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VibriSee: Ain't Those The Cat's Whiskers?

Reflective lights and clothing let bicyclists be seen at night, but one invention, created by students at California State University Long Beach, went a few steps further.... They created VibriSee, cat-like whiskers for your bike that make the bike and the biker more visible in daylight as well as at night.  And though the whiskers may look like a cat's, their biomimetic functions are actually more like peacocks, rodents, octopuses, and ctenophores.

Ever Wished You Could Have An Extra Pair Of Hands? Now You Can - Through The Power Of Robotics!

Wouldn't it be awesome to have an extra pair of hands? Just think about how much more you could get done - and how much easier it'd be to perform tasks like moving and construction. Two experts from MIT were thinking just that when they developed SRL - the Supernumerary Robotic Limbs.

Oxytocin: Not Just A Sex Hormone, But A 'Bonding Agent'

You know that 'love at first sight' thing?  Much of that feeling, including the feeling of sexual arousal, is due to the hormone oxytocin (not to be confused with the drug 'oxycodone'), which is produced by the hypothalmus and released by the pituitary gland.  Researchers at the University of Tokyo recently performed experiments with dogs applying an oxytocin spray to their noses, and learned that the hormone has other effects besides sexual arousal.

Tech-Savvy Manicures: Nano Nails Work On Your Smartphone

I love well-manicured nails. I also love my touchscreen devices, keeping my phone and Ipod attached to me at all times. For women with long nails, using their smartphone can be a bit tricky. Nano Nails created an artificial nail that also works as a stylus. Now, it seems that women can have the best of both worlds.

Slingshot, Facebook's Answer To Snapchat, Disappeared Itself (Video)

Me thinks Mr. Zuckerberg might have got the premise of Snapchat wrong. The raison d'être for that app is to have outgoing messages disappear seconds after they are received. Instead Facebook's Slingshot itself has vanished from the digital landscape, shortly after its debut.

'Sweat Neutrality' Exercising Net Neutrality's First Amendment Right

Who's sweating Net Neutrality? Most of us would point to the little guy, the billions of netizens who believe the World Wide Web should remain free and equitable to all. Unfortunately, however, they are not the only ones who feel they have a First Amendment claim. There's also the big guys who are balking about their alleged loss of civil liberties -- and like the big bully in the school yard, they're shouting down all those who get in their way. . .

Social Media Prenups Face Loopholes With Snapchat & MySpace

As soon as a precedent emerges in the social media space, whether it's something as innocuous as sponsored tweets or more critical such as revenge porn, folks look for loopholes to circumvent the action. Such is the case with 'social media prenups,' the latest trend to be embraced by the marriage-isn't-forever crowd.

Study Ties Entitlement Beliefs To Sexism In Both Men And Women

You may be surprised to know that the prevalence of sexism is greater among the millenial generation than it is or was in the baby boomer generation. Because of the resurgence of male gender superiority as a more prevalent attitude among men and women, social scientists have been examining the trend of late, trying to ascertain why and where these attitudes come from.  A study published in the journal Sex Roles examines the role that the feeling of 'entitlement' plays.

The Aryayek Time-Traveling Machine: A Magic Eye Or A Fantasy Carpet Ride?

While going back into time might be pure fantasy, traveling between five and eight years into the future might just prove to be a reality. Algorithims provide the venue according  to one Iranian scientist. Read on for some strange and questionable details.

Long-Lost General Motors EV1 Electric Cars Turn Up In Overseas Parking Lot

GM built over a thousand EV1 electric cars between 1996 and 1999, and the company's controversial decision to crush almost all of them still lingers as a black mark in the firm's history. Wonder of wonders, two EV-1s have been discovered, miraculously uncrushed, in a Chinese research institute parking lot.