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Future Tech: what’s coming based on what’s already here

Future Tech: what’s coming based on what’s already here

It’s fun to think of what the future holds, especially in tech. Presuming you don’t have apocalyptic visions or homicidal computers in your mind. But technology, unlike fiction, doesn’t just spring up out of ideas and minds fully-formed and ready to use. They will always have roots in reality and history. Here are just some of the cool things we expect to see in the future, both near and not so near, based on what’s already in development today.

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No, NASA’s astronaut twin hasn’t had a DNA rewrite

No, NASA’s astronaut twin hasn’t had a DNA rewrite

As we recently detailed, NASA has offered up preliminary findings under its Twins Study, which looks at the impact space travel has on human health. So far, researchers have identified some changes to astronaut Scott Kelly's telomeres, among other things, helping scientists understand the kind of health ramifications space travelers face. It's important to note what NASA didn't find, however.

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Fitbit Ionic OS 2.0 update goes live: Here’s what’s new

Fitbit Ionic OS 2.0 update goes live: Here’s what’s new

Fitbit may have its new Versa smartwatch to debut Fitbit OS 2.0, but owners of the wearable company's existing products aren't being left out. Ionic wearers should slowly begin to see Fitbit OS 2.0 roll out to their smartwatches, the company has confirmed, though right now it's a small-scale deployment to make sure nothing goes wrong along the way.

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NASA Twin Study reveals space’s effect on telomeres, bones and more

NASA Twin Study reveals space’s effect on telomeres, bones and more

NASA's Twin Study has revealed interesting information about the effects space travel has on the human body. The study involves determining the genetic changes experienced by NASA astronaut Scott Kelly, who spent time in space, by comparing his health data with that of his identical twin brother Mark who remained on Earth. Though the project is still underway, NASA researchers recently detailed some preliminary findings, revealing that space does indeed leave a mark on human health.

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Fitbit Versa is a $199 smartwatch with a Pebble soul

Fitbit Versa is a $199 smartwatch with a Pebble soul

Fitbit has pulled up its sleeve and revealed its latest smartwatch, the Fitbit Versa, a metal-bodied wearable with more than a few hints of Pebble to it. Dubbed the lightest metal smartwatch in the US, the Versa not only introduces new Fitbit hardware but the latest version of the company's OS for wearables.

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This $10m XPRIZE challenge wants a deft robotic avatar

This $10m XPRIZE challenge wants a deft robotic avatar

A new XPRIZE competition promises part of a $10m bounty for developing a real-life avatar, a robotic stand-in for humans that could virtually take us to distant or perilous locations. Announced at SXSW 2018 today, the new XPRIZE is open to participants globally, though the challenge isn't going to be easy to beat.

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23andMe gets FDA approval for BRCA cancer risk DNA test

23andMe gets FDA approval for BRCA cancer risk DNA test

The FDA has approved a 23andMe's cancer risk test, one that provides the results directly to the consumer rather than to a doctor who would then provide their patient with info. The approval is specifically for the Personal Genome Service Genetic Health Risk (GHR) Report for the BRCA1/BRCA2 test revealing breast, prostate, and ovarian cancer risk.

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DARPA Biostasis seeks to slow biological time for battlefield survival

DARPA Biostasis seeks to slow biological time for battlefield survival

DARPA's latest research project is focusing on slowing down time, at least when it comes to biochemical reactions. The new Biostasis program seeks ways to extend a period time known as the golden hour -- that is, the duration of time between the onset of an infection or an injury and the time when treatment is given. By extending that period of time and applying the technology to the battlefield, medical facilities may be able to save soldiers' lives.

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Flu may cause brain health changes lasting weeks after infection

Flu may cause brain health changes lasting weeks after infection

As if the flu isn't scary enough, a new study highlights a potential concern beyond body aches and chills: brain health changes. According to a newly published study, certain influenza strains resulted in brain health changes in mice, including to memory, the effects of which lasted weeks after infection. The study looked at certain influenza A strains.

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Fitbit Ionic: Adidas Edition adds exclusive training

Fitbit Ionic: Adidas Edition adds exclusive training

Fitbit's latest play for your wrist is the Fitbit Ionic: Adidas Edition, with an exclusive Adidas Train app that focus on cardio, strength, and flexibility training. Based on the Fitbit Ionic smartwatch, the Adidas version gets custom hardware and software, including a two-tone breathable sport band in Ink Blue and Ice Gray, on a Silver Gray aluminum case.

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FDA starts recalling and destroying certain kratom products

FDA starts recalling and destroying certain kratom products

The FDA has announced a crackdown against certain kratom products in the US, saying it will be recalling and destroying kratom-containing products from a company called Divinity Products Distribution located in Grain Valley, Missouri. The news follows an announcement from the CDC saying it has linked a recent salmonella outbreak to kratom; more than two dozen illnesses have been reported.

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Kratom salmonella outbreak across 20 states prompts CDC warning

Kratom salmonella outbreak across 20 states prompts CDC warning

The Centers for Disease Control are warning about a salmonella outbreak associated with a plant called kratom. The outbreak has affected individuals in multiple states, according to the CDC, which says it is recommending that people abstain from kratom use until further notice. There aren't any common suppliers or brands associated with the illnesses at this time, though information is still forthcoming.

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