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This Robotic Arm Is Learning To Perform Surgery By Painting

If an artist offered their steady hand to perform life-saving surgery on you, would you allow it? What if that artist were actually a robot? Turns out, the skillset required for painting and that required for surgical cuts have more in common than we thought.

June Bracelet Combines Ultra Trendy Style And Anti-Aging Benefits

Getting a new piece of jewelry is exciting! Finding a way to avoid wrinkles is, in my opinion, even more thrilling. Imagine my joy in discovering the June bracelet that combines both.

Will The Real Sherlock Holmes App Please Stand Up?

Little did Sir Arthur Conan Doyle realize when he first introduced "Sherlock Holmes" to the world in 1887, that some 125+ years later, the world would still not be able to get enough of this irascible literary character. Not only has there been over 100+ actors who have stepped into this famous detective's shoes on stage, screen, radio and TV since the early 1900s --  in just this past few years --  21st Century actors, the likes of Robert Downey Jr, Jonny Lee Miller and Benedict Cumberbatch. . .

How Can A Tumbleweed Prevent The Spread Of Deserts Across The World?

Desertification isn't something we understand particularly well, yet - meaning we don't really have any idea of how to stop it. It's a pretty serious environmental problem...and one inventor has found what may be the first step to a solution: Tumbleewed, a rolling robot.

Video Games And Security: Kinect Is Montitoring The Korean Border

If you own an Xbox, Kinect probably isn't watching you. That's a very good thing, especially considering it's definitely got the capacity to basically be Big Brother. Just how strong is that potential? Well, let me put it this way: A Kinect-based security system is now monitoring the Korean DMZ.

Japanese Five-Sided Oranges Look Weird, Taste Great, Won't Roll Off The Table

These new and “improved” five-sided oranges from Japan look weird, taste great and they won't roll off your table. Even more awesome, an alternate way of reading the kanji characters used to describe them makes these freaky fruits great good luck gifts for anxious students.

Read This Book -- Writing Inventions: Identities, Technologies, Pedagogies

All too often, computers in the classroom are treated like typewriters or filing cabinets -- just a convenient place to type and store information. For teachers and students interested in creating better classrooms by engaging with technology in a deeper way, Writing Inventions: Identities, Technologies, Pedagogies by Scott Lloyd DeWitt is a must-read. In this book, Dewitt details why -- and how -- to use the web to transform learning.

Volkswagen Beetle Dune Concept Is A 21st Century Baja Bug

The way VW's gorgeous new Beetle Dune Concept turned heads at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show, you'd have thought a bikini-clad Kate Upton was on the reviewing stand. Unlike the pneumatic supermodel, however, a production version of Volkswagen's reimagined Baja Bug may soon show up on the streets of your town.

Design Donkey Calf Raise Attachment For Smith Machine, Win $1,000!

3D Technology and GrabCAD are looking for talented exercise equipment designers to develop an attachment for Smith machines to make donkey calf raises comfortable, safe and easy to perform. Share your fitness prowess, and you can earn up to $1,000!

3 Exciting Environmentally-Friendly Cars of the (Near) Future

Automotive technology is rapidly changing, and who hasn't looked around at the cars on the streets and wondered: what will they think of next? Of course, the wish is that the next generation of cars will be fuel-efficient, low emissions, and fun to drive. Here are a few environmentally friendly cars of the near future that just might fit those parameters.

PetChatz Lets You Bond With Your Pet While Away

Pet parents will soon have another way to communicate with their dogs and cats while they're at work or out of town.  PetChatz, which will ship in just a few months, is now pre-selling its Greet & Treat Videophone - imagine Skype that delivers treats and scents!

Scientists Develop Spider-Man Robot For Space Exploration

Many of the distant planets researchers want to know more about aren't really great for wheeled probes. In order to pore over the surface of thes worlds, scientists have to get a little creative. Take researchers in London, for example, who just developed a robot based on the superhero Spider-Man.

Design Razor’s Latest PowerWing Scooter, Win Big!

Hey inventors! How would you like to innovate the classic three wheeled body-powered scooter for Razor USA, Siemens, Luxion and GrabCAD? There’s cash and prizes if you impress the iconic scooter makers!

SAGE: A Self-Administered Test For Alzheimer's Disease

I have mixed feelings about taking tests to see if I have the beginnings of Alzheimer's disease or some other age-related cognitive problem. The thought scares me to death - like most of you, probably.  But rationally, I know it's best to learn about it early if you have it.  This particular test, the Self-Administered Gerocognitive Exam (SAGE), was so readily available I couldn't not take it, especially if I wanted to share it with you....

 

Have Diabetes? Save Your Eyes With New Smart Lenses

Diabetes affects 1 in 19 people, that's 26 million people in the US, and patients need to be in constant control of their blood sugar levels, otherwise they risk damage to their eyes, kidneys or heart. Methods to measure blood glucose are painful (finger pricking and Ditto or Glooko), or invasive (constant glucose monitors, CGMs). Hopefully they will soon be replaced by Google's Smart Lens.

Are Yakuza Action Figures Pokemon For Adults?

Gotta catch 'em all... before they catch up to YOU! These new Yakuza action figures bring the gritty intensity, tattooed imagery and distinctive fashion sense of Japan's criminal underworld to every collector's display shelf.

Need This New Innovation: The Revolving Cradle, A Drop Box For Unwanted Infants

The baby drop box, revolving cradle, baby hatch, or stork's cradle is actually something that had been around in one form or another for many centuries. They were very popular during the Middle Ages and the 18th and 19th centuries when they were called foundling wheels. The custom has been coming back in the past few years and bringing with it controversy over making it "too easy" for women to abandon their children.

Innovative Withings Aura Smart Sleep System

Unveiled at the Spring 2014 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the Withings Aura Smart Sleep System has all the indications of a gadget that might actually help consumers. The Smart Sleep System monitors your sleep experience and actively works to improve it using light and sound.

Stay Warm This Winter With A Geothermal Heat Pump For Your Home

Geothermal heat pumps are a cost- and energy-efficient way to stay warm during the long, cold months of winter. They have been around since the late 1940s, but as the technology gets better and the prices continue to fall, they have recently become more popular for home use. Today, about 80,000 geothermal heat pumps are installed per year in the United States.  Here's how geothermal heat pumps work -- and how you can get one for your home.

Georgia Tech's Using Human Arms To Make Robots More Accurate

One of the biggest driving forces in robotics innovation is the manufacturing industry. See, the machinery used to construct cars could easily tear a human apart of miscalibrated. The latest development comes from the Georgia Institute of Technology: a control system developed using the human arm.