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Even Your Cat Can Create an App with Google App Inventor

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ADwPLSFeY8&feature=player_embedded[/youtube] At least that’s what I thought was going to happen within the first 5 seconds of this video. Google’s gone ahead and released the App Inventor, a DIY app creation tool that literally requires you to possess

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Intel Big on 32nm Westmere Processors for Consumers in 2010

Intel Big on 32nm Westmere Processors for Consumers in 2010

At today's San Francisco event, Intel mostly discussed what we know about the upcoming Westmere processor, but revealed they're scrapping the next dual-core 45nm processors, in favor of 32nm Westmere chips in early 2010. The first Westmere chips will be the dual-core Clarkdale and Annendale pr

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Elettronico Faucet: Touchscreen Controls, Connects to a Plumbing Network

Elettronico Faucet: Touchscreen Controls, Connects to a Plumbing Network

We are only talking about a sink here, but I must admit that I am a sucker for a captivating design. That having been said, the Elettronico Faucet by Carlo Frattini definitely caught my eye. The allure of the system centers around an LCD display that can be used to turn the faucet on and off, c

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Want A 3D Mobile Phone?

Want A 3D Mobile Phone?

With Samsung and company outing 3D televisions for home viewers and China loving 3D newspapers, it’s not too farfetched to picture the technology being used in laptops and mobile phones. Focusing on the use of 3D in cellphones, Petr Kubik has designed this all-in-one-piece that includes the g

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HTC Incredible Review

Make no mistake – the HTC Incredible launches as the best phone on Verizon and the best phone in America – but is it for you? Our in-depth review of the “Droid Incredible” dives into all the features, discusses all the specs, tours the software, picks apart the 8MP camera (with lots of s

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Ferrari Gets a Limited Edition Motorola Milestone

Ferrari Gets a Limited Edition Motorola Milestone

As if owning a Ferrari wasn’t enough of a status symbol, the company has tasked Motorola with a custom deco of the original Milestone to slide into pockets lined with one hundred dollar bills. The phone looks pretty delicious in Ferrari red, but if you are hoping to get your hands on it you migh

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Space elevator a real possibility

Space elevator a real possibility

The space elevator may be a very real possibility within our lifetimes. Previously the stuff of science fiction novels, scientists and engineers around the world will continue their discussion at a conference in Japan this November. The space elevator’s basic design would include a cable tha

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This Living Human Bone Was Grown In Lab

This Living Human Bone Was Grown In Lab

Scientists have grown real, living human bones in the lab for the first time, completely from scratch, and ready to be inserted inside human flesh. Or given to my dog, as a delicious treat. Dr. Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic—Columbia University professor of biomedical engineering—achieved the fe

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Two Linguists Have Discovered a Completely Unique, Reality-Shifting Language in India

Two Linguists Have Discovered a Completely Unique, Reality-Shifting Language in India

Every two weeks, the last person capable of fluently speaking one of humankind's over 6,000 languages dies. Let that sink in. Then, consider that two linguists have discovered a new one—unlike any other ever encountered in history. The language, called Koro, was found within a tiny community of

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Poison Gas Can Induce Suspended Animation, and Could Save Your Life

A small dose of hydrogen sulfide gas put this little guy into a state of suspended animation for six hours. If the technique can scale up to humans, it could buy doctors valuable time in emergency situations.

The idea is that if someone suffers a critical(…)

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Mighty Mouse Has One Less Gene, Lives 20% Longer


Researchers have created a mightier mouse: By deleting a single gene from a mouse’s genetic makeup, they’ve enabled it to suffer fewer age related ailments and live 20% longer. On humans, that’d be about 16 bonus years.

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Forget Silicon, This Teenager’s Solar Panel Uses Human Hair as a Conductor


If eighteen-year-old Milan Karki doesn’t turn out to be the next Tesla or Edison, then I’ll chop off my locks. This kid invented a panel which uses human hair as a conductor and could solve an crisis.

Milan Karki has managed to create a 9v, 18W solar panel, he managed to make his solar panel for only  23 (roughly $38). He also claims that when mass produced the price could drop substantially down to under $10 a panel, which would shatter the $1/watt sweet spot.(…)

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Aspirin really is a drug

There are a lot of drugs we take so reflexively we don’t even know they’re drugs.

One such drug is aspirin.

The natural substance from which it was first derived was known to Hippocrates. The first aspirin tabletswere sold in 1900. An aspirin is part of the shield for the Bayer Leverkusen soccer club in Germany, founded in 1904.

But aspirin is a drug. I take a little one every night to cut my risk of a heart attack. The Journal of the American Medical Association this month linksaspirin use and colon cancer survival.

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Krang Rejoices: Artificial Brain Ten Years Away From Reality

Scientists are claiming that a functional, artificial brain is only a decade away. This prediction correlates with the above chart, according to which our current computing capabilities limit us to…simulated lizard brains.

Photo by Journal of Evolution and Technology

Using an IBM Blue Gene machine with 10,000 , the folks at the Blue Brain Project are creating simulations to figure out exactly how our brains work.(…)

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