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Wristband Diagnoses Disease

An ultra-sensitive wristband may improve diagnosis and treatment of cystic fibrosis, diabetes and other conditions, researchers said on Monday.

Unlike previous sweat sensors, the new model requires only a trace of moisture to do its job and doesn’t require patients to sit still for 30 minutes while it collects a sample.

The device contains flexible sensors and microprocessors that stick to the skin and stimulate sweat glands.

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Researchers at the University of California have designed a wearable device that contains flexible sensors and microprocessors that stick to the skin and stimulate sweat glands
Researchers at the University of California have designed a wearable device that contains flexible sensors and microprocessors that stick to the skin and stimulate sweat glands

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Mind Reading Device

A device that reads people’s minds through their brainwaves has been created by scientists.

It could lead to an ‘easily-operated’ machine that links up to smartphones in the next five years, the researchers said.

The breakthrough could one-day help handicapped people who struggle to speak to communicate again, such as those who have suffered a stroke.

It could be used as a ‘telepathic typewriter’ that automatically notes down what we are thinking.

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A device that reads people's minds through their brainwaves has been created by scientists. It could lead to an 'easily-operated' machine that links up to smartphones in the next five years. This image shows the collection of 'EEG' brainwave data by the researchers during their study
A device that reads people’s minds through their brainwaves has been created by scientists. It could lead to an ‘easily-operated’ machine that links up to smartphones in the next five years. This image shows the collection of ‘EEG’ brainwave data by the researchers during their study

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New Meteorite Discovered

Ost 65 is the black fossil meteorite at the center of this image, embedded in slate ...
Ost 65 is the black fossil meteorite at the center of this image, embedded in slate in a Swedish quarry (Credit: Qing-zhu Yin, UC Davis)

About 470 million years ago, two asteroids smashed into each other in outer space and shattered into multitudinous pieces. Many of those pieces rained down on Earth over the course of a million years as meteorites, and have become well-known by scientists. But the other space rock involved in the cosmic head-on collision has never been known – until now, thanks to the discovery of a meteorite that’s never been seen before on our planet. read more

MiniRig Stabilizes Smartphone Pics

The MiniRig is a magnetic gimbal smartphone stabilizer which allows users to mount video-enhancing accessories
The MiniRig is a magnetic gimbal smartphone stabilizer which allows users to mount video-enhancing accessories

Last year, the Smoovie stabilizer launched on Kickstarter promising smartphone and GoPro users the ability to shoot super-smooth video thanks to its magnetic gimbal. Now, after shipping that product to backers, the team behind it is back with the MiniRig, which adds lighting and audio features, along with improved stabilization. read more

The Robots are Coming – and Sooner Than We Think

by: the Common Constitutionalist

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Remember the “Fight for 15,” the big progressive plan to raise the minimum wage to the arbitrarily chosen hourly base of 15 dollars? And recall that we free-market conservatives have been arguing that a mandated wage hike will not end well?

Already, the hike has taken a toll on some cities. Local and State minimum wage hikes are forcing restaurants and like service industry employers to raise their prices and/or lay off staff. Other businesses are closing up and relocating outside of cities to avoid the mandated pay hike.

Governments – federal, state and local, bowing to the pressure of a tiny minority of radicals, know not what they do.

Governments and radical activists create static charts and models showing how a massive minimum wage hike will benefit “the workers.” They never consider how the mandates will affect the employers – nor do they seem to care. They don’t understand that the private sector cannot just vote themselves more money to pay for the wage hike and further crushing regulations.

So instead of subserviently complying with government overlords, companies of all kinds are seeking to find ways around these crushing big brother decrees. And just like everything else in life – leave it to private sector innovators to find a path around Nanny State mandates. read more

Weapon Wednesday – The Air Force F-16 Drone

 U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Emily Kenney.

The U.S. Air Force turned an F-16 fighter into an autonomous combat drone capable of flying combat missions on its own and then returning to fly alongside a manned aircraft. The program, known as “Have Raider II,” could lead to older U.S. fighters acting as semi-disposable wingmen for more modern planes, conducting missions too dangerous for manned aircraft to carry out.

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Think Fingerprint Scanners are Safe – Think Again

Many of us rely on using our fingerprints to unlock our phones and pay for shopping.

But smartphone fingerprint scanners may not be secure as we think.

Researchers have developed a series of ‘MasterPrints’ made from the common features of human finger markings which they say can unlock any smartphone.

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Sample fingerprints that researchers compared against an artificial MasterPrint. Solid black squares around a print show when the MasterPrint 'matched' with a real fingerprint
Sample fingerprints that researchers compared against an artificial MasterPrint. Solid black squares around a print show when the MasterPrint ‘matched’ with a real fingerprint

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There’s Just Too Much Space Junk

Millions of objects floating in orbit around the planet could one day lead to a disastrous collision in space.

That is the concern of the European Space Agency, that is hoping to tackle the growing problem of space debris.

It fears could one day lead to an impact like an ‘exploding grenade’ on the objects in space, such as the International Space Station (ISS).

Experts believe the junk could leave regions of space unsuitable for space flight and are holding an international meeting next week to address the issue head on.

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Experts from the European Space Agency have warned that millions of objects floating in orbit around the planet could one day lead to a collision like an 'exploding grenade' in space - similar to scenes from the Hollywood blockbuster Gravity
Experts from the European Space Agency have warned that millions of objects floating in orbit around the planet could one day lead to a collision like an ‘exploding grenade’ in space – similar to scenes from the Hollywood blockbuster Gravity

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Don’t Plan for the Future – We Only Have 10 Years Left

In the latest in radical climate doomsaying, a new report warns that fossil fuel consumption will need to be reduced “below a quarter of primary energy supply by 2100” to avoid possibly disastrous effects on global temperatures.

In their report, titled “Pathways for balancing CO2 emissions and sinks,” a team of eight scientists warns that “anthropogenic emissions need to peak within the next 10 years, to maintain realistic pathways to meeting the COP21 emissions and warming targets.”

The statement was immediately repackaged by environmentalists to read: “Scientists say we have ten years to save the earth.”

As is always the case in studies of this sort, the scientists juggle dozens of variables, none of which is entirely predictable and which taken together tell us virtually nothing about the future of the environment. read more

Earth-Like Planet Discovered

Astronomers have discovered an Earth-like planet just 219 light-years away which could be a major step forward in the search for alien life.

This newly discovered world is only slightly larger than Earth and orbits a low-temperature star called M5V that’s one-fifth the diameter of our Sun.

Astronomers say this planet, which is a close relative of Venus, will be a prime candidate for looking for life in the next generation of space missions.

The new planet which is called Kepler-1649 (artist's impression) is only slightly larger than Earth and orbits a low-temperature star called M5V that's one-fifth the diameter of our Sun
The new planet which is called Kepler-1649 (artist’s impression) is only slightly larger than Earth and orbits a low-temperature star called M5V that’s one-fifth the diameter of our Sun

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