Monday Marvels: September 16 -23rd
1.) Your Health in the Hands of Google?
Google has decided to launch a new company called “Calico” that is supposedly devoted to health care and longevity of life. To put it more bluntly, Google appears to have the desire to be the front-runner in the race to immortality. For the so called ‘transhumanist movement’ and for life extension enthusiasts everywhere, this could be the grand impetus they have been waiting for.
[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”B00DIK8AE2″ locale=”us” height=”120″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/418w%2Bx0bGNL._SL160_.jpg” width=”120″]2.) LED Clothing Line: Latest Fashion Craze or Long-term Trend?
Have you ever seen a chameleon and thought, “Wouldn’t it be cool to change colors?” Well, with the new Lüme Collection we are well on our way to emulating these reptiles in the fashion world. With a new clothing line made with flexible LEDs built into the fabric, wearers can change colors at will, even to the beat of music if they so wish. Future applications can even adjust clothing colors to match emotions via Twitter or Facebook. Will you be the first unleash your inner reptile and dawn the latest LED Fashion?
3.) Underwater Robot Storm Detector
Robotic gliders created by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) promise to revolutionize our current hurricane storm warning system, possibly saving thousands of lives and millions of dollars in damages. These little bots offer meteorologists the ability to more effectively and expediently determine the magnitude and location of hurricanes, in addition to facilitating a wealth of data collection throughout the storm. The next time a storm threatens to hit one of our coastlines, these robots will be ready and waiting.
[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”128402539X” locale=”us” height=”160″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51A1rnupjbL._SL160_.jpg” width=”100″]4.) Do You Really Need Antibiotics?
Generally bacterial and viral infections are difficult to distinguish, many times leading to antibiotics being prescribed regardless, and thereby creating what some refer to as ‘super-bugs’. However, thanks to researchers from Duke University, a simple blood test will now be able to determine if your ailment is indeed viral or bacterial; thus preventing the misuse of antibiotics, and the spread of hard to treat “super-bugs”. Hence, during your next doctor visit you might be surprised (or disheartened) to learn that you don’t need antibiotics after all…
5.) Cortana vs. Siri, Which is better?
If you haven’t heard, Microsoft has been hard at work on their own digital assistant; supposedly offering similar “voice interaction and interrogation features found in Apple’s Siri” and said to be coming out with Windows 8.1 around 2014. Microsoft eventually hopes to incorporate Cortana not only with the Windows phone, but with the majority of its products including the Xbox One. Once this happens consumers will simply have to decide, which is better, Cortana or Siri?
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