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Double whammy: These odd new beads could be used in both contraceptives and infertility treatments

Using peptide-coated beads as a decoy, this experimental technique lures sperm away from fertilizable eggs to provide a long-term contraceptive option. Amazingly, the same beads that catch sperm before implantation can take place can also…

Daimler's yet-unnamed home battery unit looks to spoil Tesla's Powerwall party

Looking to take a bite out of the home battery pie, Mercedes parent company Daimler is readying its own energy storage unit to take on Tesla's Powerwall. Currently, the unit is only available to those living in Germany.
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Chemists create a DNA thermometer 20,000 times smaller than a human hair

Did you know the DNA molecules unfold when heated? Scientists at the University of Montreal do, and they used that knowledge to design a thermometer made of DNA. It's totally invisible to the naked eye.

Could these electronic glasses change a blind person’s life?

12 year old Christopher Ward Jr. was born with optic nerve hypoplasia, so his view of the world ended about five inches from his nose. Luckily his mother learned about eSight glasses, and took him to Washington, DC to try them out.

Fat Battery would add more juice to iPhone, but it requires third-party installation 3:33

Fat Battery is a Kickstarter project that aims to double the size of your iPhone 6S, in exchange for four times the battery capacity. The problem is, you'll probably have to take it to an iPhone technician to install it.
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Sony developing smart contact lens that does more than let you see

A Sony patent application describes a contact lens straight from the pages of Mission Impossible. The proposed lens embeds sensors, a camera, and more.

Trends with Benefits: Snacks via drone, Tazer robots, Caleb’s space colony

The DT crew discusses the Hover selfie Drone, delivery drones on the golf course, SpaceX going to Mars, China’s new Tazer bot, and Caleb’s poorly considered name for a space colony.
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Mad scientist Colin Furze built a hoverbike and (somehow) didn’t lose his limbs

Backyard inventor and Yotuber Colin Furze made a hoverbike in his garage, flew it around the British countryside, and somehow didn't die loose his limbs.

Here’s a low-tech way to stop your high-tech gadgets being stolen this summer

Because you can't carry a regular, massive safe around to keep all your gadgets away from thieving hands while on vacation, Master Lock has come up with this ingenious, and decidedly low-tech, way of making sure your phone doesn't disappear…

Sci-Hub offers Pirate Bay-like simplicity to researchers around the world

Millions of scientists and researchers around the world download scientific papers illegally, for free, every month from Sci-Hub. It gives them access to everything, which might otherwise leave them in the hole for thousands of dollars.

Meet Otto, Samsung’s cute personal assistant robot that’s always watching you

Otto is a diminutive robot from Samsung that could one day help you control your smart home. Similar to Amazon's Echo device, Otto responds to voice commands, though also comes with an HD camera giving it home-security functionality.
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SpaceX wins $83M Air Force satellite launch contract, ending Lockheed/Boeing monopoly

SpaceX won an $83 million GPS satellite launch contract from the US Air Force on Wednesday. The contract covers Falcon 9 construction and operations, and brings an end to the decade-old Lockheed and Boeing monopoly on all military space…