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Sci-Fi Cloaking Device Could Protect Soldiers from Shock Waves
Plasma ball sphere of glowing lightning energy.
March 24th, 2015
A researcher at the defense company Boeing has filed a patent for a sci-fi-esque cloaking device that would protect soldiers from intense shock waves generated by explosions. The device would stop shock waves with a veil of heated, ionized air.
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Barely There? Chinese Company Debuts World's Thinnest Condom
Condom
February 28th, 2014
It's so thin it set records. A Chinese company has created the world's thinnest latex condom, snagging the Guinness World Record for the barely-there wrapper.
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Kid-Invented Device May Calm Dogs' Separation Anxiety
Brooke and her golden retriever Kayla.
September 4th, 2013
Brooke Martin wanted to ease her golden retriever’s separation anxiety. So, the 13-year-old invented a device that allows owners to talk to their dogs and dispense treats remotely. Her idea has secured her a place in a young scientists’ competition.
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Sliced Bread: The 'Greatest Thing' Turns 86
Otto Rohwedder invented the first machine that sliced bread and packaged it.
July 7th, 2014
Today is the 86th anniversary of the invention of sliced bread and the 134th birthday of its inventor, Otto Rohwedder.
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The Dark Side of the Nobel Prizes
alfred-nobel
October 4th, 2013
The Nobel Prizes have recognized the very best of human achievements. But the origins of the Nobel Prizes, and the life of Alfred Nobel, tell a very different story, one tainted by the deaths of untold thousands of people.
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New Camera Sensor Eliminates Need for Flash
Graphene Camera Sensor
May 31st, 2013
It's 1,000 more light-sensitive than most imaging sensors.
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Never Scrape Again: Windshield Coating Repels Frost
Windshield Coating
March 4th, 2013
Scientists are developing an advanced new coating that resists both fogging and frosting.
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Simply Copying Nature is No Way to Succeed at Inventing – Just Ask Leonardo da Vinci (Op-Ed)
invention, flight
June 11th, 2014
Where do inventions come from? There’s no magic formula, but there are ways to improve your creativity.
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Maker Faire Brings Innovation to Life This Weekend in NYC
A forest of light at Maker Faire on May 18, 2013.
September 20th, 2013
The New York Hall of Science is set to become a DIYer's paradise this weekend, as a two-day event dedicated to the celebration of science, technology and innovation kicks off in Queens, N.Y.
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Gel Offers New Possibilities for 'Soft' Robots
Light Gel
May 30th, 2013
The gel absorbs water at room temperature but expels it at higher temperatures.
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