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Microcapsules Learn To Chat Politely And Play Follow The Leader

Mimicking natural processes to create artificial awesomeness, researchers at the University of Pittsburghhave designed medical “microcapsules” that can not only communicate, but move as a group.

Portable Eco-Housing On The Way Up

A far cry from the cookie-cutter suburban home is Brazilian designer Felipe Campolina’s Ecobitat, a modular green miracle that builds up rather than tearing down.

 


Accurate Noise Creation For Virtual Objects More Than Just Sound And Fury

Welcome to Cornell University, where a whole a lab of researchers are busily smashing objects together in order to create a computer model that can accurately create virtual noise.

Electrons Get Caught Up In The Metallic Wave - Start Cliff Diving

Always looking to get up in the face of physics, researchers at Princeton have found that electrons gliding across the surface of metals like antimony behave entirely too boldly.

New Device Makes Getting The Waitress's Attention A Cinch - Giving Her Your Number Is Still Your Awkward Problem

From designer Ben Coble comes the Cinch, a restaurant-assiting device that is small, lightweight, and may actually remember that you asked for no onions.

Predicting The Nanoparticle-structured Future - No Small Task

Canadians. Is there anything they can't do? This week, the results of a study conducted at the University of Toronto were released - and it means big business for the tiny world of nanoparticles. Using molecular structures as guildines, the reseachers were able to predict the composition of nanopatricle structures. 


Road Surface Eats Car Waste For Breakfast - Enjoys Algae As A Light Snack

Problems caused by acid rain and smog inducing nitrogen oxides (NOx) from the backsides of cars may soon be in the rearview mirror thanks to a new type of concrete.

The Sleeply Alarm Clock Wakes You Up And Refuses To Fall Down

From the dynamic and fully-awake mind of Portuguese designer Pedro Gomez comes the Sleepy alarm clock, which stands tall despite groggy efforts to knock it down.

New System To Help Agitated Traffic Put It In Park

n an effort to curb road rage and get drivers up onto a median of potential satisfaction, the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona in Spain has created a system that not only detects open parking spaces, but transmits their location information to properly equipped vehicles.

Heated Nanoparticles Offer Resonating Explanations For Why "They Made Me Do It"

Heatedly roaming the halls of the University of Buffalo, two scientists have been working on a way to remotely control cells and tiny microscopic worms. Thanks to the use of nanoparticles, magnetic resonance fields and a whole lot of awesome, they've found it.

Under Pressure, Xenon Difluoride Gets Itself A Semi-Charged Kind Of (Battery) Life

Through the science and wonder of slowly crushing things into smaller things, scientists at Washington State University have created a tiny battery that is second only to the big, dangerous Kahuna of nuclear power when it comes to the storage of mechanical energy. 

Sugar Production Hits Sweet Spot Using Only Sun And Science

Typically, bugs in your sugar are bad things, but thanks to the combined efforts the Wyss Institute and Harvard Medical school, they might just be helping out. By combining photosynthesis and genetic engineering, the researchers have found a way to produce sugar without a need for that pesky sugarcane.

Potent Potables Use Proteins To Pinpoint Your Previous Position

Turns out that your beer is following you.  As researchers in Salt Lake have discovered, where you drink your drinks has an impact on what they leave behind in your body, and that might just help police and other, less-licit government agencies find out where you been and how much you party.

Vortex Power Gets Canonized Using The Miracle Of Compressed Gas

From the green and verdant fields of Great Britain comes the ability to knock crap over using a ring of gas shot out of a cannon at a whopping 200 miles an hour. Not only does it sound cool, but its got a great super-sized space Phaser mixed with old-timey smokin' pipe look to boot.

Cold Crystals Put The Brakes On Light – Then Read Its Memory

Deep in the southern hemisphere, science is being done. At the Australian National University(ANU), scientists led by Morgan Hedges have found a way to stop light as it enters a crystal, creating a read-only hologram that destroys itself after use. Holster that sidearm and cue the Mission Impossible music – it’s time to get your spy on.

Self-transforming Matter Uses Origami To Get Its Fold On - Cool Sound Effects Still In The Works

Although Optimus Prime doesn't need to fire up his engines for fear of a Decpticon threat just yet, a team of researchers at Harvard and MIT have taken humanity one step closer to the self-transforming robot concept.

Converting Noise To Light No Longer Up In The Air - Is Plane As Day

Aside from ground zero of a nuclear explosion, airport runways are perhaps the noisiest place on earth. But instead of friendly a mascot, they're staffed by surly men with light-sticks and illuminated by the strong and electrically expensive glow of runway lights. Now, designer Jou Hung-Uei has come up with a way to capture that noise and fire up those lights simultaneously.

Magnetic Food Levitation – Measuring The Density of Tastiness

As it turns out, density is actually a key factor in determining the fat and salt content of foods. Current methods of determining this density are both cumbersome and inaccurate, so the bastions of knowledge at Harvard went ahead and made an ice-cubed sized sensor that does the job. Oh –  it uses magnetic levitation.

Electrical Spectacles To Go Both Ways - Are Easily Turned On

PixelOptics, a US-based vision aid manufacturer has now developed a bifocal lens that is able to change its index of refraction with the push of button. Welcome to the future.

Liquid Crystals Do A Solid For The World Of Information Storage

Information storage is big business, and paradoxically the smaller a thing you can store information on, the bigger your profile gets. Though the theoretical next smallest storage device was to be liquid crystals such as the ones found in computer monitors, experiments in that area have been one slowly-sinking failboat.

Until now.