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A New, More Rigorous Study Confirms: The More You Use Facebook, the Worse You Feel

May 5th, 2017 at 11:00 am » Comments Off

The average Facebook user spends almost an hour on the site every day, according to data provided by the company last year. A Deloitte survey found that for many smartphone users, checking social media apps are the first thing they do in the morning – often before even getting out of bed. Of course, social […]



Toyota’s new robot leg brace can help those with partial paralysis walk again

May 5th, 2017 at 10:00 am » Comments Off

Toyota is introducing a new robotic leg brace called the Welwalk WW-1000 that can help patients with partial paralysis affecting one side of their body walk again. The robotic exoframe is worn on the affected leg, with a large motor component at the knee joint that provides just enough assistance to the patient, letting them […]



Tarzan the swinging robot could be the future of farming

May 4th, 2017 at 11:00 am » Comments Off

Some farmers already use drones to monitor their crops, but a team of researchers from Georgia Tech have created a far more interesting alternative. Instead of designing yet another drone, they created a robot inspired by Kristen Bell’s favorite animal: the sloth. However, they named it “Tarzan” after the most recognizable character who moves by swinging from vine […]



What in the World Is Causing the Retail Meltdown of 2017?

May 4th, 2017 at 10:00 am » Comments Off

From rural strip-malls to Manhattan’s avenues, it has been a disastrous two years for retail. There have been nine retail bankruptcies in 2017—as many as all of 2016. J.C. Penney, RadioShack, Macy’s, and Sears have each announced more than 100 store closures. Sports Authority has liquidated, and Payless has filed for bankruptcy. Last week, several apparel companies’ […]



The rise of the online courtroom

May 3rd, 2017 at 10:00 am » Comments Off

The digital revolution has not escaped the courts. The courtroom of tomorrow may no longer involve litigants and their lawyers pitching up armed with reams of papers to do battle before robed, bewigged judges. In fact, for many it may not involve a court at all. Judges could be replaced by computers and the courtroom […]



Facebook wants to beam Internet from planes

May 2nd, 2017 at 10:33 am » Comments Off

After Facebook’s Aquila internet-beaming drone crashed during a test flight last year, the company’s engineers realized it would take years before its key strength—the ability to beam internet signals via millimeter wave technology—would be ready. The reasons for the delay are as much regulatory as they are technical, according to Yael Maguire, the head of Facebook’s Connectivity […]



Have we reached peak beer?

April 25th, 2017 at 1:06 pm » Comments Off

When craft brewers get together, we agree that this is the greatest time in history to be a beer drinker in America. In 1981, there were only 82 breweries in the United States, and our beer, fizzy and flavorless, was the laughingstock of the beer world. Today, America is home to over 5,300 small, innovative […]



Researchers Develop a Technology That Digitally Creates Odors From Ambient Molecules in the Air

April 23rd, 2017 at 11:14 am » Comments Off

Perfumery is an intricate science that takes a lot of effort to get right. Many people don’t realize the amount of work that goes into perfecting that fragrance that we so willingly splash on in the morning. With the advancement in technology over the past two decades, chemists have been able to develop techniques that […]



The maker of an internet-connected garage door disabled a customer’s device over a bad review

April 23rd, 2017 at 10:21 am » Comments Off

There’s a new, dystopian risk to using internet-connected gadgets: If you complain, the company that made it might remotely kill your product. This is what happened to one customer who bought Garadget — an internet-connected garage door opener. It lets you remotely lock or unlock your garage with an app, or see if it’s open.



A real-life company is implanting microchips in employees

April 22nd, 2017 at 11:36 am » Comments Off

After a semi-painless injection between the thumb and index finger, a microchip is implanted in another employee. A cyborg is now created, and this human/machine mashup runs off to buy a smoothie using his or her new sub-dermal implant. If that sounds futuristic, it’s because we’re conditioned to this as a sort of science fiction trope: […]



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