Technology - New Discoveries, Research, Studies And Breakthroughs

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The Horrors of Skincare: Creepy 3D-Printing of Human Skin

For French cosmetic giant, L'Oreal, who banned animal tetsing back in 2003, the need for reconstucted human skin to evauate the safety of its procedures has dramatically increased. Read all about  this cosmetic company's plan to replicate the skin-engineering process on a larger, more precise scale.

Graphene In The Spotlight Again With World’s Thinnest Lightbulb

For the first time, scientists have demonstrated an “on-chip” white light source using graphene. This atomically thin lightbulb opens the door for ultra-thin, transparent and flexible displays – picture a smartphone that you can wrap around your wrist like a bracelet, t-shirts with integrated computers, or Google Glass-style eyewear that is indistinguishable from regular glasses. Not only that, but this new light source also paves the way to integrated photonic circuits, one of the most exciting ways to dramatically increase computing speeds.

Soft Robotic Glove: Lends A Helping Hand To The Disabled

Probably the worst realization for hand-motor impaired individuals is the fact that they cannot perform even the simplest of every day tasks, such as buttoning a shirt, without great difficulty. Read on to learn more about the innovative, wearable tech wonder known as the soft robotic glove.

Move Over Electrons, This Computer Runs On Drops Of Water

Imagine a chemistry laboratory the size of a postage stamp. Thousands of beakers, each no bigger than a poppy seed, conducting thousands of reactions under the careful control of an external operator. This may soon be a reality thanks to engineers at Stanford who have developed a novel method of computing by manipulating the flow of water droplets through a circuit. This opens the door to a brand new field in which computers not only process information, but simultaneously manipulate physical matter.

Soft Body Armor: Lightweight Shield Offers Serious Slash Protection

Body armor may not be for everybody, but for those who work in high-risk environments and professions, it is a necessity. TurtleSkin's soft body armor is flexible and lightweight, providing the protection of a steel plate with the flexibility of a textile. Read on for more on this amazing wearable tech innovation.

Robots “Learn” To Overcome Injury

Though they have become increasingly advanced, there remains a major difference between most robots and their animal counterparts: the ability to adapt to unforeseen circumstances. Three-legged dogs can learn to run again, but broken robots require human repairs. Now, researchers have reported a major breakthrough, a robot that can suffer a broken limb and independently establish a new gait to work around the damaged area.

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.