Kathleen Chapman

remote-controlled-beetles

Hey, look! It's a beetle with a backpack! An electronic backpack. Cool. But why does he have this backpack? Well, in an effort to better understand the musculature of insect locomotion, scientists and engineers from the University of California Berkeley and Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University (NTU) strapped on tiny computers and wireless radio controls to [...]

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kor847001

Are you tired of the sometimes clunky looking smartwatches and fitness trackers out there? I myself, will always choose function over form, but come on, why can't we have both? Michael Kors, a designer of high-end luxury accessories and clothing, must have thought the same thing. They have been working with Google to develop a [...]

Posted in: News, Watches and Clocks
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steampunk-fliskits-acme-spitfire

My husband's hobby is model rocketry. He enjoys building model rockets from kits as well as designing them then launching them. There are actually certification levels that you can attain in order to build and launch the larger high power model rockets with the larger engines (you can't purchase the high power engines without having [...]

Posted in: Do-It-Yourself, How-To, Geek Toys, Miscellaneous, News
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neoprene-cable-management-sleeves

I loathe cable messes and thus, I love cable organization products. Right now I am using plastic spiral tube wrap to tidy up my cable messes but neoprene cable sleeves are available that will bundle your cables together more attractively if you are willing to pay a higher price. There are some that are available [...]

Posted in: Articles, Cables, Batteries and Chargers
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emily-emergency-buoy

Have you or someone you know ever been caught in a rip current while swimming on the beach? If so, you know that it can carry you out toward deep waters surprisingly fast. To get out of the rip current you are supposed to swim parallel to the shore then swim toward the shore; but [...]

Posted in: News, Outdoor Gear
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plantlink-lush

About two years ago, I reviewed the PlantLink on the Gadgeteer. The PlantLink is a device that monitors the amount of moisture in the soil surrounding your plant(s). Based on this information, the PlantLink sends out a notification (push, email, or text) to advise you that it is time to water. The PlantLink consists of [...]

Posted in: Home and Kitchen, News
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supersorter-extension

In the past, I had so many Chrome bookmarks that when I went to search for a particular bookmarked web page at a later date, I had great difficulty finding it again and would sometimes have to perform another Google search. My bookmark chaos was so frustrating that it drove me to hunt for a [...]

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drop-stop

You know that black hole in your car? It's that space between the driver's seat (or passenger seat) and the center console - the place where things fall and are sometimes never found again. I've dropped things down there and sometimes I was lucky enough to retrieve the object. The Drop Stop is a product [...]

Posted in: Car Gear, News
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water-strider-lego

When I was growing up one of my favorite insects to observe was the water strider (it still is). It was entrancing to watch this creature skate around on the surface of the water. "How does it do that?" I wondered. Now I know (well, at least, the very basic reasons). It uses the high [...]

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anker-powercore+26800-1

When you think of 26,800 mAh battery, do you think "Do I really need that much battery"? However, what if the power goes out for days? This is an unusual scenario, but it happens. You may also want to have a large portable battery when you're camping or when you travel for business for a few [...]

Posted in: Cables, Batteries and Chargers, Reviews
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airing-1

There are many people out there that struggle with sleep apnea. For those of you who are not familiar with it, "Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is typically caused by a blockage of the airway when the soft tissue in the rear of the throat collapses during sleep" thus causing the person to temporarily stop breathing. [...]

Posted in: Health, Fitness, Sports, News
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foobot

Have you ever heard that your indoor air is more polluted than your outdoor air, and then wondered just how polluted is it? Foobot is an indoor air quality monitoring device that will monitor the following airborne particles and gas counts of your indoor air: Fine airborne particles count (0.03 pm to 2.5 pm) Total [...]

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mx3d-3D-printed-steel-bridge

3-D printing is certainly stirring the imaginations of people everywhere. A company located in Amsterdam, Holland called MX3D is using multi-axis industrial robot arms to eject molten steel to build a bridge across the Oudezijds Achterburgwal canal in Amsterdam by 2017. Yes, that's right, a 3-D printed steel bridge. It is also notable that this [...]

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ricinus-vaderi

"You don't know the power of the Dark Side." Apparently, a new species of chewing louse didn't know either and thus succumbed to the temptation. Scientists Miroslav Valan, Oldrich Sychra and Ivan Literak, while revising "a collection of chewing lice deposited at the Zoological Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Saint Petersburg, Russia" (from [...]

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britta-infinity-smart-pitcher

Wouldn't it be nice if all our consumables were always automatically replenished? That our furnaces would order and replace their own filters, that our printers would order and replace their own ink/laser cartridges and paper, that our refrigerators would order our staple food items, etc. Well, maybe we are one step closer to such a world [...]

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