Technology - New Discoveries, Research, Studies And Breakthroughs

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Is Paper The New Metal?

In the development of new high performance materials, there are two highly desirable features: strength and toughness. Unfortunately, these have always been considered mutually exclusive. Now, however, materials scientists may have delivered a solution from an entirely unexpected source: paper.

Corsair Bulldog: Console-Size, 4K-Capable Living Room Gaming PC

With a strong focus on 4K-res gaming, Corsair has brought together their PC case, cooling, and power expertise for their Bulldog DIY PC kit. It'll handle some really high-caliber hardware, all while being small enough and quiet enough to fit into your home theater setup.

Hyperkin Smart Boy Morphs Your Smartphone Into A Game Boy

Time to dust off those old GB cartridges. Hyperkin's Smart Boy smartphone cradle intends to make your iPhone or Android phablet into Nintendo's circa-1989 handheld console, going so far as to include a working cartridge slot.

Bacteria Might Be Used As Live Robot Brains

Scientists published a report this week in which a computer model was used to investigate the possibility of employing bacterial colonies to control mechanical devices like robots. The results were remarkably positive. Read on to find out how this new “living brain” development will impact everything from ecology to medicine.


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.