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Oct 22
2017

Posted by: Jim Lillie

Dating? Networking? Both?

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Dating? Networking? Both?

Mixing business and pleasure is a caution: Friendliness displayed in the pursuit of consummating a deal doesn't necessarily indicate an interest in taking things to a personal level.

On the other hand, those who spend the majority of their waking hours in business and professional pursuits often find themselves with no social circle outside of work.

For women who seek to connect on a professional level with male colleagues, Bumble may be able to help.

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Oct 21
2017

Posted by: Jim Lillie

Sex Robot Mauled at Electronics Festival

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Sex Robot Mauled at Electronics Festival

“The people mounted Samantha’s breasts, her legs and arms. Two fingers were broken. She was heavily soiled,” engineer Sergi Santos, who created the doll, was quoted as saying. ”People can be bad. Because they did not understand the technology and did not have to pay for it, they treated the doll like barbarians.”

The whole affair began when Santos decided he wants to display his creation, called "Samantha," at the Arts Electronica Festival in Linz, Austria.

Santos programmed the robot with artificial intelligence so that she would respond to some tame seductive moves. Supposedly, the doll gets worked up the more that she's plied with romance.

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Oct 20
2017

Posted by: Stephanie Faris

New Study Challenges Misconceptions About Epidurals During Childbirth

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New Study Challenges Misconceptions About Epidurals During Childbirth

For decades, epidurals have eased the pain of childbirth, helping women through delivery. Throughout that time, medical professionals have believed that the medication affected the birthing process, since they felt it dulled the sensations that encourage pushing.

But a new study shows that epidurals don’t slow down the delivery process as previously thought. In fact, the delivery process was the same whether a woman had an epidural or gave birth naturally. This goes against what even medical professionals think, since they often were the ones reducing medicine delivery when things needed to be sped up.

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Oct 19
2017

Posted by: Jim Lillie

Tattoo Changes Colors to Indicate Blood Sugar Levels

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Tattoo Changes Colors to Indicate Blood Sugar Levels

A group of researchers from MIT and Harvard have devised something referred to as a "smart tattoo ink" that can keep track of a person's blood sugar and dehydration levels.

“We were thinking: New technologies, what is the next generation after wearables?” Ali Yetisen, who is a Tosteson postdoctoral fellow at HMS and Massachusetts General Hospital, told the Harvard Gazette. “And so we came up with the idea that we could incorporate biosensors in the skin.”

Yetisen notes that current wearables don't easily integrate with the body, and many have short battery lives and need wireless connectivity.

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Oct 18
2017

Posted by: Stephanie Faris

Water Consumption May Stave Off Urinary Tract Infections

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Water Consumption May Stave Off Urinary Tract Infections

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) can be a nuisance at best and excruciating at worst. Yet it’s an issue that will impact an estimated one in every two women at some point in their lifetime, according to some experts. For those who have suffered at least one of these infections, finding a way to prevent them is critical. Some people swear by cranberries, although studies have debunked the benefits of that treatment. Many others try to drink plenty of water to prevent bacteria from building up in the urinary tract.

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Oct 17
2017

Posted by: Jim Lillie

Soaking Up Rays in a Shipping Container House

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Soaking Up Rays in a Shipping Container House

No matter how novel the uses imagined for discarded shipping containers, there's almost always something about the end result that fails to mask the identity of the container itself.

Of course, that may be part of the point: Why bother to re-use a gargantuan item if you can't get obvious and instant credit for re-using a gargantuan item? Not to mention inspiring others to follow suit?

Some years back, architect James Whitaker devised an office comprised of several shipping containers. Though his vision never came to fruition, a producer based in Los Angeles happened to see the design online and, evidently inspired, asked Whitaker to construct a large, solar-powered house for him on a sizable piece of land in Joshua Tree, California.

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Oct 16
2017

Posted by: Stephanie Faris

Air New Zealand Introduces Digital Air Concierge

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Air New Zealand Introduces Digital Air Concierge

Automation has changed the travel experience permanently, allowing consumers to easily find information on local attractions, as well as discounts on airfare and accommodations. Over time, technology has even replaced the need for travel agents and reservation assistants, since travelers can make their own arrangements.

But technology hasn’t replaced the friendly service provided by flight attendants and hotel concierges, who can personalize interactions in the way a computer can’t. But Air New Zealand may have found a way to combine the convenience of technology with the personalization of human interaction. The airline recently introduced Sophie, a “digital human” created by Soul Machines, showcasing her ability to answer questions about local attractions and the airline’s services.

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