Welcome to South Korea’s Artificial Limb District

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Limbs, limbs, everywhere!

Unlike the red-light district in Amsterdam, which caters to men and women in search of sex, the Artificial Limb District of South Korea caters to men, women, and children in need of arms, legs, feet, toes, fingers, eyes, breasts, and more.

Reporter Harmon Leon from the Smoking Jacket recently stumbled upon an entire section of Seoul dedicated to the sale of handcrafted artificial limbs. Dubbed the Artificial Limb District, this unusual neighborhood hosts nine such shops, each stocked with piles and piles of limbs.

What makes this so fascinating is that, for one, these limbs have been handcrafted…

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Mechanical Hooves Help Hop Up Any Fantasy Costume

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Just hop on over here… 

Ever wished you were a 7-foot tall semi-centaur with the body of a human and a horse’s legs? Er, me neither. But there’s plenty of people out there who do, and Seattle-based fantasy artist Kim Graham has come up with a killer Halloween costume that makes you 14 inches taller and gives you uncanny-looking equine legs and spring-loaded cloven hooves. The effect is quite amazing, and even a bit sexy – or, maybe that’s just the admirably proportioned Ms. Graham.

(check out the video after the jump…)

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New Tissue Regeneration Technique Is An Alternative For Coronary Bypass Surgery

New Tissue Regeneration Technique Is An Alternative For Coronary Bypass Surgery 

An Israeli team of cardiologists at the Carmel Medical Center in Haifa, has created an alternative for coronary bypass surgery, by developing a tissue regeneration technique that enables the body to produce new blood vessels. This development signifies a a major breakthrough in the field of artery bypass and may eliminate the need for bypass surgeries in the future.

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The Jollbot Robot

The Jollbot Robot

 Jollbot – Jumps like a grasshopper, stings like a bee

Jumping over hurdles and rolling through better surfaces is daunting. Similarly, maneuvering over on the lunar and extraterrestrial surfaces is equally challenging for the bots and machines alike. Making robots with ability to move about efficiently in all terrains is expensive and cumbersome, therefore Jollbot is a great introduction here. Created by Rhodri Armour, a PhD student from the University of Bath, the Jollbot is a robot that can jump like a grasshopper and roll like a ball. (w/Video)

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The Walking House

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Sure, when the oil shortage becomes oil-no-more, it would be nice to drive around in search of fuel like Mad Max, but what would be even better is to have your own movable home to wander the wasteland in. Something on legs that can roam anywhere. Something like this. But faster.

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“Grandma’s Penicillin” May Help Lower High Blood Pressure

“Grandma’s Penicillin” May Help Lower High Blood Pressure 

 Chicken Soup – “Grandma’s Penicillin”

Chicken soup, that popular home remedy for the common cold sometimes known as “Grandma’s Penicillin,” may have a new role alongside medication and other medical measures in fighting high blood pressure, scientists in Japan are reporting. Their research is scheduled for the October 22 issue of ACS’ biweekly Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.

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TFAS: A New Procedure That Can Restore Full Use Of Spine

TFAS: A New Procedure That Can Restore Full Use Of Spine 

 TFAS Posterior View

Ever bend down and not get up again for a few days? Have you turned your neck in one direction only to find that your body had to accompany your neck to turn to the other side?

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