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Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory

Founded in 1942 to assist with World War II efforts, the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory's core mission is to use innovative science and tech to enhance national security. Billed as the nation's largest university-affiliated research center, its multimillion-dollar Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency-funded Revolutionizing Prosthetics program partners with other Johns Hopkins departments, universities, government agencies, and private firms to develop next-level prosthesis. Their biggest breakthrough is the Modular Prosthetic Limb, the first prosthetic arm that users can operate by simply thinking about moving. At present, there are only ten arms available, and they cost half a million dollars each to produce. The next step is to work with industry partners to get the limbs to those who need them.
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