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Paramount pictures says 'Hasta La Vista, Baby' to Terminator sequels

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Health Technology | Posted: 1 week ago

With the underwhelming performance and reviews of Terminator: Genisys, it should come as no surprise that Paramount Pictures has put any future sequels on hold, indefinitely.




Even though the studio pulled in $440 million worldwide on a budget of $155 million, marketing costs have to be put on top of that, and I'm sure Paramount really splashed out on marketing for the new Terminator movie in hopes it would win big at the box office. The Hollywood Reporter wrote that Terminator: Genisys is still losing money, even with the $440 million box office haul.

China tired of so many cybercrime accusations from US government

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Health Technology | Posted: Sep 14, 2015 3:30 pm

President Barack Obama recently met with officials from China to discuss the fragile relationship between two global superpowers.




After Director of National Intelligence James Clapper urged the United States to improve cybersecurity - largely because of suspected Chinese-led cyberattacks - Chinese officials want the United States to stop pointing fingers towards Beijing:


"Maintaining cybersecurity should be a point of cooperation rather than a source of friction between both China and the United States," said Hong Lei, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman, while speaking to the media. "We hope that the US stops its groundless attacks against China, start dialogue based on a foundation of mutual respect, and jointly build a cyberspace that is peaceful, secure, open and cooperative."

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New electroactive material could pave way for synthetic androids

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Health Technology | Posted: Sep 12, 2015 9:20 pm

Ras Labs has created a unique synthetic material that mimics human muscles under an electric current, which could lead to a new generation of comfortable prosthesis solutions...and lifelike skin for robots.




"Luke Skywalker's prosthetic arm in Star Wars is somewhat the ultimate goal of prosthetics," Ras Labs CEO Eric Sandberg said to TechCrunch. "It provides that lifelike motion, control, and dexterity."


The material, dubbed as Syntethic Muscle, expands and contracts just like living muscle tissue under an electric current. The "electroactive" substance can directly convert energy into motion with a highly adaptable form factor; it can be hard and firm when it needs to be, or soft to conform to various curves and shapes of body parts. While Ras Labs wants to first revolutionize prosthetic limbs, the material has infinite potential: it could even be used to give lifelike flesh to robots and pave the way for synthetic androids straight out of the Alien canon.

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Brain Sentry wearable sensors will continue to be used by AFL football

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Health Technology | Posted: Mar 13, 2015 4:20 pm

The Arena Football League (AFL) will continue to use Brain Sentry wearable sensors located inside of player helmets, able to collect vital information about physical impacts. As part of a subscription package, sports teams and leagues are able to receive new sensors each season, with Brain Sentry engineers improving injury prediction technologies.




The sensor is able to estimate direction, peak acceleration and duration of impacts, while also being able to track head acceleration from any point. The integrated sensor battery doesn't need to be recharged and can last an entire season, able to turn on and off after motion is detected.


"The health and safety of our players is our highest priority," said Scott Butera, AFL Commissioner. "Our partnership with Brain Sentry allows the League to be on the cutting edge of concussion research, protocol, and management."

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WHO: Turn volume down, 1.1 billion people at risk of hearing loss

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Health Technology | Posted: Mar 4, 2015 3:20 pm

An estimated 1.1 billion people across the world are at risk of hearing loss because of increased listening volume from smartphones, other personal audio devices, and speaker systems at entertainment venues.




Almost half of teenagers and young adults between 12 and 35 years old are "exposed to unsafe levels of sound," with 40 percent exposed to "potentially damaging" levels, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).


"As they go about their daily lives doing what they enjoy, more and more young people are placing themselves at risk of hearing loss," said Dr. Etienne Krug, director for the department for management of noncommunicable diseases, violence and injury prevention at WHO. "They should be aware that once you lose your hearing, it won't come back. Taking simple preventive actions will allow people to continue to enjoy themselves without putting their hearing at risk."

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Digital eye strain causing problems, after hours of looking at screens

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Health Technology | Posted: Jan 12, 2015 8:56 pm

Millions of Americans are at risk of digital eye strain, with 30 percent of adults using a digital device for nine or more hours per day, according to the Vision Council. Due to increased PC, smartphone, tablet, and other electronics usage, 61 percent of Americans suffer from dryness, blurred vision, irritation, and other vision-related problems, according to the Vision Council study.




