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Stream & Drive With Netflix Watch & Google Self-Driving Cars

On the eve of the Apple Watch going into preorders April 10th, starting as early as 3:01 a.m. ET -- not to be outdone -- Netflix released some surprising news regarding its own timepiece. With an appropriate dose of tongue-and-cheek, in an advance promo, the Netflix Watch is said to be coming soon, providing gadget-lovers the world-over to “experience total freedom.”

New Coating Turns Ordinary Cotton Into Super-Fabric

If you’ve ever pondered what sort of material might be best employed in a superhero’s suit, here’s one possible answer. Scientists in China have developed a new self-healing coating that turns ordinary cotton into a fire retardant, waterproof and self-cleaning super fabric. The technique, which involves a triple-dip coating in a series of polymers, is envisioned to be particularly useful in the fabrication of military uniforms or other textiles faced with similarly challenging environments.

Spider Webs May Soon Make Us All Strong Like Spiderman

There is no shortage of scientific inspiration to be found in the workings of nature. With hundreds of millions of years of evolution on her side, Mother Nature has achieved some remarkable feats that human scientists are only just beginning to approach. One area in which this is particularly relevant is that of biomaterials. Currently, a new crop of materials scientists is investigating the structure and composition of spiders’ silk – the toughest of all biomaterials – with an eye towards everything from artificial tendons and ligaments to drug-delivering bandages.

Menswear News: Be a Marvel Superhero or at Least Dress Like One

Have you secretly harbored dreams of dressing like your favorite superhero beyond the scope of a Halloween costume party? Well, now you can. Meet the newest line of Marvel Menswear from the Five Four Club!

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.

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.

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.