NASA Selects 5 Aerospace Companies For Mars Orbital Study...

NASA recently announced that is has chosen five aerospace companies to begin four-month long studies for a potential mission to Mars. The chosen companies are The Boeing Company, Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems, Orbital ATK, and Space Systems/Loral. The companies are located throughout the U.S. in Colorado, California, and Virginia. According to Aerospace Technology, the mission will “continue with key capabilities including telecommunications and global high-resolution imaging in support of NASA’s journey to Mars.” “We’re excited to continue planning for the next decade of Mars exploration,” said Geoffrey Yoder, associate administrator for NASA. Considering that three out of every four trips are for leisure purposes, if NASA succeeds with its goal to establish life on Mars, it could become a trending vacation destination. Through research and the studies performed by the five chosen companies, NASA hopes to confirm whether a new Mars orbiter will provide communications and imaging capabilities or not. As of yet, they do not have access to such capabilities. Along with optical communications, there is also a possibility for the implementation of other scientific instruments to be assessed on the planet. Through the use of solar electric propulsion, the orbiter concept studies will help provide versatility in launch, mission, and orbit capabilities. These capabilities will allow for future missions to occur. Six months ago, a report was published stating recommendations for science objectives for a Mars orbiter. The report was published by the Mars Exploration Programme Analysis Group, an organization working with NASA that’s made up of members of the Mars research community. Its members offer input on the likelihood of reaching the intended objectives. The Mars Exploration Programme is being managed by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). No further details have been released by NASA, nor the...

Senior Centers Struggle To Talk the Birds and the Bees...

The television channels with an older audience (think Fox News, CNN, and TV Land) usually run commercials targeted to the nation’s growing senior population. And that often means commercial after commercial for prescription drugs like Cialis, Viagra, and other — ahem — male enhancement drugs. The truth is, as more seniors begin to live in retirement communities and senior centers, many older Americans are rediscovering their love life. Seniors in the City This summer, The Houston Chronicle profiled a speed dating program designed for seniors. It’s a chance for retirees looking for love to get together and find companionship, and sometimes more. While most Americans might not want to think about their grandma going out on dates with gentlemen callers, human beings are social animals, and we don’t stop craving intimacy after a certain age. “You’ll hear a family say, ‘But we fill grandma’s time,'” Kelley Kelch, leader of the Older Adult Ministry at Oak Hills Presbyterian Church, told The Houston Chronicle. “That’s great. But no one wants to talk about the other needs grandma might have.” In addition to speed dating, many seniors are even showing up on dating apps usually associated with younger generations, like Tinder and OKCupid. Celebrity Jane Fonda summed up the new attitude perfectly in an interview with an Italian talk show this July. “I’m 77,” she said. “If I never have sex again it will be sad.” Many senior centers are taking an open approach to geriatric sexuality, offering sexual education classes designed to educate seniors about safe sex, sexually transmitted diseases, and other sexual health issues. However, other senior communities are ignoring these issues, often at their own risk. While the nation’s college students grapple with controversial conversations about consent, the issue of consent takes on new...

Civic Launches New Free Service Aimed at Stopping Identity Theft Before it Happens...

The average consumer owns approximately three credit cards, but every consumer, average or not, is at the same risk for identity theft. For this reason, tech startup Civic has launched a new service aimed at avoiding identity theft before it ever happens. The fresh, new company is aiming to overtake similar protection services such as LifeLock by focusing on a broader market than just credit monitoring. At the same time, it will allow customers to respond to fraud alerts in real-time in order to prevent attempts before they even occur. Currently, most credit companies and protection services only offer monitoring services, which alert customers to fraudulent activity after the fact. This opens up a slew of opportunities for fraud to continually occur and continually bring frustration to customers. However, Civic is planning to change that by alerting users in real-time via push notifications on a smartphone, texts, or emails when their Social Security Number or credit information is being used. Unlike current monitoring services, this will allow a customer to immediately deny any transaction that looks suspicious. However, this technology may not stem the tide of fraud crimes committed right away. It’s estimated that nearly 6 million fraud and cyber crimes were committed last year, which provides a concerning figure for the public. “Together, these offences are similar in magnitude to the existing headline figures covering all other crime survey offences,” John Flatley, of the ONS, said. “However, it would be wrong to conclude that actual crime levels have doubled, since the survey previously did not cover these offences.” According to the data published in the ONS survey, online consumers are more likely to be a victim of fraud than any other type of crime. Thankfully, Civic’s program has arrived at a time when...

