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11.20.14 Rhett Jones

People are worried that Google Glass may be dead, but the idea of wearing a screen that beams images into your eye will live on in some way. Michael McAlpine has been working with a team at Princeton University to 3D-print contact lenses that are capable of displaying video, and together, they’ve developed a 5-layered prototype that actually works. […]

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11.18.14 Amy K. Nelson

A scientist wants locals in Greenpoint to wear air-pollution detectors around their necks to create a real-time picture of all the various toxins floating around the neighborhood, according to the Brooklyn Paper. Michael Heimbinder is the founder of HabitatMap, “which builds tools for community organizing around environmental issues.” His current creation is called the Air […]

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11.03.14 Amy K. Nelson

For as fast-paced and progressive as New York City is, the wireless broadband there blows. But, according to a report by Crains New York, the lack of technology is set to get a major upgrade. Roughly 90% of commercial buildings in the city are not wired with business-class broadband, which is a faster broadband service […]

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10.22.14 Rhett Jones

According to The Japan News, Yoshitomo Imura, 28, just became the first person in the world to be sentenced to jail for making a 3D-printed gun. In May, Imamura was arrested after videos and blueprints of his 3D-printed firearms were posted online. He received a two-year sentence for the five guns discovered in his home […]

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09.29.14 Marina Galperina

The video above demonstrates a nifty educational resource developed at the Harvard Biodesign Lab for the developers of the soft robotics field. Watch pressurized “fingers” bend around objects, a soft rubbery thing crawl across the table on its own and some stretchy stuff stretching, while being live-configured through computer interface. We’re sure it has a lot of very technical, very […]

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08.21.14 Sophie Weiner

The phenomenally successful game Minecraft is unique in that it allows players to build things in much the same way that they are built in real life — brick by brick. Among its tons of projects, people have built the entire world of Star Wars, a replica of Manhattan and several art works. Using the in-game material “redstone,” players can […]

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08.06.14 Peter Yeh

A hacktivist calling himself Phineas Fisher, has hacked into Gamma International, a UK-based spyware company that makes malware for governments, and leaked 40 GB of internal documents including the source code of their premier spy agency tool, FinSpy or FinFisher. The tools’ source has been released on BitTorrent, meaning now you too can be your […]

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06.19.14 Bucky Turco

According to a report released by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, there has been a marked decrease in the amount of iPhones stolen in the city since Apple incorporated a “kill switch.” This makes it harder for criminals to turn off the “Find my iPhone” feature or erase data. And it’s working: In New […]

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06.02.14 Andy Cush

Say you’ve got a hot date coming up and you’re deciding whether to dig into that bag of Doritos you just bought. You’re hungry, and the promise of powdered nacho cheese is tempting, but what if they don’t sit right in your stomach? More specifically, what if they make you fart? Enter Fart Code, a […]

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05.30.14 Andy Cush

Over the past few years, we’ve seen several devices that use sound waves to make small objects levitate. Now, the University of Tokyo researchers who created of one such system have taken the concept a step further, using projection-mapping to illuminate particles as they float in midair. The idea is easier to understand once you […]

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