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This new patent makes it look like Nike has invented a ‘smart’ running shoe

US Patent Office According to the document, this figure “illustrates an environment in which an athletic parameter measurement according to various of examples of the invention may be employed.” Trying to translate that corporate speak into normal …
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This week in patents (November 16-20)

But it brings with it the danger of accidents with other road users who may fail to hear an approaching electric car. With this invention, GM solves the problem by simulating noises of conventional cars around the electric car. This makes pedestrians and …
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This 19th Century Invention Could Keep You From Being Hacked

If the CIA’s Director John Brennan can’t keep his emails private, who can? Sadly the fact that email and instant messaging are far more convenient than communicating via papers in envelopes or by actually talking on the phone, or (God Forbid) face to …
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If you wear glasses, this Google invention may change your life

Google Glass may have been a dud but that doesn’t mean Google is done making our glasses smarter. Quartz draws our attention to a new patent awarded to Google this week that could potentially solve problems that have plagued people who wear glasses for …
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The rediscovery of this writer in the Renaissance opened the way to the modern world (and, more importantly, the invention of political science)

The work of the the Roman writer Lucretius was lost to the world for more than a thousand years. When his poem “De Rerum Natura” was rediscovered in the Renaissance, Lucretius’s ideas slowly started to percolate through Renaissance Europe, making it …
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This New Beer Pong Invention Is A Game Changer

You’re playing beer pong in your friend’s garage when you miss the shot and the ping pong ball rolls into a dirty, dusty corner. When you retrieve the ball it’s covered in who knows what. Do you want ”who knows what” going into your drink?
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