New Smart Phone on the Market Offers Artificial Intelligence Features...

From the release of the iPhone 7 to the malfunctioning Android Note 7, it seems like smartphones and technological advances are always in the news these days. Indeed, the revenues of consumer electronics and appliance rentals are projected to reach 5.7 billion U.S. dollars this year. Soon, the way that these technologies dominate our world may be changing, and the change is signaled by yet another noteworthy gadget release — Huawei Technologies has just released a new smartphone, complete with new artificial intelligence. Huawei hopes that their new technology will help them compete more directly with Apple and Samsung. The new Mate 9 is a fast phone with a long battery life and has a feature that enables it to learn about the habits of its user. It also automatically places most frequently used apps within easy reach, unlike the iPhone. “It learns how you use your phone,” said European head of handset portfolio and planning at Huawei, Arne Herkelmann. Indeed, the standard smartphone package is no longer enough. Manufacturers are looking for new ways to stand out and pioneer new trends. “AI and voice control will be main features on smartphones in the coming years,” said Roberta Cozza, an analyst at the research firm Gartner. The wave of new A.I. technologies is definitely coming. Last month, Google’s parent company, Alphabet, launch the Pixel smartphone, which carries Google Assistant, the voice-activated A.I. Samsung, still reeling from the huge blow of its failed flagship phone, said it was going to purchase Viv, run by co-creators of Apple’s Siri, in order to integrate voice-assistant services into its devices. The Mate 9, among other things, also offers a 5.9-inch screen, a camera with autofocus, and directional microphones with noise...

Nuclear Reactors Could Be Put At Risk Because of Outdated Technology...

Across the U.S., there are currently 99 operating commercial nuclear reactors at 61 nuclear power plants. And it turns out that these powerful sites are not as secure as one would think. The culprit? Pagers. According to a report by computer security company Trend Micro, workers at nuclear plants across the nation have to follow government regulations and use pagers as their main form of communication. Problem is, this outdated form of technology puts the security of these plants at risk. Used by workers to send messages and alerts about power plant functions, these little pieces of technology have absolutely zero security features. Hackers are able to easily access the data that is sent, putting the entire nuclear plant and its critical infrastructure at risk. While earlier pagers would only send the user an alert that someone had called them, later models were able to display SMS text messages. It is this model that the workers are mandated to use, even though no one knows why. The researchers at Trend Micro collected over 55 million pager messages within four months from plants across the nation. They found that the confidential information sent was not secure at all. So what is at risk? Researchers told Science Alert that these pagers release passive intelligence. Basically, they give out confidential information to anyone that manages to listen in. “Pages, it turns out, are considered a source of high quality passive intelligence,” researchers explain in the report. “During four months of observation, we saw messages containing information on contact persons, locations inside manufacturers and electricity plants, [and] thresholds set in industrial control systems.” There was also identifying details on multiple critical operations. This information comes on the heels of a discovery that a German nuclear plant was infected...

Dutchman Behind One of the World’s Largest Internet Attacks Goes on Trial This Week...

The Dutchman responsible for almost breaking the Internet back in 2013 is going on trial this week. However, 39-year-old Sven Olaf Kamphuis is denouncing the case against him and refusing to show up in court. Instead, he will be represented by his lawyers in the southern Dutch city of Dordrecht. Kamphuis is accused of being the mastermind behind a massive distribution denial of service (DDoS) attack against Geneva and London-based volunteer group Spamhaus, which publishes spam blacklists used by networks to filter out unwanted emails. The organization blames Dutch web-hosting service Cyberbunker for the attack. Kamphuis was the spokesman for Cyberbunker at the time of the breech. The cyber attack and its subsequent domino effect was described by the Dutch daily tabloid Algemeen Dagblad to The Guardian as being “so big that the world came within a hair’s breadth of being without the Internet for a week.” The DDoS assaulted multiple websites with traffic from various sources in order to disrupt and/or seize servers. Experts said the DDoS flooded Spamhaus with 300 gigabytes per seconds of data, an unprecedented number compared to previous DDoS attacks measured at 50 gigabytes per second. This breach impacted nearly every connected Internet user worldwide. Considering the fact that global mobile traffic accounts for 10% of all Internet traffic, a simple crack in the Internet can potentially disrupt thousands in a split second. Shortly after, Kamphuis was arrested in Spain and extradited to the Netherlands, where he was remanded for two months. In response to the response, Cyberbunker said it had been unfairly labeled as a haven for cyber crime and spam. According to Kamphuis’s lawyer, he no longer lives in the Netherlands and is staying in either Berlin or Barcelona. Kamphuis has also counter-suing the Dutch state for...

