Discovery News - Is It Future Yet?
Nov 20, 2012
Man Controls Robotic Hand with Mind
For a month, Pierpaolo Petruzziello's amputated arm was connected to a robotic limb, allowing him to feel sensations and control the arm with his thoughts. Rossella Lorenzi talks to him about the bionic experiment.
Robonaut 2: Your Future Coworker?
Cutting-edge robots, recently unveiled by NASA and General Motors, will work next to humans on Earth and in space. Jorge Ribas reports on the twin machines dubbed Robonaut 2.
NASA's Puffin: Your Personal Aircraft?
Engineers from the NASA Langley Research Center unveiled plans to build a personal flying machine that would run on a set of electric motors. Jorge Ribas reports on the aptly named Puffin, which is still in the early stages of development.
Down Future Roads, Everyone's Talking
Cars talking to other cars, movies beamed right to your dashboard, your GPS letting you know there's an accident ahead. Traffic expert Rick Dye weighs in on the future of driving.
Green Light for Robotic Roads
Cars that can talk to each other, to street lights and even to your mobile phone. In New York City, Jorge Ribas gets a glimpse into the future of transportation.
Is It Future Yet?: Hydrogen Cars
The Hydrogen Road Tour makes a pit stop in Washington, D.C., and Jorge Ribas takes a hydrogen fuel cell-powered car for a spin around the block.
With thousands of asteroids, comets and other near-Earth object buzzing by our planet, Jorge Ribas finds out how we can avoid the same fate as the dinosaurs.
Television's gone from black and white to color to high definition. So is 3-D holographic TV next? Jorge Ribas finds out.
Cyborgs may be strictly sci-fi, but brain-computer interfacing is real. Jorge Ribas finds out how this technology is helping people.
We've cloned sheep, mice, dogs and more. So are humans next? Bioethicists talk about the prospect of human cloning.
Is It Future Yet?: Car Thief Catcher
In Arlington, Virginia, police outfit ordinary cars with cameras, microphones and GPS to catch car thieves in the act. Jorge Ribas finds out how they do it.
Is It Future Yet?: Moonbase
Do sci-fi villains have the moonbase market cornered, or will we be living on the moon some day too? Jorge Ribas finds out when NASA's making the next giant leap for mankind.
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.