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Self-control enhanced by tiny electrical charge to the brain: study

Self-control enhanced by tiny electrical charge to the brain: study

A small study has shown with some certainty that self-control can be enhanced by applying electrical stimulation to the brain. Scientists applied electrodes to the prefrontal cortex of each participant via invasive surgery. The participants performed tasks that involved ceasing what they were doing or switching to a new task. When certain areas of the prefrontal cortex were given an imperceptible electric shock at that point, the participants performed better.

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Researchers develop simulation mapping possible pandemics using breakthrough model

Researchers develop simulation mapping possible pandemics using breakthrough model

Pandemics -- the spread of disease through large populations rapidly -- is something that has affected our world at various points for as long as humans have been around, and something that remains an ever-present threat despite increases in medical sciences and research. One of the biggest issue with pandemics is how rapidly they can be transmitted over large populations, and to help envision this issue to, ultimately, serve as an aid in neutralizing transmission, researchers have made a model breakthrough demonstrated through a simulation.

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RUNSAFER smart shoes to track running health wirelessly

RUNSAFER smart shoes to track running health wirelessly

A new smart running shoe capable of evaluating biomechanical data like form, foot position, and even exhaustion in real-time could supercharge what we expect from wearable fitness monitors when it goes on sale in early 2015. Dubbed EU Project RUNSAFER, the sensor-studded shoe is expected to launch under the Kelme brand in Europe, and is part of a project led by Fraunhofer Institute researchers to go beyond pulse- and breathing-rate, pace, and other typical biometrics currently collected by health wearables.

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Healthcare.gov upgrades to go live Dec. 1

Healthcare.gov upgrades to go live Dec. 1

Healthcare.gov, the website that serves as a marketplace for private and public health insurance plans for Americans, is getting more upgrades. The servers and software will be upgraded, some fixes will be made, by Sunday, Dec. (tomorrow.) This will allow up to 50,000 people to access the site at the same time, up from about 20,000 as of this moment.

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Tongue-driven wheelchair uses high-tech power piercing

Tongue-driven wheelchair uses high-tech power piercing

Tongue piercings may be associated with rebellion, but one researcher is aiming for revolution instead, creating a Tongue Drive System that allows paralyzed wheelchair users to more easily navigate than traditional hands-free control options. The handiwork of a team at the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology, the system uses a magnetic tongue stud which is wirelessly tracked by a headpiece, with up to six instructions differentiated by tongue position.

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Philips ErgoSensor display updated – Still scolds slumping workaholics

Philips ErgoSensor display updated – Still scolds slumping workaholics

Philips has updated its ErgoSensor display range, the company's LCD monitors which track user posture and can warn if the ergonomics aren't correct or if an eye-break is in order. The Philips 241P4QRYES is a 24-inch LCD display running at 1920 x 1080 Full HD resolution, with 250 cd/m2 brightness and the ability to rotate between landscape and portrait orientations; however, it's the embedded ErgoSensor that really differentiates it.

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