Self-Lacing Shoes A Step Closer

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German researchers are working on self-lacing shoes for elderly people. They’ve developed what they call the most practical gadget for harnessing kinetic power from shoes. While there have been several attempts to turn walking into a power source, they’ve usually been impractical. According to researcher Klevis Ylii, previous attempts have not only been too bulky […]

The Year in News: What Happened Next (Stories From November-December 2014)

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Concluding our look back at the stories we covered during 2014 and what happened next, we turn to November. The Unicode Consortium, which develops standards to make sure characters appear consistently across different software and systems, unveiled proposals for changes to emoji, a system of characters for expressing emotions. It suggested the option to choose between […]

The Year in News: What Happened Next (Stories From September-October 2014)

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Continuing our look at the stories we covered in 2014 and subsequent developments, we turn to September. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani argued that blocking Internet access to cut down political protest was harming the country’s scientific progress. He also lifted a ban on broadband providers offering fast speeds on fixed lines and cellphone networks, something seen as […]