Researchers have found that people who speak more than one language literally see the world differently, ScienceMag reveals. Researchers have found that depending on the primary language spoken, people looking at the same set of events perceive things differently. For example, Russian speakers apparently can distinguish shades of blue faster than English speakers, while Japanese speakers group objects by material rather than shape. More →
Earlier this week, the New York Times published an exceptionally bizarre and fear-mongering article that originally ran with the following hyperbolic title, “Could wearable computers be as harmful as cigarettes?” Penned by Nick Bilton, the article clumsily attempts to insinuate that we might want to be a bit wary about the impending wave of wearables because devices like the Apple Watch might, just maybe… cause cancer.
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Hearing voices in your head is often a symptom associated with schizophrenia, but a team of researchers from the Durham University in England believes there might be something else at work besides this particular mental illness. The scientists designed an exploratory survey to determine whether there’s more to hearing voices than what existing research reveals, Ars Technica reports, and they’ve come up with some interesting findings. More →
Researchers from the University of Queensland, Australia, have figured out how to treat mice suffering from a form of Alzheimer’s, Ars Technica reports. While it’s not clear yet whether the same findings can be applied to human trials, the results are certainly interesting and might lead to further improvements in treating the disease. More →
The most complex piece of technology that we’re still trying to decipher, and even mimic in certain tech products, is the human body. Think about it: it’s a self-driving biological computer capable of performing amazing things, and it runs on a strange mix of oxygen, water, complex biochemical products and sleep.
While all sorts of companies are trying to understand its most hidden functions and constantly improve its performance, BuzzFeed tried to explain a simpler, yet very complicated phenomenon of the human body: The female orgasm. More →
We’ve heard all kinds of crazy ways to quit smoking but none of them have ever come close to sounding this trippy. Bloomberg reports that a new study published in The Journal of Psychopharmacology this week found that smokers who had long had trouble quitting their habit managed to remain smoke-free for six months using a highly unorthodox method: Consuming the active ingredient in magic mushrooms. More →
Let’s face it: Only masochists like getting shots when they go to the doctor’s office. Not only are you stabbed with a long needle, but doctors and nurses often have to try more than once in order to hit a vein. Evena Medical has created a convenient solution to bring this imprecise practice to an end: the Eyes-On Glasses, an imaging technology solution that is both cost-efficient and extremely portable. The Eyes-On Glasses allow medical professionals to visualize the vasculature of a patient beneath the skin in real-time, eliminating the need for multiple needle sticks or the help of additional staff members. Eyes-On is one of the first wearable solutions to this common problem, and will go on sale later this year for an estimated price of $10,000. Watch a demonstration of the glasses in action below. More →
The United States Department of Health & Human Services suggests people limit exposure to screens such as computer monitors and television sets to less than two hours per day. According to a recent study published in the Journal of Pediatrics, however, today’s children are exceeding the recommended maximum exposure time by 66%. To make matters worse, millions of jobs also require workers to sit behind some sort of screen that could be potentially harming their eyes. A Healthier Michigan notes that when users focus on a screen for a long time, the small muscles in the eyes remain contracted, resulting in fatigue, blurred vision and an inability to focus. While a typical person blinks between 12 and 15 times a minute, when focused on a screen, blinking can be reduced to between four and five times per minute, leading to dry and scratchy eyes. More →
This morning, Apple revealed that its CEO and leader in every sense of the word, Steve Jobs, will be taking a medical leave of absence for an unspecified amount of time. While the news is shocking, it’s also apparently not completely unexpected. According to the New York Times, Steve Jobs “has looked increasingly frail” in recent months. Apple’s CEO was reportedly supposed to be at Verizon’s iPhone announcement event last week as well, and coupled with the delay of the new iPad digital newspaper The Daily, it’s beginning to look like there is something more to the story. More →
Apple CEO Steve Jobs said on Monday that Apple’s board of directors has granted him a medical leave of absence. It is currently not known why Jobs requested the leave or for how long he will be gone. Jobs also took a six-month leave of absence in early 2009 when he received a liver transplant. Today, Jobs says that he will continue as CEO and will be involved in major strategic decisions while Apple COO Tim Cook will take over day to day operations during his leave. Hit the break for Jobs’ note regarding his leave. More →
As much fun as it is to head to your doctor’s office or a clinic to get tested for an STD, it looks like there might be a slightly more private and comfortable option on the horizon. A group of organizations in the UK have combined to produce over $10 million in funding for research related to inexpensive portable STD test. The test consists of a single-use USB dongle-sized component containing a microchip. Once urinated upon, the device connects to a mobile phone or laptop and tests for herpes, chlamydia and gonorrhea with instant results. The tests would be distributed through vending machines in UK nightclubs, among other places, and would cost less than $2 each. It is almost a given that more private testing options will lead to more frequent testing and, hopefully, to safer behavior. Let’s just hope that once this great new mobile STD testing technology hits the market in the UK, it spreads quickly. More →
Gentlemen, we are about to boldly go where BGR has never gone before. We are about to discuss that personal area between your belly button and knee caps, affectionately known as the: gonads, balls, dingle-berries, or nuts. Today, on our beloved technology blog, we’re talking testicles. Now, we know what you’re thinking: what? Hit the jump to hear us out. More →