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A new test sheet developed in Spain reveals the presence of mercury in water (Photo: J. M....

Researchers at the University of Burgos in Spain have developed a portable and inexpensive new method of detecting levels of mercury in water. The simple test uses a sheet that changes color when inserted into mercury-contaminated water, with results visible to the naked eye.  Read More

Students at Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine can train in a simulation ...

Medical students have been honing their skills on human simulations for years and Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine has been using the world's first robotic dog simulator Robo-Jerry II and Robo-Fluffy, his feline counterpart, to give aspiring vets experience since 2010. The robo-pets now have a new home in the form of a new robotic simulation center the University claims is the first of its kind in the world, with work underway on a more advanced robotic dog called "Butch" that will boast more realistic features and which will run on cheap, standard components.  Read More

Dr. Laura Mickes, of the Department of Psychology at the University of Warwick (UK), co-au... The success of social networks such as Facebook may provide clues to the type of information the human mind tends to favor. New research suggests human memory prefers spontaneous writing favored by users communicating online to grammatically polished text found in edited material. This the gist of the findings presented in a paper called Major Memory for Microblogs, which details the results of a research comparing memory retention of Facebook updates to book excerpts and faces.  Read More

JAC< is a lightweight, foldable electric scooter for short-range urban commuters

LEEV Mobility, the Amsterdam-based company responsible for the Mantys electric golf vehicle, has gone from the fairway to the roadway for its second offering. The company's JAC< is an electric scooter that is designed to solve the first and last mile problem faced by urban commuters. A fully functional prototype has been constructed and LEEV has launched a crowdfunding campaign to get the JAC< on the road.  Read More

UGA physics professor Zhengwei Pan, flanked by Feng Liu (left) and Xufan Li, holds a proto...

Researchers at the University of Georgia (UGA) have come up with a solution to the cold, bluish look of white LED (light-emitting diode) lights currently available. By creating a new lighting-emitting material, or phosphor, the researchers claim to have developed what could be the world's first LED that produces a warm white light from a single source of emission.  Read More

MeterPlug connects via Bluetooth 4.0 to iOS and Android devices to help users monitor and ...

MeterPlug is a new home energy monitoring device that brings a mix of simplicity and sophistication to the equation when it comes to keeping track of how much energy various home appliances are using. Placed between the appliance and the AC outlet, the MeterPlug sends precise information on energy usage to iOS and Android devices via Bluetooth 4.0 and incorporates a range of power saving features to help curb excessive consumption.  Read More

Samsung's T9000 four-door refrigerator previewed at CES 2013. The product is slated for a ... Despite being around for a few years now, fridges with internet connectivity and LCD touchscreens haven't really taken off with consumers. Samsung isn't giving up, though, previewing its 32 cubic-feet (906-liter) four-door T9000 model at CES 2013 that boasts a 10-inch LCD touchscreen option.  Read More

Amiigo is a bracelet that connects to mobile devices to monitor and personalize fitness pu...

There are quite a few wearable sensors designed to provide some high tech help getting fit, such as larklife and Fitbit. But a team of designers from Salt Lake City in the U.S. is convinced there’s room for their Amiigo, a fitness bracelet project currently going the crowdfunding route. Considering how fast the project has attracted support it seems that, yes, there is room for another player in this niche.  Read More

Polaroid has launched Kids Tablet, featuring educational and filtered entertainment apps Polaroid has launched a new entry into an expanding market with Kids Tablet – a sturdy 7-inch tablet featuring educational and multimedia apps, built-in parental controls and a safe web browser.  Read More

The Big Internet Museum finishes up with Gangnam Style – currently anyway

The internet only became commercialized in 1995, but its genesis goes back to the late 1960s, more precisely October 29, 1969. That was the date when Robert William Tayor, a former NASA researcher working for the Pentagon’s Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA), launched the ARPAnet operational network, which is recognized as the precursor to what became the internet. ARPAnet provides the starting point for visitors to the recently launched The Big Internet Museum, a virtual venue for all things great and downright silly about the internet.  Read More

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