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— Health and Wellbeing

New drug mimics the beneficial effects of exercise

By - August 20, 2013 2 Pictures
A drug known as SR9009, which is currently under development at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI), increases the level of metabolic activity in skeletal muscles of mice. Treated mice become lean, develop larger muscles and can run much longer distances simply by taking SR9009, which mimics the effects of aerobic exercise. If similar effects can be obtained in people, the reversal of obesity, metabolic syndrome, and perhaps Type-II diabetes might be the very welcome result. Read More
— Pets

FitBark activity tracker has gone to the dogs

By - June 28, 2013 5 Pictures
Is your best friend looking a little pudgy and out of shape? Are they a little sluggish and out of it when you hang out, preferring a nap over a run or walk? Don't make things awkward by telling them, just slide on a collar while they're sleeping and encourage them to get more exercise. We're talking about your dog, of course, and the new FitBark collar. Read More
— Children

Ziggle makes kids wiggle for a giggle

By - May 25, 2013 7 Pictures
The lifestyle choices parents make easily filter down to their children. If you drive everywhere and do very little in the way of exercise then the chances are your kids will grow up to do the same thing. However, walking is boring, and it's an activity that some kids will avoid if they can possibly help it. Which is where Ziggle may just provide a solution to parents ready to tear their hair out over their offspring's lethargy. Read More
— Architecture

JF-Kit House makes you pedal for your breakfast

By - May 13, 2013 10 Pictures
The JF-Kit House, by Spanish-based Elii Architecture, is an off-grid home concept which envisions occupants using exercise to offset their energy needs. To its credit, Elii Architecture makes it clear right off the bat that the JF-Kit House isn’t intended to be considered as suitable for human habitation yet. Rather, the architects did some brainstorming and imagined how our homes may evolve in a future of rapidly decreasing fossil-fuel resources. This was then used this as a jumping-off point to let imaginations run wild. Read More
— Health and Wellbeing

Head-tracking ReadingMate system lets users read while they run

By - April 16, 2013 1 Picture
Attachable stands or (less affordable) devices like the WeBike make it possible to exercise both body and mind while pedaling on the spot, but those pounding away on a treadmill are pretty much limited to listening to music or zoning out in front of a TV screen to keep their minds occupied. That could change with a new system developed by researchers at Purdue University. Called ReadingMate, the system uses head-tracking technology to keep onscreen text bobbing along in unison with the runner’s eyes. Read More

Pro-X Walker adds a workout to your waist pack

Work, family, friends ... avoiding exercise to take a nap – all these things combine to leave little time for toning the temple. Fitness gurus have responded by designing equipment that works more muscles and burns more calories in less time. The case in point – Pro-X Walker. Read More
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