May 25

Heartbeats can reveal wisdom level, Waterloo study suggests

Posted by: Administrator in Science & Technology |

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/kitchener-waterloo/heart-rate-may-reflect-personal-wisdom-rate-1.3530488

Research links heart rate fluctuations and wise judgement.

 

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May 24

A futuristic vision of the age of holograms

Posted by: Administrator in Science & Technology |

http://www.ted.com/talks/alex_kipman_the_dawn_of_the_age_of_holograms

Explore a speculative digital world without screens in this fanciful demo, a mix of near reality and far-future possibility. Wearing the HoloLens headset, Alex Kipman demos his vision for bringing 3D holograms into the real world, enhancing our perceptions so that we can touch and feel digital content. He dreams of a reality where technology senses what we see, touch and feel; a reality where technology no longer gets in our way, but instead embraces who we are. A dream of technology on a human path. We have all experienced technology that enables people to act more like people, products that enable natural interactions, voice controls or biometrics.

 

May 23

New study shows finds startling find on colon cancer survival

Posted by: Administrator in News |

http://www.cbsnews.com/videos/new-study-shows-finds-startling-find-on-colon-cancer-survival/

According to a new study, patients with advanced colon cancer found on the left side survived longer than those with tumors on the right side of the colon. The co-author of the study says there is now evidence to prove doctors should think differently about patients depending on where their cancer grew.  Dr. Richard Goldberg is an oncologist with the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center and is a co-author of the study. "This data shows that we ought to be thinking differently about patients depending on where their cancer arose," he said. Patients with cancers on the right side tend to have fewer early symptoms and are often diagnosed later. One reason -- benign right-sided polyps can be harder to spot during a colonoscopy.

 

May 22

Do Reviews Predict How Movies Do at the Box Office?

Posted by: Administrator in Entertainment |
http://blogs.indiewire.com/criticwire/do-reviews-predict-how-movies-do-at-the-box-office-20160412

Metacritic's number-crunching suggests that the supposed divide between audiences' and critics' tastes is largely a myth.

"Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice"

The supposed conspiracy against "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" notwithstanding, it's not a critic's job to affect box office.  Much as they'd like to steer audiences towards good movies - and, less pressingly, away from bad ones - critics are more concerned with influencing how people think about movies than whether they see them or not. (They also know that, at least for major releases, their collective power is dwarfed by the might of studio marketing budgets.) 

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May 21

Radon is found to pose a risk for blood cancer

Posted by: Administrator in Environment |

http://wivb.com/2016/05/09/radon-is-found-to-pose-a-risk-for-blood-cancer/

A new study links a higher risk for women contracting blood borne cancer from radon in counties with the highest concentrations of the radioactive gas. The study, based on a sampling of 140,000 people was published in the journal Environmental Research. Radon is a radioactive gas that naturally occurs from the decay of uranium in the ground, and as the gas seeps out of the ground, it gets into your home. It has been identified as the leading cause of lung cancer in nonsmokers. Now, as Dr. Philip McCarthy, the Director of the Blood and Marrow Transplant Center at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo said, radon is being linked to a rare form of leukemia, with women at a higher risk. “It could be speculated that women who are homemakers would be at risk for being exposed. Why? Because they are at home more that somebody who works outside the home. That was not looked at in the study, because they did not have that level of detail.”

 

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May 21

With Hollywood's Advanced Digital Face-Lifting, Do We Even Need Actors?

Posted by: Administrator in Entertainment |

http://www.npr.org/2016/04/10/473703030/with-hollywood-s-advanced-digital-face-lifting-do-we-even-need-actors

You can now digitally replace just about anything on an actor's body — including the actor himself. Journalist Logan Hill explains this practice of often invisible digital retouching in media. Now you can make someone slimmer, stronger, give them bigger muscles, stitch their chest onto somebody else's legs, replace a body part, cover up a pregnant belly - it just goes on. And literally the options are nearly endless. And so now the question is once that software's there, once your body, once your movements, once your intonations are in the machine, who controls how those are used?

 

May 21

Study: reduce chemicals by switching cosmetics

Posted by: Administrator in News |

http://komonews.com/news/healthworks/study-reduce-chemicals-by-switching-cosmetics

Whether you're buying shampoo, lotion or makeup, you probably choose products based on what they promise to do when you use them. A new study might have you thinking longer term, especially when it comes to products for teenage girls. Some labels tout that they are free of chemicals. Researchers don't really know either. Makeup isn't strictly regulated. But chemicals like parabens and phalates are associated with health issues from cancer to obesity. Pediatricians recommend caution, reducing exposure when possible.

 

May 21

Botox Injections May Greatly Reduce Knee Pain, Researchers Say

Posted by: Administrator in News |

http://boston.cbslocal.com/show/latest-video/video-3382055-botox-injections-may-greatly-reduce-knee-pain-researchers-say/

Patients with a certain type of knee pain say just one injection is getting them back on track. Those diagnosed with lateral patellofemoral overload syndrome (LPOS), a common injury impacting the muscle around the knee and thigh, will get the most benefit. One in eight runners has it, and it also affects cyclists and other athletes. “For many of those patients, it just would have been physiotherapy, more physiotherapy and even more physiotherapy,” says David Urquhart, a physiotherapist. “And surgical options were extremely limited.”
Researchers found just a single small injection along with continued physical therapy had a 69 percent success rate.

 

May 20

Steve Wozniak's predictions for the next 40 years

Posted by: Administrator in Science & Technology |

http://www.cnbc.com/2016/04/01/steve-wozniaks-predictions-for-the-next-40-years.html

Forty years after Apple started, the tech giant's co-founder Steve Wozniak outlined his technology predictions for the next four decades. Wozniak said he does not believe computing power will increase as much as it has since he, Steve Jobs and Ronald Wayne founded Apple. But he contended several areas, including machine learning, self-driving cars and virtual reality, will make strides in the coming years.

"We may come up with more clever ways of getting learning machines to act like the human brain," Wozniak told CNBC's "Fast Money" .

 

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May 19

Millions Wrongly Think They Have Penicillin Allergy

Posted by: Administrator in News |

http://boston.cbslocal.com/show/latest-video/video-3380689-millions-wrongly-think-they-have-penicillin-allergy/

Allergists at Mass General Hospital have now developed an app to help doctors quickly identify patients who should get tested.  Ten-to-fifteen percent of the U.S. population thinks that they are allergic to penicillin. But, in actuality less than one-percent are truly allergic to penicillin,” explained Dr. Aleena Banerji, an allergist at Massachusetts General Hospital.“When we’re children and we have this added to our medical record then over time as we get repeated infections we don’t ever address the issue again,” said Dr. Kim Blumenthal, also an allergist at Mass General.Doctors have been prescribing penicillin reliably for years. But, when they can’t, the alternatives are often more expensive, less effective, and can cause serious side effects. For patients, the alternative antibiotic for a minor dental procedure led to much bigger health problems.

 

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