Robot Lawyers Could Make Going to Court a Thing of the Past...

Lawyers in Australia will have some big competition on their hands with the release of a new, innovative artificial intelligence platform. The robot will be used in legal situations like divorce, custody, employment, and debt disputes. According to ABC News Australia, using Dutch technology, National Legal Aid and RMIT University are showcasing their robot to change how court proceedings are done. The new technology could save both time and money, problems that often discourage people from pursuing legal matters. Although about 11% of custody disputes are resolved during mediation, divorces in the future can be resolved using the Internet thanks to this new technology. Similar to eBay’s online dispute resolution service, the new technology can mediate divorces, tenancy disputes, and matters of debt. In situations regarding custody, for example, the system will inquire about the age of the children involved in order to consider their developmental needs. Not only can it remember who you are, but it can also provide proposals based on previously gathered information on past resolutions when divorcing. The Dutch technology has already been purchased in both the UK and Canada. Canada uses it for debt and tenancy issues, while the Netherlands has a system in place incorporating it into family law disputes. “But the key to this is, unlike traditional modes of legal service delivery where the client’s in the back seat and the lawyer’s driving the car, here people are empowered to experience the controls themselves,” said Bevan Warner of Victoria Legal Aid in Australia. “If we think outside the square and embrace online dispute resolution, it means that access to justice becomes a real thing for many, many Australians that miss out at the moment. I saw examples of that in the UK. They’re thinking about courts as...

Pokemon Go Servers Crash as Game Launches in Canada...

Pokemon Go launched in Canada last weekend, but unfortunately, the rollout was anything but smooth. Servers crashed as hopeful Canadian players struggled to register their accounts. Though it is likely that the game’s systems were simply overloaded by the influx of players, one organization of hackers is taking responsibility for the outages. OurMine identifies as an “elite hacker group” that performs vulnerability assessments for businesses — or rather, they hack a company’s system to discover flaws and then recommend how to fix those weaknesses. An OurMine spokesperson told Fortune that they do not charge for this “service.” Before the system malfunction on Sunday that rendered the app inaccessible to users, OurMine made a statement, threatening to block the app until the proprietors (Niantic Labs and Nintendo’s Pokemon Company) reach out to the hackers for security assistance. They demanded that the app’s creators allow OurMine “to teach them how to protect it!” Neither Niantic nor the Pokemon Company has taken OurMine up on their offer of a security lesson. Yet, the attack on the game’s servers ceased Monday morning, finally allowing Canadian gamers to enjoy the app that has become a viral sensation. When asked if they will resume the attack, the OurMine spokesperson said, “We don’t know, but I think no.” This kind of attack, known as a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack, occurs when hackers commandeer computer networks to flood the target’s servers with requests for connection, eventually causing the servers to freeze. This wasn’t the first time the app’s servers crashed. Just the day before the Canadian outage, Pokemon Go experienced malfunctions as it launched in 26 countries worldwide. Another hacker group called PoodleCorp took credit for this first outage, but no one has been able to verify this claim. Whether hackers were...

Microsoft Unveils New Video Service ‘Stream’ for Businesses...

Early this week, Microsoft launched Stream, a new video service for businesses everywhere. The program aims to give businesses that want the ability to share video internally the same kind of tools and flexibility that YouTube offers consumers, but with the additonal benefits of added security that businesses typically expect from their document management services. The service is currently available as a free preview to interested enterprises. James Phillips, Microsoft’s corporate VP of its Business Intelligence Products Group, reported that all it takes to get started with Stream is an email address. The user experience in Stream, like Vimeo and YouTube, takes cues from consumer services and includes a number of social features, including likes, comments, and recommendations. Microsoft has previously offered a video service in the form of Office 365 Video but claims to have built up from that to create a more consistent and efficient program. “Microsoft Stream builds upon the learnings success of Office 365 Video and over time the two experiences will converge with a seamless migration to ensure a consistent experience both within and outside of Office 365,” Phillips wrote in a release statement. While avoiding paper can already save organizations an average of 11.5 cents per billing statement, Microsoft’s innovations provide the opportunity to save time and money. However, the office isn’t the only place Microsoft has been making waves lately. Thanks to a new partnership between Microsoft and Boeing, Cortana is set to take to the skies. Microsoft and Boeing announced a partnership that will involve transferring the flight company’s digital offerings over to Azure, which Microsoft claims will allow the servers to get smarter. “Centralizing Boeing’s digital aviation applications on Azure will allow Boeing to analyze a large set of data provided from multiple sources,” a...

