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  Joe Childs, a Cambridge high school physics teacher has found an easy way to create a microfluidic chip. Dr. Anas Chalah, a Harvard University researcher, has used this inexpensive and simple method in his recently developed Microfluidics Lab for undergraduates. The technology here is not new at all, but the method is. Conventional microfluidic devices are created using high-resolution photolithography and etching. The problem is that this process costs around $500 each time it is perform ...
  A magnet-powered method of pouring beer from the bottom up that works nine times faster than traditional methods, further proof that great ideas can be fueled by alcohol. The cup features a small hole at the bottom, covered up by a circular magnet. Pressurized beer lifts the magnet up; filling the cup until the weight of the beer on top of the magnet pushes it back down, sealing the bottom. Josh Springer, the inventor of Bottoms-up, said by switching from traditional taps to his system, s ...
People have known for some time now that agents from various government agencies can listen in on your conversations even if your phone is turned off. A new smartphone hack, that includes both Android and iPhone, also lets people listen in on your conversations. The auto-answer feature installed on most smartphones can be hacked to transform the phone into a listening machine, based on research by Ralf-Philipp Weinmann that shows a way hackers can break into the phone's baseband processor, which ...
  Students and faculty from the University of Michigan's Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department have developed a small device they call ‘HiJack’ to make sensing peripherals easily accessible to those on a small budget. HiJack is a hardware/software platform for creating cubic-inch sensor peripherals for the mobile phone. HiJack devices harvest power and use bandwidth from the mobile phone's headset interface. The platform enables a new class of small and cheap ph ...
  OpenPicus,  the italian open source platform made for wireless smart sensors and  actuators, definitely takes off with a thick list of juicy news ready to be downloaded on 20th Jan 2011 (10am italian time) The open source platform is mature and offers to the developers: The new IDE, easy to use and Free to download Software Framework: your Apps can control the functions of the Protocol  and of hardware, but you don't need to be an expert of both. Apps Source Code (s ...
Wearing a solar powered shirt or biosensing pants is cool and all, but cleaning the garments is not an easy process to contend with. However that problem just might be solved with a new type of ‘electronic yarn’ created by scientists from the Nanotech Institute at the University of Texas at Dallas. To do this, the scientists use a powder made of conductive materials (guest particles) in research-speak- that gets soaked or sprayed as an aerosol into a matrix of nanotubes. They then pu ...
  Actually toasters aren’t smart enough to drive yet, but they are getting there. Seriously though, well as serious as I can be with this information, David Carr of MIT’s Media Lab has created a prototype toothpaste dispenser, called ‘Tastes Like Rain’, which gives you three different flavors depending on the weather. If it's mint, you know it's colder out than yesterday. Cinnamon means its hotter and blue stripes mean it’s going to rain. The prototype is curre ...

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