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The Free App That Connects Blind & Low Vision People with Sighted Volunteers

For someone who is blind or has impaired vision, Be My Eyes is a resource that makes everyday tasks easier. Sighted people sign up to be volunteers; when a blind or visually impaired person asks for assistance, the app video calls one of over a million volunteers to help. When someone starts a …

Apps

The 'new' battery that may be vital for a zero carbon future

Researchers have made a potentially vital breakthrough in the search for renewable energy storage.<p>We all know the issues that inefficient batteries can bring to our everyday lives.<p>One of the most important challenges for battery technology is finding a way to provide cheap, stable and efficient …

Clean Energy

Siren Diabetic Socks Monitor Temperature of Feet, Detects Early Signs of Injury

Many patients suffering from diabetes and diabetic neuropathy are prone to having foot ulcers that can be remarkably difficult to manage. The best …

Diabetes

FDA Gives First Clearance for Autonomous Diagnosis of Medical Condition

<b>IDx</b>, a company out of Coralville, Iowa, won FDA <i>de novo</i> clearance to introduce its artificial intelligence-powered IDx-DR diabetic retinopathy …

A massive, 'semi-infinite' trove of rare-earth metals has been found in Japan

Researchers have found hundreds of years' worth of critical rare-earth metals beneath Japanese waters — enough to supply to the world on a …

DARPA Is Researching Time Crystals, And Their Reasons Are 'Classified'

Mystery! Here's what you need to know.<p>The US military likes to stay at the forefront of the cutting edge of science - most recently investigating …

This Cancer 'Vaccine' Cured Tumours in Mice, And Human Trials Have Now Started

Yes!<p>An injectable "vaccine" delivered directly to tumours in mice has been found to eliminate all traces of those tumours, cancer researchers have …

Higgs factory a 'must for big physics'

<b>A top physicist says the construction of a "factory" to produce Higgs boson particles is a priority for the science community.</b><p>In an exclusive interview, Nigel Lockyer, head of America's premier particle physics lab, said studying the Higgs could hasten major discoveries.<p>He said momentum in the …

Physics

HxRefactored Interview with dacadoo, an Open API Health Score and Digital Engagement Platform

On Day 1 of HxRefactored, we heard from Matt Park, VP of North American Sales for <b>dacadoo</b>, about the company’s mobile patient engagement and Health …

Digital Health

Robot volleyball machine helps Japan team practise attacks

To perfect their attacks, some of Japan’s top volleyball players are training against a robot that can mimic the tactics of opposing teams.<p>The …

These self-driving tractors could make farming easier and greener https://t.co/A4rX5t7hgZ

Watch Elon Musk’s traffic-killing underground tunnel network go for a crazy test run

Tesla and SpaceX CEO (and now Boring Company founder) Elon Musk has debuted a test run of his traffic-killing underground tunnel system, supposedly capable of jettisoning cars 125 miles per hour to their destination. Musk says such a system would be able to <b>get drivers from Westwood to LAX in five</b> …

A Single Autonomous Car Has a Huge Impact on Alleviating Traffic - MIT Technology Review

It’s sometimes argued that the long-term benefits of self-driving cars, such as safer roads, may not be felt with much impact until robotic vehicles …

University of Illinois

Abbott Releases First Insertable Cardiac Monitor That Works with Your Smartphone

<b>Abbott</b> received the European CE Mark and is introducing its Confirm Rx Insertable Cardiac Monitor (ICM). Still sporting St. Jude Medical’s logo, now …

Apple’s Watch can detect an abnormal heart rhythm with 97% accuracy, UCSF study says

According to a study conducted through heartbeat measurement app Cardiogram and the University of California, San Francisco, the Apple Watch is 97 percent accurate in detecting the most common abnormal heart rhythm when paired with an AI-based algorithm.<p>The study involved 6,158 participants …

Smart sutures can monitor wounds as they heal

Someday, the thread holding your skin and tissues together after a surgical suture could beam info about your wound straight to your doctor. A team of Tufts University engineers have created smart threads made out of various materials, from cotton to synthetics, by dipping them into physical and …

Why You Can't Buy a Tesla in These 6 States

By Daniel Gatti<p>The state of Connecticut is a progressive state, with a strong track record of support for laws and policies that will reduce global …

Free App 'Reverb' Brings Amazon's Alexa to Mac Desktops, iPhones, and iPads

Developers at U.S. digital consultancy Rain have created a little-known app called Reverb that allows users to access Amazon's Alexa virtual assistant from their Mac desktop or iOS device.<p>Launching the free Mac app prompts users to sign in to their Amazon account, after which a window opens showing …

Smart Homes

DNA vaccines: Next defense against Zika, other invaders

Dr. Keith Hamilton took his turn in the patient chair and braced for the sting of an experimental Zika vaccine.<p>The injection was the easy part. Next, a nurse jabbed three tiny needles in his upper arm with a device that delivered two electrical jolts strong enough to flex muscle. He said it felt …

These on-demand drone lights are a clever idea

It's a marketing gimmick rather than a real product, but give it time<p>UK insurer Direct Line has a clever idea: drone streetlights you summon on your phone and that follow you around when you need them. As the video above shows, this is very much a marketing campaign rather than a real service, but …

Drones

The repair crew that can go where no human can

How do you make repairs inside a nuclear reactor? The answer may be small drones that can fly and walk.<p>The robotic hand reaches out and touches the football-sized drone hovering inside the curved metallic walls of the unfinished doughnut shaped structure. Black and white panels cover some of the …

These Scientists Are Teaching Kids to Spot Bullsh*T Health Advice

This should be mandatory learning.<p>In a world filled with dodgy TV doctors and viral Facebook posts, there's a lot of pseudoscience out there, and it …

This Augmented Reality Tool Makes Anyone Handy Enough To Be A Maker

By Adele Peters3 minute Read<p>Instead of driving to IKEA when you need a new bookcase or stool–and buying something that was shipped thousands of …

Augmented Reality

Imagine A Hyperloop That Uses Underwater Tunnels To Replace Cargo Ships

The underwater system would let cargo ships drop freight into massive hyperloop tunnels submerged 10 miles offshore. “You can see it as almost …

Uber Will Begin Picking Up Pittsburgh Users in Self-Driving Cars This Month

After years of planning, and testing phases over the last few months, Uber this month will begin allowing customers in Pittsburgh to summon self-driving cars from within its ride-hailing app. As noted by <i>Bloomberg</i>, "no automotive or technology company has yet achieved" the public launch of a …

Kinect 3D Camera Used to Assess Walking of MS Patients

In a recent journal of <i>IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics</i>, researchers from McGill University in Canada have described the development …

IoT-enabled Smart Fridge helps manage vaccines and saves lives - Internet of Things

While vaccines save millions of lives each year and are among the most cost-effective health interventions ever developed, about 1.5 million children …

Chatbot lawyer overturns 160,000 parking tickets in London and New York

Free service DoNotPay helps appeal over $4m in parking fines in just 21 months, but is just the tip of the legal AI iceberg for its 19-year-old creator<p>An artificial-intelligence lawyer chatbot has successfully contested 160,000 parking tickets across London and New York for free, showing that …

Stanford University

Fail-Safe Nuclear Power - MIT Technology Review

In February I flew through the interior of a machine that could represent the future of nuclear power. I was on a virtual-reality tour at the …

Nuclear Energy

Robotic Crawling Assistant for Kids at Risk of Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral palsy (CP) can be detrimental to the physical development of a child, but the earlier therapy is initiated the better are its results. The …