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Tiny Origami Robot Runs, Climbs, Lifts Loads, And Even "Self-Destructs" Once Job Is Done

By Allegra Staples on July 28, 2015
Tiny Origami Robot Runs, Climbs, Lifts Loads, And Even "Self-Destructs" Once Job Is Done

Often the most incredible innovations come in the tiniest packages. That is certainly true for the origami robots created by some Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) researchers. The microbots that made their debut earlier this summer at the International Conference on Robotics and Automation in Seattle, WA, are not just adorable. They also possess skills that may come in handy to combat human ailments.

Ingenious Backpack Doubles Up As A Portable Laundry Machine

By Kim Bussing on July 19, 2015
Ingenious Backpack Doubles Up As A Portable Laundry Machine

The biggest challenge faced by travelers especially those that like to disappear into the wilderness or on extensive backpacking trips is how to ensure a steady supply of clean clothes. Now thanks to an ingenious invention called Scrubba Wash Pack that worry may be a thing of the past.

German Car Manufacturer Audi Creates Fuel From Air And Water

By Allegra Staples on May 16, 2015
German Car Manufacturer Audi Creates Fuel From Air And Water

Creating a "green" or carbon neutral fuel to replace gasoline has been the holy grail for scientists for many years. However, while there has been some progress with inventions like electric batteries and biofuel, most options are either too expensive or not commercially viable to compete effectively with the fossil fuel. Now automobile manufacturer Audi is stepping up to the challenge with diesel  made from carbon dioxide and water.

Avengers: Age Of Ultron Inspired Iron Man Glove Shoots Real Laser Beams

By June Liu on May 14, 2015
Avengers: Age Of Ultron Inspired Iron Man Glove Shoots Real Laser Beams

If Stark Industries were a real company, chances are Patrick Priebe would be Tony Stark's go-to man for all new gizmos. In fact, this young man's creations are so impressive that any superhero would be proud to be seen with them.

To Boldly Brew Where No One’s Brewed Before! Astronauts Enjoy Espresso In Space

By Kimberly Solis on May 9, 2015
To Boldly Brew Where No One’s Brewed Before! Astronauts Enjoy Espresso In Space

On November 24th, 2014, Samantha Cristoforetti became the first Italian woman astronaut to enter outer space. On May 3rd, the 38-year-old made history again - this time for brewing the first cup of espresso at the International Space Station! Prior to this, astronauts were resigned to getting their caffeine rush from instant coffee slurped from a pouch through a straw.

Engineering Students Use Sound Waves To Extinguish Fires

By Shariqua Ahmed on April 21, 2015
Engineering Students Use Sound Waves To Extinguish Fires

Water, foam, sand, blankets, and even baking soda are well-known solutions to putting out flames. But sound waves? That has to be a first. But that is exactly what two young engineers from George Mason University are using to douse small fires.

Hi-Tech Fabric Charges Devices On The Run - Literally!

By Sarah Benton Feitlinger on April 14, 2015
Hi-Tech Fabric Charges Devices On The Run - Literally!

Over the past few years, researchers have come up with many innovative ways to use human kinetic energy - from powering soccer fields to playgrounds and classroom lights. Now some scientists want to take it to the next level with a new fabric that harnesses everyday motion to power personal devices!

Finally, A Smart Marker That Captures, Digitizes and Streams Whiteboard Notes!

By Allegra Staples on March 4, 2015
Finally, A Smart Marker That Captures, Digitizes and Streams Whiteboard Notes!

While whiteboards are great tools for educators and other speakers to use when explaining a concept, they can be distracting. That's because instead of paying attention to the speaker, the audience is often busy jotting down what's on the board before it is erased. Now, thanks to the ingenious Equil Smartmarker, the notes can be digitally captured and transmitted to a smart device, enabling the audience to focus their full attention to what's being said.

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