Monday, 09 Nov, 2009 Science

InfoNIAC Presents: Top 10 Latest Inventions of October 2009


Vote for the Best Invention of 2009

"InfoNIAC Presents" is a monthly article in which you will find brief information on the latest inventions described on each month. In this article you will find the top 10 latest inventions described on in October. You are also free to vote for one of the inventions if you consider it to be the most important (you will find the link to the poll at the bottom of this article).

State your opinion: what is the greatest invention in history of humanity? Leave your comments in our "Hot Discussions" column.

1. Software Automatically Spots Virus Attack and Generates Repair Patches

Martin Rinar, a professor of computer science at MIT, developed a program dubbed ClearView that can spot an attack of malware and generate patches aimed to repair the affected system. Read more...

2. System that Produces Electricity From Asphalt

Novotech teamed up with scientists from two Massachusetts universities to create a system able to turn the heat from asphalt into usable power. Read more...

3. Fingernail-size Chip Able to Store Up to 1TB of Data

Scientists from North Carolina State University created a finger-nail size chip with one terabyte storage capacity. Read more...

4. Handy Fuel-cell that Recharges Devices on the Move

Engineers from Toshiba created a portable fuel cell that can recharge gadgets by injecting methanol in the cell. The injection generates electricity by making use of a chemical reaction with oxygen. The recharging process is possible with a USB cable. Read more...

5. Smart Robotic Hand Gives Amputees the Feeling of Touch

Engineers from the Lund University in Sweden and Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna in Italy named their invention the Smart Hand. It represents a new generation of prosthesis hands that provide a sense of touch. Read more...

6. Robot That Tests Visual Implants for Sightless People

Engineers from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) created a remote-controlled robot that emulates the vision of an unsighted person with a visual prosthesis (like the artificial retina) implanted in the eye. Read more...

7. System That Informs Whether Doctors' Hands are Washed

Researchers from the University of Florida developed a system that makes sure doctors and nurses have their hands clean before starting a surgical procedure. The system is dubbed HyGreen and its main feature is a sensor that identifies the soap and waterless cleaners used by doctors. The system displays green light when the hands of the hospital staff entering a patient's room are clean. Read more...

8. Spider Pill That Examines the Body for Severe Conditions

Italian scientists developed a spider pill, which, when swallowed, scans for severe conditions such as colon cancer. It crawls though the body using small moving legs and features a small built-in camera. Read more...

9. Tiny Nuclear Battery

Scientists from the University of Missouri are currently developing a small, light radioisotope battery that would provide nuclear energy to power micro/nanoelectromechanical systems. Read more...

10. Ion Engine to Allow Rockets Reach Mars in 39 Days

Researchers from Ad Astra Rocket Company of Webster, Texas, are developing a Variable Specific Impulse Magnetoplasma Rocket (VASIMR), which would be a small-scale prototype of a rocket that would feature an engine that makes use of charged particles. The invention could help build rockets able to reach red planet much faster. Read more...

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80 votes

//8 Feb 24, 2010 01:00 PM | posted by: hanna
65 votes

//7 Jan 17, 2010 09:04 AM | posted by: melanie dela cruz
in this list i will choose the spider will
72 votes

//6 Dec 30, 2009 12:22 PM | posted by: imran
give complete details,documents and screen shots of every inventions
60 votes

//5 Nov 25, 2009 02:12 PM | posted by: XXXX
Nice Website:)
63 votes

//4 Nov 20, 2009 04:39 AM | posted by: Aaron
55 votes

//3 Nov 19, 2009 10:31 AM | posted by: Stew [InfoMANIAC]
i really like the idea of nuclear battery.
56 votes

//2 Nov 13, 2009 12:50 PM | posted by: alcotrazz [InfoMANIAC]
2. System that Produces Electricity From Asphalt - there was some similar experiment, where scientists tried to generate electricity from the vibrations of the street, which appeared from myriads of people walking it. quite useful could be(r) - master Yoda! :)
50 votes

//1 Nov 10, 2009 02:07 PM | posted by: greendan80 [InfoMANIAC]
From this list I choose the spider pill as the most useful invention and the ion engine as the most cool :)

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