science
Fur, Feathers, Hair, and Scales May Have the Same Ancient Origin

New research shows that the processes involved in hair, fur, and feather growth are remarkably similar to the way scales grow on fish—a finding that points to a single, ancient origin of these protective coverings. Read More >>

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This Freaky Gecko Detaches Its Giant Scales to Escape Predators

Many lizards are capable of detaching their tails when a predator strikes, but one group of geckos has evolved a particularly gruesome escape strategy: unusually large scales that tear off when a predator tries to take hold, allowing the tiny animals to break free. Read More >>

health
Withings’ Connected Scale Now Tracks the Health of Your Heart Too

A record of your progress is a fantastic motivator when you’re trying to lose weight, which is probably why a connected scale from Withings has been popular enough to warrant a fourth iteration already. But the latest version, now called the Body Cardio, adds an additional metric for measuring the health of your heart as well. Read More >>

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A Gorgeous Wooden Kitchen Scale That Masquerades as a Cutting Board

Successful baking requires strict adherence to a recipe and precise measurements, which is made easier with a scale at your disposal. But if the last thing you want is another ugly appliance cluttering up your kitchen counters, feast your eyes on the lovely GKILO scale (pronounced kilo) which when not in use looks like another wooden cutting board. Read More >>

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Everyone’s a Master Bartender With This App-Connected Drink Scale

You've mastered opening your guest's beers with your bare hands, but what about when a dinner party calls for something a little more sophisticated? You can try you hand as an amateur mixologist, hoping you've got the proportions right for the perfect cocktail. Or wait for Brookstone's new Perfect Drink system that guarantees precise pours. Read More >>

health
This Bathroom Scale Also Suggests Exercises To Maintain Your Weight

Good news if you're tired of your personal fitness trainer's constant nagging you about eating healthy and staying active. You can just replace them with this bathroom scale that not only tells you how much you weigh, but also what kind of activities you can do to maintain your current physique. Read More >>

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The Last Thing a Kitchen Scale Needs Is a Built-In Video Display

Besides a sleek design or the promise of ridiculous accuracy, there's not much a company can do to differentiate a kitchen scale from the rest of the pack. Or is there? The creators of this kitchen scale think they found the key to woo customers: a built-in full color LCD display for watching videos. Read More >>

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Scientists Build Scales That Can Weigh a Single Proton

How do you weigh an atom? To be honest, that's a question with plenty of problems which need answering, but one thing's certain: you need some accurate scales. Now, scientists have made a set that can measure the smallest unit of mass, the yoctogram—which is less than the mass of a single proton. Read More >>

health
Glowing Scale Looks Like a Star Trek-Inspired Transporter To a Thinner You

Medisana's TargetScale is another wireless weight-monitoring solution that reports back to a smartphone so you can better track your progress. But its real appeal is a set of animated glowing rings that will make your bathroom feel like Captain Kirk's most private quarters. Read More >>

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Fitbit’s New WiFi Scale Looks Awesomely Familiar

Fitbit is showing off a new WiFi scale that tracks your weight and sends it to a database. Oh, hey, Withings much? Sure. But it's a concept whose time has come, and this looks like a well-done version. Read More >>