Technology - New Discoveries, Research, Studies And Breakthroughs

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Teenager’s Brilliant Vision Creates Navigation Device For the Visually Impaired

At the tender age of just twelve, Canadian, Alex Deans, has proven himself to be as special and ingenious as his invention, the iAid, a navigation tool for the visually impaired. Read on to learn more about this gifted boy and his amazing inventive talent.

Special Yarns (Not Tall-Tales) Forge New Wearable Tech Frontier

It's a techy, not-so-top secret that two industry giants, Google and Levi Strauss, have created the first wearable tech that is gesture-interactive. Read on to learn more about these innovative 'Smart Jeans" and Project Jacquard.

Bitcoin & Tsū Microdonations Usher In New Wave Of Charity Giving

For most charities, before the web and smartphones, donations came in the form of checks, received by snail mail. Yes, faster than the pony express of the previous century, but yet a very slow process. Toward the latter part of the 1900s, with credit cards becoming an accepted form of payment, coupled with the Internet as a distribution channel, the speed and frequency of fundraising increased markedly.

How Do You Contain A Material So Hot It Vaporizes Everything It Touches?

That question is one of the major challenges facing proponents of fusion energy. Fusion power generation attempts to mimic the processes occurring in center of stars by heating atoms to incredibly high temperatures and pressures such that they slam together with enough force to fuse, thereby releasing energy. The problem is that the temperature required to achieve such a reaction is on the order of 150 million degrees Celsius, ten times hotter than the center of the sun and a heat level that no material on Earth can withstand.

Superhydrophobic Surfaces Make Cleaning A Task Of The Past

Have you ever seen a drop of water strike a lotus leaf? It immediately beads up and runs off, taking any dirt particles with it. This self-cleaning functionality is known as the Lotus Effect and is a coveted property for many man-made materials as well. Recently, scientists have reported a new manufacturing technique that allows glass surfaces to be easily endowed with this function. Solar panels are just one example of a technology that will greatly benefit from this discovery.

Whole-Hearted Revolution in Cardiac Care: The New Leadless Pacemakers

The leadless cardiac pacemaker addresses many of the problems that have long been associated with  pacemakers since the first one was implanted back in 1958. Learn more about this amazing innovation in health and medicine.

Is Crazy Fit The Cure For Cellulite... Maybe!

Crazy Fit Vibration Machine may or may not reduce or eliminate your cellulite, but it can help you tone your thighs and improve your fitness in less time than other fitness machines. Here's my review...

Much Buzz About Timberland, Pharrell Williams and Bee-Inspired Boots

Boot giant, Timberland and music mogul, Pharrell Williams, have collaborated on the creation of boots inspired by bees. These cool boots are comprised of eco-friendly textiles and recycled plastic bottles. Read on to learn more about this amazng innovative footwear.

Handheld Intelligent Robots Will Be The Foolproof Power Tools Of The Future

Handheld tools were essentially humankind’s first technology, and many – consider the hammer – have remained largely unchanged in the eons since. The development of power tools meant that the operator no longer required physical strength to complete a task, but many such tools still necessitated a certain degree of skill and training to avoid serious injury. Now researchers are working to develop autonomous robot tools that will greatly decrease the risk associated with these devices.

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.