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8 powerful examples of AI for good

February 17th, 2020 at 12:19 pm » Comments Off

Amid the cacophony of concern over artificial intelligence (AI) taking over jobs (and the world) and cheers for what it can do to increase productivity and profits, the potential for AI to do good can be overlooked. Technology leaders such as Microsoft, IBM, Huawei and Google have entire sections of their business focused on the […]

The ‘forever chemicals’ fueling a public health crisis in drinking water

February 9th, 2020 at 3:09 pm » Comments Off

About 700 PFAS-contaminated sites have been identified across the US while those exposed to enough chemicals can face devastating health consequences Recent tests revelaed dangerous levels of PFAS in rain, a range of foods and sewage sludge that farmers spread on cropland as fertilizer. In 2002, the French multinational Saint-Gobain boosted production of chemically weatherproofed […]

People lacking access to food 10-37% more likely to die prematurely: Study

January 25th, 2020 at 5:14 pm » Comments Off

People with inadequate access to food due to financial constraints are 10 to 37 per cent more likely to die prematurely from any cause other than cancer, according to a study published on Monday. Researchers, including those from the University of Toronto, looked at data from more than half a million adults in Canada. The […]

New Harvard study fights fat with salty, icy injections

January 19th, 2020 at 8:58 pm » Comments Off

Injecting an icy saline slurry into fat deposits could be a new fat-reduction technique It sure sounds like a pop-up ad you’d see online, but scientists have created and tested a new treatment that melts away belly fat. The new technique, developed by researchers from Harvard and the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), involves injecting an […]

Google Maps may soon highlight well-lit streets for walkers

December 8th, 2019 at 1:45 pm » Comments Off

New Lighting layer could make walking at night safer. Google Maps is great for getting directions while driving and using public transport, but in the last year it has been rolling out more features focused on traveling by foot as well. Recently, the company introduced AR walking directions and detailed spoken walking directions for people […]

Study finds aging tends to shift gears as you turn 34, 60 and 78

December 8th, 2019 at 1:40 pm » Comments Off

It’s possible to predict a person’s age from protein levels in their blood according to a Stanford study  The blood-borne signs of aging – and indeed, perhaps the causes of aging – make three big shifts around the ages of 34, 60 and 78, a new Stanford-led study has discovered, potentially leading to new diagnostic […]

U.S. life expectancy declining due to more deaths in middle age

December 1st, 2019 at 12:58 pm » Comments Off

(Reuters Health) – After rising for decades, life expectancy in the U.S. decreased for three straight years, driven by higher rates of death among middle aged Americans, a new study suggests. Midlife all-cause mortality rates were increasing between 2010 and 2017, driven by higher numbers of deaths due to drug overdoses, alcohol abuse, suicides and […]

An electromagnetic health crisis

September 18th, 2019 at 10:18 am » Comments Off

If living beings have always been exposed to natural electromagnetic fields, and their bodies produce electric currents as well, why is there a growing concern about the human-made electromagnetic fields? Exposure to the electromagnetic field is not a new phenomenon for living beings. While living beings have always been exposed to natural electromagnetic fields, the […]

The world’s most popular artificial sweetener may not be safe for consumption

September 5th, 2019 at 11:29 am » Comments Off

The hugely popular sweetener aspartame – also known as Nutrasweet – has been taken to task by researchers for not being sufficiently proven to be safe for consumption. Aspartame has been a controversial ingredient for decades. According to a new study by Professor Erik Millstone, a University of Sussex expert on food chemical safety policy, […]

Dutch city cuts ribbon on World’s largest bike garage

September 2nd, 2019 at 3:30 am » Comments Off

The world’s largest bicycle parking facility in Utrecht, the Netherlands. (Photo via CU2030/City of Utrecht) UTRECHT, Netherlands (CN) – When your country has more bikes than people, you need somewhere to park them all. On Monday, the Dutch city of Utrecht opened the world’s largest bicycle parking facility. The Netherlands has a population of 18 […]

Scientists create contact lenses that zoom on command

August 14th, 2019 at 6:48 am » Comments Off

Blink twice to get a closer look. Nosebleed seats may soon be a thing of the past. Scientists at the University of California San Diego have created a prototype contact lens that is controlled by the eye’s movements. Wearers can make the lenses zoom in or out by simply blinking twice. A paper detailing the […]

New research uncovers compelling link between gut bacteria, obesity and the immune system

August 8th, 2019 at 11:54 am » Comments Off

Researchers have discovered the immune system can directly alter populations of certain bacteria in the gut that affect how dietary fats are absorbed An impressive new study from scientists at the University of Utah has described how an impaired immune system can alter the composition of the gut microbiome resulting in metabolic disease and obesity. […]

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