Tag Archives: innovation

Star Wars-Style Hologram Messages Are Nearly A Reality

Anyone who is anyone remembers the iconic beginning to the Star Wars series, where a certain hologram propels the epic narrative forward. “Help me Obi Wan Kanobi, you’re my only hope” implores Princess Leia, her entire figure and facial expressions visible thanks to the futuristic holographic device her desperate message is recorded on. A scene which has gained even more weight thanks to the recent Rogue One film, Leia’s message is impressive not only for narrative reasons. The message is a vision into our own…

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How You Can Build Your Own Tractor Beam At Home For $100

Technology has progressed at an alarming rate in the last twenty years. The stuff of stories has become everyday tools and digital devices. Essentially, what used to be science fiction is now a reality. Take the tractor beam, for example. A piece of technology popularized by space-epics like Star Wars, the tractor beam used to be something you could only expect to see in the movies. But now, thanks to modern innovations like 3D printers and newly published research, almost anyone can build their own tractor…

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“Nuclear Powered Diamonds” May Be The Batteries Of The Future

Diamonds are a girl’s best friend, or so saying goes. But ladies may need to open up their friendship with diamonds, because the hardest substance on Earth has found a new use beyond beautiful jewelry: batteries. Yes, diamonds may become the batteries of the future thanks to an innovative new process created by chemists working out of the University of Bristol. And no, this isn’t a way to create the world’s most expensive Duracell. The process begins with nuclear waste and a particular “low-yield beta…

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Virtual Reality Arcades Becoming More Popular Across Canada

If you’ve never been one to call yourself a gamer, new VR (virtual reality) arcades that have started opening across Canada might change your mind. Unlike video games you play on your TV screen screen at home, these arcades take gaming to the next level — offering a virtual reality experience that would let you be a participant in the game itself, rather than just controlling a character. A VR arcade’s space doesn’t necessarily look like much from the outside, but once you put on your virtual…

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This Innovative Portable Air Conditioner Is Multifunctional

Considering the heat wave that just (mercifully) finished last week, if you didn’t have an air conditioner or a fan, you’re probably getting one now just in case we get hit with the heat again. But considering that temperatures are rising because of global warming, it may feel wasteful to use an air conditioner (and all that energy) for just a few days. A new start-up has you covered. Not only is their air conditioner (the Zero Breeze), portable, it also comes with other perks – it…

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Students Design A Laser Device To Combat Geese Problem

Believe it or not, even in the hustle and bustle of the GTA, it’s not uncommon to see a flock of geese around this time of year. You’ve likely seen them yourself — either sitting together on a field, or even venturing out and attempting to cross the street. But in less urban areas, geese can have a much more menacing presence, and are capable of doing significant damage to people’s livelihoods. In more sprawling rural landscapes, geese can actually wreak havoc on crops and destroy…

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Apple Will Pay Researchers To Find Security Bugs

Despite how popular they remain, most of us who have an iPhone, iPad, or anything else from Apple have complained about the product at some point or another. It freezes! It loses my music! It needs to be charged too often! But now, it looks like finding a solution to these problems — amongst others — could be a lucrative enterprise. Apple recently announced that it plans to offer up to $200,000 in rewards to people who are able to locate critical security bugs in their product. Apple’s announcement…

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European Plan Proposes To Tax Robots As People

We’ve seen them in movies and read about them in science fiction: robots living among us and independently completing tasks typically performed by humans. But now, it seems like Europe has gone one step further with integrating robots into human society. A draft plan proposes that the government starts classifying robots as “electronic persons” and requiring their human owners pay social security for them. The draft motion was created by the European parliament’s committee on legal affairs. The motion also stipulated that companies who opt for robotics instead…

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This Lamp That Can Charge Your Phone Literally Runs On Water

In Canada, most of us enjoy a rather privileged life. Take the simple amenity of lighting, for example. An average Canadian home will be outfitted from top to bottom with an electrically-powered lighting system, providing residents with adequate light with but a flip of a switch. Communities in other nations aren’t quite so lucky. To citizens of certain countries, technological sources of light are something of a luxury. Take the Philippines, for example, a nation where a vast amount of peoples rely solely on kerosene-fuelled…

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Researchers Create New Technology to ID Aggressive Breast Cancer

Researchers at the University of Michigan have developed a new technology to tell whether or not stage 0 breast cancer will be aggressive or non-aggressive. This new innovation is called Biomarker Ratio Imaging Microscopy (BRIM). BRIM technology combines traditional pathology techniques with mathematical analysis to determine the levels of biomarkers in a tumor – whether or not the breast cancer needs aggressive treatment. Study author Howard R. Petty, professor of ophthalmology, visual sciences, microbiology, and immunology, stated that women with stage 0 breast cancer (otherwise…

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