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Forget standing desks, Altwork has a throne for computer addicts

Forget standing desks, Altwork has a throne for computer addicts

"It looks," I thought when I first saw the Altwork Station, "like a dentist's chair." That might not be your first inclination when shopping for new office furniture, but the team behind the unusual, zero-gravity workstation believe they have what it takes the coax you away from your standing desk or your exercise ball chair.

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Researchers turn snake venom into potentially life-saving gel

Researchers turn snake venom into potentially life-saving gel

Venomous snakes have claimed countless lives, but one team of researchers from Rice University have managed to turn that venom into a life-saving gel. On Monday, the university announced that a nano fiber hydrogel infused with venom from pit vipers has been developed that quickly stops bleeding, something that could be used in situations ranging from emergencies to operating rooms.

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Pivotal Smart Scale is maker’s latest budget health gadget

Pivotal Smart Scale is maker’s latest budget health gadget

Pivotal Living, the Seattle company behind the Pivotal fitness tracker (check out our review), has introduced a new product, the Pivotal Smart Scale. One of Pivotal’s biggest hooks is affordability — it offers its fitness tracker for $12, and now it is launching its smart scale for $39.95 USD, undercutting just about every competitor. As with other smart scales, this model is designed to work alongside a mobile app, making it more useful than an ordinary “dumb” scale.

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23andMe will resume (limited) testing for health issues

23andMe will resume (limited) testing for health issues

23andMe, the company that benefited greatly with some favor from Google, suffered a massive setback when the FDA stepped in and shutdown its genetic health screening service. At the time, users could pay $99 to spit in a vial and, some time later, access their genetic data parsed to include details about their personal health. Those details included things like risks for certain diseases and cancers, how they respond to different types of medication and diets, and more.

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Report: brain regions sleep while you’re awake

Report: brain regions sleep while you’re awake

Did you know dolphins can sleep half their brain at a time? It’s an enviable skill, one that humans, it turns out, can somewhat achieve themselves. According to MIT researchers, the human brain has a mechanism by which small regions of the brain can go to sleep while the rest of the brain is alert and active…meaning you’re awake, but you’re not all there, so to speak.

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Ancestry in talks with FDA to launch medical DNA testing

Ancestry in talks with FDA to launch medical DNA testing

23andMe ran into trouble with the FDA over its DNA testing, which included results of a medical nature — info about disease risks and such. It ultimately had to shut that part of its service down, but another company may take over in its place. Ancestry.com is in talks with the FDA about launching a DNA testing kit that will be used to provide possible health information about a person — details about things like one’s reaction to medication and more based on their genetic details.

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Target and UNICEF partner to offer fitness band for kids

Target and UNICEF partner to offer fitness band for kids

In an effort to combat both childhood obesity and childhood malnourishment, UNICEF and Target have partnered to offer a kid-friendly fitness band designed specifically for children. The bracelets will be sold in the United States, and they will have a bonus effect on top of the general fitness purposes — wearers will be able to earn points, which are then used to send food packets through UNICEF to children in developing nations.

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A superfan tried to convince me Microsoft Band 2 is a winner

A superfan tried to convince me Microsoft Band 2 is a winner

I probably shouldn't have been surprised to find a Microsoft Band fan at the company's big Windows 10 device launch, but the wearable has kept a low profile over the past twelve months. Launched to no small fanfare last October, the chunky fitness wearable proved polarizing: lovers praised its fitness routine tutorials and Cortana integration, while haters slammed its prototype-like looks and patchy biometric sensors.

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The new Microsoft Band is actually wearable now

The new Microsoft Band is actually wearable now

Microsoft has taken Microsoft Band back into the lab and cooked up its successor, and it finally feels ready for the mainstream. Gone is the clunky, near-prototype styling, replaced with a smooth, flexible circular band, topped with a curved touchscreen protected with rounded Gorilla Glass 3. Meanwhile, the sensors and software have improved, too.

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Atmotube makes you smarter about the air you breathe

Atmotube makes you smarter about the air you breathe

These days, we have started making our houses smarter when it comes to our entertainment, security, or even power consumption, but we don't always make them smarter about our health. Sure, we now have wearables that track our hear rate and activities, but that represents only one part of our health. An equally important, and sometimes more critical, part of that is the air around us. Atmotube is an upcoming portable device that tries to make users aware of just how safe or not the air we breathe really is.

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You really do have an aura (but it’s stinky not spiritual)

You really do have an aura (but it’s stinky not spiritual)

Humans are indeed surrounded by a mysterious aura, but it's not the etherial glow that spiritualists claim. Instead, researchers have discovered exactly what surrounds us - and how it can identify us - in our own personal microbial cloud, an unexpected bacterial fingerprint.

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Apple Watch heart rate monitor saves teen’s life

Apple Watch heart rate monitor saves teen’s life

For most, the heart rate sensors on our smartwatches and wearables, sometimes even on smartphones, are more of an extra feature for health enthusiasts and those with active lifestyles. For 17 year old Paul Houle Jr. of Tabor Academy in Cape Cod, it was a literal lifesaver. The heart rate monitor on his newly purchased Apple Watch alerted him to the fact that there might be something wrong with his heart rate. Luckily, instead of just attributing it to a faulty sensor, His trainer and school nurse verified the reading and then rushed the teen to the hospital, saving his life in the process.

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