Silicon Valley Tech Executives Writes Protest Letter Against Donald Trump...

Roughly 90% of all high-level executives admit to never responding to cold calls or cold emails. That’s probably true in most places in the world, but in Silicon Valley, many executives of some of the largest companies in the world responded when they were approached about opposing Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. According to The New York Times, more than 140 tech executives published a letter to Donald Trump, “An Open Letter From Technology Sector Leaders on Donald Trump’s Candidacy for President.” The letter criticized the presumptive Republican nominee because of his thoughts about the tech industry and the potential for negative effects on innovation throughout their industry and various organizations. Trump has been criticized before by those in the tech world and responded via email with: “I have great respect for Silicon Valley,” said Trump, “and all of the people in Silicon Valley.” “We believe in an including country that fosters opportunity, creativity and a level playing field. Donald Trump does not,” read the Silicon Valley letter. Katie Jacobs Stanton, Color Genomics executive and organizer of the group that signed the letter, said she and other tech executives worked together the last few weeks to write the letter. “We wanted to optimize the letter and participants to show the diversity of the tech sector,” Stanton said. “From founders of the Internet to founders and CEOs of companies, from leaders of innovative social enterprises and start-ups to civil rights leaders that work on technology and social empowerment.” Posted on Medium, Silicon Valley’s letter closed out with a final statement that addressed where the industry stands. The letter was then followed by a list of the signatures of more than 140 company executives. “We stand against Donald Trump’s divisive candidacy and want a candidate who...

Why Are People So Mad About Facebook’s News Feed Update?...

Facebook is constantly tweaking the algorithms that control what Instagram and Facebook users see in their feeds, and the social media giant just announced a major change that will affect the kinds of posts users see. On Wednesday, June 29, Facebook announced that it will limit posts from Facebook pages and businesses in the News Feed, and users will instead see more posts from friends and family. In a statement, Adam Mosseri, Vice President of Product Management, News Feed, wrote that “a billion people have joined Facebook, and today they share a flood of stories every day. That’s why stories in News Feed are ranked — so that people can see what they care about first, and don’t miss important stuff from their friends.” Facebook’s messaging paints this decision as an altruistic endeavor to make their users happy, and it may well be, but the move also seems designed to boost Facebook’s advertising revenue. The digital marketing companies who rely on Facebook to generate traffic will now have to buy Facebook advertising if they want their posts to be seen. Today, 70% of social media users follow or like at least one business, even followed businesses may not have their posts seen by users anymore. According to Forbes writer Parul Guliani, it’s a “smart strategy on Facebook’s part — make media companies reliant on your platform by surfacing their content for free, and then snatch that away and make them pay for that same traffic.” Whatever it may say, Facebook is a business, and the company makes billions on advertising dollars. In fact, together, Google and Facebook hold 55% of the U.S. digital advertising market and two-thirds of the mobile market as well. With the latest News Feed change, Facebook is also poised to...

New Business Opens In Indiana Offering Unique Cryo-Sauna Services...

Most everyone has heard of saunas and their mind-body healing and relaxation benefits, but Konnie Komarovsky has opened a new business in Carmel, IN, that offers a variety of services, including a chilly take on the traditionally steamy sauna. According to CurrentinCarmel.com, the name of the business is A Better You Wellness. Komarovsky, the owner, is a former coach who’s spent time helping athletes develop and recover their bodies. To help them take this to the next level, Komarovsky decided to open this new venture. The facility offers services such as sensory deprivation float sessions, infrared saunas, and a cryo-sauna. That last one is something you may not have ever heard of before. There were approximately 21 million households in the U.S. that owned a spa, pool, or hot tub in spring of 2014, but chances are not many of them were of the cryo variety. Cryo-saunas use cryogenic cold temperatures instead of the traditional hot steam to alleviate pain and reduce inflammation. The process is as futuristic sounding as the name suggests. The person receiving cryogenic sauna treatment enters a chamber that is subsequently filled with liquid nitrogen gas. This liquid gas can reach temperatures as cold as negative 240 degrees. The whole procedure only lasts two or three minutes. The process was originally developed to treat arthritis, but now, in addition to treating pain and inflammation, it can also help tighten skin and collagen production. If a full-body experience sounds like a little too much for some people, visitors to A Better You Wellness can also receive locally administered cryo-therapy, which sort of like an extreme version of icing. “It’s a new version of a wellness facility,” Komarovsky said. “What you can accomplish with 30 minutes of icing, we can accomplish in...

