Electronic gadgets are everywhere — even in our cars. While we may love the convenience, a recent study set out to study one factor in these devices and whether it had an effect on our safety — the font or typeface used to communicate the information we receive.
Back in the day a shopkeeper might hire a barker to loudly tease the goods found inside a store. That changed with technology, with loudspeakers urging you to stop and look in. With today's technology, the practice of capturing a customer's attention is subtler — so much so a person isn't necessarily distracted by the sound or even realize if they are prompted to move inside by it.
While this "nanoflower" looks like a carnation, it is actually the result of a new technique in creating many-layered nanostructures that greatly amp up the amount of surface area one can work with in a small space and could lead to more efficient and safer batteries and solar cells.
It constantly surprises me how a simple rethink of an everyday product could have an effect on the environment. There are newly redesigned clothes hangers on the scene that hold specialized charcoal to air out clothes that may only need a freshen-up rather than a full wash. Even if in small amounts, this saves on water, power and soap.
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and a time focused on getting the word out about early detection, self-exams, mammograms and other tools that could help save lives. Soon, a new smart bra that continuously monitors a wearer's breasts for subtle changes could be added to the arsenal women have of detecting tumors early.
Polaris is the latest robotic rover getting ready to roll. Before you say "meh," given that Curiosity is tearing around Mars, Polaris will be doing something just as worth: hunting for minerals on the moon. What's more, it will be doing it the harshest conditions possible the moon's north pole.
Brewing beer is an art. You have to monitor the fermentation and timing to make sure the process ends up as delicious beer instead of something skunky. With all that's involved, it's hardly surprising that some industrious super geek hacked his way into taking out the guesswork with the help of a Raspberry Pi.
Putting a person's likeness on a coin is a special honor usually reserved for presidents, statesmen and, in New Zealand, a queen. New Zealanders also hold some other characters pretty dear to their hearts — Tolkien's hobbits, elves and wizards.
Forget chocolate, playing Words With Friends, or any of your other go-to things that make you happy. Now you can get happy on demand, with the touch of a button from the Happiness Machine. The device is hooked up to the Internet and, every time someone shares a happy thought, it prints it out just for you.
It's likely that no person on this planet likes the high-pitched whine and buzzing of a dentist's drill as it roots around in your mouth. In fact, just thinking about it makes me cringe. Fortunately, a clever dentist realized the anxiety the sound caused, and hacked his own drill to play tunes from an MP3 player. That's a concept I can work with.