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HenGenTou applied to a painting

If a hanging portrait suddenly smiles back at you, it might be something you've eaten, but it might also be HenGenTou – a new light projection technique developed by NTT that brings static objects like paintings to life.  Read More

The nominations for the London Design Museum's Designs of the Year 2015 have been announce...

London's Design Museum has announced the nominations for its Designs of the Year 2015. Now in its eighth year, the awards recognize innovative, interesting and forward-looking designs from the last 12 months that promote or deliver change, enable access, extends design practice or capture the spirit of the year in the categories of architecture, digital, fashion, product, graphics and transport. We've selected a few of the nominations that caught our eye, some of which had done so previously.  Read More

CriticaLink seeks to provide emergency care to people injured in accidents, using trained ...

Many of us take for granted that, should we have an accident, the emergency services will be able to help. In some places that's not possible though. CriticaLink, being trialed in Dhaka, Bangladesh, seeks to provide volunteer emergency assistance when it might not be otherwise possible.  Read More

Inside the 9HA Harriet gas turbine

One of the problems with building the world's largest and most powerful gas turbine is that you need to build a test bed to match. Having invested US$1 billion in its 500,000 bhp 9HA Harriet gas turbine, GE had to fork over another US$185 million to build a full-load test bed at GE Power & Water in Greenville, South Carolina that can handle the grid-busting output of Harriet.  Read More

CorPower Ocean's wave power-harnessing buoys utilize a geared drivetrain instead of hydrau...

Harnessing wave power can be a tricky business. It's one thing to build a device that simply moves up and down with the waves, but another to build one that's efficient enough to be cost-effective. Swedish company CorPower Ocean claims to have done just that, however. Its wave energy converter buoys reportedly generate five times more energy per ton of device, at a third the cost of other wave power systems.  Read More

Xyze's On smart measuring tape is aimed at making online shopping less of a guessing game

No matter how sure you are of your size, buying clothes online always carries the risk that they won't fit correctly when they arrive. With different brands having different ideas of what's small, medium and large, how do you know for certain that you've ticked the right box? Italian fashion startup Xyze (pronounced "Size") is currently running a crowdfunding campaign for a smart measuring tape that records your body's dimensions and translates this to a particular brand's size chart, threatening to deal a critical blow to the "never worn" category on eBay.  Read More

The Honeyflow allows honey to be siphoned straight from a beehive without opening the lid ...

A new invention by two Australian beekeepers is claimed to be able to siphon honey straight from a beehive without opening the lid or disturbing the bees inside. When a tap attached to a specifically developed honeycomb "Flow" frame within the hive is opened, the bee-formed cells are split slightly open inside the comb, thereby allowing channels to form through which the honey flows down to a sealed trough and out of the hive straight into collecting jars. All the while, the bees are virtually undisturbed on the surface of the comb.  Read More

Students are examining ways to make Bitcoin more appealing to a wider range of businesses ...

The intersection between transparency and privacy can be tricky. Crypto currency bitcoin is a good example of this as its purported anonymity can present problems in transactions and potentially lead to various kinds of fraud. In an effort to make the digital currency more attractive to a wider range of legitimate businesses, students at Trinity College Dublin are looking for ways to increase transparency in transactions without ditching the anonymity altogether and believe a "credit-check" database could be one answer.  Read More

The Cirin rubber band racer (Photo: Max Greenberg)

When you were a kid, did you ever have one of those toy race cars that was powered by a wound-up rubber band? If you did, chances are it wasn't quite as striking as Cirin. Modeled after mid-1950s Formula 1 cars, the one-off mini racer features state-of-the-art construction, and 16 ft (5 m) of looped elastic that allows it to travel 500 ft (152 m) at speeds of up to 30 mph (48 km/h).  Read More

Researchers have identified factors that can help make or break a science crowdfunding eff...

How do you boost the chances of crowdfunding success for science projects? As it turns out success may not be down solely to the vagaries of its viral nature or the "sexiness" of the project. According to researchers at the University of Santa Barbara, who studied crowdfunding of science projects, more workaday things like consistent communication and simple enthusiasm are more important factors.  Read More

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