Everybody else is talking about it so I figured I would too. Researchers have managed a big breakthrough in robotic prosthetic research with a couple of monkeys that are able to control robotic arms using brain power alone. Implants wired into the brains of the monkeys give them the ability to move the robotic arms, but the monkeys were still moving their real arms while doing it, until recently when the monkeys figured out they didn’t need to move their real arms to make the robotic arms do their bidding.
This is particularly amusing to me as awhile back I tried to get some friends together to play a little Champions pen and paper role playing game where you get to design your own superhero. Guest Bastard Eric was one of the participants and his super character was called “Monkey Boy.” MB consisted of a team of three monkeys who spent most of their time living inside a Robotic Man Suit as their “secret identity,” but could pop out and make use of their individual powers when it came time to fight evil doers. It was a bizarre concept (and awfully difficult to translate into game terms), but it appears science is once step closer to making such a thing possible.