Russian AI Brings the Dead to Life...

In today’s world of incredibly quick technological advances, software developers create applications like video games, operating systems, web functionality tools, device drivers, business productivity software, and many other tools and programs that simply make life a little easier. But what about life after death? One Russian software developer has used 21st-century technology to virtually bring her loved one back from the dead. Eugenia Kuyda, co-founder of app company Luka, has developed a chatbot, or “high-end conversational AI”, that is based on a real human being who has passed away. Kuyda collected text messages, social media conversations, and all sorts of additional information about the deceased and grafted it all onto an AI platform. She can now interact with Roman Mazurenko, the man she considers to be her “soul mate,” who died in a road traffic accident last year. Luka unveiled the Roman chatbot at Symposium Stockholm, Sweden’s tech trade show. However, she has made it clear that Roman is nothing but a tribute or memorial that is unlikely to generate any sort of new business or niche in the tech industry. The Roman bot was created for companionship. “We would love to build a friend for people,” Kuyda said. “I don’t necessarily know what the end product is going to be, but if I could, I would build everyone a friend that knows you very, very well and who can make you feel better about yourself, make better choices, and be more connected to your friends.” Luka is in the midst of a new project, beta-testing a bot that is based on one’s own personality. The AI alter ego is designed to understand your personality based on information you supply, eventually offering you coaching and companionship. She expects to release this digital doppelganger chatbot...

U.S. Drug Overdoses Reaches All Time High, Can Be Prevented With Life-Saving Drug...

The United States has reached a record number of drug overdose deaths. According to a report released by the United Nations last week, the U.S. reached a record high amount of drug overdoses in 2014. In that year alone, almost one million people over the age of 12 reported using heroin, representing an increase of 145% since 2007. The U.N.’s drug report states that since 2004, almost half a million people have died from drug overdoses, and 61% of those deaths were related to prescription opioid and heroin use. This number of fatalities has increased five times since 2000. As reported on Epoch Times, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime Executive Director Yury Fedotov believes heroin is an epidemic. He says, “Heroin continues to be the drug that kills the most people and this resurgence must be addressed urgently.” The report says that nine out of 10 people who use heroin combine it with some other illicit drug. The highest rate is among cocaine users, which amounts to a whopping 91.5 for every 1,000 users. Those who reported using non-prescription opioids follow in second place. Additionally the spike in opioid abuse, especially heroin use, is the highest among those aged 18 to 25. In order to fight this epidemic, there has been a nationwide push of for expanded Naloxone access to help curb deaths related to opioids. Naloxone is a drug that reverses the respiratory depression characteristic of opioid overdose. And because Naloxone is not a controlled substance, it does not have potential for abuse. Even though the drug has endorsements from the World Health Organization, the American Medical Association, and the American Psychiatric Association, due to limited funding this drug is not available to those who need it the most. Doctors...

Nissan Announces New Ethanol-Based Fuel Cell Vehicle Technology...

