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Top 50 Science Ideas in April

From Inexpensive 3D-Printed Braces to Personal Genetics Kits

— April 23, 2016 — Tech
The top April 2016 science ideas showcase a consumer curiosity around newly democratized health services such as at-home DNA testing and tangible applications of futuristic technologies such as 3D printing.

The Bento Lab Personal DNA Kit provides hopeful scientists with everything they need to analyze their own genetics. The ultra-compact set is easily transportable and a more accessible alternative to options such as paid genetics testing services.

Meanwhile, the 3DS Culinary Lab in Los Angeles is a state of the art 3D printing facility specifically focusing on innovating around computer-made food. The stunning facility resides within a historic building that provides a glitzy environment in which to learn about this seemingly futuristic science in its demonstration kitchen.
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Activity
Freshness
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Tornado Threat Apps
Tornado Threat Apps
The Storm Team App Warns Of Impending Tornados and Thunderstorms
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49
Satellite-Repairing Robots
Satellite-Repairing Robots
DARPA's Robotic Servicing Vehicle Can Repair Satellites In Orbit
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48
Bionic Heart Tissues
Bionic Heart Tissues
The 'Cyborg Heart Patch' Functions and Operates Like a Human Heart
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47
Ice-Proof Synthetic Sprays
Ice-Proof Synthetic Sprays
This Rubber Coating Thwarts Ice by Allowing it to Simply Slide Off
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46
Racecar Simulation Pods
Racecar Simulation Pods
The Motion Simulation Room Recreates the Thrill Of Racecar Driving
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45
Scorpion-Inspired Robots
Scorpion-Inspired Robots
The Scorpion Hexapod Can Automatically Respond to Interactions
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44
3D-Printed Sitars
3D-Printed Sitars
3DLI Has Created the World's First Functional 3D-Printed Sitars
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43
Space Travel Webseries
Space Travel Webseries
JJ Abrams' Latest Project Follows the Scientists Behind Space Travel
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42
Microscopic Exploration Games
Microscopic Exploration Games
The Viva Ex Vivo Game Requires You To Navigate Microscopic Threats
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41
Unmanned Undersea Vehicles
Unmanned Undersea Vehicles
The Echo Voyager Autonomous Submarine Can Operate For Months At a Time
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40
Sonar Finger-Tracking Devices
Sonar Finger-Tracking Devices
This Mobile Sonar Technology Can Enable Finger-Tracking Gadgets
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39
Side-Loading Cannon Systems
Side-Loading Cannon Systems
BAE Systems' New Innovation Saves Time and Space
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38
Miniature Smartphone Microscopes
Miniature Smartphone Microscopes
The uPeek Microscope Can Fit Inside Your Wallet
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37
Offshore Wind Farms
Offshore Wind Farms
The Block Island Wind Farm Will Be Located In the State of Rhode Island
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36
Extended Usage Drone Batteries
Extended Usage Drone Batteries
The New Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Pushes Battery Technology Forward
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35
Heart-Repairing Patches
Heart-Repairing Patches
New Heart Patch Technology Helps Repair Damage from Attacks
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34
Laser Windmill Installations
Laser Windmill Installations
The Windlicht Project Uses Green LED Beams to Link Win Turbine Blades
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33
Cognitive Learning Automotives
Cognitive Learning Automotives
Capio Enhances Vehicles with Intuitive Speech Recognition
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32
Tactile Bionic Fingertips
Tactile Bionic Fingertips
This Bionic Fingertip Helps Amputees Feel Surfaces
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31
Cavity-Detecting Dental Devices
Cavity-Detecting Dental Devices
The Ortek ECD Provides Cavity Protection for Dental Professionals
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30
Reaction-Reading Apps
Reaction-Reading Apps
This Face-Reading App Lets You Assess People's Reactions to Things
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29
Edible Waste Fungi
Edible Waste Fungi
The Fungi Mutarium Transforms Plastic Garbage into Mushrooms for Consumption
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28
