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Light That Goes Around Corners No Longer Just An Airy Tale

Light travels in straight lines, goes fast, and has virtually no mass. These are properties many of us have held as inviolate since our high school physics teachers first made mention of them, but now scientists have gone and screwed things up. Researchers at Tel Aviv University (TAU) have managed to create light rays that can travel around corners, and diffuse a hell of a lot less.

Mom Inventor Turns Millionaire With Simple Product Idea

Imagine being a stay-at-home mom, coming up with a brilliant idea, creating a quick prototype with a sewing machine, and then generating millions of dollars in revenue from that simple idea? That's what happened to Kim Levine, the creator of the Wuvit

11 Best Of Neocon® WTF 2010 Design Awards

The Best of NeoCon WTF 2010 furniture is displayed throughout the huge Merchanise Mart and yesterday, 81 awards were distributed ranging from architectural awards to workplace technologies.  Here are 11 of my favorite winners from the NeoCon WTF 2010 competition. (No, it's not the WTF you are thinking; it's the World Trade Fair!)

 

 


The HyGreen System Aims To Dramatically Reduce Infection In Hospitals

The HyGreen by Xhale is a device that detects alcohol-based cleansers that are used in hospitals.  To ensure that hands are properly cleansed between patients, hospital staff hold their soapy hands under the HyGreen sensor and the gadget will clear the worker to move on to the next patient.

Guggenheim Uses YouTube's Social Media Channel As Casting Call For Video Artists

Who would have thought that one's talent at producing YouTube videos could be considered art that's worthy enough of going on exhibition at the Guggenheim? Starting today, anyone with access to a Web cam, video camera or iPhone can submit YouTube video presentations into a video-art exhibition contest conducted by the Guggenheim foundation of museums in partnership with YouTube.

The Derma Roller Uses Micro-Needling To Rejuvinate Skin

The Scientia Derma Roller is a hand-held device that is meant to be rolled over any part of the skin that is in need of some help.  The roller holds tiny surgical steel needles that penetrate the top layer of the skin and reportedly boost the body’s collagen production in the area.

Onion 'Future News' Replacing Social Media News For A Fee - No Joke!

The slogan for a new news format is: "A lot of networks report the news as it happens, but only one has the power to report the news before it happens." The tag line is: "To stay ahead in today's world, you have to know what's going to happen in tomorrow's." Catchy catch-phrases - but is it enough to warrant a price tag?

World Cup's Vuvuzela Is The Sound Heard Round The World

Vuvuzela (pronouced voo-voo-ZAY-lah) is the horn of plenty. Its name in Zulu roughly translates to "making a lot of noise" — and it sure does. This year's World Cup in South Africa is distinguished by a sound not found in too many other destinations. At best, it's been compared to the sound of a herd of elephants - at worst perhaps, "the traffic jam from hell."

Google BrinBots To Transcend Limitations Of Man's Mortality?

A scientific think-tank in the Silicon Valley, funded by Google, run by thought-leaders in the fields of artificial intelligence, nanotechnology, biotechnology, robotics and computing - may be man's answer to Ponce de León 's Fountain of Youth.

Augmented Reality Sunglasses Can Insert Social Networking Into Your Sights

We're slowly becoming familiar with augmented reality as viewed through our smartphone cameras and apps like Layar. What if those same effects were available by just slipping on a pair of sunglasses? The folks at HUD (Heads Up Display) are touting that game-changing, technology as we speak.

Add The Spiral Hot Dog Cutter To Dad's Barbeque Gadget Arsenal

Usually for me hot dogs have to be grilled outside on a hot day and have been cooked in a manner that creates a lot of extra crispy bits.  For anyone who feels similarly about hot dogs, the Spiral Hot Dog Cutter by Wynder may be for you.  This would make a great addition to Dad’s barbeque gadgets, perhaps even as a Father’s Day gift.     

Dark Laser May Be Great For Communications - Terrible For Laser Floyd

While most mad scientists are off trying to create a laser that can flatten a city in a single pulse, mostly sane researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), have created one that does just the opposite of the bright-beamed energy weapons of death we've so often imagined – it makes things darker. 

AccuVein AV300 Finds Your Veins Without Having To Poke And Prod

Think about how many of us all over the world are poked and prodded every day at the hands of well-meaning, but frustrated, health care workers who are just trying to find a suitable vein for a blood draw or a feeding tube insertion.  Poking and prodding... it's yesterday.

QR Codes Augmenting Our Lives From Tokyo To Manhattan

While Quick Response (QR) codes received some controversy last month when Facebook was rumored using them to generate bar codes on users' profiles, the technology does have merit and continues to enhance the use of augmented reality in our every day lives. Last fall, I even speculated that "tag technology" could potentially replace Google Search at some point in time.

ConvaTec's Continence Control Device Restores Dignity To Colostomy Patients

A continence control device, the Vitala™ CCD, made by medical technology company ConvaTec, has received a Gold Award at the 2010 Medical Design Excellence Awards, held yesterday in NYC.  This innovative medical device should also receive a humanitarian award for giving ostomy patients more freedom and dignity.