Bionic women (and men) get closer to reality

Prosthetics and new therapies restore abilities to move, see, walk

By Rachel Ehrenberg, 14:53 PM December 29, 2012

2012 SCIENCE NEWS TOP 25: 4

Outfitted with a bionic eye, arm, legs and fantastic ’70s hair, Steve Austin was a cyborg whose implants allowed him to recover stolen atomic weapons, fight aliens and protect cryptographers in distress. Finally, real life is starting to catch up with the Six Million Dollar Man. In one of this year’s bionic breakthroughs, a paralyzed woman carried out her own superhuman feat: Using an implanted brain chip, she controlled a robotic arm with her mind (SN: 6/16/12, p...

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