From Roofing to Pharmaceuticals: Beware of Online Scam...

Criminal scammers are more prevalent than ever in today’s high tech world. According to CBS Pittsburgh, some scams steal more than just a few bucks from people, and could actually pose a serious threat to Americans. People are ordering more prescription medications online than ever before, but this new innovation is creating more opportunity for criminal con artists. “My drug plan makes it cheaper to order online,” said Roberta, a prescription drug customer who was contacted by what she thought was the Drug Enforcement Administration and accused of illegally buying drugs. Jen Levinson, another online customer who was contacted by an alleged DEA agent, said that she was threatened with a warrant for her arrest if she refused to pay an expensive fine. “Typically, somebody will call an individual representing that they’re a DEA agent,” said DEA special agent John Wilson. “Usually, these people have purchased pharmaceuticals either by telephone or on a website, and they’ll tell the person that it’s illegal to do so and that they need to pay a fine to the government.” It’s important to keep in mind that if there is a government issue, a person will be contacted via U.S. mail and not over the phone. Another type of scam that’s been occurring lately, especially during hurricane season, is the roofing scam. In normal circumstances, a homeowner should have their roof inspected at least once or twice a year, but with all the inclement weather going on across the country, more and more people are in need of increased service. Scammers are trying to take advantage of this by offering roof repair online for relatively inexpensive prices, but charging a lot up front and then never performing any work. Beware of any and all online communication because of...

Uber Takes Ad Campaign to the Skies With Dronevertising...

As if Uber weren’t dominating the highway roads enough already, now it is taking over the skies, too. Recent reports detail how the transportation company has employed a small fleet of drones to advertise its carpooling service, UberPOOL, in heavy-traffic areas of Mexico City. The “dronevertising” campaign uses small banner ads, attached to drones that hover before vehicle drivers who are stuck in deadlock traffic — a frequent occurrence in Mexico City, which is home to more than 8.8 million people and whose economy is on a rapid incline. Mexican exports from local factories have grown 13% since 2012. That population density and heavy industry has produced a notorious smog and air pollution problem in the city, which Uber’s ads were quick to remind people riding solo along the highway. “Driving by yourself? This is why you can never see the volcanoes,” one drone sign read in Spanish. Uber isn’t the first company to use aerial advertising to capture the eyes of an attentive audience — think airplane banners or blimp campaigns — and it’s not the first to try it with drones, either. There are dronevertising-focused companies in Philadelphia and Santa Monica, and some politicians have even used drones on the campaign trail. However, the very close-range ads used in Uber’s latest stunt may not be feasible — or legal — in other parts of the world. “I think particularly flying a drone near a roadway, especially a busy roadway, you run the risk not only of losing control of the drone and the drone hitting a vehicle, but you also might be distracting drivers,” said Lee Mauro, an aviation law attorney in Victoria, British Columbia. “That’s obviously going to be a concern for everybody.” While it’s likely we’ll see more drone advertising...

Babysitter Watched In Horror as Baby Did This In Her Sleep…...

Nine out of 10 respondents in a National Sleep Foundation survey said that a comfortable mattress and pillow set is the single most important factor in getting a good night’s sleep, followed by comfortable sheets and bedding. They didn’t survey this small sleeper, though (not to mention her poor babysitter). Mikaela Long, a social media personality known for her funny Vine videos, was babysitting her niece for the first time when she saw something unusual and disturbing on the baby monitor. this is my 1st time babysitting & idk where i went wrong but my niece is currently asleep on her head do i call the parents or the exorcist pic.twitter.com/bGaTCFSiCz — Mikaela Long (@MikaelaLong) October 9, 2016 The baby was seen doing an Exorcist-style handstand — yes, really — in her sleep. “Do I call the parents or the exorcist?” Long joked to her online followers. The child is not yet a competitive gymnast, but she has shown significant promise in the sport. According to the baby’s mother, this has become a common sleeping position for her daughter. “She’s been quite acrobatic lately,” she said, also adding that her daughter usually ends up in a normal sleep position as the night goes on. While many digital skeptics were quick to claim that the sleeping toddler photo was a hoax, there are a number of similar photos from video baby monitors that have gone viral over the years. While pediatricians say it’s certainly bizarre, it’s also completely possible. Many modern parents are afraid to let babies sleep on their stomach or side, let alone upside down in an advanced yoga pose. In fact, according to Parents.com, “To reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome, healthy babies should always be put to sleep on...

