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'Hang w/' Is Little Bit Twitter, Little Bit Instagram, Little Bit Rap, Little Bit Celebrity Ham

As social apps continue to proliferate the Web and our smartphones, it's not a great surprise that a platform like Hang w/ -- the latest shiny new thing -- would inevitably roll off a developers' assembly line. Described by some, as a 'melting pot of social networks,' this app (free at Google Play and the App Store) is an intriguing proposition and a nice complement to what went before.

Rice University Researchers Give Big Boost To Solar Power

Though great advances have been made to maximize the amount of sunlight that is absorbed by solar cells, the best solution, until now, is a two-step chemical process that enables the cells to absorb 96 percent of the sun's light.  That's an excellent result.  But Rice University chemists have created a single-step process that enables the cells to absorb 99 percent of the sun's light, a process that is not only more efficient than other current processes, but less expensive.

Calling All Inventors! NASA Wants Your Ideas For Mindshift

Inventors, get your minds in gear to apply NASA's Mindshift technology to your next invention.  NASA (the National Aeronautics and Space Administration) has partnered with Edison Nation to identify the best consumer inventions or adaptations of products to use with its powerful mind control tool, Mindshift. 

Print My Ride: 3D Printed 1971 Gran Torino Won't Amuse Clint Eastwood

Romanian-born artist Ioan Florea took a 3D printer and pimped Clint Eastwood's ride. The result – a 1971 Ford Gran Torino from the fourth dimension – can be described as being good, bad and ugly.

GPSports Tracking Device: It's a Bra; It's a Bro; It's Wearable Tech!

Do male athletes in Australia wear sports bras? Or are things not like they seem and has a new wearable technology reared its most innovative head? Read on for details about this exciting  breakthrough in athletic sportswear.

To The Moon, ISSpresso... Well, To The Space Station For Now

If the crew on the International Space Station can have a zero-gravity football (aka soccer ball), they can certainly have a zero-gravity espresso machine - if no one minds drinking espresso through a straw. Two Italian companies, coffee roaster Lavazza and space food expert Argotec, have developed a special espresso maker for the ISS, they aptly named the ISSpresso.


The EnChroma Cx: Eyeglasses That Correct Color Blindness

Color blindness affects nearly 8 percent of men and .5 percent of women; some people don't even know they have it.  Most color blindness is inherited, although there are several diseases and certain traumas that can cause it.  There is no cure or permanent correction of the condition currently available, but after 10 years of development, a company called EnChroma offers correction for the most common type, red-green color blindness.

Move Over, Star Trek: NASA Is Developing A Fully-Functional Warp Drive

So, uh...Star Trek's warp drives might not be the domain of science fiction for much longer. The company late yesterday unveiled a "warp ship" that can legitimately travel faster than the speed of light. Guess it'll soon be time for us to explore the Final Frontier, won't it?

Wearable Tech: Intel's New And Very Snazzy Smart Bracelet

Appealing to an emerging geek-chic fashion trend, Intel has developed a new smart bracelet that will be released by the end of the year. This stylish wearable tech device is slated to be cooler than cool. Check out more details below.

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.