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Emtec DUO Flash Drives Mix USB Type-C, Type-A Connectors

Reversible Type-C USB ports are increasingly showing up on new devices – the neo-MacBook, for one – and Emtec's double-headed thumb drive is here to take advantage, all while remaining compatible with older gadgets.

Battery Electrodes Now Possible From Packing Peanuts

Finding a new use for waste products is a valuable avenue of research, both from an environmental and an economic standpoint. Brand new research reported this past weekend at the American Chemical Society Meeting has shown that packing peanuts – those pesky, statically charged foam nuggets that seem to end up everywhere after you've received fragile goods in the mail – can be transformed into electrodes for lithium ion batteries that actually perform better than many standard materials.

Dash, Stereo-Quality Headphones Now Available In Wireless Earbuds

The Dash: The latest in stereo headphones meets the latest in Bluetooth speaker technology to create the ultimate wireless ear buds. With embedded 4GB Mp3 player and multiple fitness-tracking features, it's perfect for athletes, music lovers and fans of audio books.

The Analog Ant Watch: Get Out of Here!

Can a watch respond to the joys and annoyances of Mother Nature? WatchCo says yes, and puts its money where its mouth is. with its newest creation, the Analog Ant Watch. Read on for more on this incredible innovation.

Brain Hack Gives Blind Rats Psychic GPS Capabilities: New Technology Could Help Blind People Navigate More Easily

Scientists at the University of Tokyo have made an amazing discovery – a breakthrough in every sense. Neuroscientist Yuji Ikegaya and pharmacologist Hiroaki Norimoto just completed a major study involving rats. The duo connected small digital compasses on the brains of blind rats and found that they could move around in a maze just as well as rats with normal sight.

Electrically Charged Water Could Make Your Food Safer

Food borne illnesses are a major drain on global economic and public health systems while also causing extreme discomfort and occasionally death in those afflicted. In the United States, over a fifth of reported food-derived illnesses arise due to contaminated fresh produce. To alleviate this, most produce sold is cleaned using relatively unpleasant solvents like peroxides or chlorine solutions. Now researchers report a new environmentally friendly method of destroying pathogens on the surface of food using that most benign of solvents, water!

China's First 3D Printed Car Can Only Get Better

China's first 3D-printed car is an impressive feat of technology considering it took just one month to design and build it. On the downside, the Tuhaojin or “Golden Local Tyrant” (we kid you not) LOOKS like it took just a month to design and build.

Smokeable Wearable Tech: Set the World and Other Places On Fire!

Meet the world's first (and second) smokeable hoodie. Alarm the fire department, impress your friends and read on for more on this incredible innovation.

ASRock Builds World's Only Mini-ITX Intel Haswell-E Motherboard

Now you can build an 18-core Xeon workstation and have it approach the size of a shoebox. ASRock has bravely chosen to cram Intel's X99 chipset and a strong set of features into the ITX form-factor, with its new X99E-ITX/ac motherboard. Some caveats apply, though.

High-Tech Tissue Box Holder Features Hands-Free Mist Moistener

From the First World Problems Solved department (also known as Japan) comes the Wet Tissue Maker tissue box holder. A built-in infrared sensor and concealed water mister ensure you'll never suffer the heartbreak of dry tissues again.

Invention of the Week? Liquidity Nanotech Unveils Naked Filter – Clean Water for Everyone

A team of inventors based in Alameda, CA, are on a mission to provide the world with clean and healthy water. Liquidity Nanotech just launched the Naked Filter on Kickstarter and it’s getting lots of financial backers. The Naked Filter is revolutionary in every sense in that the water you drink is more than effectively filtered.

Ruff: Pauline van Dongen’s Newest 3-D Wearable Tech

What if the clothes we wear suddenly had their own personalities instead of reflecting ours?  Meet Ruff, the newest 3-D printed responsive collar by Pauline van Dongen, whose inspiration came from the ruffled collars of centuries past.

