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World's First 3D Printed Car Is Electric, Plastic & Fantastic

Is there a 3D printed car in your future? Local Motors thinks so and their showcase auto, the carbon-reinforced ABS plastic Strati roadster, underlines the fact the future begins right now.

Innovative Skirts Made of Mobile Phones–Who's Calling, Please?

Have you ever heard of a skirt made from 35 smart phones? Talk about always being prepared to take or make a call! The Finnish firm, fashion designer, Fyodor Golan, and creative Design House Kin spent three months on this unusual project. Learn more about this fascinating fusion of geek chic, wearable tech and every day fashion.

Are You Getting Enough Sunlight? Find Out With SunSprite

Do you spend a lot of time outside? Or very little? How do you know if you are getting all the sunlight you need? SunSprite is a super cool wearable device that measures the amount of sunlight you are being exposed to, letting you know when enough is enough. It's the first solar powered, wearable, light tracker invented by Harvard trained doctors and engineers that can help you to improve your energy, your sleep, your mood, your focus, your eyesight and reduce stress.

3D Printed Syringe Pump Cuts Cost Of Science

Syringe pumps are used to administer small amounts of fluid (with or without medication) to a patient, or they are used for chemical and biomedical research in laboratories. They normally cost hundreds or thousands of dollars, but now, scientists at MTU have made the design for a syringe pump open source, so it can be printed out on a 3D printer for just $50. Lower cost means that labs can run more experiments in parallel without worrying about the cost of equipment. 

Is There A Place For #Hashtag Meditation In The Twittersphere?

#Hashtag Meditation! Even those two juxtaposed words sound like an oxymoron. How does one hashtag a meditative state, when one activity underscores action and the latter centers on reflection. Well, for one, if Twitter has taught us anything, it’s made us rethink how we express ourselves. It’s caused us to distill big ideas down to 140 characters. That action in and of itself puts us in a contemplative mode of thinking.

Chewing Is Good For The Environment - Power Your Wearable Devices With This Chin Strap

Do you find yourself suffering from jaw pain, or headaches from grinding or clenching your teeth while you're asleep? Now there could be an upside to your stress induced dental strain - scientists have created a chin strap that can harvest energy from jaw movements.

Crime-Fighting Accessories: Attractive Wearable Tech Weapons

Security  devices are the latest passengers on the wearable tech bandwagon. Innovation abounds with bracelets and hair clips that double as emergency alarms. Read on to learn more about these new attractive weapons against crime.


Curing Blindness Goes Mobile With PEEK Vision App

Did you know that it's possible to test your eyesight using your smartphone? Andrew Bastawrous, a 34 year old ophthalmologist from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, invented the Portable Eye Examination Kit, or PEEK, a mobile app and clip-on hardware that transforms a smartphone into a pocket-size optical clinic. 

Twitter Outrage: Separating The Tweet From The Chaff, From The Kardashians to Kent State

The concept of separating the ‘wheat from the chaff’ dates back to Gospel of Matthew from the New Testament. In the Digital Age, that parable bears significance when measuring outrage on social networks like Twitter. The microblogging platform has acted as a barometer for our level of emotions when we are dismayed, appalled or shocked by current-day events. But how do we separate the meaningful from . . .

Magnets That Clean Blood And Cure Sepsis

A magnetic device has been invented to extract bacteria, fungi and other toxins from the blood, potentially curing sepsis, a life threatening complication of infection that kills 1 in 4 who are affected. It consists of a microfluidic device that removes magnetic nanometer-sized beads that have bound to pathogens in the bloodstream.