Look closely, these remarkable images are synapses in the brain

Rebekah Rhoden Contributor

By Rebekah Rhoden in Tech on Saturday 18 January 2014

These incredible psychedelic images are synapse maps of the human brain at work. The Human Connectome Project has been exploring the brain’s conenctions using a high-resolution map since 2010, and the project seeks to examine the brains of 1,200 volunteers to create a database of healthy brain structure. These images show the Human Connectome Project’s […]

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What shades of blue are the big websites using? You tell us via this online game

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By Cormack O'Connor in Cool Websites on Monday 13 January 2014

Blue is the most used colour on the Internet. Facebook is doing it, Twitter is doing it, LinkedIn is doing it. Everyone is doing it. But every shade of blue is unique and the tricky part is distinguishing between the different ones.

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Watch makes you solve puzzles first before knowing the time

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By Inigo del Castillo in Tech on Monday 13 January 2014

TokyoFlash, Japanese maker of limited-edition LED and LCD watches, is known for its long line of mind-boggling and arcane concept watches that may or may not give you brain damage (I’m leaning towards the former). Their latest creation, the Kisai Spider Acetate, is no exception.

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The best and worst tech gifts for 2013

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By Inigo del Castillo in Tech on Saturday 21 December 2013

With Christmas right around the corner and most, if not all, of us are set to do some last minute shopping, have you thought about what present to give to your friends and family? Hopefully, it’s not a sock, underwear, a gift card, or a Bill Cosby sweater. If you’re thinking about gadgets, here are some suggestions of what to get and what not to get for Christmas.

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New shape-changing tech will revolutionize computer interaction

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By Rebekah Rhoden in Tech on Wednesday 20 November 2013

Sean Follmer and Daniel Leithinger, both PhD students at MIT, have created a device that converts digital content into a tangible 3D format. InFORM is designed to be a physical means of displaying imagery, rather than the illusionistic three-dimensionality of a standard hologram. According to its designers, inFORM is ideal for controlling media, illustrating bar […]

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How about a spaceship inspired jet capsule for the high seas?

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By Rachel Oakley in Tech on Monday 18 November 2013

Take a look at your future, sailors. This futuristic jet capsule has been created by Pierpaolo Lazzarini and is designed to fit up to four people at a time. Constructed with fiberglass and stainless steel, the concept behind this capsule was ‘to have a boat small enough to take people out for drinks and dinner […]

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Arguably the first computer was a boy built 240 years ago

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By Inigo del Castillo in Tech on Thursday 7 November 2013

It may seem like a simple toy, but this is actually a product of great engineering. Swiss-born watchmaker Pierre Jaquet-Droz, along with his son Henri-Louis, and Jean Frédéric Leschot, designed this robot in the late 1770s and called it The Writer. Side note: Writerminator 3000 would have sounded much cooler, but The Writer isn’t too […]

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Flying luggage? You might see this at airports soon

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Tech on Monday 30 September 2013

You’ve got to love humanity for always pushing the envelope on creativity. A team of design students from Brazil recently swept the top awards at a UNESCO-supported aviation competition for their innovative concept of introducing buoyancy to luggage at airports — in other words, floating all that baggage in the air.

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‘Like whatever’ button allows you to Like everything in your Facebook feed

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By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Wednesday 25 September 2013

Japan-based IDPW, which declares itself to be a ‘secret society on the Internet that continued from 100 years ago’, made a Google Chrome extension a couple of years back for spreading love and goodwill in the world: it installs a button, that, once pressed, will proceed to Like everything that displays in your Facebook feed. […]

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App lets you create musical scores by humming or singing

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By Caitlin Sullivan in Tech on Thursday 5 September 2013

Sven Emtell developed the ScoreCleaner app as part of his computer engineering master’s degree project at Stockholm’s KTH, wanting to empower anyone with self-expression through music, regardless of ability to read or write music scores. With collaborator Sven Ahlbäck, professor at Stockholm Music University, he’s made it possible for anyone with a mobile phone to […]

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Get shocked when you browse Facebook too long

Rebekah Rhoden Contributor

By Rebekah Rhoden in Tech on Saturday 31 August 2013

Just admit it; you have a slight Facebook addiction. But now, thanks to two MIT PhD students, your days of mindless social media browsing are over. The Pavlov Poke is a nifty little device that acts as a keyboard rest, that is, until you fall off the ‘digital detox’ bandwagon.

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A printer you can fold into existence out of corrugated cardboard

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Tech on Tuesday 27 August 2013

Forget 3D printers. An innovation by Korean electronics giant Samsung, the Origami is a printer that comes as flat corrugated cardboard panels which you can fold into 3D existence as a printing machine, with the help of some strategic folds. Printer engine included separately.

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Facehawk: an interactive music video that hijacks your Facebook

Rebekah Rhoden Contributor

By Rebekah Rhoden in Video on Friday 23 August 2013

This isn’t your run-of-the-mill music video. Director Rajeev Basu created this interactive music video for Big Data, a band whose conceptual music centers around voyeurism in the digital age. Facehawk essentially hijacks your Facebook and uses your data to create a hawk all in real-time on your browser. It’s a clever and poignant reminder of […]

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Scan extraterrestrial signals from your bedroom

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By Andrea DelBene in Tech on Thursday 22 August 2013

The University of California at Berkeley has created SETI@home, an Internet volunteer project that uses home computers to listen for narrow-bandwidth radio signals from extra terrestrial intelligence. Our computer processors can analyze the perpetual flow of data from the Arecibo radio telescope in Puerto Rico while the easily downloadable software runs as a screensaver.

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Blend: an open collaboration network for musicians

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By Kuan Huang in Cool Websites on Wednesday 21 August 2013

Github for musicians … that’s how I would describe Blend. Music creation today often includes messy email threads and quirky hacks by the industry’s most determined. And though music creators are so passionate about collaborating, sharing and distributing their work, there isn’t really a Beta community for them to share it in. The purpose of […]

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