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A student paper has concluded that battery-powered trousers allowing people to walk on ver...

A group of students at the University of Leicester in the UK have shown that it is theoretically possible to build a pair of battery-powered trousers which would allow the wearer to walk on walls or even the ceiling, if only for a short time.  Read More

The Zolo power and protection pack promises a battery backup, case, and cables for a low p...

Cases for smartphones are nothing new. Neither are backup batteries meant to keep phones juiced up when on the go. What is new, though, is ability to get a package that includes a case, battery backup, and cable for US$20. That's what Zolo is promising with its new accessory system.  Read More

The Twelve24 ClockONE is the world's first E-Ink wall clock, which gives it several advant...

The Twelve24 ClockONE is the world's first E-Ink wall clock. E-Ink is normally used in eBook readers such as the Kindle, but Twelve24 has used it as the basis for the ClockONE ... and with good reason, as E-Ink offers some advantages over more traditional displays.  Read More

The actual path traveled by a football (yellow), and its path as determined by the magneti...

Have you ever wondered how game officials know if the football has passed the goal line, in situations where it's hidden under a pile-up of players? Well, sometimes they don't know, and they just have to hope that it isn't moved as the players get up. A team of researchers from North Carolina State University, Carnegie Mellon University and Disney Research, however, may have a solution. They're developing a method of tracking a football via low-frequency magnetic fields.  Read More

Sony has increased the capacity of magnetic tape, which is still widely used for data back...

One of the joys of old science fiction movies is watching the giant reel-to-reel tape drives spin around as they serve computers less powerful than a modern wristwatch. But magnetic tape isn't just something found in old UFO episodes; it’s a key component in modern digital systems required to keep modern online systems reliable. At the INTERMAG Europe 2014 international magnetics conference in Dresden, Sony announced a new breakthrough in magnetic tape technology that keeps the medium relevant by allowing a tape cartridge to carry 74 times the data of a conventional data tape, or the equivalent of 3,700 Blu-ray discs.  Read More

The case+ features a metal plate on the rear

Smartphones are going modular, so why not smartphone cases? That's just what Logitech is doing with its new case+ system. Designed for iPhone 5 and 5s, the heart of the system is the case+, a protective case that features a metal plate on the back to which the various accessories can be magnetically attached.  Read More

A demonstration of how the phosphorus-laden particles can be removed from water using a ma...

Phosphorus is a mineral that's widely used in fertilizer, which itself has an unfortunate tendency to leach out of farmers' fields and into our waterways. Now, researchers from Germany's Fraunhofer Institute for Silicate Research have devised a method of retrieving some of that phosphorus from the water – thus both reducing pollution, and providing a source of reclaimed phosphorus.  Read More

Volvo has completed a research project testing the use of magnets in the roadway to help s...

Volvo is continuing its work on autonomous vehicle technology with a research project that involves the use of magnets to keep self-driving cars on the road. As well as preventing cars from running off the road, the Swedish automaker says the technology could help improve road maintenance and allow for lanes to be narrowed.  Read More

Pitch is controlled by raising and lowering the hands, while the volume can be cranked up ...

Some take their air guitar playing more seriously than others, but even for those exerting the most energy, those perfectly struck imaginary chords are heard by nobody's ears except their own. Aura, an electronic instrument that translates hand gestures into music, could be just what these highly animated faux musicians need to get a little more reward for their efforts.  Read More

A bottle of beer is cooled using the new magnetic refrigeration system developed by GE

The fridge is the most common of common household appliances. Despite improvements in efficiency over the years, they remain one of the biggest users of electricity in the home, relying on chemical refrigerant and a compressor to transfer heat from the inside to the outside of the fridge. GE researchers have now developed a new type of refrigeration technology using magnets that is more environmentally friendly and is predicted to be 20 to 30 percent more efficient that current technology ... and it could be in household fridges by the end of the decade.  Read More

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