Before the FDA forced personal genomics company 23andMe to stop marketing its tests to the public, customers would send a spit sample to the firm, who would sequence the DNA and look for genes indicating a risk of up to 254 diseases and conditions, provid…
Nearly a decade ago, Sun Jifa lost his hands in a fishing-related explosion. Sun couldn't afford prosthetic arms, but he didn't let this stop him from obtaining bionic hands—using his inventive imagination, Sun built his own metal hands.
Later this month, 17 robots will enter a competition, prompted by the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan, that aims to fast-track the development of machines that can respond in a natural or man-made disaster.
With regard to 23andMe, Silicon Valley's favorite genetic testing startup, the agency is doing exactly what government regulation is designed to do: Protect consumers from unsafe or misleading medical products in cases where the company has little fi
The FBI has been contemplating using aerial surveillance drones since 1995, according to recently released documents, and is investing heavily in the technology as a cheap and stealthy alternative to manned surveillance aircraft.
A California woman was reportedly pulled over on suspicion of speeding, and when the Highway Patrol officer who made the stop saw she was wearing Glass, he added a citation for a state law banning the use of video monitors in front of the driver's seat in…
Even though the world wide web has made it easier than ever to disprove rumors and urban legends, there's still a lot of disinformation that goes viral thanks to the legions of people who will click "share" before checking to see if something is true.
The idea of gene therapy—manipulating DNA as a medical treatment—has long held the promise of preventing inherited disease, and researchers say a new sperm-centric approach, if it works in humans, could be a breakthrough for the health industry.
When Lee O'Denat, a.k.a. Q, started WorldStarHipHop in 2005, he had no idea that he would be further contributing to the democratization of surveillance culture. He was just another internet-addled entrepreneur trying to make a website.
For the first time in almost 40 years, humans are landing a rover on the Moon. Assuming that China's Chang'e 3 mission, which launched yesterday, successfully lands its six-wheeled Jade Rabbit rover, it will reopen a decades-old question.
To some in Texas, the newly-christened Independence has been a sore point since 2011, when NASA's ministers, having overseen the closure of the program, announced that Houston would receive not an actual orbiter but a realistic mock-up orbiter that for ye…
A couple months before, I'd eaten nothing but a food replacement cocktail for 30 days straight. So I'd been especially looking forward to this feast, since Thanksgiving is the polar opposite of Soylent, both physically and philosophically.
Since Edward Snowden's disclosures about widespread NSA surveillance, Americans and people everywhere have been presented with a digital variation on an old analog threat: the erosion of freedoms and privacy in exchange, presumably, for safety and securit…
You might think of Thanksgiving and Christmas as times of over-indulgence, but there's one area in which people seem to exercise more self-restraint than usual: Online porn. Studies say that porn traffic drops dramatically during the holidays.
Lax management and lack of departmental coordination are precisely what landed police in Brunswick, Georgia, the Justice Department money to buy its drone without any of the pesky oversight or requisite approvals.
When the man in the rubber mask appeared on TV screens around Chicago on November 22, 1987, it was a rare event—a broadcast signal intrusion with no clear motive, method, or culprits. It may as well have come from another dimension.