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Nov 20, 2012
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Mind-Controlled Robot Uses Human Brainwaves
University of Washington researchers have developed a mind-controlled robot that operates on human brainwaves. Discovery News' Kasey-Dee Gardner finds out the human benefits of such a robot.
Designer Babies
A fertility clinic has announced that they have found a way to modify DNA and develop "designer babies". Is scientific technology ready for modified DNA?
Q&A: Synthetic Life
Biologist J. Craig Venter helped crack the human genome. His next goal: create life. Jorge Ribas talks to him about the promise and perils of synthetic biology.
Engineering Tissue
Regrowing skin, bones and even organs might seem like something out of a mad scientist's lab, but the reality isn't so crazy. Jorge Ribas finds out how tissue engineering could help the sick and injured.
Self-Healing Technology
Scientist Kristi Anseth works at the intersection of three fields - engineering, chemistry, and biology - to design polymers that imitate living tissues, with the goal of helping the body heal itself.
Emergency Rooms Go Wireless
The Mi-Tag, a wearable vital sign monitor, could bring emergency rooms into the wireless age. Jorge Ribas reports.
Text Messages Save Lives
A text messaging-based program, called Mobiles in Malawi, is saving lives by connecting rural communities to hospitals. Kasey-Dee Gardner explain how it works.
Cyborgs
Cyborgs may be strictly sci-fi, but brain-computer interfacing is real. Jorge Ribas finds out how this technology is helping people.
NeuroGenesis
Want to pick up a new language or skill as aptly as a child? It will be possible in the future, but at the cost of losing memories -- like, remembering your spouse.
Human Cloning
We've cloned sheep, mice, dogs and more. So are humans next? Bioethicists talk about the prospect of human cloning.
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