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Elderly Spaniards Can Get Medical Checkups Via Kinect

Long-lived Basque Country is piloting a system aimed at reducing healthcare costs with remote sensors.<p>In Spain's Basque Country, some of the oldest residents are getting the newest communications technology. The region is piloting a system that allows doctors to monitor elderly patients remotely …

FYI: Why Doesn't Plan B Work For Heavier Women?

Even a double dose of the morning-after contraception isn't likely to work.<p>If you're a lady—or even if you're not—you might have heard already. <i>Mother Jones</i> reported on Monday that a European manufacturer of a pill identical to Plan B One-Step, the U.S.' best-known "morning-after pill," is warning …

Can Red Wine Really Heal Cancer And Prolong Your Life?

Well, how much can you drink? (It better be a lot.)<p>The health benefits of resveratrol, a compound found in the skin of grapes (and thus in red wine), have long been known. Studies have indicated that it serves as an antioxidant, that it has anti-tumor properties, that it can help you live longer, …

FYI: What’s The Most Durable Way To Store Information?

1. Engrave it on a piece of platinum. 2. Bury the platinum in the desert.<p>Despite claims to the contrary, the storage media in wide use today—CD-ROMs, spinning hard drives, flash memory, etc.—aren’t very durable. “You’re talking years, not decades,” says Howard Besser, a professor and archivist at …

A Music Player You Can Hear Through Your Skull

Here's to listening to music while staying grilled out nicely.<p>Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte may flash a diamond-studded, patriotic grill when he smiles from the winner's podium, but artist Aisen Caro Chacin can use hers to listen to Public Enemy. Play-A-Grill, a project she developed at Parsons The …

5 Old-Timey Medical Treatments That Actually Work

Leeches, lobotomies, and more<p>Thanks to vast improvements in hygiene, pharmaceuticals, and surgical techniques and devices, medical treatments today tend to be significantly less painful—and less deadly—than they were a century ago. Though the cures of yesteryear often seem brutally primitive, some, …