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War and Sports Shape Better Artificial Limbs

Artificial Limbs - NY Times

There are now specialized prosthetics with computerized knees and ankles that adjust to terrain and activity.


Man accused of using fake penis for drug test

A man accused of using a prosthetic penis to try to pass a drug test has been arrested in eastern Missouri. Authorities say 34-year-old Sydney Levin was submitting a urine sample last week as part of his probation when an officer allegedly spotted him using a prosthetic known as a Whizzinator. The prosthetic is advertised as a "discreet" device that includes synthetic "medical grade urine."


Mind-controlled robotic arm has skill and speed of human limb

Mind-Controlled Robotic Arm

A paralyzed woman has been able to feed herself chocolate and move everyday items using a robotic arm directly controlled by thought, showing a level of agility and control approaching that of a human limb.


Man climbs Chicago skyscraper with bionic leg

Bionic Leg

The metal on Zac Vawter bionic leg gleamed as he climbed 103 floors of Chicago's iconic Willis Tower, becoming the first person ever to complete the task wearing a mind-controlled prosthetic limb.

Zac Vawter, fitted with an experimental "bionic" leg, looks out onto the Ledge at the Willis Tower, Thursd


Man with 'bionic' leg to climb Chicago skyscraper

Bionic Leg

Zac Vawter considers himself a test pilot. After losing his right leg in a motorcycle accident, the 31-year-old software engineer signed up to become a research subject, helping to test a trailblazing prosthetic leg that's controlled by his thoughts.


Man Defeats Ankle Monitor by Removing Fake Leg

Christopher Lowcock, 29, wrapped his prosthetic limb in a bandage and fooled G4S staff who failed to carry out the proper tests when they set up the tag and monitoring equipment at his Rochdale home.


Can a dog survive with 4 bionic legs?

Can a dog survive with 4 bionic legs?

Behold the "bionic dog." (View video, below.) At just five weeks old, Naki'o was abandoned by his owners and wandered into an icy puddle, getting his paws stuck in the frigid water. All four frostbit paws had to be amputated, but in a "heartwarming" twist, the malnourished red heeler puppy was rescued by an animal shelter where, a veterinary technician raised funds to fit him with two prosthetic hind legs. Naki'o took to the prosthetics so "enthusiastically" that the organization Orthopets threw in the other two prosthetics for free. "Naki'o can now not only chase after a ball with other dogs," says vet tech Christie Tomlinson, as quoted by Incredible Features, "but he can beat them to the catch!"


Some soldiers prefer amputations rather than damaged limbs, now that prosthetics are so good

Some soldiers prefer amputations rather than damaged limbs, now that prosthetics are so good

Wounded troops are making choices that predecessors from earlier wars never had: whether to trade poorly functioning limbs for microprocessor-driven ...


Thai elephant hurt by mine gets artificial leg

Thai elephant hurt by mine gets artificial leg

Motola, a female elephant who stepped on a land mine 10 years ago and endured painful operations, was fitted Saturday in Thailand for a permanent artificial leg.


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