Recent Discoveries and Breakthroughs

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The First Autonomous Semi Truck Gets Its Driver’s Licence

Automaker Daimler has revealed the first ever driverless tractor-trailer that is authorized to navigate public roadways. If you are intimidated by the notion of such a massive vehicle barreling down the highway un-manned, have no fear – the trucks still require the presence of a driver to deal with any situation more taxing than freeway cruising. The release of the autonomous Freightliner Inspiration is still notable, however, for providing long-haul truckers with the opportunity for a much more relaxing journey and giving the rest of us a glimpse into the future.

Tiny DNA Sequencers Yield Big Results In The Fight Against Ebola

The ability to sequence the genome of a virus in the field is invaluable, allowing the source of the infection to be tracked and providing epidemiologists an important weapon in stopping the spread of disease. Until now, however, DNA sequencers have been large, fragile, and extremely slow to deliver results. A UK company, Oxford Nanopore Technologies, has changed all that with the release of the MinION -- a handheld DNA sequencer that can be plugged into a laptop to deliver results as they are available.

Fashionable Electronics: Thumbs Up for NailO Wireless Trackpad

Fashionable electronics is a burgeoning trend in wearables that is all about creating small microchips and  sensors that fit into even smaller gadgets. Read on to learn more about researchers at MIT and the wireless track pad they have invented that sits on your thumb.

Ewww. Barfing Toothpaste Caps...

Spread Heads inject a little humor into the routine of everyday dental care - and may help coax your kids into having a little fun while brushing their teeth.

The World's Smartest Backpack Charges All Your Mobile Devices At Once

If you travel for work and airports have become like a second home, you know how difficult it can be at times to find an available outlet for charging mobile devices like cellphones, tablets and laptops. A new product coming out called the AMPL SmartBag is getting ready to change all that. This handy backpack will soon be the only charging station and storage compartment you'll ever need when when you're on the go.

New GPS Technology Provides Delivery Drones Pinpoint Accuracy

Despite what appears to be a number of potential stumbling blocks, Amazon and other companies seem determined to take advantage of drone technology for rapid parcel delivery. Researchers in Austin, Texas have just done them a big favour by developing a low-cost global positioning system (GPS) that can reduce localization errors over 100 fold – from the size of a Volkswagen to the size of a nickel.

Apple Pay & Apple Watch, Digital Symbiotics At Work

Remember that old Chicago musical refrain: “Does anyone really know what time it is . . . does anyone really care?” Probably more so, now that Apple Watch and Apple Pay are here and are about to change how we make merchant transactions. How much easier could life be now that your Apple Watch can also pay for your purchases.

Best Dehumidifier For Home Or Office? Try The Frigidaire

Searching for an energy efficient dehumidifier for home or office? After a thorough investigation, we've got the top picks for the best dehumidifiers right here. Check out who came out on top for reducing excess moisture, mold, mildew and harmful bacteria.

Finland's Wildflowers Inspire Ethereal Jewelry Collection

A delicate and ethereal line of jewelry from Finland was inspired by a purple wild flower that grows along the roadsides in this Nordic nation bordered by Sweden on the west, Norway to the north, Russia to the east and Estonia to the south. Read on to learn more about designer, Chao-Hsein Kuo, and her unique artistic vision.

5 Beauty Gadgets For Women Over 40 That REALLY Work

If money and time were no problem (and when are they not problems?), we would get professional treatments to keep looking our best.... But thanks to technology we can use modified professional gadgets at home. These five beauty gadgets are my top picks for function and reliability as they actually work as promised. And they make dynamite gifts.