NASA Aims to Sequence DNA in Space

NASA is conducting a lot of research in space, but interestingly enough, now they’re focusing on sequencing an integral biological molecule: DNA. Ever since the first strands of DNA were sequenced in the 1970s, researchers understood the profound significance of analyzing genetics for a wide range of medical and biological research. DNA sequencing at large can be used to identify forms of life, study organism evolution and relation, pinpoint genetic diseases in individuals and assist in crim...

Lucy: The Smart Mirror that Redirects Sunlight Into Your Home

Lucy is the first device of its kind: It can illuminate your home with real sunlight, by finding and redirecting natural light for you. Most individuals spend over 90% of their lives inside, with limited exposure to natural light. Winters can lead to seasonal depression, and at large, last a long time, preventing us from receiving the Vitamin D and serotonin boosts associated with natural light. Further still, from an aesthetic standpoint, interior designers suggest decorating tricks to br...

The Purple Pillow: Innovating the way we rest

Traditional pillows, no matter the type, can cause problems for users. They are lumpy, flat, hot, and most importantly, lack proper neck support. The Purple Pillow aims to change that. Pillows currently used can be saggy and weak, have a harsh angle, and other issues. Interestingly enough, there are a lot of aspects that one must take into consideration in designing a pillow. Shoulders need strain relief while the neck needs gentle, yet firm support. Breathability is also an important fac...

Water Vapor Plumes May be Present on Europa

Astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has captured an image of what may be water vapor plumes erupting off the surface of Jupiter's moon Europa. Europa’s ocean might be able to harbor life in the solar system, and the plumes, should they exist, could provide scientists a way to understand and sample Europa’s subsurface. The plumes themselves are estimated to rise about 125 miles (200 kilometers) before, presumably, raining material back down onto Europa's surface. Europa’s ocea...

Germany’s Max Planck Institute have identified mechanism in brain that allows it to decide when we’re unsure how to respond, how does our brain decide

Researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Leipzig and the University, have identified neural mechanisms that help us understand whether a difficult and complex social situation is emotionally positive or negative. “When someone offends you while smiling, should your brain interpret it as a smile or an offense? The mechanism we found includes two areas in the brain that act almost as ‘remote controls’ that together determine what value to attribute to a s...

New study from Duke University suggest oxytocin enhances spirituality

Oxytocin has been dubbed the “love hormone” for its role promoting social bonding, altruism and more. Oxytocin occurs naturally in the body. Produced by the hypothalamus, it acts as a hormone and as a neurotransmitter, affecting many regions of the brain. It is stimulated during sex, childbirth, and breastfeeding. Recent research has highlighted oxytocin’s role in promoting empathy, trust, social bonding, and altruism. In a new study from Duke University, men reported a greater sense of...

‘Quell’ – drug free wearable technology for widespread relief from chronic pain.

One in three Americans suffers from chronic pain. 1 Chronic pain is defined as pain lasting more than three months, and it can interfere with your daily activities, impact your mood, and prevent you from sleeping soundly. Quell can provide widespread relief from chronic pain, and may be right for you. Living with chronic pain can be devastating. Even getting out of bed in the morning can be difficult. Pain affects all aspects of your life – your ability to work, to be in relationships with ot...

Coudersport Ice Mine (PA) – Mysterious Ice Cave That Produces Ice Only During Summer

Sweden Valley Ice Mine, one of the unexplained mysteries of nature, is located about four miles east of Coudersport, the county seat of Potter County, Pa. A similar phenomenon is situated on Dingman Run, about three miles west of Coudersport. These are natural ice-manufacturing plants, running under full head during the warm season of the year, but shutting down entirely during the cold months of winter, when there is plenty of ice and snow to be had elsewhere and when it would seem to be the mo...

China’s world’s largest radio telescope LIVE

Tianyan (天眼, lit. "Heavenly Eye" or "The Eye of Heaven"), is a radio telescope located in the Dawodang depression (大窝凼洼地), a natural basin in Pingtang County, Guizhou Province, southwest China. It consists of a fixed 500 m (1,600 ft) dish constructed in a natural depression in the landscape. It is the world's largest filled aperture (single dish) radio telescope, and the second largest radio telescope (after the Russian RATAN-600, which has a sparsely filled aperture). Chinese scientists are ...

‘Iqbuds’ wireless Intelligent earbuds that let you hear what you want to hear

Welcome to the future of hearing with next-generation, intelligent earbuds by Nuheara. Totally wireless & let's you hear what you want. They are wireless earbuds that connect to your smartphone and play music or take calls, but they do a lot more than that. Its co-founders came from Sensear, an Australian company that builds industrial hearing protection that happens to have sophisticated noise suppression, speech enhancement and bluetooth communications. Sensear, a company that de...

