Mind-reading headsets will change your brain

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Innovation is our new column that highlights the latest emerging technological ideas and where they may lead.

This week, engineer Adam Wilson made global headlines by updating Twitter using his brainwaves. “USING EEG TO SEND TWEET” he explained. Continue reading

Why our ancestors couldn’t ape chimps

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Study of climbing abilities disproves long-held belief that the earliest humans were able to scale trees as easily as primates

Humanity’s immediate predecessors may have had trouble climbing trees, research suggests – so they may not have been as ape-like as many experts believe. Continue reading

The World’s First Netbook with Optical Sensor LCD Pad

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It’s been a while since Sharp blew our minds with a really cool Netbook and today they just did that… Behold the Sharp Mebius NJ70A, your average 10.1″ Netbook with an Atom N270 CPU, an Intel 945GSE Express Chipset, 160GB of HDD, a Web cam and… a mind blowing 4″optical sensor LCD with Led backlight and an awesome 854×480 resolution. Continue reading

Twitter with your brain

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Click for video: University of Wisconsin researcher Adam Wilson composes
a Twitter message using a system that reads his brain waves. Click on the
image to watch a video explaining how the message was sent.

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Toys You Control With Your Brain

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The question everyone has about these gizmos is whether they are parlor tricks like Magic 8 Balls or Ouija boards. Even Geoff Walker, a senior vice president at Mattel, acknowledges that users “spend the first 20 minutes stunned that it actually works.” Click here to watch the video

Evidence in favor of them being for real is that some people are worse than others at controlling them — certainly not a marketing feature. Continue reading

Catastrophic Solar Storm Predicted For 2012

The average solar cycle lasts for eleven years. The cycle includes a minimum of solar activity and a maximum. The sun is unusually quiet right now and has been for some time but there should be an increase in solar activity at some point in the near future.

The best current scientific estimate for the next solar maximum is 2012. If this estimate is correct, there is still a few years to try and prevent the potential of a future global disaster. A disaster that would begin on the surface of the sun and could end with tragedy on earth.

The surface of the sun is a mass of plasma that contains highly charged energy particles. Once in a while, some of these particles escape the suns surface and a mass of plasma travels through space on the solar wind. This process is known in scientific terms as a coronal mass ejection but it can also be called a solar storm.

A disaster for the planet would occur if a solar storm reaches and hits the earths magnetic shield in just the right way. If it were to happen, millions of people would lose their lives and the planet would be thrown into chaos as the technology that has become crucial to every day living suddenly gets taken away. Continue reading

Gmail now knows who you want to e-mail

Google’s Gmail Labs has just rolled out a useful, but mildly creepy feature that gives you suggestions on who you should e-mail based on previous conversations. So, if you’ve had threads going with a group of people, it will recommend some of those folks once you’ve added at least two addresses in the recipients field. Best part is, they don’t even have to be in a group of contacts you’ve created in Gmail’s contacts manager.

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