Tired of just having static pictures to visually guide you through your contacts list? If so, you’re in luck. A new app for iOS brings video updates to said collection of names and numbers so “you can see what all your friends are up to.” The software is called Rinbw, and it replaces images for your pals that opt in with 5-second clips updated at will. You can also “fruit” a clip, which is the app’s term for letting folks know you’ve seen their latest work. And as you might expect, notifications alert you every time a fellow Rinbw user posts a new status. “Scrolling through your contact list used to be boring and unexciting. Rinbw turns it into a fun way to share moments of your life with your friends at any time and place,” the company explains. Itchin’ to give it a go? The app available for free via the iTunes link that follows.
via If you’ve ever wanted a video-based contacts list, now’s your chance.
NASA has been planning to study the magnetic reconnection between the Earth and the sun for years, and now the agency has revealed how its scientists are going make it happen. Magnetic reconnection is a process that converts magnetic energy to kinetic or thermal energy. It happens all over the universe, but close to home, it occurs during solar flares, coronal mass ejections and when solar winds interact with the Earth’s magnetic field, causing aurorae. In order to study and create a 3D map of the mysterious phenomenon, NASA’s Magnetospheric Multiscale mission will send four spacecraft to space, which will position themselves in a pyramid.
A single rocket will carry all four (stacked on top of each other) to their destination, as you can see in the demo video of the launch below. Each one is designed to break free from the stack once the rocket reaches orbit, and to deploy its “booms” (or foldable, extendable limbs equipped with sensors needed for the study) once it gets in position. Barring delays, these spacecraft will launch in March 2015 to seek out parts near our planet where magnetic reconnection typically occurs, so that we may understand it better.
via How NASA will launch four spacecraft at once to study magnetic fields.
If a team of researchers from MIT and Texas A&M University have their way, wounded soldiers will have soon have a better chance of survival. The project is a biodegradable gelatin that once injected, helps with blood coagulation, cutting down on blood loss internally. In some trials, the hydrogel decreased the time it took for the blood to clot by 77 percent after it maneuvered into position. The medical solution is still in the testing phase, but once its perfected, researchers hope to see soldiers add preloaded syringes packed with the material to their gear arsenals.
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The time to get to a medical facility can take a half hour to an hour, and this hour is crucial; it can decide life and death,” explains Akhilesh Gaharwar, assistant professor of biomedical engineering at Texas A&M. “Our material’s combination of injectability, rapid mechanical recovery, physiological stability and the ability to promote coagulation result in a hemostat for treating incompressible wounds in out-of-hospital, emergency situations.” What’s more, the group is currently working to develop the material into a two-stage treatment that aids with the regeneration of tissue, too.
via Hydrogel injections could increase wounded soldier survival rates.
Those make-good-stuff-happen pranks are getting crazy. After turning a waitress’ shift into the best day of her life, the people at Break decided to give away a house to Cara Simmons, a housekeeper and single mother of three. But first, they made her believe the new house was actually her new workplace.
In fact, the prank was for the entire family: They believed that the whole thing was only a nice day off for Cara. They were blown away when they discovered they got a new house that will be theirs for life.
via Wonderful prank gives housekeeper the home she was supposed to clean.
Ever since Marty McFly first wore them in Back to the Future Part II, we’ve all dreamed of auto-lacing shoes. Nike has now said that a pair will launch in 2015, but despite that, a Canadian startup is taking to Kickstarter to try and beat the shoe giant to the punch with its Powerlace P-One shoes.
Despite their name, Powerlace shoes feature a non-electric system that relies on your body weight to tighten the laces. As soon as you step into the shoes, your heel presses down on a concealed disc that’s linked by wires to the laces. There’s a lever attached to the back of the shoe that allows you to release pressure to loosen the laces to your taste.
Visually, it’s unlikely the P-Ones will win many fans. They look like a typical pair of no-name running shoes, with huge and fairly unattractive “POWERLACE” branding plastered over their sides. The campaign is seeking an astronomically high $650,000 CAD (about $577,000) to make Powerlace a reality, with prices starting from $175 CAD ($155) for early birds and $195 CAD ($173) for everyone else. Should the campaign be successful, the first shoes are expected to ship next May. Given Nike’s unspecific “2015” date for its auto-lacing shoes, not even a successful campaign can guarantee that the P-Ones will still be “the world’s first” by the the time they ship. click here to watch video
via Crowdfunding campaign hopes to beat Nike to auto-lacing shoes.
Considering how popular Office has been on the desktop, you’d assume it’d be the go-to productivity suite on mobile too. In fact, though, the company has made a few missteps: The iPhone app is watered down, and as nice as the iPad version is, you need an Office subscription to do any sort of editing. Fortunately, though, Microsoft is changing course: The company just announced that it will offer basic editing as a standard feature on the iPad, the same way it already does on Android and the iPhone. Keep in mind that you’ll still need an Office 365 subscription to unlock certain advanced editing tools, but most of those are probably better-suited to business users anyway.Additionally, the company is beginning public beta testing on its first-ever Android tablet app, which will see a wide release early next year. The software, which includes standalone Word, Excel and PowerPoint apps, is still in development, but what we’ve seen so far suggests the apps have feature parity with the iPad suite. Also like the iPad app, it will include basic editing tools for free. You can sign up for the preview today, but it may take a while before you get a turn: Microsoft says it plans to add users gradually, with an eye toward testing a wide variety of devices.
via Microsoft makes Office for iPad free to use, starts testing Android tablet version.