive nanotube-based film could pave the way to more flexible and durable retinal implants.
Eric C. Leuthardt, Jarod L. Roland, Wilson Z. Ray | Nov 1, 2014
Linking the human nervous system to computers is providing unprecedented control of artificial limbs and restoring lost sensory function.
Kerry Grens | Oct 10, 2014
Artificial limbs and their wearers achieve more sensitive communication thanks to engineering advances.
Prosthetics Pioneer Dies
Rina Shaikh-Lesko | Jun 3, 2014
Melvin Glimcher, inventor of the prosthetic “Boston Arm,” which moves in response to electrical signals from the wearer, has passed away at age 88.
FDA Approves Prosthetic Arm
Jef Akst | May 14, 2014
The agency OKs the first prosthetic arm controlled by neural signals from the user’s muscles.
Cochlear Implant Gene Therapy
Ed Yong | Apr 23, 2014
The surgically implanted device can be tweaked to provide short electric bursts that send a nerve-growing gene into local cells, a study on guinea pigs shows.
DARPA Puts Biotech at the Fore
Kerry Grens | Apr 4, 2014
The U.S. Department of Defense is solidifying its focus on the life sciences with a new division of biotechnology.
Monkey Mind Control
Jef Akst | Feb 19, 2014
The brain activity of one monkey dictated movements of a second, sedated animal, a study shows.
Week in Review: February 3–7
Tracy Vence | Feb 7, 2014
Federal stem cell regulations vary;
exploit host immune system; microglia help maintain synaptic connections; prosthesis re-creates feeling of touch