Rubber Band Electronics Stretch Into the Future of Medical Monitoring

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And that’s why researchers at the McCormick School of Engineering are working on something that they call “rubber band electronics.” These electronics can stretch to over 200% of their original size, all while retaining a suitable level of functionality and conductivity.

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The Future of Warfare Is Inside Your Head (Video)

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More specifically, warfare could very easily slip into the realm of neurological warfare, in case it hasn’t already done so. An enemy is much easier to defeat when he’s hallucinating about bugs crawling all over his body.

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Used Motor Oil Converted to Usable Fuel with High-Frequency Microwaves

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Let’s say you drive a car. Every few months you have to change the oil. You can do this yourself or you can take it in to a shop. In either case, you have to discard the old oil and that’s not good for the environment. Scientists at Cambridge, though, may have a better solution.

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Touch typing on tablet devices with LiquidKeyboard

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I’m very much partial to physical keyboards. Maybe it has to do with the tactile feedback. Maybe it has to do with the ability to “feel” between the different keys for added accuracy. With the creation of the “LiquidKeyboard,” these concerns may soon be overcome on tablets.

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Face tracking verification on Nokia N900 smartphone (Video)

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You want your smartphone to be secure, but sometimes a lock screen password isn’t good enough. The Nokia N900 is taking it to the next level with the introduction of some real-time face-tracking software. That’s right. It uses the camera to, quite literally, see who you are.

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BlackBerry Pearl 9100 officially announced as BlackBerry Pearl 3G

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There’s no flip version yet of the Pearl 3G, though I suspect RIM will do that at some point too. Announced at the WES conference this week, the BlackBerry Pearl 3G is doing something a little different compared to previous Pearl phones too. Yeah, there’s a version with the expected SureType keyboard, but there’s another version with a standard T9 numeric keypad too. I guess people want bigger buttons; me, I’d rather have a real QWERTY keyboard. Then again, I guess QWERTY fans are more inclined to nab a Curve or a BlackBerry Bold instead. The rumor of a QWERTY Pearl is still out there, so it could happen.

Rounding out the specs for the Pearl 3G are triband HSDPA, 802.11n Wi-Fi support, 3.2MP camera, microSD expansion, and a 360 x 400 display. RIM will be offering in several “lustrous colors” including black and white. The expectation is that versions will be made available (in May) for both AT&T and T-Mobile with the appropriate 3G bands in to, as well as Rogers and Telus in Canada.

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Cell Phones Reduce Hip Bone Density Too

You know how they say men shouldn’t keep their cell phones in their pockets, because the radiation can affect their fertility? As a result, some men have decided to use a belt clip-style holster for their cell phones, but now this configuration is revealing another issue altogether. Care for a replacement hip? HealthDay News is […]

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New Touchscreen Tech Inspired by Bubble Wrap?

New Touchscreen Tech Inspired by Bubble Wrap?

One of the main reasons why some people don’t like touchscreens is that they lack the physical feedback that you would get from a regular set of buttons. At the same time, touchscreens can be a lot more versatile than hardware buttons? This new CMU touch screen technology appears to address both of these concerns. […]

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