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Smart contact lens monitors diabetes and delivers drugs

May 31st, 2016 at 9:58 am » Comments Off

Researchers have made a smart contact lens that could be used to monitor diabetes and dispense drugs on-demand. The system includes cool-looking eyeglasses that wirelessly power and communicate with the circuit-lined, drug-releasing lens that a patient could wear for up to a month.



World’s first 3D-printed office building completed

May 26th, 2016 at 3:21 pm » Comments Off

3D printing technology will revolutionize architecture in the near-future and allow designers to literally click-and-print complex buildings at a lower cost and faster speed than traditional construction methods allow. Another step forward in the field comes via Dubai, where what’s hailed as the world’s first 3D-printed office was recently completed.



Lithium-air catalyst could make car and phone batteries last five times longer

May 26th, 2016 at 3:14 pm » Comments Off

US and South Korean scientists discovered catalyst materials that could make it possible to create lithium-air (Li-Air) batteries that can potentially store five times more power than lithium-ion (Li-On) batteries do today. Lithium-air batteries work by taking oxygen from the air and then using it in chemical reactions that will produce electricity, rather than storing an […]



In-Ear device translates foreign languages in real time

May 25th, 2016 at 4:14 pm » Comments Off

Most of us have found ourselves in the awkward situation of trying to communicate in a foreign language. Sometimes it’s funny, embarrassing or downright disastrous. Thanks to a new translation device that easily fits into your ear, the days of struggling to speak the local lingo might soon be a thing of the past.



New Guinness world record for longest hoverboard flight

May 18th, 2016 at 10:00 am » Comments Off

Last year Canadian inventor Catalin Alexandru Duru set the record with 275.9 meters for longest hoverboard flight. This year he it was obliterated by Franky Zapata, who flew 2252 meters off the coast of Sausset-les-Pins in the south of France. Franky Zapata is a French jet ski champion who also invented Flyboard Air.



Bill Gates to back waterless toilet that will revolutionize global sanitation

March 25th, 2016 at 12:13 pm » Comments Off

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation first challenged the world to design a sustainable and inexpensive toilet, researchers from Cranfield University may have a viable contender - the Nano Membrane Toilet. It was funded by the Gates Foundation in September 2012 for $710,000.



MoD gravity sensor will ‘see underground or through walls’

March 24th, 2016 at 10:20 am » Comments Off

A recent scientific breakthrough in a Ministry of Defence research project is paving the way for scanners that could see underground or through walls. A team of British scientists, including experts at the MoD’s Porton Down labs, have developed a new device that can detect tiny fluctuations in gravity.



Top 10 Articles on ImpactLab.net

December 27th, 2014 at 9:56 am » Comments Off

The articles posted on the Impact Lab represent an unusual mix, all of which are oriented around future trends, future thinking, or recent innovations that may more may not alter the course of history. With that in mind, here are the posts that caught most people’s attention over 2014.



rHEALTH diagnoses hundreds of diseases using a single drop of blood

November 24th, 2014 at 2:39 pm » Comments Off

rHealth Device This month, the XPRIZE Foundation announced the winner of the Nokia Sensing XCHALLENGE. The global competition was aimed at accelerating the availability of hardware sensors and software sensing technology as a means to smarter digital health solutions. The winning device is called the Reusable Handheld Electrolyte and Lab Technology for Humans (rHEALTH) system. It can potentially […]



Top 10 airlines for 2014 named at World Airline Awards

July 17th, 2014 at 8:18 am » Comments Off

Cathay Pacific  At an awards ceremony at the Farnborough International Airshow on Tuesday Cathay Pacific was named the world’s best airline. The award is decided by the votes of millions of travelers. Here is the Top 10:  



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