Recent Discoveries and Breakthroughs

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Where Art Meets Science: Kirigami For Stretchable Electronics

Kirigami is a variation of the more well-known origami, in which paper is both folded and cut. In the right hands, it allows for the creation of remarkably intricate works of art. Now, however, scientists are putting the technique to use for more than just aesthetics. They’ve discovered that cutting electronic materials in a similar fashion allows them to stretch up to 370% without loss of electrical performance. This may be just the breakthrough needed to develop practical and functional wearable electronics.

It’s Fashion; It’s Technology; It’s Wearable Drones!

The merging of fashion and technology is a cultural phenomenon that is bursting at the seams. Meet the drones of the future which can be worn around your neck, on your wrist, on your feet and God knows where else. Check out these amazing devices of tomorrow.

Brain Implant Gives Scientists Wireless Mind Control

Controlling someone’s brain by implanting an electronic device is a common plot element in horror and sci-fi films and TV shows. Remember the super disturbing The Terminal Man? Or the episodes of Archer where the Russians have put a microchip in his head that leaves him wanting to kill his own mother? Well, now US researchers have developed a remote-controlled brain implant that allows them to choose the path a mouse walks through a maze with just a push of a button. Let’s hope they use their newfound powers for good and not evil.

'Weird Hotel' In Japan: The Robotic Future Of The Hospitality Industry?

Little by little, we're approaching a day and age where businesses that once relied on humans are using technology instead. I say "approaching" because we're not quite there yet; people are still valued in many fields, particularly where customer service is concerned. But that doesn't mean that many businesses aren't already embracing alternatives, and some of them happen to be a little strange.

No Chemicals Needed: Preserve Food With Blue Light

Scientists in Singapore have demonstrated that blue light, coupled with mildly acidic conditions and cool temperatures, has a strong antibacterial effect. This opens the door to using blue light emitting diodes as a novel means of food preservation, without the need for any additional chemical inputs.

Hair Loss and Restoration: Gone Today and Back Tomorrow

For millions of people who have suffered hair loss, advances in cutting-edge technology are offering new hope for successful transplants, with the aid of a robot. Read on for more on this amazing scientific innovation.

Get More Out Of Your Weightlifting Workout With SmartSpot

With the sudden rise in popularity of weightlifting, it has become more important than ever to develop solutions to mitigate the risk and prevent injury. A new product on the market for gyms, SmartSpot, is re-imagining gym equipment and personal training with 3D cameras and real-time reporting. 

GHOST Displays Will Revolutionize How We Interact With Smartphones And Tablets

If there has been one relative constant as display technology has advanced over the past decades, it’s that screens tend to be flat. In fact, much research has gone into finding ways to make them flatter, thinner. Now, European scientists are developing an exciting new technology that takes a completely different tack. GHOST, or ‘generic, highly-organic shape-changing interface’ displays allow viewers to manipulate their screens in 3D – to literally drag the two-dimensional images contained therein into our three-dimensional world.

Innovative Prosthetic Limb: Just Like The Real Thing With No Hurt Feelings

Prosthetics have always offered the amputee their own set of advantages and disadvantages. Although providing limb mobility, artificial limbs usually come with phantom pain; that is, until now with the advent of a new prosthetic limb created at the University of Linz in northern Austria. Read on for more about this amazing medical innovation.

Parametric Tape Measure Reinvents The Traditional Tape Measure

Cameron Bowen, a recent Royal College of Art graduate, has developed the Parametric Tape Measure, which blends the world of fashion with technology by enabling tailors to generate digital fabric patterns and simultaneously maintain the intimacy of the fitting process.Read on to learn more.