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New Amazon Smart Glasses

Amazon introduced the Echo Frames at a product launch event today along with a few other Alexa-oriented items
Amazon introduced the Echo Frames at a product launch event today along with a few other Alexa-oriented items

Amazon has stepped into the world of connected eyewear with its first ever pair of smart glasses. Not quite as ambitious as some designs to have come and gone before them, the company’s Echo Frames keep things relatively simple in hopes of making its Alexa voice assistant a key part of a user’s everyday life. read more

Vision Venture Autonomous Driving Camper

A more relaxing way to travel and glamp
A more relaxing way to travel and glamp
Erwin Hymer Group

Hymer made quite a splash at this year’s Düsseldorf Caravan Salon with the Vision Venture, an exceptional plus-sized camper van concept that foretells a very capable, comfortable camping future for the year 2025. But it didn’t drop the crystal ball after designing that Mercedes-badged van, traveling a little farther into the future to show how autonomous driving will recast the vehicle camping experience. read more

Aerobic Exercise May Fend off Alzheimer’s disease

Rong Zhang (left) leading a UT Southwestern study revealing regular aerobic exercise can slow brain degeneration in the hippocampus, linked to Alzheimer's disease
Rong Zhang (left) leading a UT Southwestern study revealing regular aerobic exercise can slow brain degeneration in the hippocampus, linked to Alzheimer’s disease
Mei-Chun Jau/UT Southwestern

A new UT Southwestern study has offered yet more evidence affirming the value of exercise in slowing the brain degeneration associated with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. The research is suggesting aerobic exercise may be more effective than mild flexibility training in directly reducing hippocampal deterioration. read more

eNose Predicts Immunotherapy Treatment Effectiveness

It's claimed the device achieves 85 percent accuracy in predicting which lung cancer patients will, or will not, respond to new immunotherapy treatments
It’s claimed the device achieves 85 percent accuracy in predicting which lung cancer patients will, or will not, respond to new immunotherapy treatments
Amsterdam University Medical Centers

An impressive new study is suggesting a simple breath analysis can accurately predict whether lung cancer patients will positively respond to novel immunotherapy treatments. Unlike current methods, which involve studying tissue samples, the new “eNose” device can offer diagnostic advice in less than 60 seconds. read more

Weapon Wednesday – New Air to Air Missile

Artist's concept of the Peregrine medium-range, air-to-air missile
Artist’s concept of the Peregrine medium-range, air-to-air missile
Raytheon

Raytheon has taken the wraps off its new Peregrine medium-range, air-to-air missile that is half the size and expense of current medium air-launched missiles but has greater range and effectiveness. Designed to be used against drones, manned aircraft, and cruise missiles, it’s compatible with fourth and fifth-generation fighter aircraft. read more

SpaceX Starship

SpaceX's Starship prototype under construction, with a landing leg frame in the foreground
SpaceX’s Starship prototype under construction, with a landing leg frame in the foreground
Elon Musk (Twitter)

Innovate or die. It’s a term often thrown about in tech circles as a not-so-subtle reminder of how resting on one’s laurels can be bad business practice, and it’s an ethos that SpaceX certainly seems to be guided by. Just a few weeks after its Starhopper prototype completed its final test flight, the team is busy pulling the pieces together for a bigger and higher-flying version, which it could send into orbit within the next couple of months. read more

High Blood Pressure Linked to Cognitive Decline

Subjects undergoing treatment for high blood pressure demonstrated slower rates of cognitive decline compared to those with untreated high blood pressure
Subjects undergoing treatment for high blood pressure demonstrated slower rates of cognitive decline compared to those with untreated high blood pressure
American Heart Association

New research from Columbia University, presented at the American Heart Association’s Hypertension 2019 Scientific Sessions, is adding weight to a growing body of evidence connecting high blood pressure to the onset of cognitive decline and dementia. The study suggests treating high blood pressure can potentially slow the rate of cognitive decline. read more

Weapon Wednesday – A-10 Warthog Staying Relevant

My favorite aircraft of all time gets some needed upgrades.

A-10 Thunderbolt II

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Samsung’s Revised Folding Phone

Samsung's Galaxy Fold smartphone is available in Korean first, ahead of a global rollout over the coming w
Samsung’s Galaxy Fold smartphone is available in Korea first, ahead of a global rollout over the coming weeks

Back in July, Samsung announced that its troubled Galaxy Fold smartphone would go on sale in September, and has now confirmed that the refreshed and revised folding phone will launch in Korea on September 6. Visitors to IFA 2019 in Berlin, Germany, can experience the phone for themselves, but for those who can’t make it to the Messe this weekend, Samsung has released a hands-on video. read more