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This Open Source Glove Turns Your Fist Bump into Music

This Open Source Glove Turns Your Fist Bump into Music

Good music almost always evokes a physical response. Maybe you tap your feet or nod your head. Maybe you dance or jump or fist bump. A new invention by musician Imogen Heap makes it possible. The Mi.Mu

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Shopper Finds a Cry for Help from “Chinese Prison Slave” Inside Her Saks Shopping Bag

Shopper Finds a Cry for Help from “Chinese Prison Slave” Inside Her Saks Shopping Bag

For one woman, an ordinary shopping day at Saks Fifth Avenue in Manhattan became something much more sinister. After arriving home with her purchases, Stephanie Wilson opened her shopping bag to find a

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VIDEO: Ethical Fur – Is It Possible? And Meet New York’s Wild Wolves!

VIDEO: Ethical Fur – Is It Possible? And Meet New York’s Wild Wolves!

Living in New York City, I often feel like I'm lacking nature in my life. Lucky for me, however I recently got offered the opportunity to go on an "animal adventure roulette" by Subaru to check out some

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Band-Aid Circuit Boards: The Next Step in Wearable Technology?

Band-Aid Circuit Boards: The Next Step in Wearable Technology?

Many experts predict that our beloved mobile technology will someday cease to be things we carry around in pockets or purses. Instead, we'll all have wearable technology that integrates telephone and

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Put This on Your Bike Helmet and You’ll Never Ride Alone Again

Put This on Your Bike Helmet and You’ll Never Ride Alone Again

In cities all over the world, a growing number of people are leaving their cars in the garage and commuting by bike instead. The only problem is, neither infrastructure nor driver education has kept up

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The Fashion Industry Learned Nothing from the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire

The Fashion Industry Learned Nothing from the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire

Recent disasters like the Rana Plaza fire in Bangladesh have created awareness about unsafe working conditions in the overseas fashion industry. What most people don't know is that a pervasive lack of

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Would You Strut The Beach Wearing Nothing But Sand?

Would You Strut The Beach Wearing Nothing But Sand?

We're all for living 'au naturale' but sometimes clothing made from natural materials can get a little weird. Like the show-stopping sand bathing suit that recently appeared on the runway during Bondi

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JakToGo Jacket Helps Airline Passengers Dodge Baggage Fees

JakToGo Jacket Helps Airline Passengers Dodge Baggage Fees

Hefty baggage fees are one of the worst parts about air travel--one pound over the limit and you could be out $100. That's why engineer John Power invented JakToGo, a wearable solution to help airline

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7 Hilarious Clothing Spoofs That Made Us Laugh On April Fool’s Day

7 Hilarious Clothing Spoofs That Made Us Laugh On April Fool’s Day

April Fool's Day is one of the most hilarious days to work in fashion. In the fashion industry, it's common place to see outlandish designs and futuristic garments, so it can be difficult to tell the gags

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Google and Motorola Unveil “Moto 360″ Stylish Smartwatch Powered by Android Wear

Google and Motorola Unveil “Moto 360″ Stylish Smartwatch Powered by Android Wear

With the advent of smartphones, traditional watches have been largely relegated as antiquated accessories. To reinvent the antiquated wristwatch into high-tech arm candy, Google recently debuted "Android

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YOU Can Help NASA Decide What Future Astronauts Will Wear To Mars

YOU Can Help NASA Decide What Future Astronauts Will Wear To Mars

NASA is building a new class of space suit, and it's has turned to you, the people of the Internet, to help it decide which design is best. Dubbed the "Z-2", the new suit must be able to protect

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Video Shows How “Cheap” Expensive Designer Sweaters Really Are

Video Shows How “Cheap” Expensive Designer Sweaters Really Are

What's the most you'd ever pay for a sweater? $50? $150? What if it was made by a big name designer like Prada, Jill Sander, or Celine and Chloe? Last season, these and other designers sent sweaters with

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Electro-Thermal Knee Brace Provides Stability During Workout, Comfort After

Electro-Thermal Knee Brace Provides Stability During Workout, Comfort After

What if your knee brace could not only comfort you during your workout, but also after? That's the problem solved by a recent Red Dot Design Award winner. Designers at Ming Chuan University the Energy

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Lady Gaga’s Coffee Filter Dress Reveals Confusion Over ‘Upcycling’

Lady Gaga’s Coffee Filter Dress Reveals Confusion Over ‘Upcycling’

By now, we're no longer surprised when Lady Gaga makes an appearance in an outlandish outfit. Dresses made of meat, or suits that are more helicopter than clothing--we expect these things from the pop

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Your Favorite Anti-Dandruff Shampoo Linked to Rainforest Destruction

Your Favorite Anti-Dandruff Shampoo Linked to Rainforest Destruction

For decades Proctor & Gamble's 'Head and Shoulders' shampoo has been synonymous with the fight against dandruff. Now, thanks to an investigation by Greenpeace, the popular brand has been linked to

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New U.S. Federal Bill Proposes Ban on Animal Testing for Cosmetics

New U.S. Federal Bill Proposes Ban on Animal Testing for Cosmetics

Image via Shutterstock Great news animal lovers--a new federal bill introduced last week could finally put an end to cruel cosmetics testing on animals in the United States. Endorsed by The Humane

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How’d You Like To Spend The Afterlife As A Diamond?

