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Avoid Prescription Drugs: Electrocute Yourself With Electroceuticals Instead

With all the controversy of Zohydro (a painkiller that is about to receive FDA approval despite an 11-2 vote against it by independent experts), the field of electroceuticals has been launched back into the news: the field of bioelectronics to develop alternatives to drugs to manipulate the nervous system.

Teleportation In, Twitter Out In Turkey - Where Is Olivia Pope When You Need Her?

For a Prime Minister who's embraced technology more so than other national leaders of sovereign states, one's hard pressed to sympathize with a man who chose to ban Twitter to cover up a political scandal. The disruption and "going dark" incident sparked public fury and outrage. . .

This Soft Robotic Fish Swims Just As Well As The Real Thing

There are two primary challenges facing the world of robotics at the moment: the navigation of complex environments, and the ability to collide safely with humans. MIT's Computer Science And Artificial Intelligence Laboratory appears to have overcome both, with a robotic fish made of silicone.

Listen Up: FDA Approves Bionic Ears For The Elderly

Today the FDA gave approval to the Nucleus Hybrid L24 Cochlear Implant System, the first implantable hearing device for adults with the most common type of hearing loss: profound sensorineural hearing loss, that happens as a result of aging, hereditary, or just from attending too many heavy metal concerts.

Hands-Up For Facial Recognition With Facebook, TV Shows & FBI

If you're a TV junkie like myself who gravitates towards fast-paced high-stakes thrillers in this new Golden Age of television, you most likely have also been schooled on the new lexicon of terms used to solve cases. Ever since the award-winning FX series Damages first premiered in 2007 with intricate plot twists, red herrings, foreshadowing and nonlinear narratives. . .

Touch Time Is The Simple Smart Watch

Smart watches are all the craze right now. From Pebble to Samsung, everyone is trying to get a piece of the wrist real estate. But what do most of these smart watches have in common? They need a smart phone to connect to them. That's where Phosphor's Touch Time is different. The Touch Time requires no connectivity to a phone, and doesn't need to be charged like a phone or traditional smart watch.

Get Cozy With Victoria Classics To Develop New Bed & Bath Products!

Bed, bath, window and general designer décor brand Victoria Classics is on the hunt for innovative products that will fit in with their huge line of comfortable home goods. If you propose a design that improves on how consumers enjoy any of the areas listed above, they’re ready to team up with you!

Soylent: The Future Food That Wants To Be Your Only Source of Nourishment

When you read the word Soylent, it may conjure up images of Charlton Heston and a dystopian future.  However, Rob Rhinehart hopes to change that.  Soylent is actually a food substitute, crafted with several ingredients that intend to give its consumers all of the necessary nutrients and calories required for a single day.  Thus, a few cups of Soylent a day is all you need to sustain yourself.

Monitor Your Pet's Health With The Latest Wearable: The Whistle Activity Monitor

You want your pets to live a long life in the best health possible.  It's only natural. That's what the inventor group of high-tech innovators wanted for their pets, and that's why they created the Whistle, a wearable monitor for dogs that enables you to set health goals for them and make sure they're reaching them, even while you're away.

Chinese Man Too Sick To Walk Now Rides Huge Hog Through Town

His other car is a hog, and we don't mean a Harley. A 68-year-old Chinese man accustomed to walking the streets of Chongqing hasn't been feeling too perky of late... so he got porky instead! The local pig farmer now makes like a Mongol Mongo as he cruises Chongqing on his quarter-ton Hogzilla.

Beauty Is On The Inside? Discover Yours With New Mini Camera

Last year Michael Mosley swallowed a camera to broadcast the inside of his stomach, live on BBC, and now a much more advanced "camera" has been developed that promises to send 3D images of the inside of your arteries.

GDC 2014: Unity 5 Introduces 64-Bit Engine Support; Lighting And Audio Updates

The latest version of the ever-popular Unity game development engine was announced this week at GDC 2014. Unity 5 brings to the table a whole array of significant changes, including a huge update to Unity's audio and lighting tools as well as 64-bit support. That's not all it brings, either.

Robotic Behavioral Tics Are The Key To Bridging The Uncanny Valley

Currently, the problem with a lot of human-like robots is how undeniably inhuman they appear. In spite of their creators' best efforts, there's still something undeniably 'off' about them. Researchers may have just discovered why, and in so doing, how to address the issue.

Can Lasers Aid Australian Scientists To Collect Space Junk?

For the last half century, space junk has been circling the earth in very destructive patterns. Now an Australian team of scientists addresses the problem head on armed with high- tech, infra-red lasers that will zap the debris out into space. Read on for more information.

Cyber Berkut & The Ukrainian Cyber War

As the Ukrainian Spring has escalated and boiled over with the Crimea vote for succession from the Ukraine, it's now clear these altercations are not only land-based. A group calling themselves the 'Cyber Berkut' have also gone digital to attack their opponents in cyberspace.

New Toshiba Medical Breathalyzer Sniffs Out Illness, Not Drunkenness

Diagnosing illness just got easier and, well, breezier thanks to an innovative medical breathalyzer from Japan's Toshiba Corporation. The dishwasher-sized device, currently in the testing stage, is able to detect a wide range of illnesses within 30 seconds after a user blows into the machine.

Just Announced: Oppo O-Band Fitness Wristband for Chinese Market

At the Oppo Find 7 press conference, Oppo announced the O-Band wearable fitness device, their contribution to the host of existing wearable fitness devices on the market. Functionality includes a pedometer, a sleep monitor and an alarm clock. As well as the regular bells and whistles, the O-Band works as a phone locator, and a remote shutter so you can take photos with your phone from a distance.


Keep Your Epilepsy Secret with This Sticky Medical Device

Epilepsy affects over 3 million people in the US alone. Not as many as Asthma (25 million people), or Diabetes (26 million people), but more than multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy and Parkinson's combined with 50,000 people dying from epilepsy causes each year. Dialog is "a concept to help people with epilepsy gain a deeper understanding of their condition and make better decisions about their care".


Victor Is A Robot That's Better At Trash Talking Than Scrabble

Students at Carnegie Mellon University have put together a robot that's capable of playing scrabble - and trash talking its opponents as it does so. Victor, as its known, has been installed in the computer science lounge for the last 18 months, where it's battled - and berated - countless foes.

Plaid Looking To Collab With Inventors For New Craft Products!

Plaid Enterprises, Inc., the company behind classic crafting goodies like Mod Podge, FolkArt paint, and Gallery Glass, are searching for the next big thing in do-it-yourself consumer products. If you’ve got an invention that will make crafting easier and more fun, they might pick up your product!