Scientists at North Carolina Stat University are bringing the dream of talking to our pets closer to reality with a harness that bridges the communication gap between dogs and humans. I can't wait to hear all about how everyone's butt smells.Read More
Can we just make this a feature in all nail polish?
We love a good mani or some cute nail art; but, wouldn't your polish game be way better if it also fought sexual assault? Four undergrad dudes at North Carolina State University have developed a prototype for a new nail polish line called Undercover Colors - a polish that changes color when it comes in contact with date rape drugs. Pretty revolutionary.Read More
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Bubble wrap is as great a tool for stress relief as it is for protecting things. That's why the only thing we want to know about the new metallic bubble wrap being developed at North Carolina State University is this; can we pop it?Read More
This headline sounds like some random Geekosystem headline generator created it, but I assure you this is real.
Scientists at North Carolina State University have used an Xbox Kinect to automatically guide cockroaches along a set path. This isn't the first time someone's wired up a cockroach to get it to do their bidding, but as far as we know it's the first time someone's done it using an Xbox Kinect to get the roaches on autopilot. This sounds ridiculous, but Xbox-controlled cyborg cockroaches could actually help save lives.Read More
Having access to wi-fi in places like coffee shops is wonderful, unless those places get crowded with other people using the same wi-fi connection. That's when speeds drop and problems begin. It's almost enough to make you want to carry around your own hotspot, but thankfully researchers from North Carolina State University have a new way to increase wi-fi speeds up to 700% on crowded networks.Read More
Researchers from North Carolina State University have come up with a new sort of memory device that has a gelatinous consistency and an ability to work in wet environments which give it potential bio-electric applications. There are a couple of pretty revolutionary qualities that differentiate this from your garden-variety electronics. First of all, the gel uses a liquid alloy (gallium and indium) set in the water-based gel for its wires instead of, well, wires. This way, the gel can work in wet environments without shorting and is also remarkably flexible. This liquid alloy also transmits data in a non-standard way. Typically, electronics use electrons (go figure) for their binary communications. The gel memory however, uses ions. Basically, the alloy can switch between being resistive and conductive by being exposed to positive and negative charges respectively, which gives you your two values. For the time being, the technology is in its infancy and for now, it doesn't have enough capacity to hold anything of any real value. Still, the potential applications are big. Specifically, a few (hundred(thousand)) iterations down the line, this sort of memory could be used in technology designed to interface with cells and other organic matter. In the mean time, philosophers better start figuring out what constitutes humanity because it's looking like cybernetics are coming down the pipe and I need to know if getting a memory stick (or blob) in my brain requires me to forfeit my soul. I don't know how much cybernetic RAM my soul is worth quite yet, but I've already started the preliminary calculations. (via Wired UK)Read More
The above picture shows belly button bacteria growing in petri dishes, harvested from scientists, journalists and bloggers attending the ScienceOnline 2011 Conference. One may wonder why this is a thing, and the answer--as it usually is--is because of science, of course. The growing bacteria are part of the Belly Button Biodiversity project, which is also a thing, headed by North Carolina State University and the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, and is part of a larger project with the goal of teaching humans the kinds of things that live in and on us. To gross us out. But, you know, for science.
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