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A Fly With Unique 'Ears' Becomes Inspiration For New Hearing Aid

Biomimicry has again inspired a creative team of scientists. This time it's the Ormia ochracea, a tiny fly with exquisitely acute directional hearing ability, that has become the model for the next generation of hearing aids being modeled by engineers at the Cockrell School of Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin.

Internet of Everything Is Hackable

Still in its infancy, the Internet of Everything, aka IoE (the interface of our things with data, people and process) is already being threatened by hackers. While Cisco has predicted that 25 billion units of things will connect to the Internet by 2015 and will double in five short years, this rapid growth has given pause to reflect on the perceived risks.

$99 Windows 8, Bay Trail Tablet: KingSing's W8

KingSing's new tablet might offer acceptable performance, a port payload better than Google's Nexus devices, and a full-fat version of Windows. The best part? It's supposed to be cheap. Really cheap.

Power To Go: BMW's New, Cheaper, Suitcase-Sized i DC Fast Charger

BMW has introduced the i DC Fast Charger, a lightweight EV charger just half the size of current DC Combo fast chargers. The new chargers are fully compatible with Ford, GM and VW electric vehicles and at $6,500 each they're much more affordable as well.

Now On Kickstarter: Fritz Is A Narrative, Relationship-Driven War Game Where Every Choice Matters

A lot of games tend to glorify war to a nearly absurd degree. Not Fritz. Based in World War One, this intelligent, top-down role playing game takes a look at the human side. As the titular soldier, players will step into a world where every choice matters, and even their closest friend might die.

When This Robot's Leg Gets Broken, It Can Start Walking Again In Minutes

This just in: engineers have designed a robot that's capable of adjusting to a broken leg. Using, as they put it, "intelligent trial and error," they've developed a droid that learned how to walk two minutes after losing one of its limbs. For the world of adaptive robotics, this is pretty huge.

Smart & Eco-Friendly Copenhagen Wheel Gives Bike Riders A Boost

Incorporating a lithium battery pack charged by regenerative braking, the “smart”, innovative, environmentally-friendly and easy-to-install Copenhagen Wheel gives bicyclists a boost as they pedal based on how hard they're pedaling.

Thanks To Hydrogel, The Deep Sea Droid "Poseidrone" Can Go Where Other Robots Can't

Octopi are kind of known to be the world's greatest escape artists. Thanks to the flexibility of their rubbery body, they can squeeze through even the tightest opening. Now, researchers at Italy's Biorobotics Institute have invented a robot that does the same. It's called PoseiDrone.

Groundbreaking Protein Structure Developed To Interfere With Formation Of Amyloid Plague

Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, rheumatoid arthritis, Type 2 diabetes, atherosclerosis...  These are just five of the more than 40 identified amyloid diseases, serious diseases that currently have limited treatments and no cure.  But, after 10 years of research, bioengineers at the University of Washington (UW) have created a novel protein that can stop the amyloid protein in its tracks....

D-Bag Parkers Beware, Online Parking Shaming Is A Thing Now

Has an inconsiderate parking job by some uncaring oaf ever ruined your day, or at least prevented you from parking your vehicle? Of course it has, we've all been there, fuming helplessly – but no more! A pair of frustrated Canadians have set up a Facebook group and a Twitter account specially designed to shame lousy parkers.

The Flutter Dress: Utterly Cool Blend of Textiles and Robotics

Smart phones are one thing, but smart clothing is quite another. With its built-in microphones, the Flutter Dress allows the hearing-impaired to feel the world around them. Read on for more on this amazing wearable tech phenomenon.

How Can 'Orange Is The New Black' Be A Social Media Model & Blackhat Tactic?

One of the biggest hit television series to put Netflix on the digital map was Orange is the New Black. It helped break new ground for an online network that was successful in converting TV watching from the living room to your desktops, laptops and mobile devices. In so doing, its scored 12 Emmy nominations, super-sized the paradigm of online buzz and converted a team of fans -- who beyond being addicted  . . . 

A Former Blizzard Developer Has Invented Video Game Stories That Can Literally Tell Themselves

In gaming, even the most fantastic storylines are ultimately rather linear, with player choice generally only coming into play at certain key points. One developer wants to change that. Working with a London-based team, he's managed to invent self-telling stories. Wait, what?

These Robotic Plants Are Going To Be Capable Of Growth - Just Like The Real Thing

Here's something that sounds like it was pulled straight out of a science fiction novel: a robotic, completely-artificial plant which is capable of growth; the closest to artificial life we've ever come. Don't scoff - there's a team of researchers in Italy this very moment trying to make it a reality.

Out With The Handshake, In With The Fist Bump

An expression of courtesy, used particularly when meeting someone for the first time and when saying goodbye, may soon be a thing of the past: the handshake.  Why?  It's too germy. Already there are calls for handshakes to be banned in health care settings and they are substantiated by studies, the most recent one comparing the levels of bacteria communicated by a handshake, a high-five, and a fist bump.  Yes, you read that right....

Fiat 500L Vans Design Concept Car Hangs Ten At Surf City

The FIAT brand's latest variation of the popular Fiat 500L helps kick off the Vans US Open of Surfing in “Surf City”, aka Huntington Beach, California. Details from Vans original hi-top shoe echo throughout the cool concept car from its iconic Vans Checkerboard pattern roof treatment down to the Waffle Sole covering on the pedals.

Condemned Chinese Building Goes Boom, Video Footage Goes Viral

An eye-popping video going viral on WeChat shows the sudden demolition of the Qiqihar City Public Security Bureau building, seemingly without warning. To their credit, downtown drivers, pedestrians and cafe diners kept their cool, kept calm and carried on.

Wearable Tech’s Boat Dress: Swimwear To Impress

Practical swimwear down through the decades has come to mean many things, but whoever thought that one Australian artist would interpret those words to indicate a dress that doubles as an inflatable raft? Read on for more details even if you are a strong swimmer.

Calling All Developers: The Oculus Rift Development Kit 2 Is Now Available!

Good news, everyone! Oculus VR has just recently announced the release of the Oculus Rift Development Kit 2. They've packed in some pretty sweet features this time around; anyone who's interested in making virtual reality games should be very, very excited.

A Struggling Korean Baseball Team Has Come Up With A Novel Way To Increase Attendance: Robots

It's a tough life, being a fan of the Hanwha Eagles. In the past 5 years, the team's suffered so many losses that most other baseball fans in Korea regard them with great sympathy. In an effort to improve the atmosphere of their matches, the team's decided to introduce some new fans. Robotic ones.