There's a new desk on the market, though it's a bit smarter than your average contraption. Called the Stir Kinect Desk M1, it sports built-in electronics and a motorized platform that rises up and down to keep you from sitting on your rump all day long. Unless of course you'd prefer to sit for hours on end, then it will dutifully stay in place. Otherwise, there's some interesting functionality to play with.
Larry Page, co-founder and chief executive officer of Google, has been diagnosed with vocal cord paralysis, a nerve problem that causes the vocal cord to not move properly. Page disclosed his ailment today on his Google+ page, adding that symptoms first showed up to his left vocal cord 14 years ago when he "got a bad cold," one that made his voice hoarse. Such things happen, and so he didn't think too much of it at the time. Imagine his surprise when a doctor dropped the bombshell.
A new shoe with GPS technology is being pitched as a wearable tracking device to help caretakers keep tabs on patients who suffer from Alzheimer's disease and dementia. The kicks have a tracking device nestled into the right sole, along with a GSM/CDMA antenna that extends up behind the heel, all of which is hidden out of sight and implemented in such a way that the wearer won't feel them.
Many of us are past the Thanksgiving holiday and are fully in the middle of the post-Thanksgiving guilt trip. The turkey and various accoutrements have been consumed to the point of gluttony, and many of us are suffering through the adverse affect the Thanksgiving holiday has on our waistline. In the interest of assisting our readers return to their pre-holiday state of health, we're featuring OptumizeMe as our Windows Phone 7 App of the Week.
The adventures of Sherlock Holmes have been wowing us with his fierce intellect, uncanny forensic prowess and rampant drug abuse since 1887. In 1939, Batman hit the scene, filling the criminals of Gotham with dread thanks to his highly developed detective skills, an encyclopedic knowledge of multiple sciences, wicked gadgets and a deep grief-fuelled psychosis. Montgomery Scott —Scotty—the beloved Chief Engineer of the U.S.S Enterprise: Thanks to his knowledge of particle physics, warp theory and a lifetime’s worth of hands-on experience, he was able to pluck his crew mates from the clutches of a fiery death countless times. Sadly, he too had his faults: routinely lied to his superior officers about repair times and spent his off-hours soaking himself in scotch, whiskey and something green? Don’t we geeks deserve a better class of hero? If our heroes are flawed, can’t they at least be real people? We’d like to think so. There have been so many scientists, innovators and educators throughout history that deserve to be elevated higher than the fictional ideals we idolize and talk about on a daily basis. To give you an idea of what we’re talking about, we’ve put together a short list of eight real-life geek heroes who, while never doing battle with the Klingons, jumped from rooftop to rooftop or solved an crime that confounded Scotland Yard, still managed to make the lives of thousands—even millions of people in some cases—a little bit brighter.
Go ahead and call your mother, she'd love to hear from you. No home phone, you say? No worries, chatting on your mobile phone is probably safe. It's not going to cause tentacles to grow out of your head, if that's what you're worried about, and according to a Danish study of more than 350,000 people, cellphone users aren't at a higher risk of getting cancer.
It was just two months ago that the WHO decided to reclassify cell phones as “potentially carcinogenic”, calling for increased scrutiny. A new review of available evidence published on Saturday aims to clarify the situation. The paper, authored by cancer experts from the US, UK, and Sweden finds that the evidence is “increasingly against” a link between mobile phone use and cancer.
Everytime Google starts a blog post with "An update on", we cring, knowing that a tool or product is getting the axe. Today, two Google products that failed to receive wide support are being killed by Mountain View. Google Health and Google PowerMeter are described in the recent blog post as “influential models” that just failed to scale. Google is offering users plenty of time to get data out before the plug is completely pulled, though.
A nonprofit organization called the Environmental Health Trust (EHT) is lobbying the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to "stop flip-flopping and acknowledge and publicize the risks of cell phone radiation." What the EHT ultimately wants is for the FCC to force cell phone makers to slap a warning label on their devices.
"In terms of awareness of microwave radiation risks from cell phones, the U.S. is far behind other countries, including Switzerland, Israel, France, and Germany," says EHT founder Devra Lee Davis, PhD, MPH. "These nations require cell phone makers to publicize radiation rates directly on phones sold to their citizens, provide special labeling for low radiation phones, and restrict their use by children, who are more vulnerable to radiation."
Cell phone radiation continues to be a controversial topic that pops up from time to time. Back in the summer of 2010, CITA, a group representing mobile phone operators, sought to block an ordinance that requires retailers to post information about the Specific Absorption Rate for phones they sell. Prior to that, The Environment Working Group released a chart showing which mobile phones emit the most radiation.
Scientists at the University of California, Irvine (UC Irvine) are exploring ways to image cancerous lesions using LEDs, according to a report in Science Daily.
What the scientists hope is that LEDs will advance a techniques for treating cancer called photodynamic therapy (PDT). PDT involves injecting photosensitizing chemicals that absorb light into a tumor, which is then exposed to light. The chemicals generate oxygen radicals from the light energy, wiping out cancer cells in the process.
Towards that end, UC Irvine has designed a new device with an array of five different colors of LEDs that light up the skin with distinct intensity patterns. The resulting images reveal the biochemistry of the tissue.
"Through this imaging modality, it is now possible to assess how the therapeutic light will travel throughout the affected tissue, quantify the drug present within the lesion, and monitor its efficacy during treatment," says Rolf Saager, who works in the lab of Anthony Durkin a the Beckman Laser Institute at UC Irvine.
The hope is that this imaging technique will draw out a better map for targeting and optimizing photodynamic therapy for basal cell carcinoma, which is the most common type of skin cancer.