Recent Discoveries and Breakthroughs

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Want To Cut The Calories In Your Rice? It's All About Chemistry

Rice is a popular food the world over, especially in Asia. It tends to be fairly high in starchy calories that can eventually turn into fat if one isn't tearing about wearing it off. While the obesity epidemic has not really hit Asia yet, people there are starting to gain weight as they are eating more and more rice. What to do? Scientists in Sri Lanka have found a simple fix in the way rice is prepared that can cut calories by up to 50%.

Chinese Bullet Train Smashes World Rail Speed Record

China Railway's CRH380A high-speed train has broken the world speed record for commercial rail travel. Will this news make operators of Japan's famous Shinkansen (Bullet Train) blink? If they do, they just might miss it.

New Blood-Testing Service: Only One Drop For 30 Lab Tests

Read on to learn more about Theranos, an innovative business model that offers a radical blood-testing service requiring just a pin-prick and a drop of blood to run hundreds of tests, which range from standard cholesterol checks to sophisiticated genetic analyses!

New Self-Powered Cameras Will Mean Never Having A Dead Battery

Have you ever found yourself faced with a spontaneous moment of beauty only to pull out your camera and find the battery dead? Or maybe you've embarked on a long-distance back-packing trip which is endlessly scenic, but provides limited access to power outlets for recharging. Scientists have now got you covered as they unveil a new means of producing self-powered cameras.

Ethical Rainwear For Singing, Dancing and Caring In the Rain

Ghosts of Gene Kelly singing and dancing in the rain no doubt  flutter in Copenhagen, Denmark, where fashion designer, Emma Jorn, has created a line of feminine and bike-friendly rainwear from recycled polyester perfect for life in rainy cities. Read on for more  on this sustainable and fashionable innovation.

Contraceptive Cell Phone Charms Make Safety Your First Call

A cheeky new cell phone charm from China is making 'bad' boys & girls look more edgy and, surprisingly, just may be helping them to “play safe” - if you know what I mean.

Free Apps Like Smart Dresser Help People Coordinate Outfits

Can't make up your mind what to wear each day? You're not alone. Free apps coming out like the Smart Dresser app is about to make getting dressed quick and easy. Developed for individuals with autism, anyone who has trouble coordinating outfits can use it. All you need is a Smartphone and this free app.

Smartphones Can Be Your Early Warning System For Earthquakes

Having a large network of distributed seismometers is the best method of potentially lifesaving early earthquake detection; however, it is prohibitively expensive to install and maintain such a network in many countries particularly those in the developing world. Now researchers have shown that the global position system (GPS) feature of smartphones – a sensor network we’re all carrying around anyway – can also act as an early earthquake warning system.

Nanoparticles May Help You Win The Battle Against Tooth Decay

Removing plaque from the surface of teeth is a task typically assigned to topical antibacterial drugs, but this strategy is frequently thwarted by the presence of saliva, which can easily wash them away. Now nanotechnology scientists have developed unique particles which are designed to cling to the surface of plaque and tooth enamel before releasing their payload of pharmaceuticals leading to much more efficient treatment.

Happy Hour Is Here Again: Welcome To China's "New Town of National Liquor"

Moutai, China's national drink, is under threat from pollution and urban sprawl. What to do? If you're the village of Maotai, you simply move a few thousand people away from the distillery to the "New Town of National Liquor".