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06 Aug

And most anyone else who walks through the doors of select UPS Stores. The shipper announced on July 31 that it would be the first U.S. nationwide retailer to try out the new technology in-store, beginning with stores in the San Diego region. Rollouts to other U.S. stores are expected sometime in the near future.

Results of a poll the company recently conducted among small business owners indicated that there was significant interest in giving the services a try, especially among those wishing to create artistic renderings, manufacturing models or sales-related paraphernalia.

04 Aug

The BMW i3 will be all electric, with features that give it a tight turning circle and a lightweight build. This and more was revealed by the luxury car maker recently, although the car will not go up for sale until November.

For those interested in the specifics, the i3 has a 170bhp electric motor, which generates 184lb ft of torque instantly. The 230kg high voltage battery has eight modules, providing drive to just the rear wheels, which lends itself to the better steering mentioned above. Its body is made from carbon fiber reinforced plastic, aluminum, and wood, giving it an overall weight of less than 2700 pounds. Because it is lightweight, the BMW i3 has the potential for a smaller battery, which could improve speed.

03 Aug

Gazillions of TV shows and movies later, and lie detectors still draw the suspicion of the courts. Rather than coax the truth out of folks, would it be better to simply admit defeat and implant more seeds of untruth?

That idea probably sits well back in the auditorium of thinking for memory researchers. Though a select group of them, based in the U.S. and Japan, evidently believe that the notion is worth pursuing, for far less creepy reasons. Spurred on by the thought that people often create false memories, the researchers set about to see if that same sort of condition might arise in laboratory mice.

02 Aug

Technology gurus spend vast amounts of time touting the features of the latest smartphone or Apple MacBook. But as we ponder a future where machines become more human-like and humans hook ourselves up to machines, it might be wise to take a second to marvel at just how amazing the human body is.

12-Megapixel Camera

The human eye takes in video at 12 megapixels, which is a higher rate than a video camera. It isn't quite as high as photos taken by the 41-megapixel Lumia 1020, is another reason to listen to experts' advice that anything over a certain megapixel volume is a waste.

01 Aug

A new "smart mirror" developed by an MIT engineer uses a camera to monitor human vital signs.

With every heart beat, a surge of blood flows to the blood vessels of the face. A webcam then measures changes in light reflecting off a person's skin. Since blood absorbs light, those changes signal variations in a person's vital signs that could suggest that a trip to the doctor is in order.

Electrical engineer Ming-Zher Poh, a PhD candidate in the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology, explains in a video that the technology "provides a very simple and convenient method for keeping track of your health." The video shows a younger man standing in front of a two-way mirror as the built-in webcam scans his face and feeds collected information to a computer. His vital signs are then displayed along the bottom of the mirror.

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