Plumen 003 light bulb makes people “look more beautiful”

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Plumen 003 light bulb acts as two lights in one – a warm, accent light around the sides and a clean spot light on the surface below. This dual functionality makes it perfect for any situation where you’re both relaxing and focused on a task, but especially for use above the dining table, as you can see both your food and your guests, with the optimum strength and temperature of light for each. The new energy efficient LED light bulb has a central gold element which illuminates people’s faces ...

Livi’s adaptable pill-delivery system that is Internet-enabled and can provide remote oversight and comprehensive medication-adherence reports

Porticos engineers combined technical expertise with practical specifications to develop Livi™, the advanced precision medication-dispensing device.  It delivers prescription-specific dosages of multiple  medications for advanced patient home care. Direct-loading by a retail pharmacy will ensure precise, controlled medication dispensing for up to three months. Livi™ dispenses medicines as scheduled. Internet-enabled remote oversight and comprehensive medication-adherence reports improve coord...

Theia Pro: a smart HD camera for your glasses that lets you capture the action without having to pull your phone out of your pocket.

Theia Pro: a camera for your glasses that lets you capture HD video and stream it without having to take your phone out of your pocket. It comes with a built-in flashlight and WiFi remote control (range of 10 meters). You can expand its memory by up to 32 GB. Theia Pro lets you record 1080p and 720p @ 30fps. It has an ergonomic design and can be installed easily. Theia PRO is a beautifully crafted DIY cross-over of an ultra-portable full HD recording device with your wearable g...

MIT researchers have created a way to recognize basic emotions with signals transmitted from the wireless router.

Researchers at MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) have found a way to detect human emotions purely through radio signals. Using a device called the EQ-Radio, which emits and captures reflected radio frequency (RF) waves, the researchers bounced waves off subjects to measure their breathing patterns and heart rates. As Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) researchers Mingmin Zhao, Fadel Adib and Dina Katabi describe in their paper, "Emotio...

FDA Cleared PKG Watch for Tracking Movement Disorders

Global Kinetics Corporation with researchers from the Florey Neuroscience Institute, presents the Personal KinetiGraph™ (PKG™) movement recording. The PKG™ Data Logger is a wrist worn device, that looks like a wristwatch, that automatically records movement data to assist Doctors in their diagnosis and treatment of the symptoms of movement disorders. The PKG™ Data Logger is worn like a wrist watch and features a vibrating reminder of when patients should register that they have taken their le...

NASA’s Technology Transfer To Help IOT

NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center offers a suite of novel technologies for digital control of electronic machinery. Originally developed for the autonomous assembly of modular space structures, the base innovations in the suite can improve gap sensors and absolute position sensors. They sense position and proximity and can also wirelessly communicate information to drive switching and stepper motor operations. The technologies can benefit a broad range of industrial robotics applications, a...

India’s social innovation platform

Digital Impact Square (DISQ) is an online platform and a physical location at Nashik, Maharashtra. Students, young startups, and budding entrepreneurs from across India can participate at DISQ. It is an open social innovation platform designed to enhance the lives of citizens. The platform encourages innovation using digital technologies, to address the needs of citizens through their voice and that of the local administration, government, and industry. Digital...

Ramesh Raskar awarded $500,000 Lemelson-MIT Prize for Imaging scientist and inventor sets sights on launching peer-to-peer invention platforms for global impact.

Ramesh Raskar, founder of the Camera Culture research group at the MIT Media Lab and associate professor of media arts and sciences at MIT, is the recipient of the 2016 $500,000 Lemelson-MIT Prize. Raskar is the co-inventor of radical imaging solutions including femtophotography, an ultra-fast imaging system that can see around corners; low-cost eye-care solutions for the developing world; and a camera that allows users to read pages of a book without opening the cover. Raskar seeks to catalyze ...

The First Swallowable, Gas-Filled Weight Loss Balloon approved by FDA

Obalon Therapeutics, Inc. announced that it has received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of the Obalon Balloon System, a novel, nonsurgical, fully-reversible device for weight loss. The Obalon Balloon System is a swallowable intragastric balloon system indicated for temporary use to facilitate weight loss in adults with obesity (BMI of 30 – 40 kg/m2) who have failed to lose weight through diet and exercise. The System is intended to be used as an adjunct to a moderate i...

‘Eko’ Digital Stethoscope

Eko Core is a complete electronic stethoscope with digital & analog capabilities that wirelessly pairs to the free Eko Mobile App for recording, visualization. Eko Core digital electronic stethoscope connects to a smartphone. Amplify, visualize & record heart & lung sounds. Visualize, record, and share sounds wirelessly from Eko Core to your Apple or Android mobile device in real time with the app. Live stream stethoscope sounds from the Eko Core to other clinicians anyw...

