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IBM Can Now Squeeze a Record-Setting 220TB On a Cassette Tape

It’s assumed that once CDs killed off audio cassette tapes, the medium became extinct. But believe it or not, magnetic tape is still alive and well when it comes to data storage, mostly because it’s so cheap. And now that IBM has found a way to squeeze 220 terabytes onto a single cartridge, hard drives will still have plenty of competition for years to come.

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Andrew Liszewski

April 24th

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Put a Pair of USB Ports Where You Really Need Them: In Your Couch

Instead of stuffing a 30-foot long USB charging cable into your couch—the one place your smartphone needs power most—this simple power station stays hidden between cushions so you’ll never have to go hunting for it.

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Andrew Liszewski

April 23rd

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Eureka’s New Vac Automatically Cleans Disgusting Hair From Its Brushroll

Better suction, battery power, and HEPA filters are all great features to look for in a vacuum. But who cares about any of those now that Eureka has created an upright vacuum that can automatically clean hairs and threads tangled around its spinning brush roll? Never having to reach in there with scissors is a fantastic innovation.

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Andrew Liszewski

April 23rd

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“Motion Magnification” Reveals Vibrations Invisible to the Naked Eye

A crane towering over a construction site might look rock solid to the naked eye, but new video processing software developed by researchers at MIT is able to accentuate and reveal its subtle motions as it sways back and forth in the wind. And it promises to have a devastating effect on enrollment at crane operator schools across the country.

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Andrew Liszewski

April 23rd

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A New High-Speed MRI Technique Is Fast Enough To Record Someone Singing

It’s a remarkable technology capable of looking inside a human being, but magnetic resonance imaging—or MRI—machines are finicky and require a patient to remain absolutely still while it does its thing. But researchers at the University of Illinois have found a way to capture up to 100 frames per second on an MRI machine allowing them to record patients in motion.

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Andrew Liszewski

April 22nd

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It’s No Hoverboard, But This Levitating Light Bulb Is Still a Neat Trick

Most of us have come to terms with the fact that we won’t be floating to work on a hoverboard anytime soon. But that doesn’t mean our lives have to be completely devoid of levitation. Not when Simon Morris is Kickstarting an amazing floating light bulb that actually lights up while it hovers above its base.

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Andrew Liszewski

April 22nd

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Plastic Gears Reinforced With Carbon Fiber Could Replace Metal in Cars

Given the sheer amount of torque and power needed to propel a car that weighs thousands of pounds, you’d think that parts made from plastic would disintegrate in minutes. But researchers have developed a plastic gear reinforced with carbon fiber that’s strong enough to actually be used as a replacement for metal parts in a vehicle.

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Andrew Liszewski

April 22nd

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Terrifying Oculus Demo Teaches You How to Survive a Water Crash Landing

When you get on a plane, the last thing you want to think about is what you’ll have to do to survive an emergency crash landing in the water. But knowing exactly how to safely evacuate a plane could one day save your life, so researches created a terrifying Oculus Rift emergency landing simulation that looks far more effective than a safety pamphlet ever could be.

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Andrew Liszewski

April 21st

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Engineers Made a Simple Device to Numb Skin So Injections Hurt Less

A group of engineering freshmen at Rice University have come up with a clever way to make needles and injections less painful without the use of drugs. And it uses the same approach as those instant ice packs designed to reduce swelling and reduce the pain from a sports injury.

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Andrew Liszewski

April 21st

Gadgets

You Have No Reason Not to Upgrade To Philips’ New $5 LED Light Bulb

Unless you refuse to light the room where you write about conspiracy theories with anything but antiquated incandescent bulbs, you really don’t have a single reason not to upgrade to Philips’ new 60-watt equivalent LED bulbs that cost just five bucks without a utility rebate.

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Andrew Liszewski

April 21st

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