Some people like having a signature perfume or cologne. Having someone recognize your distinctive scent could be flattering, or even romantic. But would you want to have your body odor be your ID signature as you walk through airport security?
That's exactly the kind of possibility that the Group of Biometrics, Biosignals, and Security of the Universidad Politecnica de Madrid is researching. Based on analysis of a group of 13 people and using sensors developed by the Ili Sistemas company, the scientists found that there were "recognizable patterns" in a person's body odor that could be used to identify each one with an accuracy rate of at least 85 percent.… Read more
Your current refrigerator is running on some pretty old technology. The compressor system inside has been the standard cooling force for around 100 years. It's about time for a change, and that change may be coming in the form of magnets.
Researchers at GE labs are showing off a prototype machine that runs a water-based fluid through a series of magnets. It's a new innovation that harnesses an old idea known as the magnetocaloric effect. The magnetocaloric effect describes what happens when certain kinds of metal alloys get hot when near magnets, and cool when pulled away.… Read more
Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- Bye-bye Flappy Bird -- popular game grounded by its creator.
- NYPD gets onboard with Google Glass. Relax everyone, it's just a test.
- How to hack a 3D printer into a surprisingly skilled air hockey robot.
- New study finds that moms aren't as annoying on Facebook as you thought.
Do you want to live forever? Well, perhaps you can. Not literally, of course, but as an online presence that can comfort your loved ones after your death.
Eterni.me, a startup fresh out of MIT's Entrepreneurship Development Program, claims to have developed a means by which your personality can be digitally reconstructed after your death.
Although details on the Eterni.me Web site are thin, the service works by assembling a portrait based on your online activities. You provide the team with chat logs, social-network information, photos, and e-mails, and it uses this information to reconstruct your memories and mannerisms. … Read more
The automotive industry is famously reliant on the oil industry for fuel. But a partnership between Italian startup Bio-on and automotive supply giant Magna could reduce that reliance just a little by introducing plastic components derived from plants, not petrochemicals.
On Thursday, Bio-on announced an exclusive partnership with Magna International, a 125,000-employee automotive supplier to BMW and many other companies. Through the partnership, Magna will investigate "how production of this natural polyester product can be elevated to an industrial, cost-effective scale" and integrated with manufacturing processes, the companies said.
It's a feather in the cap of … Read more
Last month, a coal-processing compound spilled into West Virginia's drinking-water supply, leaving hundreds of thousands of people without safe tap water. The ability to test for harmful chemicals and elements in our water seems more crucial than ever before.
Unfortunately, testing for one of the most common harmful water contaminants, mercury, has traditionally been both expensive and time-consuming. The testing is done in labs using big, pricey instruments operated by trained professionals -- not exactly helpful on the fly.
Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- Discussing five movies about relationships per month could cut the three-year divorce rate in half.
- Beware the one-ring phone sex scam.
- Tech is cruelly ripping teens from their natural shopping mall habitats.
- Facebook celebrates 10 years with Look Back.