Study Shows Bright Light Boosts Testosterone in Men With Low Sex Drive...

Italian researchers have recently discovered a treatment for low libido in men. Early morning exposure to bright light, which is widely used to alleviate the symptoms of seasonal depression, has proven to rev up testosterone production and boost sexual function. The study involved 38 male participants who have been diagnosed with problems surrounding sexual arousal. Scientists from the University of Siena found that the participants who were exposed to a specially designed light box for half an hour each morning had increases in testosterone and sexual satisfaction after two weeks. Men who live in the Northern Hemisphere experience an increase in testosterone production during the spring and summer, research shows. When autumn settles in, these men are at their peak in terms of sexual interest and arousal. However, as the days become shorter and the darkness lingers around longer, men in the Northern Hemisphere typically fall into a sexual slump caused by a decrease in testosterone production. “You see the effect of this in reproductive rates, with the month of June showing the highest rate of conception,” said the lead author of the study, Andrea Fagiolini. “The use of the light box really mimics what nature does.” According to Fagiolini, the exposure to bright light in the morning suppresses the production of melatonin, a chemical that shuts down testosterone production. Though scientists are not at the stage where they can recommend the light therapy as a clinical treatment, they do believe that light therapy may offer the same benefits as current medications in the future, but without the negative side effects. Approximately 40% of men over the age of 45 have low testosterone. Current treatments include hormone injections, antidepressants, and other medications. Before they can introduce light therapy as a viable treatment option, Professor...

Google’s Self-Driving Cars Navigate City Streets Better Than Ever After Traveling 2 Million Miles...

A new milestone has been reached in the dawning of the self-driving car. On Wednesday, October 5, Google’s autonomous car program hit 2 million miles driven on public roads. By navigating the city streets in four separate states, the self-driving vehicles are gathering a wide array of data, including how to maneuver through construction zones, respond to bicyclists’ hand signals, and interact with pedestrians. “There are miles and then there are miles,” said Dmitri Dolgov, the software lead on Google’s car program. “An even better way to think about it is not just in terms of miles or time, rather it’s the number of interactions that you have with the world and richness and complexity of those interactions.” In just over a year, the program went from 1 million to 2 million miles, and in that time span, the self-driving vehicle industry has changed and expanded dramatically. A number of auto companies have begun development on their own models, including Tesla Motors, General Motors, and Ford Motor Co. Recently, Uber started to test drive its own autonomous cars on the streets of Pittsburgh, and Apple announced its plans to create its own self-driving car. Lyft jumped on board as well, with co-founder John Zimmer announcing that “Autonomous vehicle fleets will quickly become widespread and will account for the majority of Lyft rides within five years.” According to Dolgov, the 2 million miles Google cars have traveled represent a whole 300 years of driving experience. On average, Americans drive their personal cars and trucks about 10,000 miles per year. Google cars are currently hitting about 25,000 miles each week. With so much experience already “under their belts,” it’s no wonder Google’s self-driving cars are already considered to be better drivers than the average human teenager....

Old Art and New Science Meld in Collegiate Glassblowing Program...