Facebook’s Parce Minces Things, Not Words

Two short years ago when Facebook was in a buying frenzy acquiring any new software service with a pulse, it purchased Parse for the paltry sum of $85 million. This was an historic move as this mobile app development platform has now officially entered the Facebook into a race for the goose that lays the golden eggs, namely the Internet of Things (IoT).

Textured Paint To Debut On The New Peugeot 208

French automaker Peugeot is debuting textured exterior paint on the new Peugeot 208 supermini due to be introduced in June of 2015. Displaying a finish that's not quite matte and not exactly satin, the textured paint is rough to the touch and tough as they come: Peugeot guarantees the finish for the life of the car.

China Panda Researchers Find Panda Suits Suit Pandas

Researchers at China's critically endangered Giant Panda sanctuary are offering panda parents a helping hand raising their cubs... a warm, furry, and oddly familiar helping hand.

Fujitsu's Lifebook GH77/T Is Half Tablet, Half Desktop PC

While its 15.6" touchscreen makes it large for a tablet, Fujitsu's latest Lifebook uses its matching oversized dock, plus some top-secret wireless technology, to attain desktop-class performance. Too bad about the battery life, though.

Raytheon Engineers Reveal How Technology Will Detect Alien Spaceships

Two engineers have discovered a unique method in detecting alien spaceships traveling at near light speeds. Sure, interstellar travel may be something out of a sci-fi movie or a book, but Ulvi Yurtsever and Steven Wilkinson at the defense contractor Raytheon in El Segundo, California, indicate that spotting alien ships is easier that we think, thanks to technology of course.

The Davek Alert Umbrella: Innovative Help for The Wet and Forgetful

Losing an umbrella is a fact of life that all of us have experenced at one time or another in our busy lives. Read on for more about how you can make sure you never leave another umbrella behind again!

New Philips Monitor Balances Dual 19” Screens On One Stand

Ever wanted a dual-screen setup for your workstation, but were put off by the potential of a thick gap between the displays? Well, Philips' Brilliance 19DP6QJNS/27 not only shrinks that gap to just 7mm, but also mounts both displays on a single stand, saving you space on your desk.

New Use For Supermaterial Graphene In Water Desalination Is Looking Promising

A lack of fresh, potable water is a looming crisis as the human population, and associated energy demand, continues to expand. Despite the Earth’s surface being primarily water-covered, only a small fraction is suitable for consumption or crop irrigation with the vast majority being salted ocean water. This makes desalination technology a crucial development in order to sustain our current rate of growth and industrialization, and a new graphene membrane may be just the breakthrough we need.

Future Of Pacemakers Could Be This Flexible Electrode On Your Heart

Collaboration across different scientific disciplines is one of the most valuable methods for the innovation of novel technology. A new device reported this month combines the fields of engineering, materials science, medicine, and mathematics to revolutionize the cardiac electrotherapy is delivered.

CERN Scientists Set to Make Contact with Parallel Universe with Large Hadron Collider

Call this a mindbender-of-an-experiment. A popular atom smasher will soon be turned on at full force so that it might discover - and perhaps form - small black holes.Scientists at CERN (Conseil Européen pour la Recherche Nucléaire, or the European Council for Nuclear Research) in Switzerland are making an effort to find a new universe.

Volverii Smart Shoe Changes Color On Demand - E-Ink

Currently seeking funding on Indiegogo, Volverii peep-toe heels created by new Lithuanian start-up, iShuu Technologies, are remarkable new shoes that take the concept of customization to an all new level. Read all about their most unusual capabilities.

Invention of the Week? Personal Communicator is a New Wearable Device that Acts as a Panic Button

Big cities have a cool vibe, but they also harbor criminals of sorts which is never a good thing. It doesn’t matter where you live in the world crime is just a way of life and a sad reality. On any given minute somewhere in the world an individual is forced to do something against their will, which is unsettling to say the least, or they are put into a situation where they feel uncomfortable or threatened.

Thanko Air Bath Pillow Smartphone Holder Lets You Facebook While Bathing

An essential for any respectable smartphone user. Thanko's latest invention lets you rest your arms in the bathwater by cradling your smartphone for you - and doubles as a pillow in or out of the bath for good measure.