Japanese automaker Nissan announced earlier this month plans to introduce new ethanol-based fuel cell technologies, or e-bio fuel cells, in some of their vehicles by the year 2020. Unlike existing fuel cell vehicles from the likes of Toyota and Honda, Nissan’s new technology uses ethanol, an alcohol derived from plants like corn and sugarcane, instead of pressurized hydrogen to power an internal electric car battery. Fuel cell systems provide an alternative to gasoline, whereby hydrogen and oxygen react in the fuel cell to produce electricity that powers the vehicle. But whereas Toyota and Honda’s fuel cells require consumers to periodically recharge at specially-made hydrogen fueling stations, which are not yet readily available throughout many parts of Japan or the United States, Nissan’s new technology will be the first of its kind to generate hydrogen within the car. Ethanol is already commonly used as an additive to traditional gasoline in the United States and fully powers many vehicles in countries such as Brazil. Existing fueling infrastructure could therefore be used to service Nissan’s fuel cell vehicles. “The cost and energy required to produce hydrogen can be very high, and it also requires significant investment in [fueling and storing] infrastructure,” Nissan Executive Vice President Hideyuki Sakamoto said at a press conference. “Compared with that, ethanol is very easy to procure, it is safer to store and lower cost. These are its merits.” The Tokyo-based company said it hopes to have a fleet of vehicles equipped with e-bio fuel cells in time for the city’s hosting of the 2020 Summer Olympics. The technology should allow cars to drive up to 800km, or nearly 500 miles, between fueling. In addition to regular consumer cars, Nissan hopes to target larger vehicles for electric conversion such as delivery vans or...

Restaurants Using Mobile Apps and Payment Services to Increase Sales...

As consumers increasingly veer towards the use of mobile phones and apps to make everyday purchases, restaurants and food delivery services are hoping to cash in on the trend with streamlined options for food orders and payments. A new study from the Application Resource Center suggests that chain restaurants with the best mobile app designs are more likely to garner higher sales per order. A Taco Bell customer who orders through the restaurant’s app, for example, is likely to spend 20% more than one waiting in line at the drive-thru or retail counter. The ARC ranked the 55 top restaurant apps in terms of design quality, usability, and customer engagement. “The brands that supported loyalty programs, digital coupons, mobile payments — those tended to score considerably higher than the rest,” said Ben Gray, a Digital Experience Analyst with ARC parent company, Applause. Among the top-ranked brands were Taco Bell, Domino’s, Starbucks, and Pizza Hut. Mobile app purchases accounted for 21% of Starbucks’ total transactions in the first quarter of 2016, and 50% of all internet users today say their phone is their principal browsing device. “I think that’s the future of this industry,” Gray said. It’s not just big chains that can benefit from the mobile trend, either. Food takeout and delivery website GrubHub, which recently merged with similar platform Seamless, announced earlier this month that it would be adding Apple Pay to its list of payment options for food orders. “We’re always looking for ways to make it easier for our diners to find and order the type of food they want, when they want it, from their favorite local restaurants,” said Sudev Balakrishnan, senior vice president of product for Grubhub, in a press release. “We’re thrilled to bring the ease of use...

Microsoft Dips Into the Cannabis Industry...

Computer software behemoth Microsoft announced last week that it will begin a new partnership with Kind Financial, a Los Angeles-based startup focused on providing regulation software for the burgeoning marijuana industry. Kind Financial provides “seed to sale” tracking of cannabis for producers, distributors, and government officials to help streamline compliance with state regulations. “It’s software that enables regulators, in real time, to know where and how much marijuana is being grown, sold or produced,” founder and chief executive of Kind, David Dinenberg, explained to the Los Angeles Times. “We’re providing real-time inventory all over their state and information on how much sales tax or other tax they should be collecting.” Since fall 2015, 23 states and the District of Columbia have legalized marijuana for medicinal purposes, with Pennsylvania and Ohio having since joined their ranks. Recreational use of marijuana is now legal in four states: Colorado, Alaska, Oregon, and the home state of Microsoft’s own headquarters, Washington. Five more states, including California, will vote on recreational legalization this upcoming fall. The partnership with Microsoft not only gives Kind Financial access to the corporation’s sales departments and Washington lobbyists, it lends them a much-needed air of respectability in the still-murky waters of the marijuana trade industry. “Every business that works in the cannabis space, we all clamor for legitimacy,” Dinenberg said. “I would like to think that this is the first of many dominoes to fall.” As for Microsoft, Kind’s software will become a component of their Azure Government cloud-computing program, part of the company’s increasing efforts to diversify beyond personal desktop applications. “This is an entirely new field for us,” Kimberly Nelson, the executive director of state and local government solutions at Microsoft, told the New York Times. “We do think there will be...

JC Penney Has Had the Secret to Clean Cooling Energy for Centuries...