Students at the Salem Community College in Alloway, New Jersey are learning to master the centuries-old art of glassblowing. But to these college kids, glassblowing is more than just an art: it can provide researchers with the valuable scientific tools they need in order to make cutting-edge advancements in their fields. The invention of glassblowing can be traced back to the establishment of the Roman Empire. Prior to this, making glass was a slow and limited process. The Romans discovered that molten glass could be gathered on the end of a pipe in order to be inflated and then shaped — thus creating the concept of glassblowing. The college’s glassblowing program is the only one of its kind in the entire nation. Although glassblowing is undoubtedly a real art, the idea of using the process for something other than what we see at festivals and craft fairs is difficult for some to grasp. But the students in Salem’s program are instructed in a unique curriculum that melds the worlds of art and science. These glassblowing majors are required to learn the basics of organic chemistry and computer drafting in order to have a fuller understanding of how the tools they make will be used. Within the program, students use their glassblowing skills to make tools for research universities and glass manufacturers. Because these scientific tools require exact specifications, it’s a craft with no room for error. Program instructional chair, Dennis Briening, says that for a glassmaker, a millimeter is more like a mile. Briening was tasked with creating glassware while holding a tolerance of one-thousandth of an inch — a width thinner than that of a human hair. Like any discipline, the craft of glassblowing requires an immense amount of practice and dedication. Although...

Texting Too Much Could Indicate a Problem in Your Relationship...

According to a recent study conducted by OpenMarket, 72% of Millennials text 10 or more times a day. Even crazier, about 83% of them open their text messages within 90 seconds of receiving them. In other words, young people are texting a lot. But are Millennials’ texting habits actually hurting their relationships? According to a 2013 study published in the Journal of Couple & Relationship Therapy, men who send or receive a relatively high number of texts tend to be less satisfied in their romantic relationships. The study involved 276 participants between the ages of 18 and 25 who were in committed relationships. Couples completed a survey with questions about how often they talked via text and social media as well as what kinds of messages they sent. They also filled out questionnaires about how satisfied they were with their relationship. Results revealed that women who texted their partner often believed that their relationship was more stable. The same was not necessarily true for men. Lori Schade, the lead study author and a marriage and family therapist, said that, “Maybe it was a way for them to check out or not have to show up, by using their cellphone instead.” Also less satisfied in their relationships were women who often tried to discuss tough topics via text message. Texting may not be the best method of communication for serious subjects since the very nature of text messaging lacks the personal and emotional elements present in face-to-face conversation. While researchers cannot claim a direct cause-and-effect link between relationship problems and frequent texting, the data does suggest that the two are closely related. Based on this information, therapists are not discouraging young couples from texting each other. They are, however, suggesting that serious conversations and heartfelt...

The Newest Millennial Wedding Trend? 3D Printing...

3D printing has come a long way in the last few years. Although the 3D printing process has been around since the 1980s, it’s recently become a sophisticated and viable way to create almost anything. This technology is becoming more accessible and versatile, too. Not only can you create household knick-knacks and important gadgets with a 3D printer, you can even celebrate your special day with help from one. Believe it or not, weddings are becoming a popular outlet for 3D printing. Recent bride Nina Tandon decided that she wanted to walk down the aisle in a customized silk sari gown produced by a 3D printer. The vases for her floral centerpieces were made from 3D-printed molds, and the flowers in her bouquet and hair were, too. Most spectacularly, her customized engagement ring was formed by a 3D printer. Not surprisingly, the popularity of 3D printing — especially for big life events, like weddings — is much higher in the millennial sect. This is partially due to younger generations embracing new technologies and non-traditional options. In addition to being open to the idea of using 3D printing for weddings, millennials are also more positive about lab-created diamonds than those from older generations are. About 80% of millennials feel happy, or at least neutral, toward the idea of lab-created diamonds. It stands to reason that this positive attitude towards other new technologies would be observed in younger generations. But the newness is not the only draw. In addition to the cutting-edge aspect, millennials are seeking out uniqueness. Because digital fabrication allows for total customization, they can create one-of-a-kind pieces that are not only aesthetically interesting, but meaningful, too. In the case of Nina Tandon’s wedding to her husband, Noah Keating, their 3D-printed items held a...

New Sleep Apnea Device On Its Way to U.S....

