“The neurocam is the world's first wearable camera system that automatically records what interests you.
It consists of a headset with a brain-wave sensor and connects to an iPhone. The system estimates whether you're interested in something from the brain-waves captured by the sensor, and uses the iPhone's camera to record the scenes that appear to interest you.”
Regularly scheduled flights for customers doing research and development would be a major leap beyond what government programs had offered the private sector in the past, says Sean Casey, the managing director of the Silicon Valley Space Center, which advises space startups. “Researchers have been turned off by NASA’s traditional time scale,” he says. “With Xcor, you can spend $1 million to $2 million and do 10 flights each with about six minutes of microgravity and make sure your experiments are working.” Blue Origin (logo on left) business development manager Erika Wagner said during the recent space conference that the company’s goal is spaceflight at a moment’s notice. “We will roll out of the garage,” she said. “This is gas and go.”
Nanobiosym has “An iPad-size device that takes less than an hour to diagnose diseases with genetic footprints, including HIV, malaria, tuberculosis, and some types of cancer. It’s a substitute for costlier lab diagnostics that take weeks or months to complete.”
“Naps are awesome for you. They have been shown to: (1) increase creativity by 40%, (2) improve performance of pilots & astronauts by 34% and their overall alertness by 100%, (3) perform better than caffeine for boosting verbal memory and procedural motor skills. The problem with naps though is that you can wake up after one feeling absolutely atrocious. Although this "sleep inertia" typically lasts under an hour, people who wake up feeling groggy are usually unable to capitalize on the moment and often lose their entire afternoon's productivity. “
“The Napwell allows you to set your ideal napping duration depending on the time available in your day. The Napwell’s built-in timer tracks your nap, and shortly before you are ready to wake up, it begins to gradually bring you out of sleep.The inside of our mask is luminous and gradually lights up to emulate a sunrise, waking you up at your desired time naturally. No more harsh sounds or sudden disruptions to your sleep cycles! -- the simulated sunrise allows the brain to gradually wake up so when your alarm finally rings, you wake up feeling refreshed instead of groggy. “
Under the ACA, individuals without employer-provided health insurance must buy coverage, either directly or through an online exchange. Those with incomes below a certain level will be eligible for a subsidy – whose amount will be set and verified through the tax-filing process, and is technically an “advance tax credit.”
Cobb says that, by the company’s initial estimates, more than a third of H&R Block clients “seem to be eligible for a subsidy.” Important, too: Everyone receiving a subsidy will be required to file a tax return, whether they have worked the prior year or not, expanding the pool of potential Block tax-prep customers.
Those who fail to enroll in a qualified insurance plan will have to pay a penalty, also administered through the tax-reporting process and, in many cases, paid via reduced refund.
The company entered a partnership with GoHealth LLC, an online health-insurance platform, to enable individuals to shop for insurance plans. The service carries no additional fee for users, with Block and GoHealth simply sharing a commission on new policies purchased. H&R Block has also introduced the somewhat cutesy tag word “Helpth,” combining “help” and “health,” to offer health-plan assessment and enrollment services.
Cooking Light describes a diet which leverages calorie tracking apps, exercise apps, social groups and other ingredients.
The sample of dieters in this group was diverse: “a mother of new twin babies; a 39-year-old type 1 diabetic man; a self-proclaimed queen of yo-yo dieting; a neurology nurse who works in a stressful, junk-food-fueled environment; a marketer who had already lost 18 pounds and wanted to keep it off; and a mother of young girls who wanted to increase her exercise regimen despite having zero me time (for her, weight loss would be a secondary benefit).”
Nice radio interview here with Editor Scott Mowbray on the diet by Kitchen Chat host Margaret McSweeney.
Many of the participants claim to have lost 20 pounds so there may be some new wrinkles here to consider for your New Year’s Resolution.
This holiday season, Bill Gates wants stuff that doesn’t exist. Not for himself, mind you, but for the developing world. Gates has tons of ideas for products that would improve lives there, if only someone would build them. So WIRED decided to bring his wish list to life: We asked four premier product design firms to turn some of his notions into full-blown prototypes. The results are a bit fanciful—but every lifesaving innovation starts with a great idea.
The search engine, called the Drug Gene Interaction Database, includes 2,600 genes and 6,300 drugs that target them to make up 14,000 drug-gene interactions. An additional 6,700 genes are also included in the database because of the potential for finding a matching drug that interacts with them.
Before this innovation, researchers and clinicians sorted through clinical trial results, scientific studies and other sources of information one at a time to find the right information that could help them treat a patient. Now, these interactions are easy to investigate all in one place.
The database isn’t complete with either all possible drugs or genes. “There are genes that we haven’t yet found out their uses for, and the drug side needs more to target,” says Malachi. But this is the first time that known interactions have been put together in one database.