Speedy Server-Based Frameworks
Speedy Server-Based Frameworks
The Polaris Framework Helps Load Websites Faster Than Normal
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27
Personal Genetics Kits
Personal Genetics Kits
The 'Bento Lab' Personal DNA Lab Lets Anyone Foray into Biology
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26
Instant Learning Inventions
Instant Learning Inventions
HRL Laboratories Has Discovered a Way to Mimic Matrix-Like Learning
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25
Transforming 3D Materials
Transforming 3D Materials
Harvard Creates a Technique for Structures to De-Form in Dozens of Ways
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24
Torpedo-Targeting Systems
Torpedo-Targeting Systems
The Command Combat System Enables Efficient and Targeted Torpedo Firing
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23
Nutrition-Monitoring Necklaces
Nutrition-Monitoring Necklaces
This Gadget Monitors Chewing Noises to Analyze Consumption Habits
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22
Weather-Monitoring Bicycles
Weather-Monitoring Bicycles
This Touring Bike is Loaded With Weather-Monitoring Gadgets
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21
Breast Cancer-Detecting Bras
Breast Cancer-Detecting Bras
This Bra Detects Abnormalities That May Indicate Breast Cancer
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20
3D Imaging Sensors
3D Imaging Sensors
The Walabot Image Scanner Lets Users See Through Solid Objects
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19
Opacity-Adjusting Smart Windows
Opacity-Adjusting Smart Windows
These Smart Windows' Transparency Can Be Altered In Seconds
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18
Diabetic-Friendly Breads
Diabetic-Friendly Breads
This New Bread Dough Helps Maintain Glucose Levels During Digestion
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17
Hyper-Black Spray Paints
Hyper-Black Spray Paints
The Vantablack S-VIS Spray Paint is As Black As Can Be
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16
Self-Focusing Contact Lenses
Self-Focusing Contact Lenses
This Contact Lens Technology is Inspired By the Elephant Nose Fish
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15
High-Tech Duct Tape
High-Tech Duct Tape
These Researchers Have Designed Tape Embedded with Electrical Circuits
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14
Milk-Made Eco Fabrics
Milk-Made Eco Fabrics
Qmilk Creates Sustainable Fabric Made From Milk Ingredients
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13
Vision-Perfecting Lenses
Vision-Perfecting Lenses
Ocumetics' Bionic Lens Improves 20/20 Vision Three Times Over
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12
Inexpensive 3D-Printed Braces
Inexpensive 3D-Printed Braces
This College Student Used a 3D Printer to Make Custom Braces
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11
3D Printing Culinary Labs
3D Printing Culinary Labs
The 3DS Culinary Lab in La is an Office and Educational Hub
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10
Eco-Friendly Building Materials
Eco-Friendly Building Materials
This Company is Making Eco-Friendly Cement Out of Burnt Clay
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9
Bespoke Bodily Devices
Bespoke Bodily Devices
This Orthosis is Designed For Paresis' Patients Rehabilitation
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8
Jet Lag-Eliminating Airplanes
Jet Lag-Eliminating Airplanes
The A350 XWB Jet Can Change Time Zones Without Causing Jet Lag
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7
Responsive Diabetes Wristbands
Responsive Diabetes Wristbands
This Graphene Bracelet is a Corrective Blood Sugar Monitor
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6
Gecko-Inspired Robots
Gecko-Inspired Robots
This Climbing Robot Was Developed At Stanford University
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5
Diabetic Shoe Sensors
Diabetic Shoe Sensors
This Smart Shoe Sole Can Help Reduce the Risk of Diabetes Complications
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4
Plastic-Eating Bacteria
Plastic-Eating Bacteria
A New Bacterium Could Break Down PET Plastic to Eliminate Waste
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3
Amphibious Underwater Drones
Amphibious Underwater Drones
The CRACUNS Drone Can Float Up From Underwater and Take To the Sky
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2
Hydrogen Supercar Concepts
Hydrogen Supercar Concepts
The H2 Speed is the World's First High-Performance Hydrogen-Powered Car
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1
Rollable Cement Alternatives
Rollable Cement Alternatives
This Alternative to Cement is Twice as Strong and Easier to Transport
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