Nanotechnology Gets Woven into Fashionable Threads

Researchers at the University of Central Florida developed technology to gather and store solar power into clothing.The nanotech could allow clothing to become an external, wearable battery pack. The potential uses range from soldiers needing to power comms equipment to teenagers plugging up a smartphone to charge.The team created copper ribbon filaments with two sides – one side...

Electric Baths: the Creepiest Therapeutic Treatment Ever

It sounds like torture but it’s not. You can heal in a small pool lined with live metal electrodes called (unsurprisingly) electric baths.We’re just as hesitant at the sound of electricity and water ever mixing, but apparently, it works. Even if sounds creepy, electrotherapy is not a new method. It has been using in different ways as a...

‘Sin City’ Powers Streetlights With Visitors’ Footsteps

A new system in Las Vegas harnesses the power of visitors’ steps to create electricity.A New York-based startup designed the system. It uses pads along the sidewalk to absorb kinetic energy and store it until nightfall.EnGoPlanet’s lamps harness that energy, coupled with solar panels, to light the streetlamps.The lamps also include WiFi hotspots and charging stations for pedestrians...

Scientists Engineer Texting Using Chemicals

What would happen if we couldn’t power our smart gadgets with electricity? Could we use our iPhones with another system?Researchers at Stanford University successfully sent a text message via chemical transmission rather than electricity.The structure of the messaging device runs similar to modern smart devices. However, chemical signals get translated into 1s and 0s rather than electrical translations....

Food for All: Pay 80 Percent Less, Save the Environment, and Eat Great Food

Would you like to eat a cheap, tasty and ‘real’ meal instead of junk? Or be able to have great restaurant food for a late-night snack? The Food for All app allows you to buy pleasing restaurant food that didn’t sell by the closing time up to 80 percent cheaper while saving the environment.The app wants to reduce untouched food waste...

New App Helps Color-blind Users Better Distinguish Colors

A new app from Microsoft could help color-blind users get visual clarity.Being color blind affects 1 in 12 men in the world and 1 in 200 women. More often than not, the entire color spectrum isn’t affected, but sufferers struggle with identifying shades of red and green.The Color Binoculars app uses your iPhone’s camera, and enhances reds and...

New Supersonic Jet Could Get from London to New York in 3.5 Hours

Tech tycoon Richard Branson consistently impresses the world with his latest ideas.The Virgin Group founder backed the Boom aerospace company to develop affordable supersonic travel.Boom maintains the XB-1 Supersonic Demonstrator is the “fastest civil aircraft ever made.”The first test flights will begin near Edwards Air Force Base in Southern California. The Demonstrator’s first flight has been scheduled for...

Tactica Talon – Your Ultimate, Tech-Friendly Multitool

Imagine having one device to replace 17 small tools and gadgets cluttering your pockets. Meet the Talon:The Australian-based company TACTICA Gear has created the Talon, the tiny helper that wants to be the only thing you need. At just 0.6 ounces, it’s certainly one of the smallest multi-tools on the market.Plus, the tiny gadget embodies its tagline: “Keeps...

This USB Allows for Simple, Quick and Accurate HIV Testing

Engineering continues to save lives daily, and this technology takes it one step further.Scientists from DNA Electronics and Imperial College London developed a USB stick to test for HIV by just a blood drop. The gadget works by creating an electrical signal that could be read by a laptop, computer, or handheld device and producing the result in less than...

Check Out This Eerie Toxic Ghost Town in Oklahoma

Welcome to the Picher, most toxic abandoned town of the Oklahoma, United States.Don’t let Picher’s looks fool you. The city once boasted the biggest zinc mine in the world. Over time, the lode ran dry and the mining companies moved out in 1970.But it left a huge problem behind: toxicity.The town came to prominence in 1914. It supplied...