Leg exoskeleton puts spring in a user's step

Apr 2, 2015

Leg exoskeleton puts spring in a user's step

Millions of years of evolution have enabled human beings to develop a smooth, energy-efficient way of walking. But, biomechanical engineers suggested on Wednesday, there is always room for improvement. They unveiled an unpowered exoskeleton — a small, light, spring-activated device that fits on the ...

China's 'dancing grannies' irk neighbors, face new rules

Mar 27, 2015

China's 'dancing grannies' irk neighbors, face new rules

Along with two dozen of her fellow “dancing grannies,” 60-year-old Zhang Jinsu twirls and steps her way every night across a central Beijing plaza, sometimes gliding over the pavement like a butterfly, at other times marching with a plastic rifle. But when new government ...

Snails slide into Thai spa scene

Jan 29, 2015

Snails slide into Thai spa scene

by Denis D. Gray

A snail is slithering up the bridge of my nose while five others are being stuck onto other parts of my face by a Thai beautician — all secreting slime to smooth out some wrinkles and give me a younger look. That this latest ...

Snowboarding falls out of favor on U.S. slopes

Jan 24, 2015

Snowboarding falls out of favor on U.S. slopes

Aging athletes, new skis and a lack of snow are ganging up on the once-edgy sport of snowboarding, which has seen a marked drop in participation over the last decade. Industry experts say it’s a sign of the maturing of snowboarding, which grew at ...

Don't fight trips to the gym: Take it outside

Jan 9, 2015

Don't fight trips to the gym: Take it outside

by Sophie Knight

It’s January. The bars are empty and the gyms are full of people with good intentions. By February or March, of course, that situation will reverse, as new year resolutions begin to flag and it becomes increasingly difficult to justify that extortionate gym membership. ...

Consumer tech show shines spotlight on gadgets for healthy living

Jan 9, 2015

Consumer tech show shines spotlight on gadgets for healthy living

From bracelets that measure body fat to robots that coach children through chemotherapy, the International CES electronics trade show brimmed with gadgets promising prescriptions for healthier lives. Innovations on display by companies such as California-based Neurosky and Melomind of Paris involved measuring brain activity ...

Jan 6, 2015

Stand-up desks get office workers on their feet

Advocates of workplace wellness initiatives are hoping 2015 will be the year that stand-up desks, historically favored by great minds from Leonardo da Vinci to Virginia Woolf, will reconfigure the modern cubicle. Some 50 to 70 percent of people spend six or more hours ...