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May 28th, 2015 at 12:31 pm

New class of magnets that swell in volume in magnetic field


Researchers at the University of Maryland (UMD) and Temple University, have discovered a new class of magnets that swell in volume when placed in a magnetic field and generate negligible amounts of wasteful heat during energy harvesting.   Continue Reading »

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May 21st, 2015 at 5:25 pm

Ricoh’s new super-efficient power-producing rubber


No it is not a Fruit Roll-Up, it is actually a new flexible material from Ricoh that creates electricity from pressure and vibration.   Continue Reading »

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May 19th, 2015 at 4:50 pm

New large-scale graphene fabrication


One of the barriers to using graphene on a commercial scale – fabrication size limits - could be overcome using a new method developed by researchers at theDepartment of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory(ORNL).   Continue Reading »


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May 8th, 2015 at 4:46 pm

Artificial photosynthesis for making fuels, plastics, and medicine


A new artificial photosynthetic system has been invented by a team of scientists.  This new system could one day reduce industry’s dependence on fossil fuel-derived energy by powering it with solar energy and bacteria.   Continue Reading »

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May 7th, 2015 at 1:26 pm

Digital tattoo for controlling devices with your mind


For around $120, anyone can can buy a headset that reads the electrical activity of their brain. It’s called an electroencephalogram, or EEG, a devise that reads the electrical activity of their brain, and you can use it to control devices with the power of your mind.  But there are some drawbacks:  they don’t work when the wearer is moving and they look silly, so no one wants to wear them.   Continue Reading »

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May 5th, 2015 at 2:09 pm

Patent granted to Microsoft for glasses that detect wearer’s emotions

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Microsoft was granted a patent last week by the United States Patent and Trademark Office for a pair of glasses that can detect a wearer’s emotional response to what they’re looking at.



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May 5th, 2015 at 12:20 pm

Feelreal VR Mask adds Smell-O-Vision to virtual reality


Feelreal VR Mask

The Feelreal VR Mask is going to make the world of virtual reality a little more real and smelly.  The mask attaches to the bottom of headsets like the Oculus Rift and adds other sensory experiences, like hot and cold air, water mist, and smells. Feelreal is also making a helmet, called Nirvana, which can fit the VR Mask and a smartphone. Both projects seek funding together on Feelreal’s Kickstarter, which is looking for $50,000.


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May 5th, 2015 at 12:10 pm

Self-steering bullet proves it can hit moving targets: DARPA


EXACTO self-steering bullet.

The Extreme Accuracy Tasked Ordnance (EXACTO) is a self-steering bullet program announced by DARPA that passed a developmental milestone this past February. According to DARPA, and the video below, experienced and novice shooters alike were able to strike moving targets. And, in the case of expert shooters, able to hit actively evading targets as well.



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May 5th, 2015 at 11:41 am

Body Labs 3D body scanning could find applications in everything from fashion to fitness

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Body Labs 3D body scan.

Manhattan-based startup Body Labs wants to 3D scan human bodies. But unlike scanning a piece of furniture, your body changes, and a scan today won’t be exactly the same as a scan made three weeks ago. That is exactly what Body Labs is counting on. Body Labs is exploring just one of its technology’s applications to build a happier, healthier you by tracking your body’s subtle changes.



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April 28th, 2015 at 7:53 pm

The future of printing: 4D printers


Engineers at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science have created a 4D printer.  Not a printer that can print in the 4th dimension, rather, it means they are building objects that can change based on the physics of the materials used.   Continue Reading »

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