3D-printed fruit will help your real apples taste better

 There may be a pretender in your next box of fruit, a fake fruit that tracks temperatures, motion and shocks to ensure your plums are sweet and hard and your peaches are pretty as can be. Created by Empa, the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology, the project involves a 3D-printed apple that hides in with all the real apples and contains a number of sensors.… Read More

Internet of Bees device tracks hive health

 As we all know, the bee population is declining at an alarming rate, and while the causes are many, the solutions are few. At the very least, beekeepers need to keep an extra-close eye on their hives — which can be difficult when there are a few thousand of them. A Canadian researcher is working on a monitoring system that listens to the buzz and passes on word if things are going south. Read More

Google Home users will (soon?) be able to try new features early if they know where to look

 If you own a Google Home, you’re already on the cutting-edge of future-dwelling space astronauts who can shout things at their house and have it respond. Want to be even more cutting-edge? Though it hasn’t been formally announced, it looks like Google is working on a Google Home preview program that’ll grant early access to upcoming Home features to those who opt in. Read More