Tariq Hafez

12,071 Flips | 4 Magazines | 98 Likes | 33 Following | 356 Followers | @tshafez | Technophile, modern doctor, living in the UK and interested in emerging trends, healthcare, NHS, technology and the Future

Russia Thinks It Can Use Nukes to Fly to Mars in 45 Days—If It Can Find the Rubles

You do not want to go to Mars. At least, not with today's engines powering the trip. A chemically propelled voyage would take 18 months, one way. …

Patent application could see the Apple Watch calling 911 when it detects a heart-attack

A patent application describes how the Apple Watch and iPhone could work together to detect medical emergencies like a heart attack, and automatically call 911.<p>While the patent wording doesn’t specifically name either the Apple Watch or iPhone, the meaning of one electronic device cooperating with …

Hospitals and airlines – on the same safety journey

<b>In the august London-clubland surroundings of the Royal Society and Lancaster House, a high-level conference has taken place this week.</b><p>Westminster politics, scientific research and diplomatic matters have not been on the agenda.<p>Instead, this international gathering was all about making hospitals …

Radiation Therapy

Junior Doctors Strike: Jeremy Hunt 'Significantly Less Popular' Than NHS Medics, YouGov Pollster Reveals

A director at pollster firm YouGov revealed on Thursday the extent to which Jeremy Hunt's popularity is suffering in comparison to the junior doctors …

Sepsis: Causes, Symptoms & Treatment

When the body gets an infection, the immune system normally works to fight it in order to make the body healthy again. Sometimes, though, the body …

Poster has every exploratory endeavor into space from 1959-2015

This beautiful poster from Pop Chart Lab "traces the trajectories of every orbiter, lander, rover, flyby, and impactor to ever slip the surly bonds …

Turn off the Alzheimer's disease - Scienmag: Latest Science and Health News

A group of the Lomonosov Moscow State University scientists, together with their colleagues from the Institute of Molecular Biology, Russian Academy …

Can a probiotic pill fight cavities?

A new strain of bacteria in the mouth may offer a way to keep bad bacteria in check—and could lead to a way to prevent cavities using …

New Alzheimer’s Treatment Fully Restores Memory Function

Of the mice that received the treatment, 75 percent got their memory function back.<p>Australian researchers have come up with a non-invasive ultrasound …

We're Already Violating Virtual Reality's First Code of Ethics

Two German philosophers developed the first virtual reality code of ethics to help stave off our descent into a Matrix-esque hell, but we're already violating that code.<p>It seems as though the advent of any radically new technology is inevitably accompanied by a mad scramble to legislate its proper …

Your Future Smartphone Might Be Made With Diamonds

Silicon runs hot, and just keeping the material cool enough for electronics to work ends up using a lot of energy; in a massive data center, around …

UC Berkeley

If you think drones are scary, don't read this (pictures)

Bionic fingertip lets an amputee feel textures again

An artificial fingertip that enables the wearer to distinguish textures in real time could lead to significant advancements in bionic prostheses.<p>The device, which interfaces directly with the nerves of the amputee, requires surgical installation but can be tested on non-amputees without surgery by …

Robotics

Miracle electronics material could help create clean water

A material said to be around 1 million times thinner than paper could one day help us create clean water.<p>Graphene, a layer of graphite one atom …

Hyperloop deal would link three European capitals

One of the companies vying to make Elon Musk's transportation dream a reality has signed a deal with the government of Slovakia to explore building a three-country Hyperloop. Crowdsourced engineering project Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT) will look into a route that links three …

Scientists made cutting edge ‘smart skin’ with Post-its, foil and tape

Human skin may be the ultimate multitasker: It can sense pressure, feel temperature and detect humidity and motion –all at the same time. It’s no wonder, then, that it’s been tricky and expensive for scientists to create a direct analog for the stuff.<p>But those scientists weren’t Muhammad Mustafa …

Wearable Tech

U.K. Snooper's Charter Appears To Break European Privacy Law, Says U.N. Expert

The British government’s “snooper’s charter” appears to go against major European judgements that forbid mass surveillance, according to the United …

Number of kidney stone cases increases by 115% in 10 years | Society | The Guardian

An increase in obesity may account for the greater prevalence of the condition, which can be mitigated by drinking enough water<p>Emergency hospital admissions for kidney stones have risen by 115% in a decade, figures indicate.<p>Related: Should I stop drinking bottled water?

Domestic Violence Victims Are Twice As Likely To Deliver Premature Babies

A new study highlights just how important it is for OBGYNs to screen pregnant women for abuse.<p>Women who experience domestic violence while pregnant are twice as likely to give birth to a premature baby or a baby with low birth weight, according to a new study.<p>Researchers from the University of Iowa …

Domestic Violence

ADHD is vastly overdiagnosed and many children are just immature, say scientists

Many children are needlessly prescribed drugs to combat ADHD when they are just immature, a study suggests<p>Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is vastly over-diagnosed with many cases simply immature children who are the youngest in their class, a new study suggests.<p>The term ADHD is …

Big plans for Integrating Renewable Energy Into China's Electricity Grid

<i>Source: UNIDO, 2014-DG visits UNIDO Solar Energy Center in Lanzhou, China (UNIDO, 2014).</i><p>The world's biggest investor in renewable energy. The largest installed capacity of wind and solar power of any country. The fastest installation rate of new renewable energy generation.<p>The number of world …

Renewable Energy

New plastic-eating bacteria could help save planet

<b>(CNN) —</b> Scientists in Japan have discovered a strain of bacteria that can eat plastic, a finding that might help solve the world's fast-growing plastic pollution problem.<p>The species fully breaks down one of the most common kinds of plastic called Polyethylene terephthalate (PET). It's the type …

Pollution

Tumours shrunk 'dramatically' in 11 days

<b>A pair of drugs can dramatically shrink and eliminate some breast cancers in just 11 days, UK doctors have shown.</b><p>They said the "surprise" findings, reported at the European Breast Cancer Conference, could mean some women no longer need chemotherapy.<p>The drugs, tested on 257 women, target a specific …

Cancer

Package Guard takes alarming approach to porch pirates

Compulsive shoppers aren't the only ones benefitting from the rise of online retailers, with unattended packages providing plenty of opportunity for …

Subaru's new modular platform will be cheaper, smoother and safer

Fuji Heavy Industries has unveiled the new architecture that will underpin Subaru's next generation of cars. The Subaru Global Platform (SGP) is …

Self-driving Fords are keeping their cool in the snow

The main weapon in the autonomous car's arsenal against snow is the LiDAR sensor. LiDAR (or Light Detection And Ranging) is widely used by autonomous …

Vie Shair headphones swap cushions for air frames to improve comfort

Most over-ear headphones available are either open- or closed-back, with the latter providing enhanced isolation and less sound leakage. One …

Lab-grown eye tissue restores rabbits' vision

In what marks important progress toward a future where defective vision could be treated with lab-grown eyeball components, an international team of …

NASA sets new launch date for Mars InSight mission

According to NASA, today's announcement comes after a meeting with France's space agency, Centre National d'Études Spatiales (CNES), which built the …

A modular invasion? Innovative LG G5 hits US shores in early April

We don't yet know if the LG G5 will provide as good an all-around experience as Samsung's new flagships, but the company did have the single most …