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The Mental Magic of Paramedical Tattoos Tattoos, though cosmetic in nature, have a diverse and longstanding history of significant purpose. For Eternal Ink Tattoo Studio owner Eric Catalano, an unexpected request led to a moment of discovery: while tattooing fingernails on a man that lost the tips of two fingers in a construction accident, he realized the restorative power of a new medium dubbed paramedical …

Bomb-Sniffing Cyborg Grasshoppers

Dogs and even pigs have long been heralded as having the ultimate snout—one capable of detecting bombs, drugs, truffles, and even human beings through thick brush and dense soil. But, courtesy of a bit of high-tech engineering, cyborg grasshoppers may be the ultimate nose after all. Researchers at the University of Missouri inserted electrodes into the antennal lobes of each grasshopper (the “brain” of the …

These Cyborg Beetles Could One Day Replace Drones

Could cyborg insects be the next step in the evolution of drones? Engineers from Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University and the University of California Berkeley seem to think so. They’ve developed a way to remotely control beetles by inserting electrodes on the their legs, optic lobes and flight muscles. According to the engineers, the cyborg bugs are a better alternative to drones because of their ability …