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Electronic Gadgets

"Gadget" is a catch-all word these days for nifty devices. We've covered the basics, such as clocks & watches, plus delved into the world of present-day and future high-tech gadgets, such as digital jewelry and restaurant pagers.

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Was there an error in the CERN team's timing of faster-than-light neutrinos?

In September 2011, CERN announced that researchers had measured a particle moving faster than the speed of light. How did those initial findings hold up under further scrutiny?

How does CERN synchronize timing devices?

When you start talking about potentially shooting particles around faster than the speed of light, it's natural for people to wonder how on earth you can time such tests. So what does CERN do to make sure their instruments all have the same time?

What's the difference between quartz and liquid crystal?

You may have heard about quartz and liquid crystal in reference to wristwatches, but do you know how the two materials make the time tick by?

Are there really condoms with QR codes?

If you left your house at all in the last couple of years or so, you've seen QR codes all over the place. Scan one with your smartphone and you can check in with friends, buy a new shirt or even brag about the sex you just had.

Can clothing neutralize pollution?

Here's a new pollution fighting idea: What if our clothing could clean the air it touched, while we were simply walking around going about our business?

Are nanomaterials dangerous?

Nanomaterials can be used to improve everyday objects in ways you might normally take for granted. But are nanomaterials dangerous, too?

What is the Board of Awesomeness?

A product with a name as audacious as "The Board of Awesomeness," had better be, well, awesome. So, does Chaotic Moon's latest creation deliver?

How can you hear a call on a smartphone that doesn't have a speaker?

All smartphones have a speaker so you can hear what the person on the other end of the line has to say. But what if your smartphone didn't have a speaker?

How SpnKiX Works

With so much technology focused on making transportation more efficient, wouldn't it be good to see true alternative forms of mobility? How about motorized skates you strap to your feet?

Can a T-shirt turn sound into electricity?

Let's say you like to go shows. You also like to have your smartphone all juiced up so you can tell everyone how hard you're rocking out. This funky phone charger could help out with that.

What is Google Goggles?

Goggles is a Google invention that allows you to search for information using visual clues from the real world. Take a gander at Goggles in this article.

Can mobile devices really be waterproof?

Thanks to nanotechnology, you may no longer need to live in fear of dropping your smartphone in the toilet or sink. Is dependable waterproofing for smartphones and tablets really happening?

Can I turn my iPhone into a guitar amp?

You can use an iPhone to tune your guitar, learn chords, and even record new songs. But can you really replace your amplifier and effects pedals with the same device you used to book a show?

How Power Felt Works

What if a piece of fabric could charge your iPod while you run, or fuel your flashlight when the power's out? Think how power felt could change your world.

What's a mystery clock?

Mystery clocks represent that enigmatic intersection between horology and magic. What makes their floating hands move and keep time so well?

How the 4moms Origami Stroller Works

So, you're a new parent and you want some high-tech baby gadgetry that'll make you standout at playgroup? This state-of-the-art stroller should do the trick.

Are premium audio cables worth the investment?

The sales guy says you need premium audio cables if you want premium sound. Is he telling you the truth, or is he just trying to make a buck?

How ChronoTrack B-Tags Work

You've trained for 16 long weeks, and the day of your very first marathon has dawned -- exceedingly early, we might add. How are the race directors going to ensure that your premier time is clocked as accurately as possible?

Earbuds vs. Headphones

Audiophiles like to debate the pros and cons of speakers, headphones and earphones. When it comes to earbuds and headphones, though, they might just want at least one pair of each.

5 Awesome Gadgets That Never Made It

These days, it's easy to get caught up in the pre-release hype surrounding the hottest new gadgets. Some devices look like they'll be duds even before they launch. Others look like sure bets -- and aren't.

How the Basis B1 Band Works

It's sort of like an MP3 player, only it's way more interested in tracking your vitals than in playing the latest Adele track. Ready to meet a device that could change the face of technology, according to the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show?

How Synthesizers Work

Can you think of an instrument more influential in modern music than the electric guitar? How about the synthesizer? From analog to digital, synthesizers have changed the landscape of sound as we know it.

How Electronic Tattoos Work

Nope, it's not a tramp stamp that lights up, but this slim, circuitry-filled sticker could save your life someday. And that's pretty cool, isn't it?

What is optical audio?

As companies dream up better audio and video standards and storage media, they also add new ways to send it crisply from your gear to your ear, and optical audio is one of them.

How BrailleTouch Works

The BrailleTouch allows touch typing for the visually impaired -- and more. Check out this innovative, game-changing tech in this article.

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