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Boeing’s self-sanitizing lavatory makes germs ‘literally explode’

Boeing’s self-sanitizing lavatory makes germs ‘literally explode’

Boeing has a new prototype aircraft lavatory that, among other things, uses UV light to kill germs after each use. Many people travel on any given commercial flight and they bring their germs with them. The lavatory is arguably the epicenter of these germs and, given their cramped nature, it can be hard to avoid touching potentially unsanitary surfaces. Boeing has addressed these issues with its new prototype bathroom, enabling it to nuke germs instantly.

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IBM brings Watson AI to Apple Watch with SleepHealth app

IBM brings Watson AI to Apple Watch with SleepHealth app

IBM has announced a new app for iPhone and Apple Watch that aims to gather data on the relationship between sleep habits and overall health. Dubbed SleepHealth, the app does far more than reveal when users are waking up in the night like typical sleep trackers. The app is built on IBM's Watson Health Cloud, a platform that was developed in partnership with Apple and Johnson & Johnson, and connects with ResearchKit, the open-source framework from Apple.

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Stir makes its smart motorized desk topless

Stir makes its smart motorized desk topless

Smart furniture maker Stirworks is adding a third model to its line-up, and to get your attention it's taking its top off. The desk top, that is, with the Stir Kinetic Desk Base L1 consisting of the mechanics of the height-adjustable workstation, along with the touchscreen controller, but leaving buyers to install their choice of surface.

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DOT bans e-cigarettes on commercial flights

DOT bans e-cigarettes on commercial flights

A final ruling has been made about e-cigarette use on commercial flights: they’re banned and you'll get in big trouble for violating the ban. The ruling surprises exactly no one, but had to be made, as some travelers have eschewed common sense to use the 'vaping' devices during their flights. The DOT announced the final rule today, with the agency applying the same rules to e-cigarettes that it has for regular cigarettes.

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Reality check for virtual reality – the dangers of subpar VR experiences

Reality check for virtual reality – the dangers of subpar VR experiences

In the next few months, even this week alone, expect to hear a lot about virtual and augmented reality products. Oculus and HTC/Valve are set to launch their respective headsets in a month or two. Google has just stepped up its Cardboard marketing and retailing. Coca-Cola is mulling over recycling its packaging into VR headsets, but Sweden's McDonald's may have already beaten them to the punch. But more than any other consumer technology in the past decade, from smartphones to wearables, VR perhaps presents the most health questions. While the answer are still murky at this point, they all revolve on how the quality of a VR product, both hardware and software, largely determines the effects it will have on your body.

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Talcum Powder And Cancer Linked In $72 Million Johnson & Johnson Jury Award

Talcum Powder And Cancer Linked In $72 Million Johnson & Johnson Jury Award

Could there be a link between talcum powder and cancer? It depends on whether you choose to believe the scientific evidence or the recent actions of a jury in the state of Missouri, which this past week awarded $72 million in damages to the family of a woman who claimed her ovarian cancer was caused by the use of Johnson & Johnson's baby powder.

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Asthma inhaler prototype is nearly as slim as a credit card

Asthma inhaler prototype is nearly as slim as a credit card

Asthma inhalers have largely had the same design for a very long time, and for good reason: they're relatively lightweight and small, and can be slipped into a pocket. Still, they're highly conspicuous and no one likes to pull them out in public for an impromptu puff; as well, having to carry it around is burdensome if it is reserved for the rare occasional asthma attack rather than daily use. That's where this new ultra-slim inhaler prototype comes in.

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Popular Heartburn Medicine May Be Linked To Dementia

Popular Heartburn Medicine May Be Linked To Dementia

Proton pump inhibitor (PPI) medications intended to fight heartburn and gastroesophageal reflux suffered another setback today when study results were announced demonstrating a link between this class of drug and the incidence of dementia in elder patients. JAMA Neurology published the conclusions of a German study that examined the effect of PPI medication on 73,000 senior citizens aged 75 and older. While the study itself was unable to demonstrate a 'smoking gun' connecting the development of cognitive difficulties and the use of popular medicines sold under the trade names Nexium, Prevacid, and Prilosec, participants who did use PPIs were 44% more likely to suffer from dementia.

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IOFIT is the first smart shoe to focus on fitness and golf

IOFIT is the first smart shoe to focus on fitness and golf

You get up in the morning and grab your smartphone, then you put on your smartwatch, wander around your smart home, and before you leave, you can put on your smart shoes. The smart shoe market isn't exactly huge at the moment, but like anything with the "smart" title, we'll start seeing more and more of them. In fact, Samsung is prepping to launch their own smart shoe.

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Study: ‘PAMP’ molecules in processed foods are big health risk

Study: ‘PAMP’ molecules in processed foods are big health risk

Researchers have revealed that some processed foods, including things like chopped vegetables, sausages, and chocolates, have high instances of harmful pathogen-associated molecular patterns (PAMP) molecules that could increase someone’s risks of developing various health issues, including Type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Fresh foods, though, such as whole vegetables, have undetectable levels of these harmful bacteria.

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Facebook usage increases with sleep deprivation, says study

Facebook usage increases with sleep deprivation, says study

Is your amount of Facebook usage going up recently? It might be because you're not getting enough sleep. Researchers at the University of California Irvine have conducted a study recently that shows a direct connection between sleep deprivation and spending more time on Facebook. Now, this isn't the same as frequently being on Facebook leading to poor sleep patterns, but rather the opposite.

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Prepd Pack lunchbox is both attractive and smart

Prepd Pack lunchbox is both attractive and smart

Takeout meals are convenient, particularly after a long day spent working, but they’re often not very healthy, and it can be difficult to track calories. The solution is making a meal at home and packing it, but two common complaints are associated with this: poor cooking skills and self-consciousness when toting around a lunchbox. Prepd Pack aims to be the solution to both troubles, offering a smart way to eat healthy combined with an attractive grown-up design.

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