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14 innovations that improved the world in 2014

These aren't just gadgets that charge your devices faster or "groundbreaking" apps — they have potential for lasting impact. They can change the …

At Last: Technology To Make Injections Painless

Vibrations and pressure could be key to making a shot that doesn't hurt.<p>Scared of needles? You aren’t alone. According to some estimates, as many as 1 in every 10 people are frightened of needles, and experts fear that the fear of pain may deter people from getting important injections at the …

How I Transformed Sewage Into Fresh Water [Video]

A little DIY distilling<p>Say the apocalypse happens tomorrow. The good news: You survive! No more credit card debt or miserable commutes. The bad news? Infrastructure has collapsed and there’s no clean drinking water. Most people can’t last a few days without it, so what we need is a reliable way to …

Why Nest will be bigger for Google than Android

Nest is a company that makes smart smoke detectors and smart thermostats. That’s neat, but that gadget business alone is not worth $3.2 billion, the price Google just paid for Nest. There are a bunch of reasons Google was willing to give Nest’s investors a 20x return on their investment, including …

Internet of Things

This guy discovered that dry cleaning could prevent terrorism in Somalia

Mohamed Ali is a young Somali American with a mission to help youth in Somalia steer clear of extremist groups.<p>Ali was born in Mogadishu, but when he was 10, as Somalia was grappling with a civil war, he and his family left for Canada. They finally settled in the US.<p>Ali attended Ohio State …

Labeled 'World's Ugliest Woman,' Motivational Speaker Turns Hate Into Love

Lizzie Velasquez is one of three known people in the world who suffers from a rare syndrome, which prevents her from gaining weight and has caused blindness in her right eye. But the 24-year-old consistently redefines what it means to be beautiful.<p>Some experts believe the Texas native has some form …

The Most Spectacular Views Are High Above The Clouds

There is high… and then there’s sky-high.<p>While airplane window seats give us spectacular views from above, there are places in the world that <i>don't</i> require the hassle of airport security, blowing lots of money, or even boarding a plane.<p>Weather permitting, you can (literally!) stand above the</b> …

Bay Area native youngest to ski to South Pole

While many of us were enjoying big meals, warm fires and other creature comforts this holiday season, Bay Area native Parker Liautaud was trekking through Antarctica in temperatures that dipped to 58 degrees below zero.<p>On Christmas Eve, Liautaud, at 19, became the youngest person to ski to the …

WaterWheel to ease burden on women

Girls and women carrying plastic jerry cans of water on their heads is a common sight in rural areas of poor countries. The WaterWheel eases that burden by storing water in a round 50-litre container that doubles as a wheel.<p>Designed after consultations with villagers in the dry northern Indian …

Zaha Hadid's Extraordinary 2022 FIFA World Cup Stadium

Architect extraordinaire Zaha Hadid and global engineering firm AECOM have recently released the initial details for their highly anticipated 2022 FIFA World Cup Stadium in Qatar. The Al Wakrah Stadium will be the first of several arenas built for the worldwide tournament and is set to begin …