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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.

MIT FingerReader Will Make Print More Accessible To Visually Impaired

When you hear about or see designs that can really help people lead fuller lives, you want them available - now! That's how MIT's FingerReader hit me. Well, I said, to no one in particular, if you can prototype it, get it done, roll it out, let people who are blind or visually impaired have access to it - right now!  The FingerReader is something they will want.

How An Earworm & Heartbleed Broke The Internet

Are your ears ringing? Does your heart skip a beat? Well, they should - as two divergent forms of malware attacked our online sense of well-being this week. Engineered by social media gurus on one front and hackers on the other, one was analogous to an American Idol trainwreck, while the other, the work of a nefarious cat burglar

Glucosamine May Do More Than Help Your Joints

Millions of people worldwide take glucosamine supplements to reduce arthritis pain, but with varying effects; some are helped by it, some not. But researchers have been studying the effects of glucosamine on another aspect of aging... longevity. 

StoreDot Has Nanodot Battery That Can Charge Your Phone In 30 Seconds!

An Israeli tech startup, StoreDot, has come up with a cell phone battery that charges your phone in 30 seconds!  In its prototype stage right now, it joins several other proprietary products in StoreDot's stable of yet-to-be-released inventions that are based on the properties of biologically available nanodots.

ZunZuneo,The Covert Twittersphere Of Cuba That Was, Until It Wasn't!

Mainstream media has been slow on the uptick in covering the U.S. government's current investigation of ZunZuneo by Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy. If you are unfamiliar with the name, it's most likely because of the covert actions that led to the rise and fall of this enterprise. . .

Harnessing The Power Of The Stars: How The U.S. Navy Plans To Beam Solar Power From Space.

Imagine scientists shooting solar panels in to space – enough to span 9 football fields – for the sole purpose of being assembled by robots, in order to construct an object capable of capturing solar power.  Then, having the harnessed energy being beamed back to Earth through the use of radio waves – allowing a vehicle fitted with a solar receiver to capture enough energy to move about on land.  The U.S. Navy is hoping to introduce such a device, and it may just cure our energy woes.

Food Spoilage: Chinese Research Team Develops New Smart Tag

Is there a way to tell if food has gone bad without experiencing that unpleasant attack on the nostrils by opening the container?  Read all about the innovative Chinese research team that devised a smart tag to eliminate all that and possibly revolutionize the food and beverage industry.

Are Video Games Making You Angry? You're Probably Just Incompetent

Gaming's foes have long held that there's a direct link between video games and aggressive behavior.  They were at least half right - scientists have just linked aggression to games with an interesting bridge: incompetence. Apparently, being bad at something - especially games - makes us angry. 

Study Indicates Procrastination And Impulsivity Are Related Genetic Traits

Consider two human tendencies: impulsivity and procrastination. Impulsivity indicates a tendency to act or react quickly, perhaps without giving an action too much thought or consideration.  Procrastination is a tendency to act later, to put things off until tomorrow or some unknown future time. They may seem contradictory, or like opposite traits, but they are not. Researchers at the University of Colorado at Boulder explain how they are complementary and genetic traits.