Sep 21, 2014

New smartphone app gives sight to the blind

Jonathan Mosen, who has been blind since birth, spent a recent evening snapping photos of packages in the mail, his son’s school report and labels on bottles in the fridge. In seconds, he was listening to audio of the printed words the camera had ...

U.S. conjoined brothers aim for age record

Jul 5, 2014

U.S. conjoined brothers aim for age record

Ohio brothers hoping to be recognized this year as the world’s oldest conjoined twins planned to celebrate Saturday as they hit a milestone they have been looking forward to for years. Donnie and Ronnie Galyon of Beavercreek were to be 62 years, 8 months ...

Haitian orphan gets 3-D printed prosthesis

May 14, 2014

Haitian orphan gets 3-D printed prosthesis

A 12-year-old orphan boy handicapped from birth became the first recipient of a prosthesis made with a 3-D printer in Haiti last month, thanks to a British software engineer in California and a South African amputee. Born without fingers on either hand, Stevenson Joseph ...

Police admit Pistorius evidence may be tainted

Mar 13, 2014

Police admit Pistorius evidence may be tainted

As Paralympian Oscar Pistorius battled Wednesday to discredit forensics that could prove he lied about the night his girlfriend was killed, his defense lawyer forced police to admit they had mishandled key evidence. In his testimony, Col. Gerhard Vermeulen admitted that the toilet door ...

Pistorius trial hears damaging testimony

Mar 9, 2014

Pistorius trial hears damaging testimony

In a day of potentially damaging testimony, a former girlfriend of Oscar Pistorius said at his murder trial Friday that he once shot his gun out of a car sunroof and later cheated on her with the woman he killed last year. And a ...

Feb 19, 2014

Monkey mind control may lead to paralysis cure

Scientists working on a paralysis cure said Tuesday they had demonstrated how a monkey can use only its thoughts, transferred by electrodes, to manipulate a sleeping fellow primate’s arm to do its bidding. The lab experiment, in which a fully sedated Rhesus monkey’s hand ...

New prosthetic hand restores sense of touch

Feb 6, 2014

New prosthetic hand restores sense of touch

To feel what you touch — that’s the holy grail for artificial limbs. In a step toward that goal, European researchers have created a robotic hand that allows an amputee to feel differences between a bottle, a baseball and a mandarin orange. The patient ...

'Wizard of Oz' Munchkin Ruth Robinson Duccini dies

Jan 17, 2014

'Wizard of Oz' Munchkin Ruth Robinson Duccini dies

Ruth Robinson Duccini, the last of the original female Munchkins from the 1939 movie “The Wizard of Oz,” has died. She was 95. With her death, only one actor who played one of the original 124 Munchkins in the movie remains alive. Duccini died ...