Technology - New Discoveries, Research, Studies And Breakthroughs

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Quantum Dots Will Turn Your Windows Into A Power Supply

Imagine installing an air conditioner that won’t send your summertime power bills skyrocketing. That’s the promise of new quantum dot infused windows. These tiny specks of semiconductor will enable windows to capture solar energy and generate clean power while remaining perfectly transparent. Scientists call them a “game-changer” in the future of sustainable cities.

Free Apps Like 'ReThink' Help Stop Cyberbullying

Cyberbullying has become a huge problem. Now there's a free app called ReThink developed by a teenager for mobile devices that's aimed at combating cyberbullying, and anyone can use it.

Would You Pay $300 For A Smart Shirt?

Long-promised wearable technologies are finally beginning to hit the retail market as Ralph Lauren releases a new “smart shirt” this month. Designed to monitor your performance during exercise, the garment will retail for $300 and require an iPhone or iPad to run the associated app. Which begs the question, is it worth it?

Hark All Ants: Solar-Powered Backpack Converts Into Picnic Table

Meet the Technopicnic solar-powered backpack made in Spain that converts almost any urban space except  for maybe a highway into a picnic table. Read on for more on this clever and innovative wearable tech design.

New Social Network Eter9 Leads To Digital Immortality & Singularity?

On the heels of ephemeral social networking apps like Snapchat allowing our messaging to disappear within seconds after posting, comes another on the opposite end of the spectrum. This one proposes online-life-everlasting with digital immortality. The new social network called ‘Eter9’ uses artificial intelligence to scan your posts - learn what makes you tick  . . .

Lending a Hand: Teen Creates Cheap Voice-Controlled Prosthetic Arm

The world of 3-D printing has made it possible for the economically-challenged to afford the cost of prosthetic limbs. Meet Nilay Mehta, a 17-year-old high school student from California who in his own special way is lending a helping hand to the world of the disabled.

Black Phosphorus: The New And Improved Graphene

The fatal flaw inherent in graphene electronics has already been heavily discussed – graphene-based transistors lack an OFF state making them ineffective switches despite a myriad of other properties that seem so full of potential. Now scientists report a new two dimensional material that avoids this pitfall while maintaining many of graphene’s remarkable abilities. Black phosphorous is the next big thing in the 2D revolution.

Underwear Innovation: Unmentionables Gain Honorable Mention

Slick Chicks is an intimate apparel brand offfering that which no other underwear manufacturer can; a way to take them off without removing outer clothing. Read on for more on this most interesting wearable tech innovation.

The First Optical Microprocessing Chip Is A Breakthrough In Quantum Computing

Scientists at the University of Bristol have debuted new optical chip that could be to quantum computers what traditional microprocessors are to current computer technology: invaluable. Already the chip has been able to tackle typically year-long experiments in just a matter of hours. What else will it achieve?

Haute Couture Joins Wearable Tech: Designer Purse Can Charges Smart Phones

Few names have been more enduring in the world of iconic fashion than Diane von Furstenburg. Read on to learn more about her fusion with wearable tech as demonstrated by her creation of a purse that can charge a smart phone.