Artist regrows Van Gogh's ear using his DNA

Artist Diemut Strebe made a living replica of Vincent van Gogh's ear, grown from genetic samples provided by Lieuwe van Gogh, the great-great-grandson of Vincent's brother Theo. They share about 1/16th of the same genes, including the Y-chromosome, passed down the male lineage. » 6/04/14 7:40pm 6/04/14 7:40pm

Familiar Headphones, Tweeting Strangers, and Other Stories We Didn't…

So much news passes before our collective eyes every day that we couldn't possibly cover it all. Mostly because much of it isn't worth covering! But here are a some borderline tidbits we passed on, just in case. » 8/29/11 8:00pm 8/29/11 8:00pm

Pioneer Creates Washer-Friendly Headphones For Dirty-Eared People

The product engineers at Pioneer know what it's like to pull out an ear bud and find it caked with sticky, gross ear wax. Rather than clean the earphones with your shirt, Pioneer wants you to throw them in your washing machine. » 6/14/11 10:53pm 6/14/11 10:53pm

Your Ears Might Be Better For Identification Than Your Fingerprints

On a planet hosting 6.7 billion human beings, having proof you're unique is of tantamount importance. The ear, it turns out, may be the best identification yet. » 11/12/10 8:40pm 11/12/10 8:40pm

Clean Your Ears, Because Airport Security Might Soon Be Scanning Them

New research says your ears are like snowflakes—completely unique in the world. Which is neat! But also means you have two giant finger prints on the side of your face, and airport security wants a look. » 10/11/10 11:40am 10/11/10 11:40am

Drive Alarm, In Your Ear, Keeping You Awake

This unusual-looking gadget is worn behind the ear, and wakes you up if you start to catch some Z's on the highway. It constantly measures the angle your head is resting at, and vibrates if you tip forward. Of course, if you fall asleep and lean back into your headrest, then it will happily let you careen off the road… » 8/15/07 2:47am 8/15/07 2:47am

USB Ear Scope Looks But Doesn't Pick

If we're going to look inside our ears, we prefer something like the Ear Scope GXL. Unlike this Thanko USB Ear Scope, there's a pick on the end of it so you can scrape out earwax. This Thanko one? It can only look. » 6/14/07 12:10pm 6/14/07 12:10pm

Mini Castle Mini Alarm For Your Ear

Although the idea of an in-ear alarm clock that doesn't bother your roommates is sound, this implementation is quite poor. The Mini Alarm does go inside your ear, but it hangs out so much that it's bound to fall out when you're flopping around like an injured whale during REM. » 5/29/07 4:00pm 5/29/07 4:00pm

Ear-Mounted LED Flashlight

Continuing our obsession with ear gadgets, I proudly report on this LED ear-mounted flashlight. It clips on like those Sony behind-the-ear headphones, freeing up your hands so you can easily roam in the dark. Eighteen hours of battery life per ear, thanks to the lithium batteries. » 4/04/07 10:10pm 4/04/07 10:10pm

Ear Force D2 Headset Lets You Nintendogs in Semi-Private

Ever spend five minutes yelling, "SIT! SIT! SIT!" at your DS only to have the other people on the subway get up and move away like you were a psycho? Check out this Ear Force D2 from Turtle Beach. This Nintendo DS headset includes both headphones and a mic, which means you can both hear and speak without bothering… » 3/21/07 8:00pm 3/21/07 8:00pm

Is it an Ear Infection?

Save money and spare your child from a trip to the doctor with this EarCheck ear infection diagnosis kit. Just stick it in, press the button, and you'll be able to diagnose on a scale of 1 to 5 whether or not your kid's in any danger. » 3/14/07 7:00pm 3/14/07 7:00pm

The Ear Scope GXL is the Ultimate in Self Ear Cleaning

Taking both the Ear Wax Camera and the LED Ear Wax Cleaner to the next level, this Ear Scope GXL is the last word on cleaning your own ears. If you're not comfortable with (or don't have) someone else cleaning your ears for you, this Ear Scope lets you peep into your own LED-lit ear canal for easy scraping. » 3/01/07 7:15pm 3/01/07 7:15pm

LED Lit Ear Wax Scooper: Dirty Ears Begone

My ears are waxy. The gooey kind. Is that too much information? Likely so. Regardless, I tell you because I need you help. This LED lit ear wax scooper was found in a random Korean grocery store, in between the air fresheners and the shower caps, by Andrew at DirtyNerdLuv. (Great name, btw. Nearly as good as BabyGotMac » 1/28/07 10:00am 1/28/07 10:00am

Harmony Bionic Ear System

Boston Scientific's bionic ear gets FDA approval today, perfectly timed to save the hearing of Metallica fans rounding 40+. The piece delivers 120 spectral bands, which is 5-10 times more than the competition. Hmm...120 bands? I bet that makes the world sound as if it were in MIDI. The internal sound processor hooks… » 9/27/06 5:57pm 9/27/06 5:57pm

The LED Earlight

Never in a million years would I have thought the Bluetooth headset market would develop into a bandwagon full of strange-looking ear modules, but I was proven wrong with the release of the Earlight. This looks a hell of a lot like a Bluetooth headset, but it does nothing wireless. All it can do is shine a light so… » 12/21/05 11:41am 12/21/05 11:41am