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New technology allows the heart to become its own pacemaker (Image: Shutterstock)

Pacemakers serve an invaluable purpose, by electrically stimulating a recipient's heart in order to keep it beating at a steady rate. The implantation of a pacemaker is a major surgical procedure, however, plus its presence in the body can lead to complications such as infections. Now, for the first time, scientists have instead injected genes into the defective hearts of pigs, converting unspecialized heart cells into "biological pacemakers."  Read More

Faye Wu uses the supernumerary robotic fingers

Earlier this month, we heard about an MIT project in which test subjects were equipped with an extra set of robotic arms in order to help them perform tasks. While the technology is certainly intriguing, some people might find the concept of a four-armed cyborg to be a little ... much. If you're one of those people, then you might be more comfortable with another ongoing MIT project. It's just aimed at giving people two extra robotic fingers.  Read More

Team March takes the track

Three weeks ago, the famed Goodwood House estate hosted its annual Festival of Speed. In a couple of months, noteworthy personalities and vehicles like the new Ant-Kahn Barchetta will descend on the UK motoring destination for the Goodwood Revival. In between those staple events, Goodwood has been keeping its asphalt hot with less famous events like this week's Greenpower IET Formula Goblin. Rolls-Royce sponsored a local team of primary schoolers, developing an "ultra luxury" electric go-kart for the event.  Read More

Sensors right in car seat textile could be used to monitor heart rate and detect when a dr...

Falling asleep at the wheel is extremely dangerous both for the driver, and for others sharing the road with them. A team of researchers at Nottingham Trent University are working on a solution to this driving threat. They're doing it with sensors in a car seat that detect the driver's heart rate, and alert the driver if they start dozing off.  Read More

The Elephant Steady utilizes the iPhone's gyroscope and processor as its brains

One of the neat things about smartphones is the fact that when gadgets are designed to be used with them, those devices can make use of the phone's sensors and other electronics instead of incorporating their own. This, of course, means that those devices can thus be smaller and cheaper than would otherwise be possible. The Elephant Steady is a new motorized iPhone camera-stabilizing rig, that takes this approach.  Read More

The Pentax XG-1 bridge camera boasts an impressive reach and speed

Ricoh Imaging has unveiled its latest DSLR-style mega-zoom bridge camera, the Pentax XG-1. The new 16-megapixel camera features an almost ridiculous 24-1,248-mm equivalent focal length range, and can knock out a speedy nine frames per second. This, combined with its entry-level price-tag, looks sure to make the XG-1 a hit with wildlife and sports shooters on a budget.  Read More

InkCase+ is a planned electronic ink display that complements your Android smartphone, all...

Los Angeles-based startup Oaxis has turned to Kickstarter to develop InkCase+, a secondary screen for Android smartphones that uses electronic ink technology to improve battery life. Slated for an October release, the 3.5-in display fits inside a custom phone case and will be equipped with bluetooth, dedicated apps and a 500 mAh battery promising 19 hours of reading time on a single charge.  Read More

Zaha Hadid has won the Sterling Prize before, can she do it again with the stunning London...

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has narrowed its initial list of 44 British Buildings to just six. The Sterling Prize Shortlist is dominated by Renzo Piano's Shard and Zaha Hadid's London Aquatics Center, but there are other strong contenders, too.  Read More

The sculptural concrete wrap (Image: Hertha Hurnaus)

Vienna is by no means the most crowded metropolis in the world, or even in Europe. Even so, Caramel Architects has designed a house on the outskirts of the city that provides a model for getting more people into a smaller area without giving up amenities like natural light and private garden space.  Read More

The Pioneer PLX-1000 professional turntable for DJs who prefer to spin and scratch vinyl

Despite many digital music tools being available these days, there are a good many DJs who would rather break out a pair of old school turntables than use systems like the XDJ-AERO or DDJ-SX. To help satisfy the desire for a gorgeous slab of 12-inch black vinyl, Pioneer has today announced the DJ quality PLX-1000 direct drive analog turntable.  Read More

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