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Researchers develop simulation mapping possible pandemics using breakthrough model

Researchers develop simulation mapping possible pandemics using breakthrough model

Pandemics -- the spread of disease through large populations rapidly -- is something that has affected our world at various points for as long as humans have been around, and something that remains an ever-present threat despite increases in medical sciences and research. One of the biggest issue with pandemics is how rapidly they can be transmitted over large populations, and to help envision this issue to, ultimately, serve as an aid in neutralizing transmission, researchers have made a model breakthrough demonstrated through a simulation.

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Powerslayer smart charger aims to eliminate wasted energy, hits Kickstarter goal

Powerslayer smart charger aims to eliminate wasted energy, hits Kickstarter goal

Devices that need charged on a regular basis, such as smartphones and tablets, are apt to be left plugged in for long periods of time, even if the battery itself has reached it full charge. Though charged, there is still an energy draw that is taking place, which results in wasted power, and, though not much on an individual scale, it adds up when multipled by millions of gadgets. That is where the Powerslayer comes in.

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Luna Ring concept puts solar panels on the moon to power Earth

Luna Ring concept puts solar panels on the moon to power Earth

Solar energy is one method for powering homes and such with renewable resources, something that has seen great strides in past years but that still suffers from various limitations. One Japanese company has a big vision for the technology that would overcome some of these limitations, and it involves putting solar panels on the moon and beaming electricity at the Earth with lasers.

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Flying robot designed using jellyfish as inspiration

Flying robot designed using jellyfish as inspiration

When it comes to flying creations, inspiration is often gathered from a common pool of creatures: birds, insects, maybe a dragon or two. Researchers at New York University went a more unconventional route, and designed a flying robot based on, of all things, a jellyfish. The robot doesn't need water to pull off its gravity-defying maneuvers, however, prompting the creators to call it an "aerial jellyfish".

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Thinksound On1 Monitor Series Headphones Review

Thinksound On1 Monitor Series Headphones Review

Thinksound has launched its first pair of "big" headphones, the wood-centric On1 supra-aural monitors with 40mm drivers and detachable audio cables. The company has enjoyed widespread success with its various earbuds, and as such the On1 have both company history and buyer expectations to live up to. This product has been a long time coming, and is now available from Thinksound for $299.99 USD. We recently got our hands on a pair of these cans, and we've put them through the acoustical wringer to see if they hold up for those particular about their music. Read our full SlashGear review to see how they fared.

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SeaOrbiter unveiled, will be the ISS of the ocean

SeaOrbiter unveiled, will be the ISS of the ocean

The ocean is a vastly unexplored world that is all around us, and as technology continues to be refined, we frequently discover more oddities and fascinating creatures from its depths. Such research attempts are soon going to have a massive boon in the form of an ocean-based research laboratory called the SeaOrbiter, which will be the first vessel of its kind that facilitates long-term on board habitation.

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HydroDrive washing machine uses efficiency tech to make laundry a 12 minute activity

HydroDrive washing machine uses efficiency tech to make laundry a 12 minute activity

Technology makes navigation, entertainment, finance, and all sorts of other matters easier, and has found its way into the household in a variety of ways, a la the Roomba vacuum. Laundry is another regular activity, and while no longer taking as long as it did in pre-washing machine days, is still time consuming. The HydroDrive has tackled this issue, and offers a cycle that takes only 12 minutes.

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Designer develops smog “vacuum cleaner” to make cities breathable

Designer develops smog “vacuum cleaner” to make cities breathable

Smog is a concern for all big cities, with some being plagued with it on a continual basis, both decreasing the quality of life for residents and posing a health risk. Dutch designer Daan Roosegaarde has decided to tackle this program and designed an "electronic vacuum cleaner" that eliminates the pollution. Presently, the designer is in talks with Beijing government to have the technology installed in a city park.

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