How’d You Like To Spend The Afterlife As A Diamond?

What are your aspirations for the afterlife? These days there are more options than just traditional burial or cremation. We've explored many different options for green burial, like planters that turn

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Meet An Inspiring Teen Who Survived Bangladesh’s Rana Plaza Collapse

Meet An Inspiring Teen Who Survived Bangladesh’s Rana Plaza Collapse

At age 18, most American kids are looking forward to college or scouting out summer job opportunities. Few have seen the human rights violations and traumatic loss of life that haunt Reba Sikder on a

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‘Cuff’ GPS-Enabled Jewelry Is Next Gen Life Alert For Women With Style

‘Cuff’ GPS-Enabled Jewelry Is Next Gen Life Alert For Women With Style

If you're a senior who lives alone, or a woman working second shift, it's important to be concerned about safety. As anyone who watches the ID channel knows, danger can be lurking in plain sight. This

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Watch These High-Tech Goggles Help Surgeons Spot Cancer

Watch These High-Tech Goggles Help Surgeons Spot Cancer

Dr. Samuel Achilefu, a professor of radiology and biomedical engineering at Washington University, things special goggles could help surgeons eradicate cancer cells. Under normal circumstances, these

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The OpenKnit Printer by Gerard Rubio ‘Prints’ Sweaters In Under An Hour!

The OpenKnit Printer by Gerard Rubio ‘Prints’ Sweaters In Under An Hour!

Has "learn to knit" been on your to-do list for years? Are you envious of the scarves, sweaters, and cowls knitted by your DIY-minded friends? A new invention from Gerard Rubio could make homemade clothes

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Nike is Making Marty McFly’s Futuristic Self-Lacing Trainers Right on Time for 2015

Nike is Making Marty McFly’s Futuristic Self-Lacing Trainers Right on Time for 2015

Retail giant Nike is developing a version of Marty McFly's futuristic self-lacing shoes from Back to the Future II. Formerly a fictional concept, the autonomous fastening system either loosens or tightens

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Activists Put Rana Plaza Victims On Display at New York Fashion Week

Activists Put Rana Plaza Victims On Display at New York Fashion Week

The glitz and glamour of New York Fashion week was interrupted by grim images depicting the reality of the fast fashion industry this week. Labor activists forced designers and fans to acknowledge their

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Dollhouse Mom Built Inside A Guitar Is Music To Daughter’s Ears

Dollhouse Mom Built Inside A Guitar Is Music To Daughter’s Ears

Lots of little girl's have dollhouses, but few have miniature creations as unique and wonderful as the one Lorraine Robinson built for her daughter. The crafty mom and owner of Fairy Meadow Miniatures

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Designer John Patrick Looks to the Moon for Inspiration for Fall 2014 NY Fashion Week

Designer John Patrick Looks to the Moon for Inspiration for Fall 2014 NY Fashion Week

Modern fashion designer, John Patrick looks to the heavens for inspiration in his latest line for New York Fashion Week. His ethereal and elegant ensembles draw upon NASA photographs of the Apollo and

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Modu’s Gender-Bending Clothing Line Samples The Best of Both Worlds

Modu’s Gender-Bending Clothing Line Samples The Best of Both Worlds

Women's clothes are designed for beauty while men's clothes are designed for function and comfort. But why? Designer Modu decided there's no reason fashion for both genders can't share the best aspects of

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21 Ethical Lingerie Gifts for an Unforgettable Valentine’s Day

21 Ethical Lingerie Gifts for an Unforgettable Valentine’s Day

This Valentine's Day, there should be other things on your mind than the sustainable pedigree of your lingerie. Take a look at 21 guilt-free and incredibly sexy ideas for the holiday and show a little

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Rana Plaza Activists Remind New York Fashion Week Attendees About the Cost of Fashion

Rana Plaza Activists Remind New York Fashion Week Attendees About the Cost of Fashion

Last year's horrifying Rana Plaza factory building collapse claimed over a thousand lives and left hundreds injured. Despite global outrage, only a third of the companies that used the Dhaka manufacturing

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How Your Eye-Shadow Puts Indian Children At Risk For Death

How Your Eye-Shadow Puts Indian Children At Risk For Death

Do you love shimmery lip gloss, eye shadow, nail polish? That extra sparkle comes from a mineral called mica, a glittery silicate mineral that's used in many different types of cosmetics. While the

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How Figure-Hugging Jeans Nearly Created a Crisis With US Currency

How Figure-Hugging Jeans Nearly Created a Crisis With US Currency

Image via Shutterstock If you own a pair of jeans that fit so snugly that they can be confused for colored cling-wrap, chances are they contain a hefty amount of spandex. For the past twenty-odd years,

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