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"Hearables," fungi, the history of both humanity and the bandana and so much more from the web

Fungi’s Many Life-Changing Uses While there are 144,000 discovered species of fungi on the planet, there could be many more—millions more, in fact. But finding fungi and sorting out whether or not they contain any useful chemical compounds comes down to chance. The serendipity, scientists argue, is what led to great discoveries like penicillin—so hope for similar-level finds persists. Recent tests may have uncovered compounds …

This Smart Dress Sheds Light on Harassment and Groping

For a project highlighting everyday harassment, Ogilvy and Schweppes created touch-sensitive dresses that reveal how often women are groped at clubs in Brazil. The sensor-embedded dress, made for the The Dress for Respect project, also measures pressure of each touch. During the experiment, three women wore the dresses and were touched 157 times in just four hours, with researchers tracking it all in real-time. Heat-sensors identified the …

AirPods Will Overtake Smartwatches

Market forecasters believe they’ve confirmed the next big movement in wearable tech: ear-pods with the functionality of a smartphone. Essentially, it’s believed that ear-pods will take over smartwatch features and marketshare in under five years—thanks to upcoming patents on biometric measuring and Siri’s arrival in AirPods 2, among other updates. Directions, messaging, web browsing and more will become easier with the advancement of in-ear tech, …