There have been many documented medical issues resulting from sleep apnea, but as CBS news reports, erratic driving is now linked to sleep deprivation. “Worse lane position deviation is a marker of poor driving performance and this is significantly worse in sleep apnea patients who fail the simulator as compared to controls [people without a sleep disorder],” said study leader Dr. Akshay Dwarakanth. The study found that people with sleeping issues were much more likely to fail driving tests than people without the disorder. The most prevalent issue within these test subjects was lane deviation, which could result in serious roadway dangers. Dwarakanth and fellow researchers looked at 129 adults with untreated sleep apnea and 79 adults who sleep fine at night. “Comparing with controls may be useful in advising patients whether they are at increased risk of an accident,” added the researchers. Despite the fact that roughly 60 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea or some form of sleep disorder, there have been some major improvements in treatments over the last few years. According to The Australian, Chris Hart, a dentist who suffered from sleep apnea himself, developed a new device as he tried to stay awake in a café shop. The O2Vent concept was developed when Hart was just chewing on a straw out of boredom and sleep deprivation. Now, through Oventus Medical, Hart oversees the production of roughly 10,000 O2Vents a year. He plans on launching the device in the U.S. within the next six months. “There’s an awakening of the patient when they’re in treatment that life can be so much better,” said Hart. There are plenty of benefits of getting a healthy amount of sleep, including feeling more alert and productive throughout the day, improved immune systems, less fatigue,...

Netflix Asking FCC to Remove Internet Data Limits...

Netflix is asking the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to do something about the data cap users have on their plans. Netflix is the largest user of bandwidth on the Internet, accounting for over 38% of all traffic during primetime viewing hours. WKBW reports that cable companies, which also offer Internet services, cap users’ bandwidth in order to compete against companies like Netflix and Hulu. “Watching television shows and movies on the internet is no longer a novelty,” read Netflix’s letter to the FCC. “Consumers increasingly expect more from their broadband connection, and they expect that broadband Internet will deliver a television experience that is the same or better than what they receive from their cable service, satellite provider, or local broadcaster.” According to Fortune, Netflix’s letter comes at a strategic time, as the FCC is preparing its annual report for Congress outlining the state of broadband access in the United States — the “Broadband Progress Report.” Netflix believes the data caps aren’t consistent with the Telecommunications Act’s ruling, which calls for advanced telecommunications to be delivered to all Americans “in a reasonable and timely fashion.” “A data cap or allotment of 300 GB (gigabytes) of data per month or higher is required just to meet the Internet television needs of an average American,” Netflix added. Another main reason for Netflix’s complaint is the use of “zero ratings” for large phone companies. These companies are now using promotions that allow consumers to watch certain types of content without reducing their monthly data allotment. Netflix is claiming that those promotions violate the FCC’s “net neutrality” rules, which prohibit Internet providers from giving special treatment to certain types of content. “The Commission would keep an eye on new developments in this area and we are continuing to do so,” said Kim...

Buyers Willing to Pay More For Smart Homes...

In today’s world, we not only expect our phones to be smart, but our houses, too. Although some smart home technologies are still in development, their existence is gaining in popularity. Just a few years ago, the possibility of buying a house loaded with built-in technology was restricted to the more affluent sectors of the buying market. Now, these smart homes are available for all different price ranges and types. Even homes that were built in the 1920s and ’30s are able to be renovated in ways that incorporate this coveted technology. Furthermore, there’s a larger demand to accompany these advancements. In a survey of approximately 22,000 prospective home buyers, 65% stated that they’d be willing to spend more money on a home equipped with smart technology. The catch is, these buyers want to purchase a move-in ready home. In a separate study, 54% of participants said that, in a choice between two otherwise identical homes, they would choose a home with smart technology. The allure of a smart home isn’t as unique to millennials as some might think, either. In addition to the 61% of millennials who would prefer a smart home, 59% of parents with dependent children would also favor one. Appraisers and agents are acknowledging the value smart technology can add to a home. On the minimal end, buyers expect to see houses equipped with smart security features, appliances that connect to networks, and smart thermostats for automatic temperature control. With advancements being made in smart technologies on a constant basis, sellers should think about incorporating these elements into their homes prior to listing. It can have a big effect on the final sales price, and given the growing economy, increased demand, and need for affordable housing, the market is expected...

Young Girl Helps Father Develop Autism Treatment Software...

