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A Fly With Unique 'Ears' Becomes Inspiration For New Hearing Aid

Biomimicry has again inspired a creative team of scientists. This time it's the Ormia ochracea, a tiny fly with exquisitely acute directional hearing ability, that has become the model for the next generation of hearing aids being modeled by engineers at the Cockrell School of Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin.

Internet of Everything Is Hackable

Still in its infancy, the Internet of Everything, aka IoE (the interface of our things with data, people and process) is already being threatened by hackers. While Cisco has predicted that 25 billion units of things will connect to the Internet by 2015 and will double in five short years, this rapid growth has given pause to reflect on the perceived risks.

Groundbreaking Protein Structure Developed To Interfere With Formation Of Amyloid Plague

Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, rheumatoid arthritis, Type 2 diabetes, atherosclerosis...  These are just five of the more than 40 identified amyloid diseases, serious diseases that currently have limited treatments and no cure.  But, after 10 years of research, bioengineers at the University of Washington (UW) have created a novel protein that can stop the amyloid protein in its tracks....

The Flutter Dress: Utterly Cool Blend of Textiles and Robotics

Smart phones are one thing, but smart clothing is quite another. With its built-in microphones, the Flutter Dress allows the hearing-impaired to feel the world around them. Read on for more on this amazing wearable tech phenomenon.

CORE Patient Recovery Vest Could Help Save Lives

In a mass casualty accident, paramedics have about 30 seconds to assess a patient's condition and begin treatment, before they move on to another patient. With the aid of the CORE recovery vest, paramedics can get quick, accurate measurements and continue to monitor patients much easier, which could, in the end, save lives.

Out With The Handshake, In With The Fist Bump

An expression of courtesy, used particularly when meeting someone for the first time and when saying goodbye, may soon be a thing of the past: the handshake.  Why?  It's too germy. Already there are calls for handshakes to be banned in health care settings and they are substantiated by studies, the most recent one comparing the levels of bacteria communicated by a handshake, a high-five, and a fist bump.  Yes, you read that right....

Researchers At GE Are Working On A Universal Calorie Counter

The tech market has been flooded with activity trackers and apps that allow you to account for your daily food intake. However, with all of this new technology, you still have to log in what and how much you eat, in order to get an accurate estimate of calorie consumption. There is nothing on the market that can automatically give you a calorie estimate of a meal. However, researchers from GE may give you that product sooner than you think.

Wearable Tech: Stilettos Guaranteed for One Thousand Years

Whoever heard of a pair of high-heeled shoes that come with a thousand-year guarantee? Can you imagine looking for a receipt that's a thousand years old? Read on for more on this amazing wearable tech innovation.

Smartshopping And Virtual Fitting Rooms: The Revolutionary Fitle

There's never been a paradox like online shopping before. How can something be so convenient and annoying at the same time? Shopping online for clothes is difficult because you can't try anything on. You gamble each time you click the "purchase" button. The inventors of Fitle had enough of that. Fitle is an online shopping platform that lets you create a 3-D avatar and allows you to virtually try on clothes. The guessing game of online retail is over thanks to Fitle.

'Internet Of Everything' Pits Home Depot Against Lowe's

The DIY (do-it-yourself) trend is still thriving, as the two largest home-improvement franchises -- Home Depot and Lowe's -- go toe-to-toe (or should we say tool-to-tool) in competing for a large demographic of consumers - namely the self-made 'handyman.' Of recent date, however, another market of interest has emerged that both of these large chains find just as appealing, namely the opportunity to tap into the burgeoning IoE . . .