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Star Trek deflector shield could protect Mars mission from cancer risk

Star Trek deflector shield could protect Mars mission from cancer risk

A Star Trek style deflector shield that could protect deep-space astronauts, such as the much-discussed manned mission to Mars, from cancer-causing levels of radiation is in testing, researchers have revealed. The system, described as a "mini-magnetosphere" in reference to the Earth's magnetic field which protects us from solar radiation, is the handiwork of the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, and relies upon the fact that by creating a magnetic field around a spacecraft, the dangerous rays can be deflected and the astronauts preserved in a bubble of safety for their journey.

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Withings Pulse hands-on

Withings Pulse hands-on

The days of pedometers and manual activity estimations are long behind us thanks to devices like Jawbone UP and Fitbit Flex. The latest entrance to this relatively niche market is Withings Pulse, which is a neat little device that - at $99 - beats out the Jawbone UP in the price department and matches the Flex dollar-for-dollar. We've got a hands-on for you after the break, and a full review on the way.

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Tokyoflash Intoxicated breathalyzer watch makes your wrist judgemental

Tokyoflash Intoxicated breathalyzer watch makes your wrist judgemental

Tokyoflash is known for its unusual watches and odd displays that make you feel like you're drunk trying to decipher them, but the Tokyoflash Intoxicated is the first that actually aims to tell you how inebriated you actually are. The culmination of one of the Japanese firm's design concept rounds back in 2011, the new timepiece looks initially like just another obtuse time-telling LCD, but pop open the panel on the side and there's a tube to blow into to test your alcohol levels.

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RunKeeper for iOS updates with social feed, leaderboards

RunKeeper for iOS updates with social feed, leaderboards

RunKeeper is the go-to app for many fitness junkies thanks to its rounded-out feature list and tons of different options, and the iOS version was updated today to include even more. RunKeeper users on iOS will now be able to enjoy a new social feed, as well as leaderboards that will keep you competing against your other fitness buddies.

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Contact lens display research tips super-discrete Glass wearable future

Contact lens display research tips super-discrete Glass wearable future

Digital contact lenses that could eventually overlay Google Glass style data on top of the real world, while being as comfortable and discrete as traditional corrective lenses, have been developed by researchers at Samsung Display and elsewhere. The project - to develop a transparent, flexible display using graphene-metal nanowire hybrid structures to construct stretchable electrodes - published in Nano Letters uses a custom material to mount an LED onto a standard soft contact lens, while still retaining 94-percent transparency to light.

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Whistle brings wireless wearables to dogs

Whistle brings wireless wearables to dogs

Wearables needn't just be for humans: startup Whistle wants $100 to track man's best friend, and the eponymous Whistle dog collar add-on is how it plans to do it. Collecting details of different types of activity, resting periods, and other information, Whistle pushes it not only to a companion app on your smartphone, but into the cloud where a timeline of the dog's behavior and routines can be monitored.

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MindWalker brain-controlled exoskeleton puts the paralyzed on their feet

MindWalker brain-controlled exoskeleton puts the paralyzed on their feet

An eight week EC trial of a brain-controlled exoskeleton potentially promising newfound mobility to those with lower-limb paralysis will finish this week, with the project expected to spark a five year development path to a commercial version. The device, dubbed MindWalker, is the handiwork of a seven partner team coordinated by Space Applications Services, which has been working for the past three years on a motorized exoskeleton that can be controlled and navigated via brain impulses. Now, New Scientist reports, the European Commission will assess the results, having funded the project so far.

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Scanadu Scout “Medical Tricorder” crowdsources testing for FDA

Scanadu Scout “Medical Tricorder” crowdsources testing for FDA

Real-life tricorder project, the Scanado Scout, has graduated to crowdfunding stage, with the DIY health monitoring tool looking to raise $100,000 and ship to backers by March 2014. The project, by startup Scanado, aims to turn a smartphone into a health tracking device - or "an Emergency Room in your pocket" - with a compact vital-sign reading puck that wirelessly communicates via low-power Bluetooth.

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The Gadget Inside Me

The Gadget Inside Me

I am not entirely human. All of the parts of a human being are inside me, but I have a few extra bits as well, not so much floating around as firmly secured in place. In some spots, these nonhuman bits hold me together. In other spots... well, that's a different story.

I have a couple gadgets inside of me. One was forced on me; the other I chose. I made the choice in much the same way you'd choose a computer. I tried to future-proof myself. I chose an option that I could upgrade later. In the end, I made a decision that was not entirely rational, but rather based on passion and branding and aesthetics over performance. Like I said, just like a computer.

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iPad Smart Cover magnets could affect implanted defibrillators

iPad Smart Cover magnets could affect implanted defibrillators

It's been discovered that the magnets in an iPad Smart Cover are strong to deactivate implanted heart defibrillators, according to a 14-year-old student who discovered the findings during her science fair project. Since then, the student has received a lot of attention from medical professionals and will even speak in front of 8,000 doctors in Denver for the Heart Rhythm Society.

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