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A sensor made from organic materials can be worn like a Band-Aid to track blood oxygen lev...

Maintaining a steady blood oxygen level is critical for the body to stave off breathing problems and organ trouble. For those needing to keep a close eye on things, there's no shortage of monitoring systems and dedicated pulse oximeters available, but these can be somewhat unwieldy. Scientists at the University of California (UC) Berkeley are looking to make the process a little less cumbersome with the development of a thin, blood-oxygen sensor that can be worn much like a Band-Aid.  Read More

The Hemingwrite does away with the distractions of laptop computers and tablets

For more than a century typewriters were the weapon of choice for professional writers, office workers and those of us with messy handwriting. Then came the age of personal computers complete with the internet and its infinite reel of comical cat videos. A pair of US entrepreneurs believe this has been to the detriment of productivity and are looking to reign things in a little. The Hemingwrite typewriter offers the bare essentials for a writer in the digital age, no email alerts or Youtube recommendations in sight.  Read More

The Federal Aviation Administration has granted exemptions to four US companies to use UAV...

In another small, but promising step toward the adoption of commercial drones in the US, the Federal Aviation Administration has granted exemptions to four companies that clear their unmanned aircraft systems for takeoff.  Read More

The Envirotouch switches can replace standard switches and outlets and automatically shut ...

The modern home is chock-full of electrical appliances, many of which remain on standby when not in use and add unnecessary bulk to our energy bills. Thankfully, those looking to trim down on power usage aren't exactly short of options, with many devices emerging over the years designed to shut off our appliances at the wall. The Envirotouch is the latest take on the smart, energy-saving switch, relying on one-touch timer buttons to cut power to our appliances soon after we stop using them.  Read More

Rod-like devices are injected just beneath the skin and self-assemble into 3D scaffolds (I...

Scientists have had some success activating the body's immune system to take the fight to cancer and other diseases, a process known as immunotherapy. Now, a new method developed by researchers at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University could advance this form of treatment even further. The technique involves the injection of biomaterials that assemble into 3D scaffolds inside the body to accommodate huge amounts of immune cells, a process that could trigger an attack on deadly infections ranging from HIV to cancer to Ebola.  Read More

MIT researchers modified an NFC tag to function as a gas detecting sensor (Photo: Melanie ...

While the stench of rotting food would cause you to stop from chowing down, chances are it became unfit for consumption some time before those funky aromas wafted through your nostrils. Chemists at MIT have been working on a wireless, inexpensive sensor that, among other things, identifies spoiled food early by detecting gases in the air. It then shares its data with a smartphone, potentially alerting users to that soon-to-be moldy fruit in the bottom of the fridge.  Read More

The SprayLD system developed by University of Toronto researchers can spray colloidal quan...

Spray-on cells hold considerable promise for reducing the manufacturing costs of solar power. Within this field, colloidal quantum dots (CQD) have also been the focus of a number if research efforts, as they have the potential to soak up a wider range of the solar spectrum. Scientists at the University of Toronto have been aboard the quantum dot train for some time now and their latest breakthrough involves a new method for spraying solar cells onto flexible surfaces, a development that could one day see them coat anything from bicycle helmets to outdoor furniture.  Read More

A compound known as (+)-SJ733 has shown promise in tackling the spread of malaria (Photo: ...

Though recent research has given hope to the anti-malaria cause, the deadly disease still claims more than half a million lives each year. A study led by researchers at St Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis suggests that a certain compound results in the body's immune system treating malaria-infected cells the same way it does aging red blood cells, leading to the parasite becoming undetectable in mice within 48 hours.  Read More

The creators of the Mars speaker say that with the speaker levitating, it limits wave abso...

With the Bluetooth speaker marketplace becoming increasingly crowded, designers are looking at their products from new angles to gain an edge over the competition. For Honk Kong-based startup Crazybaby, this included the speaker's underside, with the team developing a levitating Bluetooth speaker that floats above its charging station to project sound from every surface.  Read More

The Somabar allows thirsty users to select craft cocktails from a mobile app and have them...

There are many people who enjoy sipping on fancy cocktails, but putting together drinks of such sophistication involves a certain expertise, a cabinet's worth of ingredients and a fair slice of your time. Wanting to make this life of luxury a little more accessible, the team behind the Somabar have produced a robotic bartending machine that spits out craft cocktails at the push of a button.  Read More

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