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This App Tells Your Friends You Got Home Safe

A bunch of college students came up with it.<p><b>GOOD Magazine:</b> Now Your Friends Can Keep You Safe by Digitally Walking You Home at Night<p>It turns out there may be an upside to surveillance via GPS tracking.<p>A free new iPhone and Android app called Companion allows users to let friends or family members …

LG Rolly is a portable keyboard that turns into a stick

The portable keyboard is a problematic gadget — to make sense, it needs to be big enough for a human to type on, but it should also be as small as …

Gear & Gadgets

Google uses Search as a secret job interview tool

Shutterstock<p>Google is well known for its love of puzzles and leaving little hidden secrets dotted around and it turns out that the company applies similar techniques while it is on the hunt for new employees too.<p>Max Rosett, a new Google employee, blogged about his recent recruitment experience at …

WATCH: Scientists Suspend Objects in Midair with Sound Waves

No smoke, no mirrors, just sound was all scientists needed to levitate objects in midair.<p>NPR reports that researchers at the University of Tokyo have …

New drug makes brain cancer cells explode

Cells belonging to the most aggressive form of brain cancer are blown to smithereens<p>By screening over 1,000 different types of molecules, scientists have managed to identify a compound that can literally blow up tumor cells belonging to the most aggressive form of brain cancer — glioblastoma …

Play Music Old School Style with the iRecorder

Relax, are you hungry like the wolf for some cool new gadgets? Well then take on me with the iRecorder. It might take your breath away with it’s old …

Adjustable Measuring Scoop

It’s the scoop that can measure any amount! The NuScoop Adjustable Measuring Scoop has adjustable thumb knob which makes the scoop size larger or …

iPhone Slot Machine

Turn your iPhone into a one-armed bandit with the Jackpot Slots for iPhone/iPod Touch. Your phone pops into this charger and the handle really works …

This Jacket Keeps Warmth In, While Letting Sweat Out

The Army-approved Polartec Alpha does what down and synthetic materials can't.<p>In 2010, the U.S. Army went to textile manufacturer Polartec with a problem: Troops needed a jacket that would breathe when they worked up a sweat but would also hold onto warmth when they sat still. Down and synthetic …

With Nymi Wristband, Your Heartbeat Unlocks Your Devices

Could be convenient<p>Here's a twist on knowing thy heart. A startup is looking to manufacture a wristband that recognizes its wearer by his or her heartbeat. The wristband, called Nymi, then communicates with wearers' other devices—laptops, tablets, smartphones—to unlock them when their owners pick …

Julia Child Was Wrong: Don't Wash Your Raw Chicken, Folks

It seems almost sacrilegious to question the wisdom of Julia Child.<p>First with her opus <i>Mastering the Art of French Cooking</i> and later with her PBS cooking show, the unflappably cheerful Child helped rescue home cookery from the clutches of convenience food. She taught us how to love — and take pride …

Smart glass may mean it is curtains for window blinds

A 'smart' window that can block out sunlight or heat at the flick of a switch may make blinds and curtains redundant.<p>Scientists have created a material that can selectively block out visible light or heat when an electric voltage is applied across it.<p>By mixing the tiny crystals of the material with …

Near-Infrared

The Algae Is Coming, But Its Impact Is Felt Far From Water

Algae blooms are green or red or brown, slimy, smelly and you don't want it coming soon to a waterfront near you.<p>Most of us don't give a lot of thought to algae until the furry-like monstrosity is spreading over beaches, rivers, lakes and bays, but gigantic algae blooms have become an increasing …

New immunity-boosting drug helps body kill cancer

A new type of drug that “revs up” the immune system to destroy cancer is being tested on humans for the first time.<p>Scientists at the University of Southampton have developed the treatment in an attempt to tackle cancers, such as those of the pancreas, head and neck, that are particularly hard to …

Immunotherapy

Creating a Braille smartphone for blind people

The smartphone revolution has left behind the visually impaired, who are unable to use touchscreens. Designer Sumit Dagar, inventor of the Braille smartphone, wants to change that.<p>Touchscreens have transformed the humble phone into a powerful computing device, one enabling us to take and share …

Braille

7 Fearsome Predators That Deserve Their Own Week

With the Discovery Channels Shark Week in full swing, shark admiration is alive and well. But why should they hog the limelight? PopMech takes a look at seven other predators that deserve seven days in the spotlight.<p>With the Discovery Channel's Shark Week in full swing, shark admiration is alive …

Zoology

Why rabbits have white tails

Why should an animal that wants to avoid being eaten have a bright white patch on its rump?<p>Rabbits are one of the many animals that have the …

A Patch Designed To Make You Invisible To Mosquitoes

<i>In our "Weekly Innovation" blog series, we explore an interesting idea, design or product that you may not have heard of yet. Previously we've featured</i>the sink-urinal<i>and</i> a better travel neck pillow<i>.</i><i>(Do you have an innovation to share?</i>Use this quick form<i>.)</i><p>A small, square patch that's not yet …

Ingenious Tourniquet Invention Saves Lives

An inflatable abdominal tourniquet recently revived two men who were moments away from bleeding to death. The device could have saved three soldiers per month between 2001 and 2010, the U.S. Army says.<p>On June 7 in Birmingham, Ala., a blood-soaked, unconscious 41-year-old man arrived at a hospital …

Down's syndrome cells 'fixed' in first step towards chromosome therapy

Scientists have corrected the genetic fault that causes Down's syndrome – albeit in isolated cells – raising the prospect of a radical therapy for …

This 3-D Printed Tarantula Robot Is Actually Kinda Cute

Aww. Come here, little guy.<p>Robot spider! Sounds terrifying. But the T8--an octopod 'bot made from 3-D printed parts--is actually charming. For your viewing pleasure, watch it dance like a drunk high-school kid.<p>The company behind the T8, Robugtix, is taking pre-orders for the robot now, if you're …

Use Your Smartphone At The Library, But Not To Read Books

Here's how tech can encourage the use of ink-and-paper books, not defeat them.<p>While American libraries sprint to digitize their books, one Japanese library is using technology to enhance the experience of reading ink and paper.<p>The Hanno library in Japan has just enabled a new use of near-field …

The world’s new largest building is four times the size of Vatican City

China just cut the ribbon on the world’s new largest building.<p>The New Century Global Center, which recently opened in Chendgu, China, is 328 feet high, 1,640 feet long, and 1,312 feet wide. That’s roughly 20 times the size of Sydney’s legendary Opera House, four times the size of Vatican City, and …

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Girls' Legos Are A Hit, But Why Do Girls Need Special Legos?

Two years ago, in 2011, <i>90 percent</i> of Lego's consumers were boys. A tough statistic to swallow for those of us who grew up playing with Lego's gender-neutral buckets of bricks. But the statistic came straight from Lego, which was then focused on boys with franchised sets based on properties like <i>Star</i> …

Pet Door iPhone Cases

These Pet Door iPhone 5 Cases might look slightly impractical with that big ol’ dog (or cat!) sticking out but it’s actually smart. The pet coming …

Skip Silicon Valley: Why Smart Startups Start In Europe

Despite having studied at Stanford University, worked for start-ups in Silicon Valley like Linkexchange and Tellme networks, spent four years at eBay in California in product management, and been an investor at Accel Partners, a venture capital firm with roots in Silicon Valley, I made the …

Zapping salt out of seawater

Chemists are hopeful their new energy-efficient method to desalinate water can be scaled up for personal or even municipal uses<p>The method, which …