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Inside The Most Expensive Science Experiment Ever

Many machines over the past 60 years have been billed as the one that will make the big breakthrough in fusion science, only to stumble. This one could be different.<p>Some people have spent their whole working lives researching fusion and then retired feeling bitter at what they see as a wasted …

A New Type Of Motor Made From Gadget Guts

Engineers at CORE Outdoor Power developed a printed circuit board-based rotary motor that's as strong as a gas-powered one, but without the emissions and noise.<p>Since the 1950s, the brain of any electronic device has been a printed circuit board (PCB), a piece of substrate that contains all—or …

Scientists Regrow Severed Spinal Cords In Rats

Neuroscientists surgically and chemically reconnect rats' severed spinal cords, recovering the rats' bladder control.<p>Scientists have found a way to reconnect severed spinal cords in rats, allowing them to regain bladder control--a major accomplishment that could one day help humans with similar …

Men: Wearing A T-Shirt With The Letter T On It Makes You More Attractive

It's also kind of a cheeky/good idea for a T-shirt.<p>Researchers at Nottingham Trent University have made a startling discovery: what's printed on your T-shirt could have a large effect on your attractiveness to the opposite sex.<p>The study involved plain white T-shirts with the letter "T" printed on …

Can Wi-Fi let you see people through walls?

Do you really wish you had X-ray vision? Sure, it would be fun to see what your neighbors are doing behind those walls -- until you see something you wish you hadn't.<p>Regardless, researchers at MIT have developed a sensing technology that uses low-power Wi-Fi to detect moving people. It follows …

How to Dog-Proof Your Car

Man's best friend is also a great driving companion, but dogs also tend to leave hair on the seats and slobber on windows.<p>I have a dog, a big slobbery one, and although I love taking him with me on car rides, cleaning up the hair on the seats and slobber on the windows afterward almost makes me …

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15-year-old girl invents flashlight powered by the heat of your hand - ExtremeTech

By on June 29, 2013 at 8:52 am<p>This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use.<p>As the internet and apps era has …

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ET deals: $321 off Haswell-powered Precision T1700 workstation - ExtremeTech

By on June 28, 2013 at 5:27 pm<p>This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use.<p>We’ve talked about the workstation …

Twisted laser vortexes carry 1.6 terabits per second over fiber optic network - ExtremeTech

By on June 28, 2013 at 1:21 pm<p>This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use.<p>The team of researchers that …

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Scientists produce Star Trek-like deflector device for cancer-free interplanetary travel - ExtremeTech

By on June 28, 2013 at 11:32 am<p>This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use.<p>Scientists at the Rutherford …

Netflix switches from Silverlight to HTML5 in Windows 8.1, reduces CPU usage dramatically - ExtremeTech

By on June 28, 2013 at 7:55 am<p>This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use.<p>With the release of Windows 8.1 …

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3D-printed 'Cortex' cast concept puts a modern spin on bone fracture treatment

To anyone that's ever broken a bone, the negatives of traditional plaster casts are familiar: they're cumbersome, heavy, and can get rather smelly. Victoria University of Wellington graduate Jake Evill is looking to change all that with his Cortex cast. A mere concept for now, Evill says the cast — …

GEAK Ring puts NFC on your finger, unlocks phones and shares your contact card

Some say NFC is dead, but GEAK from Shanghai wants to prove them wrong. Announced alongside the GEAK Watch earlier today was this GEAK Ring, a tiny NFC-enabled wearable device that stores your identity. The ring's pitched as an intuitive way to unlock your phone -- just hold it with the hand that's …

6 Things You (Probably) Didn't Know About Gin

<b>1) It Has A Fuzzy Definition</b> <br>When you’re dealing with most types of spirits, the definition doesn’t leave much much wiggle room in. That’s because most of the requisites for calling a product bourbon or Scotch or tequila—ingredients, process, location of origin—are fairly cut and dry.<p>Not so with …

You're Interacting With Dark Matter Right Now

... But scientists have no idea how.<p>Here's a little experiment.<p>Hold up your hand.<p>Now put it back down.<p>In that window of time, your hand somehow interacted with dark matter -- the mysterious stuff that comprises the vast majority of the universe. "Our best guess," according to Dan Hooper, an …

Green Tea May Prevent Alzheimer's Disease, Say Four New Studies

Could something as simple as drinking green tea protect you from developing Alzheimer’s? A host of new studies have looked at various aspects of how green tea affects the brain, and concluded yes.<p>Writing in the University of Michigan’s NeuroHealth blog last week, prominent neurologist Henry L. …

How One Woman Nearly Deciphered A Mysterious Script

Critics have called Margalit Fox's new book, <i>The Riddle of the Labyrinth</i>, a paleographic detective procedural. It follows the story of the laborious quest to crack a mysterious script, unearthed in Crete in 1900, known by the sterile-sounding name Linear B.<p>Fox, an obituary writer for <i>The New York</i> …

Pod House in Flims, Switzerland

Diogene cabin concept by Renzo Piano and RPBW for Vitra

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Scanadu Scout

Like the Tinké, the Scanadu Scout aims to be a real-life version of the medical tricorder seen in <i>Star Trek</i>. Together with your smartphone, it …

Star Trek

Introducing TORO, Germany's new humanoid robot

Engineers at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) have proven once again that they know how to make a snazzy looking robot. Quietly announced to little …

Robotics

Is a smartwatch in your future?

Maybe it's the arrival of the dog days of summer and a respite from hard news, but the rumor of a possible wearable computer from Apple is again making the rounds.<p>Apple has reportedly applied for a trademark for the "iWatch" name in Japan. The June 3 filing with the Japan Patent Office was made …

Mozilla Announces Firefox OS Smartphones To Hit The Market

Unlike many peer smartphone OSs, Mozilla’s Firefox stands out because the company says it will create the “first devices powered completely by Web …

Handibot

With Handibot ($2,000), every DIY enthusiast now has access to a portable CNC (computer numerically controlled) mill. For those not familiar with CNC …

Colbert wags a finger at Google Glass porn ban

Porn is easy to find on the Web through a simple Google search, but as I reported this week, the company's policies make it clear that explicit content is not welcome on Google Glass.<p>That perceived paradox had Comedy Central's Stephen Colbert wagging his finger at Google on Tuesday.<p>"Now the only …

NASA Satellite Watches Plants Change Over Seasons

NASA's Suomi NPP satellite keeps a vigilant eye on the herbal Earth. A representation of its work–a compilation of vegetation data taken over the …

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