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Razer Firefly Mousepad Lights Desks With Any Of 16.7 Million Colors

In case you wanted to have the most eye-catching mousepad imaginable, Razer's gaming-centric Firefly floats above configurable RGBLED lighting. Holding the exact shade of your favorite color for all to see isn't the only thing it can do, either.

Unhappy Meals: China's Top 10 Fake Foods

China's 1.3 billion people are hungry for wealth and riches. Too often, however, making a buck means taking a buck by foisting imitation nutrition on the unwary. These top 10 Chinese fake foods and drinks may leave a bad taste in your mouth but consider yourself lucky you're just reading, not eating.

Mattel And Google Revive Vintage Toy With Virtual Reality View-Master

View-Master is back, and will show us a new way to look at 3-D images. Mattel and Google have swapped ideas to recreate one of the best children’s toys of all time. The new View-Master will allow kids to experience interactive, educational, and immersive scenes through virtual and augmented reality. No need to insert a cardboard reel, the new View-Master inserts you into an experience that provides sound effects, moving images, and informational pop-ups.


No More IVF Mix-ups: Barcode Your Sperm And Eggs

It may sound like something out of science fiction, but researchers in Barcelona have found a way to attach unique barcodes to sperm and egg cells in order to eliminate in vitro fertilization mix-ups. Though said mix-ups are rare, the consequences can be emotionally devastating for those involved. Scientists have now created microscale polysilicon chips that attach to individual sex cells allowing a foolproof means of identification with no apparent health side-effects.

Brain-Controlled Bionic Prosthetics Have Arrived

An Icelandic company is helping amputees make a giant leap forward with their new brain-powered bionic foot. Ossur just unveiled an advanced version of its Proprio Foot. When will it hit the market? And will it be too expensive for amputees to buy?

The Crunch Before Lunch: Banana & Peach Flavored Breakfast Potato Chips

In an effort to jump start the so-called “morning potato chips habit”, Japan's Koikeya is rolling out two new fruit-flavored potato chips: Banana and Peach. No need to import them here – American college students have already got the morning potato chips habit down pat.

Could Bionic Plants Be The New Solar Cell?

Photosynthesis – the means by which plants are able to convert sunlight and carbon dioxide to useable chemical energy -- is one of the more remarkable natural feats. Scientists have long sought to exploit the process as a method of more efficiently harvesting solar energy, but have so far been thwarted by relatively low efficiencies. Now a research team has found a nanobioengineering technique using carbon nanotubes to dramatically increase light absorption and enhance energy generation by nearly 50%.

Live In The Future Nightly At Tokyo's Nakagin Capsule Tower

The historic Nakagin Capsule Tower opened in 1972... imagine how futuristic it looked then! Care to spend a night or two in retro-futuristic Tokyo? Now you can, thanks to one enterprising apartment owner who's renting out his cube via Airbnb.

Wearable Tech: The New Attainable, Unstainable White Shirt

For years the clothing industry has sought a fabric that could repel stains. The white shirt particularly, has always been the most susceptible garment  to suffer from irreversible stains, but no more. Read on to learn more about the amazing unstainable white shirt.

Black Silicon Solar Cells Smash Efficiency Record

Scientists in Finland have achieved record-breaking 22.1% photovoltaic efficiency using a nanostructured material known as black silicon. In a field known for progressing in minute steps, this result, which is a full 4% higher than any previous black silicon cell is particularly remarkable and brings this new photovoltaic material very suddenly into the mainstream.

Invention Of The Week? British Engineer Develops Low-Cost Advanced Robotic Hand

It is estimated that there are nearly 11.4 million hand amputees worldwide, and most people simply can’t afford the hefty price-tag for a prosthetic hand. At present, the cost for a prosthetic hand ranges from $30,000.00 to $80,000.00 (USD), but a British inventor is hoping to change all that with his new, low-cost robotic hand.

The Invention Of Coke Motivates ‘Mad Men’ Finale & ‘Happyish’ Entrée

Where an iconic TV show ends, another begins. Mad Men and Happyish are separated by eight years in real-time but actually over 50 years in their respective fictional timelines. Both plots focus on the inner-workings of an advertising agency. The former documents how we were romanced into believing in promotional hype, while the latter’s reality check is a result of a healthy dose of buyer-beware skepticism and a growing. . .

