BodyMedia, which makes the FIT armband you see pictured, has been in the body-tracking biz for twelve years now. Now the company is teaming up with the brains over at IBM, and when their powers combine, you get a system that not only knows how unhealthy you are, but can help reverse the trend.
Scientists preserve brains or body parts for various reasons. Sometimes the person had an illness that bears further study with more advanced tools than an age supplies; other times the brain in question powered an extraordinary intellect. The brains we'll be talking about belong more to the former, and scientists have found that studying canned gray matter can provide a history of human mental health.
Want some motivation to work out? Forget losing weight or getting healthy since there's now a pill for that. No, the best motivation for doing things that you don't want to do is cold hard cash, and that's what GymPact promises to give you in exchange for your suffering.
Though new methods for curing diabetes are being studied, it's obviously better to never get it in the first place. Unfortunately, it turns out air pollution in cities might raise one's risk of developing diabetes, according to the Danish Cancer Society.
IBM's always been looking out for the best interests of humanity, even when its robots school us at Jeopardy. A patent granted to IBM just a few weeks ago outlines a system they're working on for tying financial incentives in with healthy habits, such that eating well and getting exercise might actually pay off with real money.
Food remains one of the easiest and simplest joys in life, and it's consistently coming at us in new ways, but it turns out that eating less might help your brain live longer. Like all things in life, this might present a less-than-exciting choice, but the science here, researched in Rome at the Catholic University of Scared Heart, is extremely interesting.
Let's say you're a woman who finds herself in, as we used to say, a delicate condition — but, perhaps, she would rather not be in that delicate condition. Where's the first place you'd turn for advice? Your doctor? Your closest friend? Your parents? Your religious advisor? Planned Parenthood? No. Apparently, ACLU thinks the first place you'd turn for reproductive advice is — wait for it — Siri. But that's not the silliest part of this story.
Next time you go through a breakup, you might want to try sleeping instead of sleeping around. For those unclear on euphemisms, I actually mean sleeping, i.e. laying in bed (or wherever) in a state lacking a certain amount of consciousness (even with a robotic snuggle bear).
So you took your lady friend to see Thor and she just wouldn't shut up about Chris Hemsworth's buff turn as the Norse God himself. Sure — if you had a few hours swinging that hammer around you'd look strapping too. Well, it's time to man up.
Frankly, it sounds terrifying to me to be pawed in the face by a stuffed robotic polar bear while I sleep*. It's no nightmare though. Japanese engineers have developed the bear — named Jukusui-kun (or "deep sleep") — to gently prod chronic snorers and induce them to change their sleeping position to alleviate the snores.