Everyone reading this has at one point in his or her life stared at and seriously contemplated a chunk of freshly pillaged nose booty perched ever so slothfully on the tip of their finger. There's no reason to deny it. This unspoken secret will stay between you and DVICE. There is no judgment here. And, while we're being honest, let's admit that these moments of grody Zen didn't stop with boogers. There's all sorts of weird crusty slimy fascinating things growing in and around your face. Everyone has them. Everyone is familiar with them. Everyone has wondered about them. Since you're still reading, we can assume you've decided to indulge your natural curiosity as to who these little sticky friends are and how they came to live inside your face. Well, sit back and enjoy, for all the little pockets and crevices in your head are full of science! Disgusting, horrible science.
In this week's Healthy Tech: the U.S. Olympic Committee decides to start using electronic medical records for athletes during the 2012 London Games, doctors get a video game to better interface with troublesome patients and a new study says that mobile devices do improve your overall health and wellness.
This is "Healthy Tech," where guest columnist Alan Danzis reports on choice healthy technology news stories. Each week you'll discover new fitness gadgets, apps and going-ons, as well as what's around the corner, with medical innovations that will one day change the way you monitor and impact your overall health and well-being. In this week's edition of Healthy Tech: walking can help burn calories and charge your phone, too, when you add a 24-year-old inventor's tech to the shoe soles; a mobile start-up proves that pretty much no one in the entire world is eating healthy at 1 A.M.; and one company gets millions in venture capital to help you the perform self-tracking of serious medical ailments at home.
There's a reason people buy single-serving snacks: when presented with a giant bag of things that are tasty, it's hard to both keep track of how much you've eaten and convince yourself that no, you really don't need to eat just one more. Researchers from Cornell's Food and Brand Lab may have a solution: adding "stop signs" to food.
A study from the Harvard School of Public Health suggested that yogurt is the food that does the best job at preventing age-related weight gain. To figure out what the deal was, researchers at MIT fed a bunch of yogurt to mice to see what would happen, and when the scientists say that their results were "entertaining," you know they've come up with something good.
There's been a lot of talk lately about how we all need to get more exercise. Don't think no one's been listening. A Belgian company has taken the cause to heart by creating a table with seats that double as exercise bikes — and the pedal power charges up your gadgets.
The Universe is mostly dark matter. Dark matter, in fact, is all over the place, and there's five times as much of it out there as there is regular matter. We have no idea what dark matter is, but there's one thing that we are pretty sure of: some of this mystery stuff is smacking into you once every 10 seconds. You may now start to panic.
As much as we might complain about Daylight Saving Time by posting on Facebook and Twitter on the difficulties of early mornings, our tickers complain in a completely different way: by going into cardiac arrest. That's right: heart attacks rise following Daylight Saving Time.
Straddling the border of north central Virginia and southeastern West Virginia is a 13,000-square-mile mountainous region known as the United States National Radio Quiet Zone. To protect the clutch of radio telescopes located within its borders from radio interference, the federal government highly regulates wireless technology, which means no cellphones and few Wi-Fi hotspots. Sleepy towns within this quiet zone might soon be invaded by folks trying to escape the onslaught of wireless technologies. You see, not only are cellphones suspected (emphasis on suspected) of causing cancer, but some scientists are now claiming Wi-Fi should be seen as a health hazard. But there are equally vociferous scientists who say all these Wi-Fi Chicken Littles are foolish fowl. So, is Wi-Fi harmful to you? This is an imponderable on the level of asking if animals have souls, or why we park in a driveway but drive on a parkway, or Coke or Pepsi. Of course, I have all the answers.
For the sake of promoting safe sex, Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest (PPGNW) handed out 55,000 condoms with QR codes that can be scanned with a smartphone to college students. Can gamifying condom usage result in more youngins' practicing safer sex? PPGNW sure hopes so.