Almost seventy percent of Millennials suffer from some type of digital eye strain, which is higher than Gen Xers (63 percent) and Baby Boomers (57 percent).


Study authors recommend tech users create a more ergonomic workspace, that reinforces proper posture, centering digital displays in front of the chair, keeping arms-length away from the screen, and minimizing screen glare. Also, it's recommended to take a 20-second break every 20 minutes, while looking at something at least 20 feet away from the screen.

Defector: North Korea's Bureau 121 actually located in Shenyang, China

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Health Technology | Posted: Jan 7, 2015 5:15 pm

The city of Shenyang, the largest city in Northeast China with more than 6 million residents, could have been home base for the North Korean government's secretive Bureau 121 hacker group, according to defector Kim Heung-Kwang.



Kim left North Korea in 2004 and previously served as a computer science professor in Pyongyang, saying some of his students graduated and began hacking for the North Korean government.


"Bureau 121 began its large-scale operation in China in 2005," Kim recently said in an interview published by CNN. It was established in the late 90s. Team members entered China separately - in smaller groups - 20 members at a time. When they entered China, they came under different titles. For example an office worker, an official with a trade company or even as a diplomatic staffer."

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Researchers developing smartphone screen to improve vision

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Health Technology | Posted: Jan 3, 2015 12:52 pm

Health experts have shown concern over eye strain and fatigue from excessive smartphone and tablet usage, but researchers hope to use mobile devices as a way to help correct vision flaws. Stanford University, MIT and Cal researchers have created a new vision-correcting display that turn regular smartphone or tablet screens into devices that can help fix astigmatisms and other vision problems.




A pinhole-covered printed transparency covers the screen and a custom algorithm is able to fix on viewer position, with projected image distortions altering reading angles. When the image filters through the pinhole, the screen can is able to project an image specific to a user's prescription - and initial testing indicates the solution is effective. Designers hope to provide a slider able to adjust screen focus, but it's unknown when the slider will be implemented.


"As we get older, refractive errors play more significant roles in our lives," said Gordon Wetzstein, Stanford University assistant professor of electrical engineering.

ST develops first microchip for rapid Ebola identification

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Health Technology | Posted: Dec 16, 2014 5:06 pm

The Ebola outbreak has largely lost popularity in the press, but the war wages on in Africa, and over 6,800 people have died in the recent scourge. Unfortunately, the death toll continues to climb. One of the keys to combating Ebola is quick detection. Isolating patients away from the general population reduces risk of that infected person spreading the disease. The World Health Organization has set a goal of have 70% of Ebola victims quarantined, and 70% of the dead safely buried, in order to begin to turn the tide back. To achieve this goal a fast and reliable test is needed to streamline the process. Even the sad task of ensuring proper burial protocols is simply impossible if there isn't a confirmed Ebola diagnosis.




Enter technology. An IC developed by STMicroelectronics and Clonit, in collaboration with Italy's National Institute for Infectious Diseases, has led to development of a portable analyzer that can identify an Ebola infection in under 75 minutes. The portable analyzer is based on the Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) molecular biology technique and utilizes a stamp-sized silicon microchip. The device only requires a few microliters of human blood, and can even detect Ebola in samples that have been diluted up to a million times. The key is to get this device through regulatory agencies and in the field as soon as possible.

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'Text Neck' causing medical problems among mobile tech enthusiasts

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Health Technology | Posted: Dec 1, 2014 5:16 am

It seems more people are suffering from "Text Neck," a medical condition when people suffer from pain and damage due to the head and neck position of people texting on smartphones and using tablets. A mix of the angle - and gravity - is the equivalent of carrying 60 pounds, and with more people looking down, the problem only seems to be escalating.




"Everyone is heads down," said Kenneth Hansraj, chief of spine surgery at the New York Spine Surgery and Rehabilitation Medicine. "It's in every mall and in every city. It's my opinion that this kind of heads down position is the cause of pain and suffering on the planet and a contributor to spinal surgery."


Previous reports recommend users take breaks, let their eyes adjust on their natural environment, and stretch before continuing to use PCs, smartphones or tablets.

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