The URL field is missing from the address bar in the latest version of Google’s Chrome browser. In its place is Google’s search box. The company is currently testing the change with the next incarnation of its browser, Chrome 36.
Despite graphene’s incredibly light, strong, flexible and highly conductive heat and electricity properties, two recent studies from Brown University found that the jagged edges of graphene nanoparticles easily pierced cell membranes in human lung, skin and immune cells.
Vineet Singal’s startup, CareMessage, is part of a new breed of Silicon Valley tech companies. Their goal is to do good while doing well. At the heart of the movement are companies focused on helping direct resources to public health, microlending and education projects.
NASA says a prototype of the Z-2 suit – a Tron-like “Technology” design that won the Internet’s popular vote – will be built for testing by November 2014. The newest generation of spacesuits put to the vote aims to create suits that will be used for future space walks, deep space missions, and planetary excursions.
The Human Cloud at Work is an experimental research collaboration to assess the impact of wearable technologies on workplace productivity and performance. Initial study results show that productivity of those using wearable devices increased by 8.5 percent and job satisfaction by 3.5 percent.
Toronto-based Interaxon says it developed the Muse headband, which goes on the forehead, to help people focus to improve productivity and decrease stress. The headband is equipped with sensors that pick up brainwave data and send it to your phone to help track if the brain is calm or agitated.
Cognitive enhancement devices already exist and might well become as common in the future as other electronic devices. A team of interdisciplinary researchers put together by the Oxford Martin School at the University of Oxford aims to come up with a regulatory framework for cognitive enhancement devices to help determine how they should be used by the public.