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Radar on iPhone

StickNFind Radar on iPhone

Ever lost your keys or the remote?

Know how much of a pain it can be to find them? Well, we ran across an awesome device that will be available soon. The product StickNFind, which we found on the crowdsourcing site Indiegogo, uses bluetooth tags and your iOS or Android based phone to locate them.

The tags can be pinged to make noise and light up, in addition to showing up on the application’s “radar” screen. The application lets you see approximate distances from your phone or tablet but unfortunately not direction.

The company promises that the applications are more far reaching than simply finding lost keys or remotes (though in all fairness that’s what we are sure most people will use them for).

They posit that their stickers can be attached to your luggage when traveling to assist in  finding  it at the baggage pickup; attached to children’s backpacks (your kids only please) to help keep track of their stuff; or even possibly your wife’s car so you can have some advanced warning when she pulls in.
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With the end of the year fast approaching and the belief that the end of the world will happen tomorrow, its easy to overlook some awesome things that have happened this year. All over the world this year has been an awesome year for Science. Here we will run down some of the most amazing things to happen this year in Science and Technology.  Everyone knows about events like Curiosity landing Mars but there are many other cool things that didn’t get that kind of press, so in no particular order, here are 18 awesome things that have happened in science and technology in 2012 you might not have heard of. While it may not be flying cars or hover boards, it is pretty awesome.

Jan Scheuermann feeding herself with her robotic arm

Jan Scheuermann feeding herself with her robotic arm

1. A quadriplegic woman can now use her mind to control a robotic arm. We did more of a full story on this in our article Robotic Replacement Limbs – Science Fiction Comes to Life (video at the bottom of the article). Her story is amazing, paralyzed 13 years ago from the debilitating effects of Multiple Sclerosis, she is able to perform task such as feeding herself after a revolutionary surgery to implant 2 – 96 channel intracortical implants into the motor cortex of her brain.

Genetically modified silk stronger than steel

Genetically modified silk stronger than steel

2. At the University of Wyoming, scientists have modified a group of silkworms to produce silk that is, weight for weight, stronger than steel. Several different groups hope to benefit from the use of the super-strength silk, including stronger sutures for the medical community, a biodegradable alternative to plastics, and even possibilities of lightweight armor for military purposes. The uses of super strong, exceptionally lightweight material will be vast.

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iPhone 5 Black

iPhone 5 Black

As many of you know Apple released the iPhone 5 in late October of 2012. What is truly astonishing about this is the shear volume of sales that the device has done. In its first weekend it sold more than 5 million units alone. In a recent bit of research conducted by several independent groups some amazing and interesting facts have come to light. One of the most noticeable being that the iPhone 5 sales alone have single-handedly moved the entire $15 trillion U.S. economy by half a percent. That statistic doesn’t count the sale of older generation iPhones or any of Apple’s other hardware such as the MacBook, iPad, or iMac. Apple has over the last year taken the stock market by storm, and set record after record.
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