Jellyfish DNA May Help Diagnose Ebola, Other Diseases

What a weird and wonderful world: Discs of souped-up filter paper could change how we diagnose infections. To demonstrate the power of the approach, which involves embedding DNA from jellyfish and other organisms into paper, its developers have successfully used it to identify two strains of Ebola. Although far from being ready for testing in [Read More...]

More Creepy Robots In Your Near Future

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Jibo is being pitched as a new member of the family: the robot slave we all need and want! The first step towards Rosie! Jibo’s creator is Dr. Cynthia Breazeal, director of MIT’s Personal Robots Group. She describes the 6 pound, 11 inch bouncing baby Terminator spy as something that will “support, complement and extend what [Read More...]

Ambassador Sworn in on a Kindle

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Suzi LeVine, incoming US ambassador to Switzerland, was sworn in using  a Kindle displaying a page of the 19th Amendment (which gave women the vote). It’s jarring, of course, in that way new things are, and we have to wonder if a president’s iPad will one day have the same mystique as Lincoln’s Bible. H/T: [Read More...]

Reinventing the Bike, and Making it Worse

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This thing is called the Fliz, and it’s all kinds of wrong. It’s a sorta-bike, but not really. Rather than pedaling, you kind of scoot along. And instead of sitting on it, you sort of hang from it, with part of the frame encircling your neck (!), and straps under your groin (!!). Because whenever [Read More...]

Vend-a-Book

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Library vending machines? According to this story, it’s a comin’ thing: Changing demographics and difficulty securing new funds for new libraries, The Pioneer Library System in Norman, Oklahoma decided to to use technology to meet its patrons [sic] needs. So last week, it opened the first 24-hour library vending machine in the United States. Built by [Read More...]

Because What I Always Look For in a Quality Adult Beverage Is …

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… an interactive bottle. What is this I don’t even– (Emphasis added so you can really savor the marketingspeak.) The Heineken Ignite interactive bottle is born from Heineken’s ambition to develop an idea that would create a memorable Heineken experience unlocking the power and possibilities of mobile innovation and technology. To match our ambitions we [Read More...]

Kim Kardashian and The Pilgrim Soul

If you think modern society is humming along just fine and we all need to hope aboard The Good Ship Future, then you probably haven’t seen this picture: “That’s horrible!” you may be thinking, if you’re still sane. “Clearly the woman has been in a terrible accident.” Nope: that’s a Kardashian, and she’s just had [Read More...]

Make Your Own Tricorder

Another kid who was inspired by Star Trek grows up and makes a functional Tricorder, then places all the specifications, instructions, and schematics online for anyone to use or mod. Nerd win! Peter Jansen has made two versions so far in his attempt to get as many sensors as possible into a single handheld device. Thus [Read More...]


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