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Less zen, but more efficient: How the digital age is really affecting our brains

By - May 19, 2015 1 Picture

A comprehensive Microsoft study is offering insights into how living in the digital age is affecting our ability to sustain attention and how our brains are adapting to the constant flow of new stimuli. Although the results confirmed the suspicions that the information overflow is affecting our ability to focus on one task for long periods of time, the news isn't all bad, as it seems we're also training our brains to multitask more effectively.

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Kokoon EEG headphones monitor brainwaves to track your sleep

By - May 14, 2015 9 Pictures

Noise canceling headphones can be pretty handy if you're trying to catch some shut-eye on a plane or bus. But with their hardened earpieces and stiff bands, most aren't all that great when you're in need of a solid night's sleep. London-based startup Kokoon has designed a pair of headphones equipped with electroencephalography (EEG) sensors and an emphasis on comfort, designed to keep you snoozing until the early hours and then wake you up with feedback on just how well you slept.

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Sensor-equipped stockings designed to save diabetics' feet

By - May 11, 2015 1 Picture

Even if you're not diabetic, you've probably heard that they need to watch out for problems with their feet. That's because they frequently lack sensation down there, and therefore don't know when it's time to shift their weight in order to relieve pressure on specific areas of their feet. The result can be chronic pressure sores, which can in turn ultimately lead to toe or foot amputations. While pressure-sensing shoe inserts are one option, Germany's Fraunhofer Institute for Silicate Research claims that its pressure-sensing stockings are a better way to go.

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Optogenetic therapy shows promise for reversing acquired blindness

By - May 10, 2015 2 Pictures

Across the world many millions of people suffer from inherited conditions that progressively degenerate the light-sensing cells in their eyes, and eventually send them blind. Recently, however, researchers from the University of Bern and the University of Gottingen have developed a way to possibly reverse this damage by using a newly-developed, light-sensitive protein embedded into other cells in the retina to restore vision.

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Kinect hacked to allow Parkinson's sufferers to walk the line

By - May 6, 2015 1 Picture

Most will be familiar with the telltale shaking of Parkinson's disease, but that isn't the only symptom sufferers must endure. They must also contend with what is known as Freezing of Gait (FOG), where the sufferer's muscles can freeze mid-stride, making them feel like their feet are glued to the ground or resulting in them falling over. Researchers at Brunel University London have hacked a Kinect sensor to overcome this.

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Zami smart stool senses unhealthy sitting habits

By - May 6, 2015 6 Pictures

The barrage of standing desks to pop up in the last year offers an insight into how parking our backsides all day can affect our health. But perhaps a little attention to our choice of seating could be of benefit too. Dutch startup Zami Life has developed a sensor-equipped, and frankly, not all that comfortable looking stool claimed to encourage active sitting and better posture.

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Shadow Wi-Fi fights skin cancer by keeping sun worshippers in the dark

By - May 4, 2015 1 Picture

Awareness campaigns, sunscreen and mending the hole in the ozone layer have all played a part in the battle against skin cancer. But the beachgoers of Peru now have another form of relief from the sun's harmful UV rays. Aimed at drawing in roasting folk who could do with some respite, ad agency Happiness Anywhere has installed towering sun shades and a free Wi-Fi network that only functions when the users are in the shadows.

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