CyberPower's Trinity Gaming PC Is A Three-Armed Wonder

You won't see anything like it anywhere else: CyberPower's latest configurable computer has a funky looking case that splits its hardware between three wings. Not only does this improve cooling, but it also makes the system look more like a spaceship.

Self-Braking Cars Could Greatly Reduce Collisions

Driverless vehicles? Stop right there: a study by researchers from Euro NCAP indicates widespread use of Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) systems could reduce the frequency of rear-end crashes by 38 percent.

Don’t Like Needles? ImmunoMatrix Is The New Way To Vaccinate

A woman from Long Island, NY, has developed a needle-free patch that can deliver vaccines painlessly. We all know that most vaccines are delivered with needles and lots of us hate getting poked to feel better. So, will this new invention be a hit when it launches? And how will it help those living in third world countries?

Unlike The Titanic, Ships Made From This Metal Will Be Truly Unsinkable

Materials scientists have developed a new metallic foam that is less dense than water, meaning that ships built from this material can continue to float regardless of structural damage. Though this is not the first example of a lightweight metal composite, this is the first that is also strong and stable enough to endure the challenges of a marine environment making unsinkable ships a realistic application.

Tsū Goes To The Dogs For Red Nose Day USA

In its very short tenure (only 7 months old), Tsu as a social network has earned an international reputation as a donor to worthy causes. Founder and CEO Sebastian Sobczak assembled a team of developers to create an ecosystem to accomplish two very unique functions. One was to pay its users 90% of its total daily ad revenues (previously unheard of in the social media space), and secondly it would distinguish itself further as a charitable. .

Photochromia: Garments Transform Patterns in Sunlight

Now you see it and now you don't. This is no rabbit pulled out of a hat but rather technology of the highest caliber. Read all about photochromia, the color-changing textile that responds to sunlight.

MediaTek Announces First Deca-Core Smartphone Chip

More cores is better. Right? MediaTek seems to think so. The Helio X20 SoC packs a whopping 10 ARM cores, and support for a certain cellular wireless standard should allow Android smartphones bearing the chip to show up in the US.

Want to live to be 500 Years Old? Call the Buck Institute for Research Aging

Could humans someday live to be 500 years old? Celebrating a birthday of that ripe old age just may become a reality, according to a team of researchers at the Buck Institute for Research on Aging in Novato, California. However, would quadrupling the lifespan of humans have a detrimental effect on our environment? And, do us humans really want to live to be 500 years old to begin with?

Robot Taxi Could Bring Us Johnny Cabs On The Spot

Japanese mobile internet company DeNA and Tokyo-based autonomous vehicle technology development firm ZMP Inc. have teamed up to form Robot Taxi, a joint venture company charged with laying the groundwork for driverless urban transportation.

The First Autonomous Semi Truck Gets Its Driver’s Licence

Automaker Daimler has revealed the first ever driverless tractor-trailer that is authorized to navigate public roadways. If you are intimidated by the notion of such a massive vehicle barreling down the highway un-manned, have no fear – the trucks still require the presence of a driver to deal with any situation more taxing than freeway cruising. The release of the autonomous Freightliner Inspiration is still notable, however, for providing long-haul truckers with the opportunity for a much more relaxing journey and giving the rest of us a glimpse into the future.

Invention of the Week? Now Smell and Feel the Action with FeelReal

FeelReal is a new virtual reality mask and helmet that will soon hit the market.This invention is proven to give you new sensations through smells and senses of wind, heat, water mist and vibration present in virtual worlds.So, will it be a ‘sensational’ hit among gamers? And, will it turn children and teens into contrived avatars?

Tiny DNA Sequencers Yield Big Results In The Fight Against Ebola

The ability to sequence the genome of a virus in the field is invaluable, allowing the source of the infection to be tracked and providing epidemiologists an important weapon in stopping the spread of disease. Until now, however, DNA sequencers have been large, fragile, and extremely slow to deliver results. A UK company, Oxford Nanopore Technologies, has changed all that with the release of the MinION -- a handheld DNA sequencer that can be plugged into a laptop to deliver results as they are available.

Saygus V² Smartphone Packs Dual Micro SD Memory Card Slots

Are you the type who downloads way too many movies and TV shows for viewing on your phone? Perhaps consider upgrading to Saygus' 5" Android-powered V², which will take two micro SD cards for a grand total of 464GB of storage capacity. Take that, um... everyone.