• New Medicine Extracted From Blushwood Fruits Can Destroy Cancerous Tumors

    New Medicine Extracted From Blushwood Fruits Can Destroy Cancerous Tumors

    (image from The Australian) A new drug is showing great promise in the fight against cancer. Called EBC-46, the compound is extracted from the fruit of the Blushwood tree, a variety that only grows in the Queensland rainforests in Australia.  When injected into tumors, they are able to successfully shrink and even destroy them completely.  The latest study, published in the journal PLOS One, was conducted by Dr. Glen Boyle and other scientists at the QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute. [...]

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  • Japan Is Building The Chuo Shinkansen, A 300MPH Levitating Train

    Japan Is Building The Chuo Shinkansen, A 300MPH Levitating Train

    Japan’s about to reclaim the title for the fastest train in the world.  The country’s government just approved a plan to build a new train that uses magnetic levitation technology to send it soaring through the tracks at ridiculously high speeds.  Unlike their existing bullet trains, which travel at top speeds of 200-plus mph, this new one, called Chuo Shinkansen, is expected to fly through the tracks at top speeds of over 300 mph. The new train will be used [...]

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  • PullClean Just Put A Sanitizer Dispenser On Your Door Handle, So You Have No Excuse Not To Clean Your Dirty Hands

    PullClean Just Put A Sanitizer Dispenser On Your Door Handle, So You Have No Excuse Not To Clean Your Dirty Hands

    Hospitals always creeped me out when I was a kid.  I imagined it teeming with all manners of viruses and contaminants.  Turns out, my childhood concerns weren’t exactly misguided, as Hospital Acquired Infection (HAI), the term for receiving infections from the hospital itself, is actually a very real problem.  While nothing beats the vigilance of hospital staff and a proper infection control system in place, a new product called PullClean seeks to eliminate some of the dangers. A door handle [...]

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  • This Spray-On Bandage Will Emit Light To Signal Healing

    This Spray-On Bandage Will Emit Light To Signal Healing

    Putting a Bacon Band-Aid or some other bandage on an open wound is a great way to keep it covered up from potential agents of infection.  But it’s no help when trying to ascertain how well the wound is actually healing.  A new type of spray-on bandage, however, comes with a built-in feature that can give people some clues. Developed by Professor Conor Evans of Harvard Medical School, the bandage can measure the level of tissue oxygenation in the wound, [...]

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  • Minipresso Just Might Be The Most Compact Manual Espresso Maker You’ll Ever Find

    Minipresso Just Might Be The Most Compact Manual Espresso Maker You’ll Ever Find

    We’ve seen plenty of portable devices that let you make fine espresso on the go, including contraptions like the Handpresso, the GSI Outdoors Mini Espresso Maker, and the Presso.  The Minipresso, however, just may be the most outdoor-friendly of the bunch, requiring no power to work while sporting very compact dimensions. Shaped like a small travel bottle, it measures just 6.95 inches long and weighs a mere 0.8 pounds, making it absolutely hassle-free to cram in a corner of a [...]

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  • Gene Mutation Lets This Worm Eat All The Sugar It Wants And Not Gain Weight

    Gene Mutation Lets This Worm Eat All The Sugar It Wants And Not Gain Weight

    Imagine: eating all the Snickers, Reese’s, and M&Ms you want without ever gaining weight.  Heck, you can eat this entire Gummi Chandelier and you’ll still be fine. A new study suggests it’s possible.  The catch?  You need a genetic mutation to accomplish such a state. A worm known as Caenorhabditis elegans was the subject of a series of experiments from a team led by Sean Curran of the USC Davis School of Gerontology and the Keck School of Medicine of USC.  [...]

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  • Blackout Buddy H20 Emergency Lamp Runs On Water

    Blackout Buddy H20 Emergency Lamp Runs On Water

    Stocking up on supplies for a potential apocalypse future (or just a run of the mill catastrophe) is always a good idea.  If you’re going to throw in some emergency lamps in there, then you have to make sure it’s one that’s going to light up when you actually need it.  That’s the preparedness the Blackout Buddy H20 is designed to provide. Unlike conventional emergency lamps and flashlights, it doesn’t use batteries that, due to their limited shelf life, can [...]

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  • This Family Tree Charts How Dinosaurs Turned Into Modern Birds

    This Family Tree Charts How Dinosaurs Turned Into Modern Birds

    A study recently published in the journal Current Biology included the above family tree, which shows the evolutionary link between dinosaurs and modern birds.  Basically, a long and gradual evolution from the mighty T-Rex and its kin eventually gave birth to the winged creatures you hunted with a slingshot every summer when you were a kid. Conducted by a team of researchers from the University of Edinburgh and Swarthmore College, the study looked closely at the evolutionary links between ancient [...]

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  • Build A Mini-City Of Gifts With The Skyline Wrapping Paper

    Build A Mini-City Of Gifts With The Skyline Wrapping Paper

    Whether it’s for Christmas, weddings, or any other occasion, I hate wrapping up gifts.  I’m horrible at it, they’ll tear it open anyway, and I’m really horrible at it.  Seeing this Skyline Gift Wrap, however, makes me want to get good at gift wrapping.  Seriously, I’m excited about wrapping up tons of gifts for the first time. Made by Suck UK, it’s erstwhile regular wrapping paper, the same kind you can get from any gift shop for making your crappy [...]

