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Google Developing Smart Contact Lenses To Help Diabetics

January 18, 2014 - 07:00 -- Admin

The Google X labs are at it again. But instead of trying to engineer flying generators or spread WiFi with a balloon, the clandestine research center is developing contact lenses that measure blood-sugar levels in the wearer's tears. This could get rid of the invasive process that most diabetics endure which involves drawing their own blood to be read by an electronic reader in order to keep track of their glucose levels.

The Week In Drones: A Military Transformer, An App For Aerial Photos, And More

January 17, 2014 - 09:30 -- Admin

Welcome to the drone age! Six US states are now testing drones for the FAA, and there are new developments in unmanned aerial vehicle technology daily. Here's a round-up of the week's best drone news, designed to capture the military, commercial, non-profit, and recreational applications of flying robots. 

Experimental Gene Therapy For Blindness Sees Some Promising Results

January 17, 2014 - 05:00 -- Admin

Jonathan Wyatt is less of a nuisance these days, his wife Diana told the BBC. Wyatt was the first volunteer to receive an experimental new gene therapy for a condition he has, choroideremia, that has slowly robbed him of his vision since he was 19. Two years after he received his treatment, he's able to read three more lines on the optometrist's chart.

2013 Was Another Year Of Extreme Weather Across the U.S.

January 17, 2014 - 01:00 -- Admin

Averaged nationally, 2013 was a comparatively calm weather and climate year in the United States. There were fewer than 900 tornados, the least since 1989. The number of North Atlantic hurricanes was below average. Temperatures were only 0.3 degrees above those of the 20th century average, tying with 1980 for 37th warmest year in 119 years of record-keeping, and two to three degrees cooler than 2012, the hottest year on record.

Shape-Shifting Wing Design Prepares For Testing

January 16, 2014 - 05:58 -- Admin

For over a century, airplane wings have used flaps to alter their shape for better flight performance: extending to generate more climb during takeoff, tilting to stall and generate more breaking power during landings, and staying neutral during normal flight. Yet flaps, as discrete parts, are imperfect, letting air through gaps or catching more air than necessary during flight, and leading to inefficiencies, which in turn lead to higher fuel costs.

Video: A Marine With A Prosthetic Hand Controlled By His Own Muscles

January 16, 2014 - 02:59 -- Admin

Out on a routine reconnaissance mission in Afghanistan’s Helmand province, Marine Staff Sergeant James Sides reached out his right hand to grab the bomb. It was the ordnance disposal tech’s fifth deployment overseas, and his second to Afghanistan. But this time, July 15, 2012, the improvised explosive device detonated. Sides was blinded in his left eye and lost his right arm below the elbow.