Category Archives: Health

Smelling Cancer

Woah: Designer Susana Soares has developed an astounding new tool that allows your average honeybee to detect early traces of cancer and other diseases by simply smelling your breath. This technology relies on the honey bee’s acute sense of smell. The insects get trained to associate sugar water with a specific disease odor. When a […]


The Scanadu Scout promises to allow you to keep tabs on your (or someone else’s) health. A small, hockey-puck-shaped device, it works through bodily contact. Hold it to your forehead and it displays, via a smartphone, your temperature, heart rate, blood pressure and plenty more. The Scanadu Scout

My Fitness Data

Over at The Verge, Paul Miller on fitness trackers and the data they capture: At CES this year, a horde of companies brought devices that track every metric of fitness: steps, runs, weight, heartbeats, skin temperature, air quality, and even how fast you eat. Much of the choice seems to come down to ergonomics (wristband […]

The Nike+ FuelBand

My wife got us both Nike FuelBands recently and I started using mine today. Mike Mulvey enters the age of the quantified self. The first step is setting up your Nike+ account, letting the system know your age, height, weight and sex. You wear the FuelBand around your wrist and it tracks your movements throughout […]

More Is Less

Boston Globe: Gym-Pact bases fees on members’ ability to stick to their workout schedule Every year, we resolve to hit the gym more often and get fit. And by the end of January, many of us have missed workouts or given up altogether. According to Yifan Zhang, a 2010 graduate of Harvard College, part of […]


Heisenberg’s Uncertainty principle: In quantum mechanics, the Heisenberg uncertainty principle states by precise inequalities that certain pairs of physical properties, like position and momentum, cannot simultaneously be known to arbitrary precision. That is, the more precisely one property is known, the less precisely the other can be known. In other words, the more you know […]

No Bees, No Us

From the Telegraph: They set up a controlled experiment in Punjab earlier this year comparing the behavior and productivity of bees in two hives – one fitted with two mobile telephones which were powered on for two fifteen minute sessions per day for three months. The other had dummy models installed. And: After three months […]

How about … I don’t give a shit

From ScienceDaily: The stimulatory effects of caffeine may be nothing more than an illusion, according to new research that shows there is no real benefit to be gained from the habitual morning cup of coffee. I’ve noticed when I’m out of my normal workday routine, like on a vacation, I get headaches from what seems […]

to Flash or not to Flash

One guy’s story of trying to go Flash-free: For me, the conclusion after February was clear. I missed out on a few things that annoyed me intensely. Most of the things I missed out on were videos on websites like TED and the New York Times. I had some catching up to do after February. […]

meds not always the answer

After an hour-long wait I had a great conversation with my doctor. I explained that the medication he suggested I take before bed (for a non-terminal issue) made me feel drowsy in the morning, almost like I was hungover and that I stopped taking it. He told me he was glad I stopped taking it. […]


Samsung skips the touchscreen, patents gesture-based phone interface Microsoft adds twist to handhelds with force-sensing technology So Samsung is working on gestures, and Microsoft is working on force-sensing. Is everyone already throwing in the towel on multi-touch interfaces? Listen, as happy iPhone owner, I know from experience that Apple has created a paradigm – but […]

No Meds Necessary

For about two years, I’ve had to deal with sharp pains in my legs and feet. This wasn’t muscle pain, it felt more like it was coming from my nerves. About 2 months ago, I decided to go to the doctor to this condition diagnosed. My doctor told me it was RLS – restless leg […]