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New Technology Could Take The Drill Out Of The Dentist’s Office

Researchers at King's College London have developed a technique called Electrically Accelerated and Enhanced Remineralzation, in which a device they've dubbed a "healing hand piece" is placed over the site of a cavity. The tool emits a small electrical current that promotes the remineralization of …

Emerging Technology

This App Can Help You Read Up to 1,000 Words a Minute

Who says the Internet is making us less effective readers? Spritz, a new app that’s being released on Samsung devices, is devoted to turning you into …

A Cheap, Promising Way to Filter Water: Through A Twig

Plant's xylem tissue could be an efficient, low-cost way to filter water.<p>One way to avoid getting sick while traveling is to only eat fruit that you peel yourself, since plants can filter out bacteria and prevent it from traveling throughout their tissues. Well, why not apply this principle to …

A Solar-Powered Drone Designed To Fly For Five Years Nonstop

Titan Aerospace will test a drone that could track hurricanes, spot pirates, and more.<p>If a drone never had to land, it could track hurricanes, spot pirates and smugglers, follow animal migrations, and even act as an auxiliary GPS. In essence, it would be a geostationary satellite without the …

Bitcoin Prices On MtGox Are Going Bananas

Bitcoin prices on MtGox are up about 200% this weekend to more than $300, reaching as high as $349.<p>The reason appears to be reports that the exchange has begun testing restarting Bitcoin withdrawals. They've been suspended for more than two weeks because of a software glitch in Gox's customer …

Cryptocurrency

Samsung’s new Gear 2 smartwatches are basically an apology for the Galaxy Gear

Only six months after Samsung released its failed Galaxy Gear smartwatch, with all the faux fanfare of a product that was supposed to change the world, the company announced its new smartwatches in the lowliest of ways: with a press release.<p>Samsung officially announced the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo …

Google announces Project Tango, a smartphone that can map the world around it

Google has built a prototype Android smartphone that can learn and map the world around it. The device comes from a new initiative called Project Tango, and it's ready to get the phone into developers' hands to see what the technology is capable of. Google says that the phone will learn the …

Nokia's Here Maps app is coming to all Windows 8.1 devices

If Bing Maps hasn't been getting the job done on your Microsoft Surface, you'll be glad to hear there's another option on the way: Nokia's Here Maps. The company says it will "soon" launch its mapping software for all Windows 8.1 devices. Until now, it's been available exclusively on the Lumia 2520 …

Nearing $1M in bitcoin sales, Overstock CEO says he wants to 'further the cause of Bitcoin'

For those hoping to buy real goods with bitcoin, Overstock.com is still the biggest game in town, and a new CEO profile by <i>Forbes</i>'s Kashmir Hill helps explain the story behind the early adoption and the company's newfound devotion to cryptocurrency. With new Bitcoin reward programs and plans for a …

MakerBot unveils the Replicator Mini and Z18, its biggest and smallest 3D printers yet

The 3D-printing company also debuted new apps and an online store for objects<p>This is the fifth year Makerbot has been to CES, and the company has moved from a 10-by-10 booth to a jam-packed press conference at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino. The company has now sold more than 44,000 units and …

The CubeJet promises pro-level 3D printing in a consumer form factor for under $5,000

Like you, we've dreamt about owning one of those industrial rapid prototyping machines since the first time we saw one in action. Of course, certain financial and real estate realities have made such fantasies a resolute impossibility for our modest New York City apartment. Priced at "under …

Pegasus Touch brings lasers to desktop 3D printing

In recent years, 3D printing has come into its own. In everything from horseshoes to Tornado fighter jets, the technology finds more and more …

3D Printing

New 3D printer can print in carbon fiber

A Boston startup has introduced the first 3D printer capable of printing in carbon fiber, the super-strong and lightweight material used in race cars and space shuttles. After a year of stealth development, the Mark One printer from Mark Forged was unveiled at the SolidWorks 3D-printing expo this …

'Blossom' is an inflatable, 3D-printed flower that blooms like a balloon

Flexible, fabric-like 3D-printed objects are becoming more accessible, and now it looks like inflatable objects are not far behind. Designer Richard Clarkson recently revealed his project <i>Blossom</i>, a 3D-printed flower made with mixed materials that allow it to be inflated with air — and bloom like a …

