Recent Discoveries and Breakthroughs

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Ten More Weird and Bizarre Japanese Soft Drinks

Japan has the market cornered on weird & bizarre drinks – new and ever-weirder concoctions seem to hit the store shelves daily. Some have strange names, others have odd ingredients, and a few are just so bizarre one has to wonder what their creators were, um, drinking when they came up with the concept. Following up on our original list, here are Ten More Weird and Bizarre Japanese Soft Drinks!

Move Over, Siri: Meet Amazon Echo And Alexa

Have you ever wanted Samantha from Her without all the nagging or Siri without having to press a button? Well, now you can with Amazon Echo's Alexa, the cloud-based voice service that does it all. Featuring a free companion app, Echo keeps working even when you're away from home.

Plane Flies From Japan To Hawaii Without Carrying Any Fuel

Swiss aviators Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg are flying around the world in a plane using only solar power, and they have just completed the most challenging leg of the journey. The 4,480 mile trip over the Pacific Ocean required 117 hours and 52 minutes of flying time and broke records in both distance and duration of solar-powered flight.

3-D Printed Blood Vessels: A New Dimension in Transplant Procedures

Read on to learn more about the latest advances in 3-D printing and artifcial blood vessels, which are essential to maintaining the health of human organs.


Want Grilling To Be Even More Of A "Guy Thing?" Use Lava!

The one part of cooking that most, if not all, men believe falls under the male purview it is grilling. It is a form of cooking that is heavy on equipment and shiny tools. If there is one way to make this activity even manlier it would be to use more power -- as in volcanic power. As a part of Syracuse University's Lava Project two guys decided to put the power of molten rock to the test -- with some steaks, salmon, and hot dogs.

Insulin MicroNeedle Patch Promises To Make Life Easier For Diabetics

Diabetes is an extremely common group of metabolic disorders with approximately 387 million sufferers worldwide in 2014. Type 1 diabetes, the more severe form, stems from a failure of the pancreas to produce sufficient insulin. It often must be treated by regular injections of the hormone, a not entirely pleasant state of affairs for sufferers and one that is not always reliable. Now researchers have found a new way to deliver insulin that’s both painless and practical using a patch covered in microneedles.

Running Shoes Printed from Synthetic Biological Material Have A Life Of Their Own

A new concept for running shoes concerning proto-cell technology has been created by London designer and researcher, Shamees Aden. 3-D printed from synthetic biological material, these shoes have the capacity to repair themselves overnight. Read on for more on these amazing future wearables.


Should Your Self-Driving Car Kill You To Save Others?

Bioethicists at the University of Alabama at Birmingham have started considering the programming of self-driving cars faced with inevitable crash situations and have come up with worrying ethical dilemmas. In an unavoidable crash, will your car be programmed to sacrifice you in order to save more strangers in nearby vehicle? Who can be responsible for making such a call?

Tiny Robotic Tentacles: Good Things Do Come In Small Packages

These  innovative soft robotic tentacles could prove to be ideal for delicate microscopic surgery. They can pick up an ant without damage to its body, offering new promise to invasive surgical procedures such as the safe and intricate manipulation  of blood vessels or embryos.

Watch What Happens When A White Blood Cell Dies

Using a technique called time-lapse microscopy, scientists have actually been able to “film” the death of a white blood cell. The painstaking work involved taking hundreds of microscope photos and then viewing them sequentially in rapid succession to produce a motion picture. The result was the first true video of white blood cell death and revealed that the process is not at all what we imagined.