//Should be placed in the header of every page. This won't fire any events

Innovative Start Up Challenges 'Big Cell'

Are you ready to pay $19 per month, without a contract, for mobile phone service? That is what a new start up is offering by switching between WiFi and a standard carrier network.

What's the Latest Development?

A start up mobile phone company is refining a business model it believes can challenge the dominance of major cell phone carriers. Called Republic Wireless, the North Carolina-based firm offers unlimited voice, text, and data service for $19 per month, with no contract. The key is the ability of its phone to switch between an available WiFi signal and Sprint's cellular network. The only phone available to Republic customers is an LG Optimus S running Android 2.3 Gingerbread.

What's the Big Idea?

Republic Wireless is the perfect example of an innovative start up out maneuvering large businesses, in this case, behemoths like AT&T or Verizon. While the company has yet to find its exact formula, it thinks $19 per month for unlimited voice, text and data stands a good chance against the pricy two-year contracts required by other carriers. However, no contract means purchasing the phone up front, which at $200 is not the friendly hello everyone might be looking for. The plan is best for people who have frequent access to WiFi hotspots.

Photo credit: shutterstock.com

3D printing might save your life one day. It's transforming medicine and health care.

What can 3D printing do for medicine? The "sky is the limit," says Northwell Health researcher Dr. Todd Goldstein.

Northwell Health
Sponsored by Northwell Health
  • Medical professionals are currently using 3D printers to create prosthetics and patient-specific organ models that doctors can use to prepare for surgery.
  • Eventually, scientists hope to print patient-specific organs that can be transplanted safely into the human body.
  • Northwell Health, New York State's largest health care provider, is pioneering 3D printing in medicine in three key ways.
Keep reading Show less

Neuroprosthetics and deep brain stimulation: Two big neuroscience breakthroughs

Neuroscience is working to conquer some of the human body's cruelest conditions: Paralysis, brain disease, and schizophrenia.

  • Neuroscience and engineering are uniting in mind-blowing ways that will drastically improve the quality of life for people with conditions like epilepsy, paralysis or schizophrenia.
  • Researchers have developed a brain-computer interface the size of a baby aspirin that can restore mobility to people with paralysis or amputated limbs. It rewires neural messages from the brain's motor cortex to a robotic arm, or reroutes it to the person's own muscles.
  • Deep brain stimulation is another wonder of neuroscience that can effectively manage brain conditions like epilepsy, Parkinson's, and may one day mitigate schizophrenia so people can live normal, independent lives.
Keep reading Show less

Why the south of Westeros is the north of Ireland

As Game of Thrones ends, a revealing resolution to its perplexing geography.

Image: YouTube / Doosh
Strange Maps
  • The fantasy world of Game of Thrones was inspired by real places and events.
  • But the map of Westeros is a good example of the perplexing relation between fantasy and reality.
  • Like Britain, it has a Wall in the North, but the map only really clicks into place if you add Ireland.
Keep reading Show less

Why it’s hard to tell when high-class people are incompetent

A recent study gives new meaning to the saying "fake it 'til you make it."

Surprising Science
  • The study involves four experiments that measured individuals' socioeconomic status, overconfidence and actual performance.
  • Results consistently showed that high-class people tend to overestimate their abilities.
  • However, this overconfidence was misinterpreted as genuine competence in one study, suggesting overestimating your abilities can have social advantages.
Keep reading Show less
//This will actually fire event. Should be called after consent was verifed