Applied behavioral analysis, or ABA, is a method of treating autism spectrum disorders, and other related developmental disorders, that helps develop communication, behavioral, and social skills in children ages zero to 18. This form of therapy helps control autism-related behaviors that inhibit the child’s ability to function on a day-to-day basis. Autism spectrum disorder affects one in every 68 children, with numbers growing. With no cure for the condition, new treatments and technologies are being developed. This treatment often takes place with the help of an ABA therapist, and uses techniques that are specially formulated for each child in order to care for them in the most effective way possible. During this year’s TechCrunch Disrupt SF Hackathon, six-year-old Shriya Sreeju presented the Autism Solutions robot, which helps children with autism learn to understand emotions better, as well as help them focus. The robot is built upon the existing Pepper robot, which has been programmed to perceive emotion and interact with humans organically. By downloading different software, Pepper “evolves with you,” according to SoftBank Robotics, the company that released Pepper. It is able to recognize your likes, dislikes, personality, mood, and habits. In this way, Pepper can be programmed to be a child’s personal ABA therapist. Sreeju’s father, Sreejumon Purayil, coded the software presented to TechCrunch Disrupt, but she played an integral part in deciding how the robot should work. She said that first, Pepper would show a flashcard on its screen. “If the kid shows the right card, they get a high five and the robot will say good job!” said Sreeju. “When the kid gets two high fives, Pepper will do a happy dance and show a smiley on screen, to help show emotion.” Purayil says that he and his daughter have explored...

Your Car’s ABS Isn’t What You Thought It Was, Says New Study From the AAA...

You’ve probably assumed that the automatic brake system (ABS) in your car was there to save your life. In exchange for its maintenance, including replacing the brake pads around every 20,000 miles, you might’ve assumed the ABS system would prevent crashes — but according to the American Automobile Association, this simply is not always so. According to the AAA, some systems are only intended to reduce the severity of accidents, as they announced in a recently published study. Few drivers are aware of this critical fact. The study found that there is a wide performance gap when it comes to new brake technology, which automatically activates the brakes in situations where a driver might fail to do so. This feature is expected to be a fully standard feature in all U.S. cars by 2022. The study tested five 2016 model vehicles — Volvo XC 90, Subaru Legacy, Lincoln MKX, Honda Civic, and Volkswagen Passat — and surveyed 1,000 U.S. drivers to gauge both buying habits and trust in automatic emergency brakes. It was found that those systems that were designed to prevent crashes reduced vehicle speed by nearly twice that of those that are simply meant to lessen crash intensity. The preventative systems were found to succeed in avoiding collisions 60% of the time in certain tests, while the second type of system only avoided collisions 33% of the time. The lack of understanding about the different kinds of ABS could lead to the placement of dangerous and possibly deadly confidence by drivers in their automated technology — and lead them to take more risks on the...

INTEGRAL Discovers New FXTs in the Galactic Plane...

Astronomers have discovered and identified two new X-ray transients (FXTs) in space. These FXTs both have short outburst and speedy rise times, and were found in the archival data of European Space Agency’s INTErnational Gamma-Ray Astrophysics Laboratory spacecraft (INTEGRAL). “It seems plausible that other such sources wait to be discovered,” said the researchers in an August 29 paper published on arXiv.org. “Further exploitations of the entire INTEGRAL data archive may yield additional discoveries of this kind of interesting X-ray transients.” The INTEGRAL spacecraft has been using its X-ray detector to scan the sky since 2002. By using X-rays, gamma rays, and visible light, it can search space for virtually anything. Hard X-rays, which uses higher energy of anything higher than five kiloelectronvolts (keV), can penetrate through all kinds of materials including industrial objects, metals, and the final frontier. According to Phys.org, FTXs are extremely hard to identify because they are unpredictable and often have very brief activity. The research team working alongside INTEGRAL is led by Vito Sguera of the Institute of Space Astrophysics and CPB in Italy. “We report on the analysis of archival INTEGRAL data pertaining to observations of specific regions of the galactic plane with the aim of finding new FTXs,” the team stated. “As a result, we report on the discovery of two new such sources which have not been previously detected by any other X-ray telescope.” The FXTs are named IGR J03346 and IGR J20344, respectively. Each contains hard X-ray activity above 20 keV and reach their peak activity after 15 to 30 minutes. Despite the fact that many other FXTs are uneducated and hiding within the galaxy, it’ll be difficult to identify new FTXs as INTEGRAL only will continue its voyage until 2018. It’s unknown whether or not...

Biotech Researchers Cultivate New Hope for Treating Hair Loss...

