Why These ‘Revolutionary’ ’80s Gadgets Totally Failed

Besides bad hair, pleated jeans, and 21 Jump Street, the ‘80s brought us a remarkable technological revolution. Nintendo changed the living room forever with the introduction of the NES in 1985. IBM, Apple, and the Commodore 64 ushered the personal PC into our lives. Even the internet breathed a few gasps of air with NFSNet and the rise of the teen hacker. But anyone who has ever funded a Kickstarter knows that with extraordinary growth in the technology sector comes extraordinary failure. Some devices were doomed to fail—either the prototypes were…

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Trouble sleeping? These gadgets promise to help you get a good night’s kip in 2017

The benefits of getting a good night are well reported. But in an age of being hyperconnected, technology isn’t usually our friend when it comes to switching off. Not only do the constant stream of notifications disturb our slumber, but studies have shown that the blue light from your phone’s screen can disrupt your sleep pattern.However one of the key trends emerging from CES 2017 is that, this year, technology may start lending a helping hand when it comes to getting a good night’s kip. From sleep tracking devices to…

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Are these startups the future of food tech?

Fish farms and reuseable chill bags Aside from weather, another big topic at the event was the shift away from raising animals for meat, which is responsible for a disproportionate share of the land, water and energy used in food production. “Americans eat four times as much beef as all seafood combined, but aquaculture is emerging as a possible solution,” says Peter Tyedmers of Dalhousie University in Canada. He has been evaluating new, floating semi-closed fish farming tanks that can recycle fish waste as fertiliser and avoid contaminating nearby water…

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These 8 lifestyle changes will give you the lean body you always wanted

Are you completely happy with the way you lead your life? Content with the kind of fitness and food path you’ve chosen for yourself? If your answer is no, sports nutritionist Kinita Kadakia Patel has some important insights to help you get your life on track. With the launch of her first book, The Athlete in You, Kadakia goes in-depth into the life of an athlete—what they eat, how they exercise, their discipline and dedication—inspiring the rest of us to follow suit. “If you truly want to obtain an athletic…

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These simple lifestyle changes can prevent or slow Alzheimer’s

n estimated 5.4 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease in 2016, 5.2 million of them are age 65 or older. The disease will escalate as baby boomers get older, with a projected 13.8 million afflicted by 2050. Alzheimer’s is a type of dementia that causes problems with memory, thinking, and behavior. As a scientist who works to better understand this and other neurodegenerative disorders, I know the personal toll these incurable diseases take on families. But there is good news not only in current research for a cure, but also in…

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This Diwali, give your eyes a visual treat with these gadgets

Be it a streaming dongle or a 4k panel, look beyond the mundane smartphones and wearables and gift your loved ones a visual treat. Google Chromecast: A perfect gift for those who love to sit back and binge-watch their favourite shows with a tub of popcorn. Watching shows on Netflix and similar apps can get grander with this circular dongle, which can be plugged into a TV’s HDMI port (and USB port for power) to stream ad free content seamlessly. Once paired, tapping the cast button throws content onto the…

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No food for 8 days. These baby worms didn’t starve

Young worms born to underfed moms handle starvation much better than those born to well-fed moms, new research shows. “Mom somehow provisions the embryo, or programs it.” The study involved two groups of tiny nematode worms called C. elegans. They live in soils and rotting vegetation, where they feed on microbes such as bacteria. Researchers fed one group of pregnant worms a normal diet of bacterial broth, and another group of expectant worms a watered-down version. Then they reared the offspring of both groups without food for the first eight…

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ADHD Symptoms: Don’t Ignore These Subtle Signs

            Most kids, while growing up, show veered out attention or behavior at times. There are a lot of changes that happen in your body as you move from childhood to adulthood. But for some children, these instances are so rampant that it impairs their academic achievement and social functioning. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a behavioral and developmental disorder marked by erratic attention, behavior and learning regime especially among children. It first appeared in medical literature in 1902 but the term ‘Attention Deficit’ was…

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