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New Super Oat Invention To Improve Heart Health

Science's ever-turning cogs have been at it again, and this time the cogs in question have been turning at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and more specifically within its team of plant breeders, led by John Mochon. Whilst many may look into their respective cereal bowls and see a bunch of simple oats, John and his team see the BetaGene, and the heathier future that their super oat can bring for us all.

Calling All Inventors! "Gotta Have It Guy Gadget" Search Is On!

Maybe your must have gadgets are all collecting dust right now, but there are always more ahead to look forward to... And, lo and behold, Edison Nation is always looking for the next one.  This time those folks are looking for a must have gadget for a guy!  


Need A Drink? $280,000 PR2 Robot Knows How To Fetch Beer

If you weren't already a little jealous of the guys at Willow Garage, today's story might just push you over the edge. They've trained their PR2 platform to fetch them beer while they're working. Yeah - not only can they drink on the job, they've a robot assistant to bring it to them.

Bringing Affordable Light To The Dark Continent

 One of five inventors of the LEDsafari lamp interviewed an African student who was recently trained to build his own LEDsafari.  The student is very enthused about the invention because it is going to bring affordable light to his continent, giving Africans more time in the evening to study, to discuss, to work, to create... It will make them more productive and, thereby, richer.  A simple, cheap, safe, and environmentally clean lamp, this student hopes, will 'light up the Dark Continent.'


Despite Doomed Predictions, Facebook Is Not Dying Out – It Just Has Google-Like Aspirations

Every time Facebook acquires a new app or drops billions of dollars on someone else's work, the internet becomes abuzz with criticisms, claiming that these moves are a harbinger of the end for the billion-dollar company.  However, the cunning Mark Zuckerberg actually has been planning his next move with these new toys all along; something that goes beyond that big blue social giant that propelled him to success.   

Sweden Is Using Video Games To Spread Peace, Love, And Democracy

The Swedish government has launched an initiative which it hopes will help spread democracy and creativity...through video games. The program - known as Democreativity - is intended to both bring people together and push them away from the violent, male-dominated image of gaming.

Have A Look At How Far Honda's ASIMO Robot Has Come

Over a decade ago, Honda unveiled the revolutionary ASIMO, which today remains one of the best-known humanoid robots in the world. Since unveiling it way back in 2000, Honda has been hard at work making the robot better, faster, and stronger - today, we saw the result of that work.

Chinese Company Cranks Out 10 3D-Printed Houses In 24 Hours

In the future, houses will be 3D-printed using recycled construction waste and tailings... oops, by “the future” we meant China! A Shanghai-based construction company took a mere 24 hours to slap together 10 3D-printed houses and while the homes aren't exactly mansions, they're the ultimate cheap digs.

These Robotic Mice Are Programmed To...Uh...Mate.

So, uh...fair warning, thisz story might potentially be a little bit not-safe-for-work. Scientists at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology have designed several mice-shaped robots whose only purpose is getting it on. Apparently, this is supposed to help them study evolution.

Weird. 


Swedish Super Helmet Helps Firefighters See Through Smoke

Developed to aid the brave men and women of our fire department, the C-Thru Smoke Diving Helmet harnesses a vast array of technologies to help aid rescuers when combating a blaze -- including augmented reality, noise cancellation, improved communications, and a thermal-optic camera. 

Google Glass & Politicians Through The Looking Glass

Political campaigns, down through the centuries have used the technology of the times to help enhance a candidate's competitive edge. Innovating communication channels has always played a key role in reaching and targeting constituencies during national elections. Presidential candidates who failed to embrace the new technologies of their day often found themselves vulnerable in the eyes of the public.

Yey! You Can Really Remote Control A Roach from Your Smart Phone

Inventors have not only created a method for hacking the nervous system of a cockroach and allowing the insect to be controlled remotely, but apparently – like so many other things these days - there’s an app for that.

Microsoft's Giving Us A Look At The Future Of Robots In The Office

Today, we've been given a glimpse into the future of the workplace. Not surprisingly, it involves robots. Microsoft's Situated Interaction Project is a near-fully automated, robotic workplace, designed to show that robots and humans can interact - and work together - on a meaningful level.

Sir David Attenborough Is Making A Documentary With The Oculus Rift

For anyone who doubted that the Oculus Rift has some awesome applications outside video games, it gives me great pleasure to present to you "Conquest of the Skies," a nature documentary being developed by Sir David Attenborough. It'll be the first of its kind - and hopefully first of many.

BioWeld1: Amazing Israeli Invention Eliminates Surgical Scars and Stitches

The idea of closing surgical incisions without a needle and thread is a revolutionary concept. Out of Israel comes the brainchild for a brilliant innovation that utilizes cold plasma technology to close surgical wounds. Read on and...be amazed.

Fargo, Silicon Valley For Small Business Startups, Minus "Aw Jeez" & Silos

The critically acclaimed 1996 dark comedy film Fargo, written and directed by The Coen Brothers is coming to the small screen. That's right, the hilarious yodeling accent made famous by actress Frances McDorman in the classic flick also featuring Steve Buscemi and William H. Macy has cast equal star power for a TV version about to kick-off on the FX network this week. But that's not the only reason Fargo's in the news these days. . .

'Flash Boys' Forces E*Trade Baby Into Retirement? [Videos]

Differing from a tangible invention, new virtual tools for traders are shaking up the financial industry. Michael Lewis' Flash Boys -- a top-selling treatise on the state of modern-day Wall Street -- is turning the stock market ecosystem on its head. For those who still think the hallowed halls of the stock exchange is still about alpha-male floor traders whaling in trading pits to 'buy' and 'sell' - think again -- for that world is officially DOA.

Just How Serious IS Heartbleed? You Probably Don’t Want To Know.

I'd like to interrupt my regularly scheduled posts to talk about a very serious issue: Heartbleed. Although plenty of websites have already patched the vulnerability, many users don't realize how serious the situation actually was. In short, it might be the worst security flaw seen in decades. 

What Is AMD's Mantle, And How Will It Impact Gaming?

A few months ago, AMD revelaed what it hoped would be the future of gaming - Mantle, a "revolutionary" application programming interface. This year, we're finally seeing the results. Let's take a closer look at the technology to figure out just how AMD means to change gaming.

Want To Hold Up An ATM? No... You Don't!

Are you wondering what this beetle has to do with holding up an ATM? Well, this innocent looking bombardier beetle is not so innocent; in fact, this beetle is the inspiration for a foam bomb developed to explode in a burglar's face if he tries to mess with an ATM.