By the age of 50, approximately 85% of men have significantly thinning hair. However, men aren’t the only ones who suffer from hair loss. Angela Christiano is a researcher at Columbia University, and she has a condition known as alopecia areata, which leads to sudden and substantial hair loss. Like countless other patients who suffer from this condition, she’s not satisfied with the treatments currently on the market. In an aptly named project titled “Rapunzel,” Christiano is attempting to grow a full head of human hair in a lab using stem cells. Christiano’s work reflects a thriving interest in the biotech community to treat hair loss as a medical condition, rather than a cosmetic one. “Hair is hot right now,” said Dr. Melissa Piliang, a dermatologist at Cleveland Clinic. “But it’s hard to grow hair.” Christiano’s approach would be radical if it succeeds. The only two treatments currently on the market at the moment are both over 20 years old, and many are crying out for an update. However, that’s not to say that traditional methods don’t work for some people. For instance, Nicola Hanratty, a woman in the UK, has discovered an unlikely alternative that has helped her. With her hairline receding completely at 19, Hanratty sought out any form of treatment that could help. Strangely enough, her saving grace came to her in the form of hair pieces glued on by a medical adhesive. “A lot of people define a woman’s beauty by her hair, so it was devastating to see mine disappearing,” Hanratty said. Unlike wigs or some extensions, the process Hanratty went through allows her to wash, blow-dry, and style her hair as she normally would. Aside from having her hair pieces removed and re-applied one a month to avoid bacterial growth,...

Air Conditioned Shirts Could Soon Become a Reality...

If your air conditioning unit is over 12 years old, its maintenance can be a big pain. However, a new technology may just be able to keep you cooler without running your AC into the ground. The human body is excellent at generating heat, and clothing manufacturers have developed the best fabrics for keeping that heat locked in during the winter. But recently, scientists from Stanford University report that they may have finally solved the issue of keeping your body cool without an external source such as a fan or AC unit. In a paper published in Science, the researchers report working with a material that is commonly used in food plastic wrap, of all things. In order to give this material breathability, they treated it to contain just the right-sized micro-pores that can release body heat, but remain opaque at the same time. Of course, there are other fabrics still suited to the summer weather until this product is further developed. Cotton is one of the best fabrics, both breathable and warm when necessary, but manufacturers recommend keeping it away from the dryer, as it could shrink. Linen, on the other hand, has been used for centuries, and for good reason. This lightweight fabric was designed to handle the heat. Extremely breathable and surprisingly soft, this fabric has been used for everything from baby blankets to wall hangings. But most notably, it is used in summer shirts and dresses because of its light weight and ability to release heat. Natural fabrics like cotton and linen are currently the best on the market to keep you cool. However, this new material and the concept of air-conditioned shirts are getting people excited. When researchers tested their “fabric” against materials like cotton and linen on a...

Tired of Messy Ice Creams? Well, the Drip Drop is Here to Solve All Your Ice Cream Woes...

It may just be the coolest, most ingenious solution in the ice cream world since the invention of the ice cream cone in 1904. Americans all love ice cream, and in fact, a full 90% of U.S. households regularly indulge in a sweet, frozen treat. However, the indulgence often comes brain freeze, messy clothes, and sticky hands, but luckily, two boys from Colorado have come up with an ingenious solution to cut back on those sticky drips that happen when enjoying an ice cream cone. Its called the Drip Drop, and it will prevent ice cream cone drips and spills from getting all over the place. Sam Nassif and Oliver Greenwald, both 15, have recently won a $50,000 prize for a 33% investment in their business from Shark Tank’s Barbara Corcoran in the hopes of promoting their ingenious product. The idea is easy. The Drip Drop is a saucer, made from the same material as an ice cream cone, with a hole in the middle to fit around most conventional ice cream cones. The saucer comes in different flavors, and has the ability to be customized with chocolate, candies, or frosting for a double-decker treat. Nassif and Greenwald were inspired to fix a simple problem, seeing people struggle with drips. 3Ders.com reports them saying, “Our coaches told us to keep our eyes open for everyday problems all around us. So we were walking past an ice cream shop and we saw these two little kids with sticky hands and messy clothes from their ice cream cones.” So they took to their school’s 3D printer and printed out a simplified prototype of the Drip Drop. Their idea has been in the works for about five years and has won numerous awards at their school. While...