Today's theme is improving on life. Nature did a pretty good job of engineering some hardy life forms. But now we're able to tinker with life ourselves.

We're further along than you might think.

Researchers have lifted the lid on turtle evolution, a perfect demonstration that technology is natural.

But now we have our own genetic ideas. We're able to triple the physical endurance of mice in the lab.

This paper shows that high-resolution prosthetic human eyes are possible!

Here are slightly and greatly more accessible articles about these bionic eyes.

We've also developed low-cost artificial leaves that perform photosynthesis, a leap forward for sustainable energy.

This is as much a work of art as science, but check out this video of "FaceForward," a robotic face sculpture shown last year at Burning Man.

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