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Darren Quick

Darren Quick

Darren's love of technology started in primary school with a Nintendo Game & Watch Donkey Kong (still functioning) and a Commodore VIC 20 computer (not still functioning). In high school he upgraded to a 286 PC, and he's been following Moore's law ever since. This love of technology continued through a number of university courses and crappy jobs until 2008, when his interests found a home at Gizmag.

— Health and Wellbeing

Probiotic treatment cures peanut allergy in children

By - January 29, 2015
Last year, scientists from the University of Chicago found that a probiotic therapy using a common gut bacteria prevented sensitization to peanut allergens – in mice. Now researchers at the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute in Melbourne, Australia, have shown that a similar probiotic treatment, this time involving Lactobacillus rhamnosus, has a similar effect, but this time in children. Read More
— Around The Home Review

Review: Oplink TripleShield security system

By - January 28, 2015 16 Pictures
Fences, gates, dogs and locks – these have been the cornerstones of home security for centuries. But modern technology has given homeowners the ability to supplement such measures with camera-based DIY systems that, in addition to acting as a deterrent, can help catch criminals either in the act or afterwards. One such system is the Oplink TripleShield system, which we recently had the opportunity to try out. Read More
— Medical

Microcapsule delivery method opens door for protein to treat osteoarthritis

By - January 20, 2015
Although known to reduce inflammation and aid in the repair of damaged tissue, the protein molecule called C-type natriuretic peptide (CNP) could not previously be put to use in treating osteoarthritis as it breaks down easily in the body. But now researchers at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) could make this possible by using slow-release microcapsules containing the protein. Read More
— Science

Lifespan of fruit flies prolonged by selecting best cells in the body

By - January 15, 2015
Using a technique in which better cells in the body to be selected at the expense of more damaged ones, researchers at the University of Bern in Switzerland have managed to significantly increase the lifespan of the common fruit fly. Although most people would like to see flies living shorter, not longer lives, the development could have implications for increasing the lifespan of humans. Read More
— Science

Study gives new meaning to "catching cold"

By - January 14, 2015
Did your temperature drop a bit looking at that picture above? If so, then research out of the University of Sussex in the UK could have the reason why. According to a team of researchers, simply looking at someone visibly experiencing cold is enough to drop the body temperature of the viewer significantly. Read More
— Mobile Technology

TextBlade portable keyboard is greater than the sum of its parts

By - January 14, 2015 5 Pictures
We've looked at various folding portable keyboards designed to make it easy for those that like some tactile feedback when entering text on mobile devices. But California-based WayTools has taken a different approach with the TextBlade keyboard, which it claims is the "most compact touch-type machine ever produced" and literally pulls apart to fit in a pocket. Read More
— Automotive

Hyundai's Santa Cruz Crossover Truck Concept boasts extendable bed

By - January 12, 2015 17 Pictures
Hyundai is targeting what it calls "Urban Adventurers" with the Santa Cruz Crossover Truck Concept unveiled at the North American International Motor Show (NAIAS) in Detroit. Designed to be small and maneuverable enough to navigate city streets and cramped parking lots during the week, but big and versatile enough to ferry cargo on the weekends, Hyundai calls the concept a re-imagining of the truck utility for the Millennial generation. Read More
— Medical

Newly-discovered compound gives hope in fight against antibiotic-resistant bacteria

By - January 8, 2015
Over the past quarter century, many pharmaceutical companies have largely turned their backs on the quest to develop new antibiotics, blaming difficulties surrounding the clinical trials process and turning their attention to the more profitable development of so-called "lifestyle drugs." One company bucking the trend is NovoBiotic Pharmaceuticals, which has announced the discovery of a new class of antibiotic that holds promise for treating drug-resistant superbugs. Read More
— Around The Home

Cooki robotic chef whips up meals at the push of a button

By - January 7, 2015 4 Pictures
Some claim that cooking is becoming a lost art, with many in Gen Y relying on frozen pre-packaged meals or eating out rather than learning the required skills from their parents. The Cooki from Sereneti Kitchen might not do anything to reverse this trend, but it could at least enable the cooking-impaired to enjoy a meal made from fresh ingredients. On display at CES in prototype form, this ambitious culinary contraption uses a robotic arm to whip up meals from pre-portioned ingredients. Read More
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