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Doctors are wearing the new Google Glass while seeing patients

July 20, 2017 - 12:11 -- Admin

You could be forgiven for assuming that Glass, Google's head-mounted augmented-reality device, had been effectively dead since 2015. But as Google's sister company X, the Moonshot Factory, announced on Tuesday, the project has been pivoting to a business-to-business model over the past two years. The new, updated version of the device is known as Glass Enterprise Edition, and it's been put to use at companies like Boeing, DHL—and in physician's office.

Plant-inspired soft robot grows to reach difficult places

July 20, 2017 - 12:11 -- Admin

Robots often imitate life. We are used to bots mimicking humans, and animals, but there is plenty of life beyond the constraints of legged bodies that can inspire useful machines. Researchers at the University of California, Santa Barbara and Stanford University have made a machine with long tendrils that can perform dangerous tasks like reaching through rubble to pump air to a trapped earthquake survivor.

Humans have created 9.1 billion tons of plastic. Here's how you can help stop the madness.

July 20, 2017 - 12:11 -- Admin

No matter how many times I tell my local Thai restaurant that I don't want plastic forks with my take-out, I open the bag to find handfuls of unnecessary eating utensils in there, every time. Roland Geyer, an industrial ecologist at the University of California at Santa Barbara, has similar problems. “Sometimes at the supermarket I have to fight to not get plastic bags,” he says.

How worried should I really be about carcinogens?

July 20, 2017 - 12:11 -- Admin

News articles over the past few years have implicated everything from sunlight's ultraviolet radiation to burnt toast as potential carcinogens, or cancer-causing substances. So, should you be rushing to cut these everyday exposures out of your life? Well, it depends on the material you are talking about, and how much and how often you are in contact with it.

It's not your imagination: 2017 has been abnormally hot so far

July 20, 2017 - 12:11 -- Admin

A famous 1936 image shows the people of Nebraska sprawled on the capitol lawn to escape record-breaking temps that had turned their AC-free homes into slow roasters. These vintage photos can make modern summer heat seem cool in comparison. But it isn't. Average temperatures today are warmer than they were a century ago. And this week, the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) declared the first six months of 2017 the second warmest on record. First place went to 2016.