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New Scientist - by Aviva Rutkin - 11/20/2015

A rose by any other name would… conduct electricity? The worlds of botany and consumer electronics don’t typically overlap. But a new device has merged electronics with biology, taking a step towards a world in which plants and computers are more intertwined.

The breakthrough came earlier this year in a lab in southern Sweden. Magnus Berggren, a professor of organic electronics at Linköping University, led a team that built a working electronic circuit from an ordinary garden rose by filling its veins with conductive polymer.

Gizmag - by MIKE HANLON - 10/28/2015

Yamaha produced somewhat of a surprise at the Tokyo Motor Show today when it showed a motorcycle-riding robot. Unlike most two-wheeled debutants, Yamaha's new Motobot isn't starting out on a small capacity motorcycle, but release images show the humanoid robot riding Yamaha's most sporting motorcycle, the 1000cc R1M.

The motorcycle-riding humanoid robot combines Yamaha’s motorcycle and robotics technology in an R&D effort aimed at developing a robotic rider which can ride an unmodified motorcycle competently on a racetrack.

Gizmag - by COLIN JEFFREY - 11/16/2015

Inspired by the water boatman bug, a team at the University of Bristol has created the Row-bot, a robot prototype that is designed to punt itself across the top of the water in dirty ponds or lakes, and "eat" the microbes it scoops up. It then breaks these down in its artificial stomach to create energy to power itself. In this way, it generates enough power to continuously impel itself about to seek out more bacteria to feed upon.

CBC News - 10/14/2015

This past May, Montreal inventor Catalin Alexandru Duru broke the world record for the longest hoverboard flight.

Duru flew up to five metres above a lake for a distance of 275.9 metres aboard his homemade, propeller-powered hoverboard in a trip that lasted more than 1½ minutes.

Gizmag - by STANLEY GOODNER - 10/02/2015

Those who have suffered through any type of back pain know it's not a fun feeling. Given the amount of sedentary slouching at desks and/or strained hunkering over display screens done on a daily basis, it's a wonder that more people haven't been afflicted by the pinch of poor posture. Adela Health has just unveiled TruPosture, a shirt that's designed to help reduce back pain by improving the way we sit.

Digital Trends - by Rick Stella - 09/17/2015

The 3D printing gurus at WASP (World’s Advanced Saving Project) announced plans to officially unveil a 40 foot tall 3D printer on Friday. Once erected, the massive “Big Delta” will supposedly be the largest 3D printer in the world. While a 3D printer of this size is sure to make even Donald Trump salivate at the prospect of what it can build, the team behind it says the main goal is to use the Big Delta to build extremely low-cost housing.

Digital Trends - by Kelly Hodgkins - 09/17/2015

Researchers at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology have discovered a method that allows them to filter out almost all the noise in a given environment — no matter how loud or quiet it is. It’s a near perfect sound absorption system where sound waves come in and don’t come back out.

Gizmag - by DARIO BORGHINO - 07/02/2015

The Ctrl One smart glasses can toggle between transparent and sunglasses mode, manually or autonomously at an illumination threshold set by the user

designboom - 03/23/2015

propelled by leaning side to side, the ‘sidewinding circular skates’ by hammacher schlemmer, drives riders forward in a serpentine motion similar to longboard skateboarding. however, unlike the longboard, the skates work without having to push off the ground. simply placing their feet on the two platforms which can support up to 200 lbs in weight, users can easily perform 720° spins as the wheels are not connected.

Chip Chick - by Chance Kinney - 10/26/2015

The Smart Rope works in the same way as any fitness tracker — embedded sensors pick up movement, turn it into data, then store it on an app using a Bluetooth connection. In this case, the Smart Rope will tell you how many jumps you’ve completed and how many calories you’ve burned.