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Jul 23
2018

Posted by: Jim Lillie

The Chatbot Will See You Now

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The Chatbot Will See You Now

Buoy Health, maker of an artificial intelligence (AI) tool that assists people in gaining a better grasp of particular health dilemmas, recently announced that it had partnered with CVS MinuteClinic.

Anytime Buoy Health customers use the company's app-based or online chatbot interface -- and, upon receiving possible diagnoses, are subsequently encouraged to visit any of the 1,100 MinuteClinics in the U.S. -- the app will draw on GPS to locate the closest clinic and also reserve a spot in line for the customer.

Dr. Andrew Le, CEO of Buoy Health, told MobiHealthNews, that everyone involved in the commercial partnership is still figuring out the logistics in largely baby-step stages.

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Jul 22
2018

Posted by: Stephanie Faris

Your Multivitamin May Be Putting You at Risk

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Your Multivitamin May Be Putting You at Risk

Popping a pill or two each day can be a great way to get the nutrients we need to stay healthy. At least, that’s what the supplement industry wants consumers to believe. But increasingly, medical professionals are becoming concerned that people are relying too much on those pills…at the expense of good health.

A recent study brings concerns specific to heart health and the use of supplements. Not only does taking a multivitamin not prevent heart issues, but it may even prevent consumers from doing things that could improve their overall health, since they think the supplement is taking care of it for them.

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Jul 21
2018

Posted by: Stephanie Faris

How the Summer Heat Slows the Brain Down

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How the Summer Heat Slows the Brain Down

If you feel a little off your game during the warmest months of the year, you may not be imagining things. A new Harvard study reveals that heat slows down the human brain by 13 percent. But the good news is, if you’re inside with air conditioning all day, you shouldn’t notice a difference.

The study specifically compared a group of students who lived in an air conditioned building with those who didn’t. Students were asked to take a cognitive test after waking up in the morning. Those who had slept with air conditioning showed 13.3-percent better cognitive performance than those who didn’t. Perhaps most notable, though, was that the effects of the heat continued long after things cooled down. This is important because in some areas, the evening hours are the only time those without A/C could possibly get relief. If the heat lasts throughout the night, residents would experience the slowdown around the clock.

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Jul 20
2018

Posted by: Jim Lillie

Baseball Mascot Launches ‘Missile’ at Fan

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Baseball Mascot Launches Missile at Fan

Philadelphia Phillies fan Kathy McVay recently came away from a baseball game between her team and the St. Louis Cardinals with a shiner -- and a story.

But it wasn't an errant ball that caused her injury. It was a piece of food.

“You would think you would get hit by a baseball,” the Plymouth Meeting woman told WCAU TV 10. “Instead of a flying hot dog.”

Turns out that McVay was seated near home plate along with a pair of her friends. She recalls it was either the 6th or 7th inning when the Phillie Phanatic -- the team's official, costumed mascot -- emerged onto the scene and started shooting hot dogs into the seating areas from a cannon.

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Jul 19
2018

Posted by: Jim Lillie

Float Like a Sailboat, Glide Like an Albatross

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Float Like a Sailboat, Glide Like an Albatross

Nature and technology might just have found a perfect partnership.

Engineers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) recently developed a robotic glider -- one that draws its inspiration from both biological and nautical designs -- that can travel along the water's surface, dipping down to surf waves, or simply hovering above them on the power of an air current.

The idea behind the craft is to allow for flight capabilities in areas that have high winds while also being able to sail through the water in areas where winds are calmer.

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Jul 18
2018

Posted by: Stephanie Faris

English Man Fitted with Bionic Penis

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English Man Fitted with Bionic Penis

For 44 years, a Manchester, England man has lived without a penis, which means he’s never experienced sex. Thanks to a recent operation, though, he now not only has a penis, but he’ll be able to finally consummate his longtime relationship with his girlfriend, after a six-week resting period.

The penis is made from skin, muscles, and nerves in his left arm, as well as the vein from his right leg. The final touch was a pump, which was recently implanted, to create an erection. The result, dubbed a “bionic penis” by the press, means that Andrew Wardle will feel sensation during sex as any other man would.

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Jul 17
2018

Posted by: Jim Lillie

Coca Cola Creates Cans that Change Color with the Temperature

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Coca Cola Creates Cans that Change Color with the Temperature

Coca-Cola Turkey recently announced that it would use thermochromic inks to lend function, color,  and fun to a handful of new aluminium beverage can schemes.

In the past, companies have used one or two thermochromic inks to indicate temperature changes of canned beverages. For the first time, though, Coca-Cola Turkey is incorporating thermochromic ink technology into the overall look and design of the can. Each design uses four different ink that draw attention when the drinks are ready to be downed.

Crown Holdings, Inc., which provides packaging products to consumer marketing companies, partnered with Coca-Cola to help in the complicated process of printing the specialized inks.

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