"The thinking is that if nature did it, it must be good," says researcher John Long.
But why not just call them mediatrons? That's the term Sci-Fi writer Neal Stephenson introduced in 1995.
A proposal moving through the Wisconsin Legislature would prohibit anyone from requiring people to have the tiny RFID chips embedded in them or doing so without their knowledge.
It would allow drinkers to experience all of the enjoyable, intoxicating effects of alcohol without unpleasant side-effects.
Researchers say it should be possible to integrate microsystems within insects during the early stages of metamorphoses.
Researchers create mice whose heart muscles are genetically engineered to fluoresce when the muscles contract.
In their 1971 novel The Flying Sorcerors, David Gerrold and Larry Niven wrote about an impossible idea, a suit that was both flexible all over and hard as armor all over.
Half of the world's human population is infected with this parasite of the body and brain. It is known to alter rat's minds. Now scientists are linking it to schizophrenia.
Sci-fi writers had already imagined friction-free coatings. Now researchers see a similar product in nature.
The XPod mobile music player will senses activity and emotion, then tailor its music selections accordingly.
A new handheld radar scope can sense through up to 12 inches of concrete whether someone is in the next room.
Amy Young, who creates mixed-media interactive sculptures and digital media works, has vaulted the common cricket into the 23rd century of human imagination with her Cricket Holodeck.
Digital Angel, which manufactures microchips for implantation in animals, has proposed using biothermal RFID chips in chickens as an early warning system for the avian flu.
ANPR (Automatic Number Plate Recognition) cameras are being used to create a "24x7 national vehicle movement database" that will log the movement of every vehicle on the United Kingdom's roads.