Researchers have developed a new technology called Fertilex, which may provide an inexpensive, easy way to test male fertility at home using a smartphone. WIN-Initiative/Getty Images Are you a man interested in being able to cheaply test the sperm concentration and motility of your semen at a moment's notice? Yes? Well, you should definitely keep reading then. (Same goes for those women interested in fertility, or those who just love cool tech and have zero interest in passing on their genes in the near future.) About 45 million couples worldwide struggle with infertility, and male infertility is responsible for about 40 percent of these cases. And although routine semen analysis would probably help a lot of these couples, testing semen these days is a pretty expensive and involved procedure that involves visiting a special lab with trained technicians, and then waiting as long as a week for the results. To top it off, there's a certain amount of cultural and social stigma that … [Read more...] about New Tech Uses Smartphone to Test for Male Fertility
The research out of Georgia Tech is promising for converting waste into nutrient-rich water for growing urban hydroponic veggies such as these. Georgia Institute of Technology On the one hand, flushing our waste down the toilet makes a lot of sense — it's a hygienic way of quickly getting the smelly stuff and all its pathogens, heavy metals and pharmaceuticals out of our living spaces. On the other hand, it's crazy. Our feces and urine are nutrient-dense materials packed full of environmentally friendly energy. Every day we use shocking quantities of perfectly good water to get rid of this valuable resource and then we use shocking amounts of energy to clean that water up. There must be a better way to manage all this. At Georgia Tech, Yongsheng Chen, an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, has an innovative and ingenious plan to flip the script on wastewater. Put simply, his pilot project will deploy next-gen nanotechnology to … [Read more...] about Georgia Tech Using Campus Wastewater to Grow Veggies
NASA has invented or improved on many products that we use every day. See more space exploration pictures. Hemera/Thinkstock In order to send men to the moon or land a research vehicle on Mars, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) had to invent and develop many high-tech equipment and materials. By law, the agency is required to disseminate that technology for private use [source: NASA Scientific Spinoff]. Hundreds of NASA innovations have been incorporated into commercial products. It's likely that you've used one or more of these high-tech NASA spinoffs yourself. NASA makes it easy for companies to use its scientific and technical information. It encourages spinoffs through its Commercial Technology Transfer Network. Ten Commercial Technology offices around the country help get the word out about what technology is available [source: O'Rangers]. Since 1976, more than 1,300 NASA technology spinoffs have reached the market [source: Beith]. NASA boosters … [Read more...] about What high-tech products came from NASA technology?
These techno-wizards shaped our world with their inventions and ideas. Get to know some of our favorite tech masterminds, from Babbage, Turing and Lovelace to their modern equivalents. Hulton Archive/Getty Images The world has seen amazing technological feats in the last few years, but we wouldn't be where we are today without some serious brainpower in the past. Charles Babbage, for example, designed a programmable computer in the 19th century made of gears and levers. He died without building a full version of his computer but his designs inspired future computer engineers. He’s a favorite figure among the steampunk crowd. © National Portrait Gallery, London Father of computer science, creator of the Turing test that determines if a machine possesses intelligence and breaker of codes for the Allies during World War II -- Alan Turing was a legitimate technological heavyweight. Hulton Archive/Getty Images Ada Lovelace, the Enchantress … [Read more...] about Greatest Tech Masterminds of All Time
Start the Countdown Banking Pictures A wide array of high-tech tools exists to help you manage your money. See more pictures of banking. BananaStock/Thinkstock With the unemployment rate in the United States hanging close to the 10 percent mark at the end of 2010, up from 2008's 7.4 percent, pinching pennies and sticking to a tight budget is as important as ever. Fifteen million people out of work is the sign of a struggling economy -- and even when the economy is healthy, knowing how to manage your money is a valuable skill [source: Trading Economics]. You may know you can afford to go out to eat and hit the movies every now and then, but do you know how much you should be saving for retirement? Do you even know how much money you spend on snack foods every month? Could you be using a credit card that gives you cash back for every purchase? An amazing array of high-tech tools exists to help us answer every one of those questions. They range from the complex software … [Read more...] about Top 10 Tech Tools for Managing Your Money