Zac Vawter, a 31-year-old software engineer from Seattle Washington, climbs 103 floors to the top of the Willis Tower using the worlds first neural-controlled Bionic leg in Chicago, as Physical therapist aide Suzanne Finucane (L) looks on November 4, 2012. According to the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, their Center for Bionic Medicine has worked to develop technology that allows amputees like Vawter to better control prosthetics with their own throughs. REUTERS/John Gress

Bionic Man

Many of us would complain that it’s a burden to ascend three floors, but for Zac Vawter, climbing to the third floor of the Willis Tower today was an accomplishment and making it to the 103rd floor was historic.

How Bad Will the Mortgage Crisis Get?

The credit markets are seizing up and the uncertainty recently drove up short-term interest rates for municipalities and some rock-solid institutions such as New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art to 20%. And now even so-called prime borrowers, the ones who were properly vetted, are being sucked into defaults on their mortgages. Yet it’s still a relatively small number of institutions and individuals getting hurt by this not-yet-a-recession. So what’s the worst that could happen?

Latinos may choose next US President

A recent Pew Hispanic Center report on trends in Latino voter participation counts a record 24 million Latinos as eligible to vote in November’s presidential election (11 percent of all potential voters). It also finds that Latinos are particularly important in several battleground states. Their rising numbers and geographic concentration suggest that if and how Latinos vote on November 6 could determine the race.