medicine
This Mini-MRI Scanner For Newborns is Ridiculously Cute

After 12 years of development, a miniature FMI scanner for newborns has been installed at a maternity hospital here in the UK—and it’s kind of adorable. Read More >>

transport
Full-Body Scanners are Now Compulsory ‘For Some Passengers’ at US Airports

Until now, you had the ability to opt-out of a trip through the US Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) full-body scanners and instead undergo of a thorough physical screening. But a new document issued by Homeland Security allows the TSA to make the scans mandatory ‘for some passengers’. Read More >>

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Brain-Computer Interface Sends Thoughts Across Internet via EEG Scanners

You may soon be able to send your anonymous internet hate messages directly to the brain of your intended victim (if you can trick her into putting the required headset on first), thanks to scientists successfully testing the brain-to-brain transmission of words. Read More >>

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How They Made the Most Famous Exploding Head in the Internet’s History

If you have been on the internet for at least a few months, you probably came across a version of the animated GIF above. You may be wondering a) where the hell does this exploding head come from or b) how the hell did they do it. The answer to a) is David Cronenberg's Scanners—and here's the answer to b: Read More >>

gadgets
A Tiny Mobile Scanner You Don’t Need a Steady Hand To Operate

Portable document scanners have existed for years, and you can even get models as small as a business card. The catch, however, is that you need to physically move the scanner across a document yourself, which often leads to mixed results. And that's why Doxie's new Flip is so wonderful; it's basically a tiny flatbed scanner (about the size of a tablet) that doesn't require you to move it at all. Read More >>

science
Giant CT Scanners Reveal All the Gory Details of a Mangled Car Wreck

CT, or computed tomography, scans are to x-rays what 3D films are to classic 2D flicks. But instead of being just some gimmick to pry more cash from the consumer's hands, CT scans result in 3D models that let doctors study internal medical conditions in amazing detail. But why stop there? Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute have now built a monstrous CT scanner that can scan entire cars and even shipping containers. Read More >>

wtf
Some Photocopiers are Going Rogue and Changing Numbers for Fun

Paper jams are the most basic weapon in copier vs. human warfare, but a few models of Xerox copiers are stepping up their game. They've been very stealthily going rogue and secretly changing a few key details of the docs they've been working on. Read More >>

3d printing
A Handheld 3D Scanner Could Let You Upload Your Whole World

3D printing is more popular and accessible than ever, with printers on course to get even cheaper in the near future. But printing is only one side of the equation, what about taking 3D pictures? There's a convenient, handheld gadget in the works that could do just that, and way cheaper than anything else has before. Read More >>

film
Lomography’s Smartphone Scanner Digitises Film Right to Your Mobile Device

Lomography has made sharing photos from a film camera a heck of a lot easier with its new Smartphone Scanner that's finally available from the company's online store. It replaces a desktop scanner and PC with a compact, collapsible rig that uses your smartphone's camera to digitise negatives and slides. Read More >>

patents
Watch Out: Insane Patent Trolls Now Chasing Individual Scanner Users

An incredible bit of patent abuse has been uncovered in the US, where a series of companies are trying to claim a patent on the act of scanning docs and emailing them -- and is asking for $1,000 per employee to overlook this apparent offence. Read More >>

giz explains
How QR Codes Work and Why They Suck So Hard

QR codes are a technology that desperately wants our attention. They appear everywhere from supermarket shelves and magazines to hiking trails and tombstones. Never heard of a QR code? You're looking at one right now. Scan the image at the top of this article, and it'll open a link to the mobile version...of this article. Very meta. Read More >>

reviews
Doxie Go Scanner: Yes, This Thing Is Actually Cool

Imagine a lightweight, battery-powered scanner with on-board storage that can function without a computer. No, we're not talking about some far-fetched gizmo Q might throw in the trunk of Bond's Aston Martin. We're talking about Apparent's Doxie Go, a real-world device you can sink your teeth into for £169. It only sounds like it belongs in a spy movie. Read More >>

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Future Supermarket Checkouts Could Recognise the Food, Not the Barcode

Besides the elderly gentleman paying in pennies, the biggest holdup at supermarket checkouts is the cashier finding an item's barcode and properly scanning. So Toshiba has developed a faster camera-based system that recognises the food, packaged or fresh. Read More >>