The evolution of single cells was a staggeringly time-consuming process, requiring millions of years in literally ocean-sized vats of chemicals and collisions. Which makes it particularly awesome that some Penn State researchers have decided "Hell, we can do that."
There's been a huge upsurge in cool prosthetic technology recently, thanks to a mysterious increase in the number of first world otherwise-healthy citizens who are suddenly stumbling around the place missing a limb or two. But while advances like bluetooth-controlled legs are undeniably awesome, they're only half of the equation needed before the Detroit crime rate is cut by someone part man, part machine but All Cop. Mechanical parts and squishy human brains have a bit of dysfunctional relationship at the moment - while machines can learn how to interpret the desires of twitching muscles, the gooey nervous system tends to get annoyed or dead when the machine tries to inject signals back.
The cartoon convention of a bright light appearing above your head when you have an idea might not be fiction for long. Researchers at Kinki University, who we would have thought would have been too busy developing new kinds of latex and electrical devices, have recently performed experiments in watching thoughts happen - life on TV.