We've all stared at that last hot dog in the wrapper or sniffed at a carton of milk with crossed fingers. Thanks to some Scottish scientists working on a new "intelligent plastic" that changes color once food is spoiled, our stomachs will no longer be at the mercy of our dubious testing methods.
In this post-Aron Ralston/127 Hours world, every extreme adventurer will want to carry both an iPhone or an iPod Touch and this Spot Connect, which connects you to the Globalstar satellite phone network. Y'know, unless you want your outdoor adventure to literally cost an arm or a leg!
Holing up in your geek lair for the winter can feel something like being locked in an air tight space station, so it only makes sense to use astronaut-like methods to clean your air with something like the Andrea Air Purifier.
Do you actually use your laptop, y'know, on your lap? I sure don't — that heat's a killer. Turns out, a burning MacBook and the like can do some real damage to your familial future. If you don't know how to sit, that is.
Spending extended time in space can also be dangerous. Besides the inevitable meteor showers and hostile aliens, astronauts also have to contend with things that are harder to defend against, like slowly losing bone mass. A new elastic jumpsuit may be able to help astronauts stay healthy, and keep them looking like superheroes while doing it.
This may look like one of Japan's super odd vending machines, but in fact it's just the newest innovation in growing produce without sunlight.
We've had body fat scanning technology for a long time. It's called a mirror. If you want to get fancy, though, then you get this body volume index machine, a new 3D scanner that not only analyzes your amount of body fat, but where it is. Where it is could make all the difference.
It's fitting that the news comes during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month — welcome, too — as a professor at the University of Manchester in the U.K. has developed a breast cancer scanner the size of a lunchbox.
Scratching your glasses usually means you've just ruined them, but an Israeli researcher has figured out a way to etch a lens so that it acts as a bifocal — letting the wearer see things both near and far — but without the hassle.
MIT grad student Ming-Zher Poh has managed to give the humble webcam a beefy functionality upgrade without too much extra work. In fact, your webcam could tell how healthy your heart is just by looking at you.