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  • Celebrate The Birth Of The Start Menu With This Windows 95 Backpack

    Celebrate The Birth Of The Start Menu With This Windows 95 Backpack

    Are you one of the people who expressed your excessively strong opinions about the lack of a Start bar in Windows 8 at any website where you can unleash an angry rant?   Are you one of those people who felt proper retribution when Microsoft backtracked and revived the Start Menu for the upcoming Windows 10?   Celebrate the momentous occasion with this homage to the operating system that debuted the desktop navigation staple that can’t be killed: the Windows 95 Backpack. [...]

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  • These Space Keys Let You Carry A Lightsaber In Your Pocket

    These Space Keys Let You Carry A Lightsaber In Your Pocket

    Lightsabers are awesome.  You can use them to slay enemy Siths, deflect blaster bolts, and cut through most any substance with little resistance.  Now, you can use the vaunted energy blades to open your doors, too, with these lightsaber-themed Space Keys. No these aren’t keychains.  Instead, they’re actual key blanks that you can take to the locksmith to turn into a replacement for all the other lame keys in your Keysquare.  Well, most of them, anyway — make sure to [...]

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  • Finally, A Valid Reason To Keep Nukes Around: Giant Asteroids

    Finally, A Valid Reason To Keep Nukes Around: Giant Asteroids

    Thanks to a variety of disarmament treaties, the US has been steadily decreasing their stockpile of nuclear weapons, with a good chunk of the retired inventory expected to be fully dismantled by 2022.  A recent review from the Government Accountability Office (GAO), however, revealed that the National Nuclear Security Agency (NNSA) has been slacking at getting rid of a handful of nukes.  Their reason?  Giant asteroids. According to the NNSA, they’re keeping the specific nukes around “for potential use in [...]

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  • Nixie Selfie Drone Can Strap On Your Wrist When Not In Use

    Nixie Selfie Drone Can Strap On Your Wrist When Not In Use

    We’ve seen small quadcopters before, even ones so small that you can carry them in your pocket.  The Nixie does them one better by actually being wearable, strapping on your wrist for convenient portability when not in use. More than being a super-compact drone, it’s programmed to function as a dedicated selfie machine.  Any time it’s launched, the drone will automatically detect your presence and autonomously hover around your perimeter, filming your exploits full time (it comes with a camera [...]

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  • Scientists Invent Recyclable Lithium-Ion Batteries That Work At 99% Potency Post-Recycling

    Scientists Invent Recyclable Lithium-Ion Batteries That Work At 99% Potency Post-Recycling

    A team of researchers from Uppsala University is claiming to have found a new method for producing lithium-ion batteries that allow them to be easily recycled.  The process uses alfalfa seeds and pine resin as biomaterials, with a recycling system that uses low-energy input and non-hazardous chemicals (specifically, ethanol and water). The new method claims to produce lithium-ion batteries with the same content capacity as current-generation systems, so there’s no degradation in power nor effect in size.  It does that [...]

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  • OPPO Quack Turns Your Dog Into A Duck

    OPPO Quack Turns Your Dog Into A Duck

    Muzzles are great for preventing your dogs from unwanted biting and barking.   You have to admit, though, muzzles can make even the nicest canines look extremely menacing (especially when they’re sleeping in a supervillain pet crate).  That won’t be the case when your pet wears the OPPO Quack over his snout. Like regular dog muzzles, it will keep your hound from biting strangers that spook them in the park or bark with the fury of noisy fireworks at three in [...]

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  • Rochester Cloak Uses Ordinary Lenses To Make Things Appear Invisible

    Rochester Cloak Uses Ordinary Lenses To Make Things Appear Invisible

    Invisibility cloaks?  Not going to happen for a long time.  Using lenses to make your presence undetectable, though, is something many people have pulled off in the past.  A new lens-based cloaking device developed at the University of Rochester, which we’re calling the Rochester Cloak, might be the best one yet. Unlike previous efforts, the device doesn’t require that viewers remain at a specific angle in order for the cloaking effect to work.  Instead, it provides continuous multi-directional cover, so [...]

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  • AlumaSki Brings Jet Skiing To Shallow Waters

    AlumaSki Brings Jet Skiing To Shallow Waters

    While jet skis can work great for navigating the narrow confines of rivers and streams, they present a problem when you end up in shallow areas of the water.  Simply put, all those rocks are likely to render your QuadSki’s fiberglass hull beat down, banged up, and heavily damaged.  The AlumaSki, a new personal watercraft, offers a more durable alternative. Combining the shallow water durability and payload of an aluminum river boat with the affordability and fuel efficiency of jet [...]

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  • Harvard Offers Free Soft Robotics Toolkit For Building Your Own Bio-Mimicking Robot Army

    Harvard Offers Free Soft Robotics Toolkit For Building Your Own Bio-Mimicking Robot Army

    If you’ve already come to terms with a future filled with robots that look like the hunks of steel they’ve always been depicted in the movies, you’ll probably be very upset when the future comes.  Why?  Because instead of shiny tempered steel shells, they’ll likely be decked in shells as soft as human skin.  And they’ll have soft, flexible body tissues, rather than the rigid mechanisms inside factory machines that allow them to move like real living creatures.  Yeah, the [...]

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  • MV Recyclone Is Dyson’s Concept Vacuum Barge For Cleaning Up Rivers

    MV Recyclone Is Dyson’s Concept Vacuum Barge For Cleaning Up Rivers

    High-end home vacuum cleaners are near-synonymous with the Dyson brand, but that doesn’t mean indoors is where the company plans to stay.  James Dyson revealed long-term plans to build a new product called the MV Recyclone, a giant vacuum cleaner that will siphon plastic out of our increasingly-polluted rivers. Since it will need to navigate bodies of water, the giant cleaning machine comes in the form of a barge rather than a typical vacuum cleaner.  The waste-sucking boat will run [...]

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