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We Could Communicate Using Liquids One Day

Right now, most electronics cannot transmit signals through the human body, but research that a team at Stanford University is conducting could change that. A machine they created can send digital messages without using electronics. Instead, it uses common household liquids.  Developed by Nariman Farsad, who is a post-doctoral fellow in an engineering lab at Stanford, the idea of communicating through chemicals could change the way information is transmitted and received. Aside from wireless abilities and being seriously affordable, this method of transmission could also…

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Texture Is Your New Home For Science And Tech Magazines

If you’re into science and technology, it may seem oxymoronic to get your news from print sources. The Internet is vast and has all the information you could ever want. But then that would discount the simple pleasures of sitting down and reading a magazine, which I’m sure even the most cyber inclined among us still have a fondness for. In this day and age, however, when carrying around hardcopies of magazines is cumbersome and pointless, there is a new way to merge the old…

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Measure Body Metrics and Play Music With Aware Earphones

The next generation of ear bud technology is here with an exciting innovation: Aware earphones. By using the latest technology, United Sciences is able to design custom earphones that fit a wearer’s ears perfectly and lock into place – even the most vigorous activity won’t dislodge them. These earphones are also able to capture biometric data like brainwaves, heart rate, steps, distance travelled, and calories burned while you listen to music. United Sciences uses the eFit 3D scanner to precisely measure your ear. The ring laser scanner has…

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First-Of-Its Kind Drone Race Uses Brain-Controlled Interface

By 2016, it’s clear that for better or for worse, we’re living in a world where the sight of a drone is becoming more and more of a commonplace. But watching drones for entertainment is a pastime that many have likely not partaken in — yet. A recent University of Florida event widened the scope of a drone’s usage even further: the university held a competition in one of its gyms, which featured 16 different pilots racing drones in a 10-metre dash. However, this was no ordinary race. Each drone was…

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6 Newly Designed Ant-Like “Microrobots” Can Move An Entire Car

Teamwork is a powerful force, and no technological innovation proves that sentiment true than the newly created “microrobots” capable of pulling a 3,900-pound car together, but never alone. Designed by a team of researchers from the Biomimetics and Dexterous Manipulation Laboratory at Stanford University, the “microTug” robots, as they have been dubbed, weigh in at a mere 3.5 ounces each but can move incredible weights. Modelled after the motions and practices utilized by ants and other natural organisms (aka “biomimicry”), the microrobots work as a…

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Eye Cornea & Stem Cell Research

Stem Cells Could Help To Cure Blindness

This week, scientists were able to cure blindness in rabbits with stem cells, which could open up a world of possibilities for curing blindness in humans. Scientists from Osaka University and Cardiff University have created living tissue with human stem cells that could repair damaged lenses, retinas and corneas. This is a huge discovery since it could help restore the ability to see within individuals who have lost their vision. The science behind this is complicated, and has blown the minds of other researchers around…

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Graphene Can Improve Current Night Vision Technology

Graphene is a carbon allotrope that is super flexible, thin, and light and could potentially be used to create new and improved night-vision technology. Current night-vision equipment takes the heat that humans and animals emit and, with a special lens, transmits the signal to infrared detectors to create a pattern based on the temperatures emitted. Called a “thermogram”, this pattern is turned into electrical impulses that a computer analyzes and sends to the display to create an image. Additionally, a cryogenic cooling system sensor is used…

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Never Lose Your Belongings Again Thanks To The TrackerPad

If you have a tendency for losing important belongings, like your wallet or keys, you can now rest easy with the TrackerPad. This little pad is a GPS system that you can attach to things that are too important to lose. The TrackerPad has a flexible case and an adhesive on the back so you can stick it to what you’d like to keep tabs on, whether it’s your wallet, your bike, your keys or your car. The TrackerPad has a pre-paid SIM built into…

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Buddy the Robot Wants to Be Part of Your Family

If you’re looking for a family companion, forget adopting a dog or a cat. Developed by Blue Frog Robotics, the newest family companion for 2016 is Buddy the Robot. Buddy moves around your home autonomously with the help of three wheels and a sensor and radar system, so it can interact with the world and not bump into anything. Buddy has an 8” tablet for a “face” that controls it, and that can make head movements and facial expressions that coincide with what you say…

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Invisibility

Scientists Create Harry Potter-Like Invisibility Cloak

Every single child (and adult, for that matter) who grew up reading Harry Potter, which is quite a large number given the series’ immense popularity, wishes they had access to the large number of magical items Harry and his gang of wizards used every day. Brooms for flying, self-stirring pots, lighters that collect light, these are only a few of the wonders available to all in the wizard world, but one iconic Harry Potter item was, and still is, desired by all: Harry’s invisibility cloak.…

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