The annual sale of laptops is expected to reach 150 million in 2009, and with the average consumer keeping their laptop for only three years, researchers are looking into laptop technology that's a little friendlier toward the environment. Popular Science has recently reported on the most ingenious ideas for the future of the green laptop. read more »
Robots are cooking up some fine cuisine as China revolutionizes the way restaurants and family dinners run. read more »
Inventor David Sakrisson claims that the engines in our cars today could readily be made more fuel efficient, more powerful, and release fewer emissions. All it takes, says Sakrisson, is a conversion method consisting of some "relatively simple bolt-on devices." read more »
Korea takes the technology lead and gets a big blessing from one of the world's most unique markets.
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A Japanese toy company called Grand Chariot will produce, for just $208 and in a month's time, a look-alike doll figurine from a submitted photo. Call it cool, cute or creepy... just don't call it Mini Me! read more »
The greatest challenge facing the electric car industry is battery storage. But a small, reclusive start-up company in Austin, Texas shows signs to be designing a car that can plug in for 5 minutes and drive 500 miles. read more »
When mice lack one protein, myostatin, and have overproduction of a second protein, follistatin, new research shows that the animals can increase their muscle fiber size by 117 percent. The discovery could be useful for treating patients with muscular dystrophy.
In the not-too-distant-future, you'll be able to have your sagging breasts lifted on your lunch hour! Well, just about.... An Israeli company, MIM (Minimally Invasive Mastopexy) has developed a two-hole breast lift procedure to insert what amounts to a permanent push-up bra under your breasts. How clever and how considerate!
Scientists have discovered a way to heal punctured lungs without the need for difficult invasive surgeries. Using a beam of ultrasound, doctors may be able to pinpoint the torn location, focus the hot rays, and cause blood cells to seal the wound. read more »
"Nanotechnology"--the very word sounds complicated to your average human being. But a 63-year-old leukemia patient from Florida who never earned a college degree recently designed a method using nanotechnology that may make chemotherapy an archaic treatment of the past. read more »
A car-sized "flying saucer" has been developed by a company in Davis, California called Moller International. The saucer can carry 250 pounds, flies 10 feet high, and can be bought for $90,000. read more »
"The Internet is dead, long live the Internet!"... or something like that. The Japanese communications ministry is planning a new and improved post-Internet technology that will make today's spam & hacker infested web a thing of the past. The scary part? "Cooperating with other nations, including the United States, will be an option." read more »
A first-aid device called the "tongue sucker" recently won first place in the prestigious INDEX award contest. The tongue sucker is used to easily open the airways in the throat of an unconscious person, allowing air to enter the lungs before paramedics arrive.
Imagine a Sumo match from a science fiction nightmare and you've got Japan's IWBC... sharp thrusting horns, shining jet black carapaces and fiendishly spiky grasping legs - twelve of them - furiously locked into an epic struggle at the recent Insect World Battle Championships! read more »
Cutting-edge virtual reality has demonstrated that a "multi-sensory" conflict is the underlying mechanism of out-of-body experiences. With this understanding, researchers have succeeded in "tricking" subjects into thinking they are separate from their bodies. read more »
A Japanese construction company's detailed plans for the X-Seed 4000, a city-sized building 2.5 miles high, show that dreams of the future may be closer to reality then you think! read more »
In the latest version of Google Earth, Google has recently announced that it will include a new update: Google Sky, an image gallery of the night sky. read more »
With EyePassword, a gaze-based interface, users need only to look at the numbers on the keyboard to enter their password. Researchers say that this technique makes it much more difficult for spies to determine passwords from over your shoulder. read more »
Scientist Dickson Despommier has designed a scheme to grow crops inside 30-story skyscrapers. This urban farm concept could help feed a rapidly growing population, leave space for forests, and supply potable water for entire cities. read more »