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Photos of the Day: Groundbreaking Bionic Leg Gets Put to the Test

Wed, 10/31/2012 - 9:56am
Associated Press

In this Oct. 25, 2012 photo, Zac Vawter, fitted with an experimental "bionic" leg, is silhouetted on the Ledge at the Willis Tower in Chicago. Vawter is training for the world's tallest stair-climbing event where he'll attempt to climb 103 flights to the top of theWillis Tower using the new prosthesis. (AP Photo/Brian Kersey)
In this Oct. 25, 2012 photo looks down from the Ledge at the Willis Tower in Chicago. (AP Photo/Brian Kersey)
In this Oct. 25, 2012 photo, Zac Vawter kicks a soccer ball with an experimental "bionic" leg as biomedical student Aaron Young makes adjustments to the leg at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. After losing his right leg in a motorcycle accident, the 31-year-old software engineer signed up to become a research subject, helping test a trailblazing prosthetic leg that's controlled by his thoughts. He will put this leg to the ultimate test Sunday, Nov. 4 when he attempts to climb 103 flights of stairs to the top of Chicago's Willis Tower, one of the world’s tallest skyscrapers. (AP Photo/Brian Kersey)
In this Oct. 25, 2012 photo, physical therapist assistant Suzanne Finucane, right, helps Zac Vawter as he practices walking with an experimental "bionic" leg at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. (AP Photo/Brian Kersey)
In this Oct. 25, 2012 photo, Zac Vawter practices walking with an experimental "bionic" leg at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. (AP Photo/Brian Kersey)
In this Oct. 25, 2012 photo, biomedical engineer Annie Simon, left, and research prosthetist Elizabeth Halsne fit an experimental "bionic" prosthetic leg on Zac Vawter at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. (AP Photo/Brian Kersey)
In this Oct. 25, 2012 photo, Dr. Levi Hargrove, lead researcher for the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago's Center for Bionic Medicine, holds an experimental "bionic" prosthetic leg at the institute. (AP Photo/Brian Kersey)

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