Cut Copy’s New 3-D Printed Music Video Is Also An Open Source Download On Bittorrent

The animated tale of a pair of 3-D printed little people on an urban adventure that accompanies the electronic group’s “We Are Explorers” can be re-created via a Bittorrent download.<p>Australian electronic band Cut Copy paired with another creative group when it came time to create a video for the …

Bye Bye, WhatsApp: Germans Switch To Threema For Privacy Reasons

Swiss startup Threema probably didn’t expect this. In 24 hours, the startup has <i>doubled</i> its user base, according to Süddeutsche. It is now sitting at the top of the paid App Store chart in Germany. Interestingly, Threema’s key feature is its true end-to-end encryption — German users probably don’t …

Nazis Studied Using Mosquitoes As Biological Weapons

The study confirms "the existence of an offensive biological warfare research programme in Nazi Germany."<p>In January of 1942, Heinrich Himmler ordered the opening of an entomological laboratory in the Dachau concentration camp in southeastern Germany. But why? The stated purpose of the institute was …

Supersonic Plane Will Have Livestream Of The Outdoors Instead Of Windows

Actual, transparent windows would be too difficult to install on a Mach 1.8 plane.<p>A supersonic passenger jet would be exposed to such extreme forces, it would just be easier for the plane not to have windows. That's why the makers of one proposed Mach 1.8 passenger jet—due out in 2018—have decided …

Launch a Balloon for Science

Have you got anything going on for April 18 - 21, 2014? If not, you might want to set aside that weekend for some quality balloon time.<p>The Global Space Balloon Challenge (GSBC) wants people from around the world to build and launch their own high altitude balloons. The goal is to launch balloons to …

Visited WikiLeaks? NSA and GCHQ know about it

Efforts undertaken by the NSA and GCHQ to target groups including WikiLeaks, Anonymous and Pirate Bay using internet surveillance and prosecution …

Is pCell the Holy Grail of wireless networking?

Steve Perlman believes his company's pCell technology will revolutionize the wireless industry, eliminating congestion, dead zones, and unreliable connections.<p>Serial entrepreneur Steve Perlman claims that his new patented technology can create the wireless network of our dreams.<p>His invention, …

Telecoms

Beep Aims For Sonos In The Race To Network Home Audio

Cracking the riddle of whole home audio has been a sort of quixotic quest for most manufacturers. The only company to really pull it off, Sonos, is still well ensconced in the niche of audio obsessives and Samsung, Apple, Sony et al haven’t offered much in the way of anything. Now, hopefully, can …

Print your furniture at home for just $39,000

3D printing is slowly entering the mainstream thanks to consumer-focused printers from MakerBot and others. While it’s still an expensive hobby for the average household, a new BigRep One printer is aiming to entice even more consumers into 3D printing with its unusual ability to print furniture. …

Everything You Wanted To Know About Sapphire Glass, But Were Afraid To Ask [Q&A]

Sapphire glass was in the news again today, thanks to a jump in the share price of GT Advanced Technologies Inc. — the company which will reportedly manufacture the iPhone 6’s sapphire display.<p>With contrasting reports about sapphire’s advantages over Gorilla Glass, along with counter-reports from …

European Online Education Startup, iversity, Gets ~500k Course Sign-Ups In First 4-Months

iversity, a Berlin-based MOOCs platform that’s hoping to become the Coursera of Europe, has managed to pull in nearly 500,000 course sign-ups in the four months since its first massively open online courses went live.<p>iversity launched its first batch of 24 course in mid-October — noting at the time …

Visa and MasterCard use Android KitKat to make mobile payments easier

Visa and MasterCard are trying to make mobile payments a lot more accessible today as they both announce support for a new way to pay over NFC. Both companies are beginning to allow their cards to be stored in the cloud for NFC payments, letting even more consumers check out at stores just by …

Google Starts Making The New Google Maps The Default For Everybody

After just under a year in preview, Google today announced that it is now rolling out the new Google Maps to all of its users as the default option.<p>Since Google announced the new version of Maps at its I/O developer conference last year, users were able to switch between the two versions. Still, …