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It’s the “Batman” 4D rollercoaster, and it’s set to debut at Six Flags Fiesta Texas in 2015. After being lifted straight up a 120-foot hill, this 4D Wing Coaster challenges riders to “face their fears” as they flip head-over-heels at least six times along the weightless, tumbling journey. Along the way on this fourth dimension [...]

Need to know if your food is secretly linked to Monsanto? There’s an app for that. Want to be sure you’re not buying things that support the Koch Brothers? There’s an app for that, too. And soon, there will be a new app on the market that will tell you if the money you spend [...]

Undergrads at North Carolina State University have come up with nail polish that supposedly can detect date rape drugs in drinks by changing color. So far, few details have been announced about the product, which a spokesperson tells the Triangle Business Journal is “in the R&D stage.” It got an early boost by winning a [...]

Scorpion venom may not sound like an obvious choice for a cancer drug, since stings from these animals can kill. But researchers have created nanoparticles embedded with proteins from this venom that killed two types of breast cancer in the lab, without harming human blood or other bodily cells. It was already known that this [...]

China is way ahead of is in terms of interactive movie experiences. Theaters in major Chinese cities have starting experimenting with “bullet screens” on which audiences can send text messages commenting on the film, which are then projected directly onto the screen… The inspiration behind the idea appears to be that it mimicks that of [...]

The idea is to avoid collisions, and the government would like to require cars to have the technology to do it. The technology uses a radio signal to continually transmit a vehicle’s position, heading, speed and other information. Similarly equipped cars and trucks would receive the same information, and their computers would alert drivers to [...]

Meet hitchBOT, created by researchers David Smith and Frauke Zeller. HitchBOT is made from junk items you’d find around the house, and is being studied to see how people relate to robots. HitchBOT is the ideal road trip guest, programmed to ask and answer basic questions and to politely inform its compatriots when it needs [...]

Roger Frisch played his instrument while surgeons operated on his brain so they could find the exact spot to implant electrodes. …Frisch, a concert master with the Minnesota Orchestra, was diagnosed in 2009 with essential tremors, a condition that occurs when sections of the brain that control movement start sending abnormal signals. Frisch’s condition was [...]

Inspired by origami, it can move without human intervention.

It’s only a matter of time before you’ll be sitting next to yakkers on cellphones while you’re in-flight. Delta was one of the first carriers last year to allow passengers on domestic flights to use music players, electronic tablets, e-readers, smartphones and other devices throughout a flight as long as they are switched to “airplane [...]

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