Ice is being used for more than chilling your drinks these days. Using ice storage technology from CALMAC, a global leader in energy storage, JC Penney has been cooling off efficiently for a quarter century. Energy Manger Today cites that by adopting this approach to air conditioning, the retailer saved an average of $100,000 at its Plano, TX, headquarters. “Ice storage is a tool for dramatically reducing peak demand, which is the utilities’ real problem, while possibly also saving energy,” wrote CALMAC CEO Mark MacCracken in response to emailed questions from Energy Manager Today. “The energy savings vary by installation application. One way it saves energy is it shifts usage to nighttime generation which in most areas of the country is much more.” The technology works by freezing water at night, then using that ice during the day for various cooling operations. Storing energy during off-peak hours results in energy that is cleaner and more efficient when used during peak hours. While the market for this kind of technology is not big at the moment, it is significantly growing. Transparency Market Research estimated that the market would increase profits from $600 million in 2013 to $1.8 billion by 2020. Researchers at CALMAC are not the only ones looking to improve how we will be cooling off in summer months. Researchers at Arizona State University are working to develop new technology to help lower the cost of air conditioning. The researcher was funded by the Department of Energy. According to Fox News, the Department of Energy gave a group of researchers $2 million to improve the energy efficiency of single pane windows, which are not known to be as energy efficient. Homeowners can spend thousands replacing them as about a third of the homes in...

Facebook Releases DeepText Technology, Gives Other Search Engines a Run for Their Money...

A whopping majority — over 80% — of Internet users type search phrases into search engines to find information. But now, Facebook is hoping to enter into the world of search engines with the implementation of their DeepText. Described as a deep-learning based text understanding engine, the goal of Facebook’s DeepText is to provide almost human accuracy to the process of sorting through all the social media posts on its platform. This system is able to understand the textual accuracy of several thousand post per second, in over 20 different languages. The company also hopes to expand the system’s natural language processing (NLP) abilities, as these are typically confused by slang. That means Facebook is developing a search engine that will understand acronyms and phrases like “LOL,” “OMG,” “BTW,” and “bro.” This word-embedding software is also able to understand and compare similar semantics across different languages. For example, Facebook will learn to recognize “feliz cumpleanos” and “happy birthday” as having the same meaning. As reported on Enterprise Tech, the Facebook researchers explained the importance of this technology in a statement posted on their website: “Text understanding on Facebook requires solving tricky scaling and language challenges where traditional NLP techniques are not effective. Using deep learning, we are able to understand text better across multiple languages and use labeled data much more efficiently than traditional NLP techniques.” DeepText also promotes text understanding, which will help filter out unrelated news stories on the Facebook News section of the site. It will also determine a general classification of what the search is about and then provide relevant information that the user could be interested in. Take the word “basketball.” If a user was to search for a particular basketball team on Facebook’s search engine, DeepText would recognize...

New Medical Technology May Boost Survival Rate of Gunshot Victims...

Gunshot wounds are getting deadlier as weapons and ammunition get stronger, but there is new technology helping surgeons save these victims. While it is difficult to prepare for a mass casualty event, trauma surgeons are trained to handle it. However, with stronger weapons come more severe injuries. “With higher velocity bullets, it transfers more energy to the tissue, there’s more tissue damage, more bleeding and when you have more bullets then yeah they’re more severe,” said Dr. David Ciesla, director of the trauma program at Tampa General Hospital. “The guns themselves have higher-capacity magazines so people come in with more wounds, more gunshots than they used to,” Ciesla continued. The tragedy in Orlando this month has given medical professionals a vivid and jarring reminder of the damage that guns can do. “It’s almost like time stopped,” Dr. Joshua Stephany, a medical examiner in Orlando, told CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta on Wednesday in his first media interview since the incident. “TVs were playing in the background; strobe lights were blinking; drinks had just been poured, food half-eaten, checks about to be paid. It was truly like time stood still.” More than 60% of cell phone owners find themselves checking for notifications even if their phone isn’t ringing or vibrating, but for doctors in the Orlando area this weekend, the ringing was non-stop. At Tampa General Hospital, physicians are seeing fewer gunshot victims than they used to, but the wounds do tend to be more severe. The good news: new technology is helping increase the survival rate of those patients. “A lot of these innovations have come from battlefield casualties, what the military medics and surgeons have learned, you know, in times of war,” said Ciesla. The most important of these innovations was...

