/ 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 and ...

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 had ...

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 ...

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 only ...

'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 of natural ...

S. Africa fails to explain hiring of fake signer

Dec 13, 2013

S. Africa fails to explain hiring of fake signer

The sign-language interpreter at Nelson Mandela's memorial say he suffers from schizophrenia and hallucinated and saw angels while gesturing incoherently just a meter from U.S. President Barack Obama and other world leaders, outraging deaf people worldwide who said his signs amounted to gibberish. South African ...

Wearable tech liberates disabled

/ Aug 18, 2013

Wearable tech liberates disabled

It has been 18 years since Tammie Lou Van Sant held a camera. But nearly two decades after a car accident left her paralyzed from the chest down, Van Sant is shooting again — thanks to a device that could be part of technology's ...