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— Health and Wellbeing

Opernative's online eye-testing service returns prescriptions in 24 hours

By - July 28, 2015 1 Picture

Taking time out of your day to make an appointment and see an optometrist isn't always that agreeable, and that's before they blow those little puffs of air onto your eyeballs. But one Chicago-based startup has visions of making eye examinations a lot more accessible. Since 2012, Opternatives has been developing an online eye tester that lets users obtain prescriptions for glasses and contacts from the comfort of the home or office. And now with clinical trial success under its belt, it's rolling the service out to the public.

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— Automotive Feature

Penniless in Pebble Beach (the poor man's guide to Monterey Car Week)

The Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance and Monterey Car Week often conjure visions of the rich and famous sipping champagne as they cruise about in chauffeured Bugatti Royales. Tickets for some events run to $450 and sell out in a heartbeat, but that's not the end of the story. Somer Hooker explores the many less-costly aspects of the massive festival and details how to have a good time on a very limited budget.

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— Architecture

Wood dominates in Cristián Undurraga's Chile Pavilion for Milan Expo

Renowned Chilean architect Cristián Undurraga has created a standout pavilion for this year’s World Exposition, currently taking place in Milan and running until the end of October. Inspired by "the art of hospitality", the pavilion features a dramatic external wooden facade and stretches over 1,910 sq m (20,560 sq ft). It is strategically positioned next to EXPO’s central concert arena and is a worthwhile stop to explore Chile's art, culture, wine and cuisine.

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— Computers

Cusby transforms lone Macbook USB-C port into an a-la-carte device hub

By - July 27, 2015 3 Pictures

The new USB-C connection is powerful, versatile, and poised to shape the future of many consumer electronic devices. But despite this promise, new Macbook owners accustomed to having separate ports for HDMI, USB, and/or video, may find a single USB-C port to be rather limiting. Cusby is a compact, modular and expandable adapter designed to make the transition to a USB-C future a bit easier.

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— Health and Wellbeing

"Compound 14" mimics the effects of exercise without setting foot in the gym

By - July 27, 2015 1 Picture

Enjoying the health benefits of a back-breaking workout without actually working out sure is a tantalizing prospect. This goes a long way to explaining the torrent of exercise equipment that promises to do more for our figures with less of our sweat and tears, and recently, the development of drugs that could imitate the beneficial effects of exercise. The latest advance in this area is the development of a molecule that mimics the effects of exercise by influencing the metabolic process, giving it the potential to treat type 2 diabetes and obesity.

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— Robotics

Open letter petitions UN to ban the development on weaponized AI

By - July 27, 2015 1 Picture

The Future of Life Institute has presented an open letter signed by over 1,000 robotics and artificial intelligence (AI) researchers urging the United Nations to impose a ban on the development of weaponized AI with the capability to target and kill without meaningful human intervention. The letter was presented at the 2015 International Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI), and is backed with the endorsements of a number of prominent scientists and industry leaders, including Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk, Steve Wozniak, and Noam Chomsky.

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— Environment

Sir Patrick Stewart gets behind effort to collect whale mucus using "Snotbot" drones

By - July 27, 2015 6 Pictures

Gathering good biological data about whales can be difficult without bugging the big mammals with large planes, boats, tags, sampling darts or even biopsies and lethal study techniques. Instead, the Ocean Alliance wants to send custom drones to collect whale mucus – aka snot – for study and they've enlisted the help of Sir Patrick Stewart for the crowdfunding effort to finance the project.

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