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3D Printing, Turned Up

Carbon 3D’s fast additive manufacturing is taking investors by storm. How will it change the way things are made?

Twenty-five years ago, director James Cameron conjured up a liquid metal robot that could assume any form in seconds.  But “Terminator 2” was just a movie. The M1 printer, on the other hand, is making that fantastical vision of near instantaneous, on-demand creation a reality. [Also on Longitudes: 3-D Printed Foods: Curious Cuisine or Fleeting […]

How Wearable Robotics Incorporate Brains and Brawn

Will man and machine ever become one? After almost fifty years, wearable robotics may finally be within our reach.

Decades before driver-less car researchers struggled to create an effective human-machine interface, GE was wrestling with its own, lower-tech version of how to meld steel and flesh.  It was called the Hardiman. Hardiman started in 1965 as a joint Army-Navy project to build a powered exoskeleton that could “amplify” human strength by a factor of […]

Cracking Zika’s DNA

Scientists are using biotech tools to crack open Zika's genetic code.

Officials have begun spraying insecticide in a 10-square-mile area north of downtown Miami this week to eradicate Zika-carrying mosquitoes, but researchers still must answer many of the most fundamental questions relating to the virus — and support for their efforts is coming from some unlikely places.  Zika, which can cause birth defects in pregnant women, […]

A Bespoke Suit of Carbon and Steel

Wearable robotic exoskeletons help paralyzed people walk, workers become Iron Man.

SuitX, a company in California, has built a robotic exoskeleton that weighs just 27 pounds and allows wearers to cover a mile in an hour. As futuristic as the suit is, it’s been a long time coming. Homayoon Kazerooni, founder and CEO of SuitX, says the suit, called the Phoenix, has the potential to help […]