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Foodsniffer Saves You From Food Gone Bad

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When I was in college, I lived with one of my sisters for a while. And invariably she would hand me some sort of food or beverage and ask me to taste it because she thought it might be bad. Why I never refused is beyond me, because sometimes it …

Folding@home... On Your Phone?

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Remember back a few years ago when Folding@home was all the rage? It seems like every message board had a team, and there was some pretty fierce competition not just between teams but between team members to see who could rack up the most points. And, you know, help cure …

Google Buys Lift Labs' Liftware Spoon

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About a year and a half ago, I took a look at the Liftware Spoon from Lift Labs, a tremor-cancelling spoon designed for those with neurological problems such as Parkinson's disease or MS. This fall, Google announced it bought the company and the spoon, although you can pretty much rest …

Dutch Train to be Equipped With Lasers

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You know that we've truly reached the future when we're solving problems by strapping lasers to things. In this instance the problem is leaves. Leaves can be a hassle during the fall when they blanket your yard, but most people handle them with a simple one-two punch of a rake …

Fast-Charging Batteries Might Actually Be Okay

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Low and slow. They say that's the best way to cook a giant hunk of meat so that you don't burn the outside while leaving the inside super raw. The same kind of philosophy has, up until now, applied to how we charge our batteries. We know that charging batteries …

Researchers Extract Sound from Audioless Video

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When science and technology intersect, they produce results that, to the layman, are indistinguishable from magic. I say this as a layman who is easy to confuse and even easier to astound.  Researchers from MIT, Microsoft, and Adobe teamed up to develop a technique for extracting sound from silent videos. …

Flare Pans Prove Cooking Really Is Rocket Science!

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There are people in the world who find cooking as easy as falling off a log, and there are people in the world who regard cooking as challenging as rocket science. I fall in the former category, which means I truly don't understand where the latter is coming from. However, …

Get Vessyl and Get Smart About Your Liquid Consumption

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While eating and drinking only packaged items is not at all healthy, it does make it easier to keep track of your consumption and the associated nutrition information. But if you're trying to be healthy or lose weight, you're much better off with fresh fruits and vegetables and homemade foods …

SCiO Magically Scans and Analyzes the World Around You

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Do you ever wonder what exactly things are made of? Probably everyone has eaten some fabulous dish at a restaurant and really wished they could duplicate it at home (and sometimes you can), but I'm talking about lots more things. Like analyzing the soil content of your garden to see …