March 29th, 2012
04:11 PM ET

Engaging imagination to rebuild NYC's Lower East Side

By Ernest Martin, CNN

New York City is an ever-evolving urban landscape, propelled forward by the forces of tactical planning, organization, and design.

Most New Yorkers, as micro urban planners, are forced to innovate to adapt to their cramped environments. Some keep storage cells deep in Brooklyn where obscure collections of out-of-date clothing, compact discs, and cultural artifacts like Furbys are stowed and preserved.

Others frequent a specialized mega-store whose shelves are stocked solely with containers, hangers, and boxes, helping to put everything in its right place while making hoarding less noticeable and deadly cupboard avalanches less frequent. FULL POST

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March 29th, 2012
01:18 PM ET

'The Next List': An archive of fascinating people

Every Sunday at 2 p.m. ET the CNN show 'The Next List' profiles a person with a new idea that could change the world. Here's a list of all of the innovators the show has featured since it started in November 2011. Check back for updates.

Hugh Herr, prosthetics developer and bionic man


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March 29th, 2012
11:56 AM ET

Pushing limits with a fearless bionic man

Editor's Note: David Sengeh is a Research Assistant under Hugh Herr at the Biomechatronics Group at MIT’s Media Lab. 

By David Sengeh, Special to CNN

“David, this is so #$%&-ing sexy!” said Professor Hugh Herr as I showed him a prototype for the latest prosthetic socket I had been working on as a graduate student in the Biomechatronics Group at the MIT Media Lab.

The multi-material variable impedance prosthetic socket I had just designed relieved unwanted pressure over critical locations on his residual limb, thereby making him more comfortable.

In the Biomechatronics Group, we investigate how technology can be used to enhance human physical capability. Working with Professor Herr is inspiring; on a gorgeous day, he will change from his powered robotic ankle-foot prostheses and step into his running legs for a jog with members of my group. FULL POST

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