Lenovo Teams With Lowe’s to Debut New Tango Technologies...

Home improvement projects just got easier with a new Tango augmented reality (AR) app from Lowe’s. Using Google’s Tango technology, Lowe’s will be the first third-party company to use the consumer-facing augmented reality app. Android Headlines cites that the new app will allow consumers to preview home improvement projects, including appliances, to see exactly what they will look like. The app uses Google’s advanced 3-D mapping technology to check the measurements and materials inside a user’s home to show how something will fit and look within a given space. Considering that many homeowners are now choosing more energy efficient products like low flush toilets in order to save 18,000 gallons of water each year, being able to see how the product will look ahead of time is a great advantage. Not only will the app save time during the process of home improvement projects, but it will also save money, since the probability of something not fitting correctly is greatly reduced. In addition to being able to virtually place appliances wherever they want, users will have the ability to make other virtual tweaks to their space. Technology such as this will appeal to both interior designers and do-it-yourself types. According to Engadget, the company will also be selling Lenovo’s Phab2 Pro, the first device to be compatible with Tango technology. News of the device was shared just before the reveal of the new Lowe’s app. With a 16-megapixel camera and various sensors, the large handset is priced at $500 and will be unlocked for users. Currently, there is no word yet on which carrier models will be available to consumers. Lowe’s is not the only retailer using Tango technology. Online furniture retailer Wayfair also has an app that allows users to virtually place furniture...

New Lowe’s App Let’s Users Virtually See Their Home Improvement Projects...

Lowe’s is looking to make home improvement projects even easier with its latest app. The home improvement retailer will launch an augmented reality app featuring Google’s Tango technology. Not only will users be able to choose their appliances with the app, but they will also have the chance to see what products will look like in the home virtually. Using Google’s 3D mapping software technology, users can place appliances where they want, add accessories, and make other virtual changes before beginning a project. Considering that the home improvement industry in the United States generates around $144 billion from retail stores alone, innovations such as this are sure to be a hit on the market. In addition to debuting the app, Engadget reports that the company will also sell Lenovo’s Phab2 Pro, the first mobile device with Tango software, for $500. The device has four cameras including an eight-megapixel front camera, a 16-megapixel rear camera, and camera sensors to digitally map out a space and create a 3D version of it to be edited by the user. “It is a device that truly understands our surroundings and augments our reality,” said Lenovo CEO Yuanqing Yang. Lenovo recently purchased smartphone maker Motorola from Google in 2014 and now produces smartphones using the Moto name along with its own brand. While it is not known which mobile carriers will service the device, consumers are curious to find out. The Lowe’s Vision app gives a practical solution to interior designers, contractors, and the do-it-yourself Americans looking to spice up areas of their homes. This app is the latest development from Lowe’s who continues to produce consistently high numbers each quarter. These are part of its efforts to distinguish itself from fellow home improvement retailer and competitor Home Depot....

Fact Check: Did Stem Cells Really Help a Stroke Victim Walk Again?...

Trending on social media this week was a story that has stunned Stanford researchers and the scientific community at large: a new stem cell experiment conducted at the California university has helped a stroke victim walk again. It’s the kind of story that’s destined to go viral in the social media age, a rare piece of happy news in an otherwise bleak election year. It’s also the kind of news story that content writers have a special phrase for: it’s too good to fact check. So do the viral, click-baity headlines actually check out? Can stem cells really help people walk again? There’s no simple way to summarize the research, published in the medical journal Stroke. However, for once the story actually does check out, and scientists say this really is a monumental breakthrough. Previously, neuroscientists had long believed that brain damage is both permanent and irreversible. This study involved 18 patients who had already passed the “six-month plateau,” the point at which stroke victims rarely show further improvement. But after receiving a stem cell injection, the Washington Post reported that “seven of the 18 patients experienced significant improvement in their abilities following treatment.” There’s no other way to put it — it’s a very big deal. So how does the treatment work? It’s a gruesome process but one that’s considered relatively safe, as far as brain surgeries go. For the study, the Stanford team used “surgeons drilling a hole into the study participants’ skulls and injecting stem cells in several locations around the area damaged by the stroke.” Stem cells are one of the most promising areas of regenerative medicine, which has been booming in recent years. Experts say that the regenerative medicine market will reach $6.5 billion by 2019, nearly triple the...