UpnRide: The Wheelchair That Can Allow Users to Stand Upright

For those who suffer from impaired walking, a sedentary lifestyle in a wheelchair seems like the only viable option. The makers of UPnRIDE however, have create a solution that changes the way we think about mobility for the disabled. UPnRIDE, a wheeled robotic device, enables both upright and seated mobility for anyone who is unable to, or has difficulty standing or walking. Millions of people who suffer from impaired walking use wheelchairs which limit their mobility, leading to health decli...

ISOBAR: The Cooling System that Could Revolutionize Vaccine Delivery

ISOBAR is a portable, cooling device that aims to provide safe and effective vaccine transportation in developing countries. The UK winner of the 2016 James Dyson Award, the device has the ability to keep vaccines cold for up to six days and can be recharged easily on the go in a little over an hour. Limited access to electricity and healthcare centers proves to be a difficult obstacle when transporting vaccines in rural areas. Further still, current vaccine programs in developing countrie...

Ekster: The Smart Wallet that Provides Instant Card Access

acking. The slim, leather wallets offer several features, which in combination, help to push the boundaries of innovating in their industry. Easy card access is provided to a user by way of button which uses a spring-loaded mechanism. A friction mechanism is designed to prevent the cards from falling out. Cards are kept secure via a RFID/NFC blocking cardholder that protects your cards from wireless skimming and private data theft. At large, the wallet itself is part of a two-way tracking ...

The Alarm Clock that Innovates the Way We Wake Up

Hitting the snooze button one time too many? The Pavlok Shock Clock, an innovative alarm clock, seeks to change this morning habit. For many individuals who set an alarm the night before an early morning, hitting the snooze button is a common occurrence. This tends to carry over throughout the day as a general feeling of fatigue and frustration. Usual alarm clocks operate by continuously sending out a noise signal until the user gets out of bed. Such a methodology perhaps contributes to a ...

HemaApp: The App that Measures Hemoglobin with a Smartphone

University of Washington computer scientists and electrical engineers have come together to develop HemaApp: an application that uses a smartphone camera to estimate hemoglobin concentrations. Anemia, a blood condition exacerbated by malnutrition or parasitic disease, is a common health problem in the developing world that is often undiagnosed. Currently, in order to detect hemoglobin levels, most health care providers either use an invasive technique (i.e. a needle) or expensive machines tha...

Luuup: The First & Last Litter Box One Might Own

Sometimes the simplest of ideas can be the most innovative ones. Such is the case Luuup, a cat litter box, composed of three identical sifting trays, which is designed to be the first and last litter box a user uses and cutting down the time and effort needed to clean. For pet owners, cat little boxes are unpleasant to deal with but also a necessity. Oftentimes, current models lead to wasted litter or can be complicated and expensive, with fragile parts that need to be cleaned. The Luuup l...

How Silvon is Adding Innovation to the Textile Industry

A person bed’s can be covered with bacteria, allergens and fungus. Silvon is designed to change that, permanently preventing the growth of 99.9% of bacteria by literally using a silver lining (of a sort). Dermatologists recommend that people wash their pillowcases every two or three days. Given the hustle and bustle of everyday life however, it is difficult to follow through on that. The average adult washes their sheets every 2-3 weeks, with studies suggesting some men just change their shee...

SuperMeat: A Potential Solution to An Age Old Problem

SuperMeat is looking to innovate the meat industry by producing meat without harming animals. All around the world, animals are confined, fattened, genetically modified and are slaughtered for meat. Current practices of obtaining meat also contribute to global warming, damage the environment. Further still, the gap between human population and the resources that are needed to sustain the population, like food, is growing, prompting a need for finding alternative methods of obtaining sustenanc...

Bagel: Innovating the Way to Measure Size

Ever wonder why we use so many different tools for measuring? The Bagel Labs team had similar thoughts, and decided to create the Bagel, a smart all-in-one tape measure, which can save measurements, record voice memos, and measure just about anything. Bagel was designed with three separate modes to tackle the wide range of circumstances in which a user needs to measure something. String Mode: This works the same as a traditional tape measure, but due to its flexibility, can be used to mea...

Polmon Instruments Releases Innovative Melting Point Apparatus

Polmon Instruments Pvt Ltd has launched its innovative MP98 Automated Melting Point Apparatus, a specially designed apparatus that automatically identifies the melting points and melting ranges of three test samples simultaneously. Polmon Instruments Pvt Ltd is known for manufacturing high precision and highly reliable lab and analytical instruments. Its laboratory pH meter, melting point apparatus and KF titrators can be found on every bench top in the quality control and R&D labs of pha...