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Prick-free way to monitor glucose might be the future

Prick-free way to monitor glucose might be the future

Diabetes is nothing to take lightly but many of its life-threatening dangers can be avoided by vigilance. Sadly, despite our hi-tech age, monitoring blood sugar levels still feels almost medieval, drawing a drop of blood to feed into portable glucometers. Luckily, science and technology might be on the verge of coming up with less invasive means to measure glucose levels. At the University of Leeds in the UK, a small device utilizes lasers to do all the measuring, and it's low-powered enough not to do any damage to your skin, much less prick it.

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Dutch city considering new plastic paving for roads

Dutch city considering new plastic paving for roads

It doesn't matter where you live in the world, if you have ever driven a car or rode a bus; you have traveled on pavement at some point. Typically, pavement is made using asphalt and as we all know asphalt makes a super smooth surface, but that surface can break down over time leading to serious potholes in the road.

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Sundar Pichai weighs in on nagging notifications

Sundar Pichai weighs in on nagging notifications

Smartphones have become part and parcel of our modern lives, whether for good or for ill. The ill part usually comes with our obsessive compulsion to check our smartphones every so often, even when we're not supposed to. Some technologies, like smartwatches, and apps are designed to work around those, but they don't really address the root of the problem: our smartphones. Google SVP for products Sundar Pichai gives some of his insight on the case of smartphone interruptions, including a curious stance on their social implications.

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Airbus E-Fan plane makes history, crosses English Channel

Airbus E-Fan plane makes history, crosses English Channel

Electric cars were once the hottest topic in technology but now almost everyone is trying to make one, or half of one anyway. Now that land has been more or less conquered, our attention is turned to the skies. After the solar-powered Solar Impulse 2 made its historic Pacific crossing early this month, another electric plane is making some noise. This time, it's French aviation giant Airbus that is beaming proud, after its all-electric E-Fan plane prototype successfully made a historic Channel crossing without incident.

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Samsung sets into motion 11K resolution mobile screens

Samsung sets into motion 11K resolution mobile screens

If there's one thing you can't say about Samsung, it's that the Korean manufacturer lacks ambition. Some might claim it even has too much of it. While there are still disbelievers of even just 2K, even more so 4K, resolutions on smartphones, Samsung is already ready to go the extra mile, or in this case extra light year. Korean media reports that it Samsung has just gotten the ball rolling to develop 11K resolution screens for mobile devices that will go out as early as 2018.

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United will fly a jet from LA to SF using animal waste

United will fly a jet from LA to SF using animal waste

Remember the poo bus? Now meet its high flying cousin from across the pond. It doesn't have the same somewhat scandalous artwork of the UK Bio-Bus, but it will be running, or in this case, flying, on the same principles. Or the same waste materials, for that matter. United Airlines is planning to make a flight starting from Los Angeles International Airport to San Francisco running on fuel produced from farm waste and animal fat. Which is just a more sensational way of saying "biofuel".

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Jaguar: customers aren’t cargo, won’t make self-driving cars

Jaguar: customers aren’t cargo, won’t make self-driving cars

While some car makers are scrambling to make cars smarter, perhaps even to the point of being able to drive themselves, at least one is putting hard limits to what technology will be able to do. At least according to its R&D head. Wolfgang Epple, Jaguar Land Rover's research and development chief, might come off as anti-robot, but his reasoning pretty much appeals to human emotion. The company doesn't consider its customers as cargo so they aren't interested in developing a robot that just delivers them from one point to another.

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Study says HUDs could make driving more dangerous

Study says HUDs could make driving more dangerous

Head up displays, more commonly called HUDs, put digital images on a driver’s windshield so they can see data — speed or navigation instructions, for example — without having to take their eyes off the road. The common thought process has been that this technology makes driving safer — eyes are always forward, and devices like smartphones are tucked out of sight. A new study from the University of Toronto, however, indicates otherwise — rather than improving safety, HUDs could actually make drivers more dangerous by meddling with their attention.

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Audi A4 and A4 Avant pulls out all the hi-tech stops

Audi A4 and A4 Avant pulls out all the hi-tech stops

A little over a month ago, Audi revealed its market timetable for its new generation of cars and true enough, the Audi A4 and its spacious sibling, the A4 Avant, are more than ready to hit the road. But more than just an incremental improvement over the A3, the Audi A4 represents the pinnacle of Audi's integration of automotive technology. From virtual cockpits to intelligent driver assistance systems to gesture-based tailgate controls, the Audi A4 and A4 Avant are filled with technology that will make your driving life easier and safer while making your head spin.

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Bouncing tactical camera lets police peer safely into dangerous rooms

Bouncing tactical camera lets police peer safely into dangerous rooms

First responders and law enforcement officers often encounter dangerous obstacles on the job. They can't see through walls, but a new bouncing camera can be thrown into a dangerous situation to give officers a clear understanding of where any hostages or gunmen are located.The "tactical spheres" house a six-lensed camera that can record surroundings and stitch them into a single photo which is then sent to a responding officer's smartphone. The ball is also equipped with temperatures and carbon monoxide sensors.

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Brick-laying robot can ‘3D print’ a home in two days

Brick-laying robot can ‘3D print’ a home in two days

Robots can do a lot of things, from smart pills to 3D printing an entire steel bridge. This robot-powered invention from Perth, Australia's Fastbrick Robotics can lay bricks more efficiently than a team of humans, building a brick exterior of a home in just two days. It's really a giant 3D printer for homes. The creators dubbed the robot Hadrian, named after the Roman emperor who built the vast, eponymous Hadrian's Wall.

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Latest Martin jetpack wants to send you sky high in 2016

Latest Martin jetpack wants to send you sky high in 2016

If you've ever wanted to soar in the sky like The Rocketeer, you'll soon have your chance. The New Zealand based company, Martin, created its Martin Jetpack which it claims to be the world's first commercially available jetpack. So, just about anyone will be able to buy it--if they have and extra $150,000 USD to blow on the whimsical transportation method. Despite its appeal to James Bond wannabes, the jetpack's main purpose is to aid emergency response teams in hard to reach areas.

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