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MIT Creates New Traffic Algorithms That May Radically Reduce Traffic Problems

Has sitting in rush hour traffic for hours a day become your mind-numbing reality? Does passing the same pedestrian three times before crossing the intersection seem too much like normal life? If so, take heart. Researchers at MIT have found a new traffic algorithm which will not only save you time and frustration, but will also reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Spider Webs May Soon Make Us All Strong Like Spiderman

There is no shortage of scientific inspiration to be found in the workings of nature. With hundreds of millions of years of evolution on her side, Mother Nature has achieved some remarkable feats that human scientists are only just beginning to approach. One area in which this is particularly relevant is that of biomaterials. Currently, a new crop of materials scientists is investigating the structure and composition of spiders’ silk – the toughest of all biomaterials – with an eye towards everything from artificial tendons and ligaments to drug-delivering bandages.

Menswear News: Be a Marvel Superhero or at Least Dress Like One

Have you secretly harbored dreams of dressing like your favorite superhero beyond the scope of a Halloween costume party? Well, now you can. Meet the newest line of Marvel Menswear from the Five Four Club!

Emtec DUO Flash Drives Mix USB Type-C, Type-A Connectors

Reversible Type-C USB ports are increasingly showing up on new devices – the neo-MacBook, for one – and Emtec's double-headed thumb drive is here to take advantage, all while remaining compatible with older gadgets.

Battery Electrodes Now Possible From Packing Peanuts

Finding a new use for waste products is a valuable avenue of research, both from an environmental and an economic standpoint. Brand new research reported this past weekend at the American Chemical Society Meeting has shown that packing peanuts – those pesky, statically charged foam nuggets that seem to end up everywhere after you've received fragile goods in the mail – can be transformed into electrodes for lithium ion batteries that actually perform better than many standard materials.

Dash, Stereo-Quality Headphones Now Available In Wireless Earbuds

The Dash: The latest in stereo headphones meets the latest in Bluetooth speaker technology to create the ultimate wireless ear buds. With embedded 4GB Mp3 player and multiple fitness-tracking features, it's perfect for athletes, music lovers and fans of audio books.

The Analog Ant Watch: Get Out of Here!

Can a watch respond to the joys and annoyances of Mother Nature? WatchCo says yes, and puts its money where its mouth is. with its newest creation, the Analog Ant Watch. Read on for more on this incredible innovation.

Electrically Charged Water Could Make Your Food Safer

Food borne illnesses are a major drain on global economic and public health systems while also causing extreme discomfort and occasionally death in those afflicted. In the United States, over a fifth of reported food-derived illnesses arise due to contaminated fresh produce. To alleviate this, most produce sold is cleaned using relatively unpleasant solvents like peroxides or chlorine solutions. Now researchers report a new environmentally friendly method of destroying pathogens on the surface of food using that most benign of solvents, water!

Smokeable Wearable Tech: Set the World and Other Places On Fire!

Meet the world's first (and second) smokeable hoodie. Alarm the fire department, impress your friends and read on for more on this incredible innovation.

ASRock Builds World's Only Mini-ITX Intel Haswell-E Motherboard

Now you can build an 18-core Xeon workstation and have it approach the size of a shoebox. ASRock has bravely chosen to cram Intel's X99 chipset and a strong set of features into the ITX form-factor, with its new X99E-ITX/ac motherboard. Some caveats apply, though.