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How scientists are using Lego to handle insects

An unusual scientific paper has just appeared online. Its authors are all entomologists. But the paper is as much about Lego as it is about insects.

The first author is Steen Dupont, a researcher at the Natural History Museum in London who specialises in a family of moths known as the Limacodidae. …

Lego

Laws of Attraction

Too bad Magneto never used his powers as a full-time magician. He would have made a killing. Now, for all of you who wonder what that would be like, …

Rare Earth

What if we could mount a bike on the wall?

Need your city to have more space? Then how about a bicycle rack that fits on a wall and makes space for pedestrians. The Wall-Hanger Bike Rack is …

Mount Fuji

'Dongle' turns smartphone into mobile lab to diagnose HIV, syphilis

Engineers have taken an ordinary smartphone and made it a whole lot smarter.

They created a compact, handheld device that plugs into an iPhone and turns it into a mobile laboratory that can diagnose HIV and syphilis in just 15 minutes.

The diagnostic device – the engineers call it a “dongle” – was …

Dongles

Bend it like Sammy

The Samsung BEND is a tablet concept that integrates various existing experimental screen technologies like flexible touchscreens and more. “The BEND

Tablets

This Drone Ambulance Is Totally Wild, And Totally Inevitable

Want to get an ambulance through urban environments faster? Give it propellers and space for one passenger.

In emergencies, seconds count. An estimated 1,000 "saveable" lives are lost a year because of slow emergency response in the nation’s biggest cities. But in traffic-jammed urban environments, …

Ambulance

FBI and US Marshals stock up on radars that can see through walls

"Bad boys, bad boys, whatcha gonna do? Whatcha gonna do when they come for you?"...with radars that can "see" through walls. Because according to USA Today, at least 50 law enforcement agencies in the US, including the FBI and the US Marshals, have been stocking up on handheld radars for the past …

Jesse Draper Talks About Growing Up On The Valley Girl Show, Silicon Valley Gender Issues And Moving To TV

Jesse Draper, the daughter of VC Tim Draper and former Nickelodeon star, grew up right in front of everyone on the Internet. She started The Valley Girl Show as a web series in her parents’ garage in her early 20s. It was full of hula hoops, pink and what some have called “ditzy” antics.

Draper, now …

Gender

These GIFs Show the Freakishly High Definition Future of Body Scanning

Doctors at a Florida hospital get up close to bones, organs and veins, without making a single cut

General Electric released images on Wednesday from its first clinical trial of a next generation body scanner that captures bones, blood vessels and organs in high-definition.

The patients ride into the …

Human Body

Stretchy Prosthetic Skin Feels Pressure, Temperature

Researchers in South Korea and the U.S. have developed what they call a “smart” prosthetic skin embedded with heat, humidity and pressure sensors …

Cyborgs

The Luggage Trap

This luggage tray concept surely tops the ones I have seen long distance buses use. The entire tray pulls out and allows you to load the bags with …

Luggage

Double the Power

Wireless Dual Battery is a compact disk-shaped design that splits into two components. Both the ends house recharging gear and can be used to juice …

Sustainable Design

This Amazing Airplane Seat Could Change Everything About Luxury Flying

Designers at Hong Kong-based PaperClipDesign have come up with a concept — called the "Butterfly Seat" — that affords passenger airlines an unprecedented level of flexibility in arranging the premium sections of their cabins.

Airlines in search of increased profits have been investing heavily in …

Finally, a fitness tracker you wear on your head

The latest wearable gadgets from Israel-based LifeBeam include a hat and visor that track heart rate, calories and other data fitness nuts care about.

Tracking

Hey, McFly! Hoverboard available on Kickstarter for $10,000

Want a hoverboard before Marty McFly (who looks just like Michael J Fox) arrives in October 2015 to fly one around his town square? Arx Pax, a small company from Los Gatos, California, is now offering the real thing - although don’t expect to do much travelling on it.

Ever since Michael J Fox took …

Kickstarter

Carl Zeiss unveils its sub $100 virtual reality headset for iOS and Android

Carl Zeiss has just recently announced the VR One virtual reality headset for use with iOS and Android smartphones. While it still feels like a bit …

Virtual Reality

Kick, Scoot, Carry!

A scooter with a built-in luggage… or luggage with a built-in scooter. Whichever way you look at it, OLAF is simply hybrid-awesomeness! The …

Luggage

Sous-Vide Style Trail Cooking

Trail (freezer bag) cooking has never been easier than with the Al Fresco Eleven. Perfect for overnight camping trips, the lightweight, portable pot …

Cooking

Perfectly Illuminated IV Line

Given the high number of patients hospitalized and nurses being overworked in some countries, there is a high chance the IV drip being ignored and …

Visual Biking – Projection Display for Cycles by Shin-min Kim, Min-Ki Hwang & Kyu Min

Love this integration of mobile devices and Bluetooth, to make a cycle ride the most techie experience. We have moved into the era of wearable tech, …

Wearable Tech

YOGA - Intelligent Clothes Dryer by Xiang Yu

Because the rainy season doesn’t agree with fresh laundry, the YOGA “light dryer” is here to help prevent mildew, water stains and bad smells when …

Rainy Season

Aerospace Engineer Designs the Perfect Ice Cream Scoop

If only all industrial designers paid as much attention to ergonomics as this engineer.Michigan-based Michael Chou is a dad who loves ice cream, and …

Scoops

Odd inventions: meet the man behind the plant pot umbrella

When Dominic Wilcox left art college, he had a notebook full of sketches – inventions, as he calls them. Most served their full purpose as drawings – they are, he says, “little comments about everyday life” – but he selected six of the ideas to turn into physical objects, among them a bed shaped …

Inventions

We Need Illumination Everywhere

Light tabs that you can tear off just like a pill on a strip – that is what the Enlighten Self-setting OLED Sticker is all about. This innovative …

Disco

Your toothpaste’s fluorine was formed in a star

Photo credit: Markus Grossalber/FlickrThe fluorine that is found in products such as toothpaste was likely formed billions of years ago in now dead …

Dental Care

The New Power Generation: This Fuel Cell Startup Could Spark a Revolution

There’s more than one way to get energy out of natural gas. For decades, one of the most promising methods – and also most difficult to pull off ‑ …

Energy

Next-generation lithium cells will double your phone's battery life

The lithium ion batteries in your mobile devices are inherently limited by the "ion" part of their name; they can safely use lithium only in the part of the cell that supplies ions, wasting a lot of potential energy. It's good news, then, that researchers at Stanford have developed a new lithium …

Continental offers cheaper head-up displays for cars

With the company's simpler "combiner" HUD, more cars could overlay information like driving directions atop drivers' view of the road. But …

Driving

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