“Having an extra eye in the sky is what Renault hopes will encourage safer driving.”A lot of drivers are more interested in paying attention to their smart phone screens or dashboard displays than focusing on the road. Automated cars aren’t quite here yet to offer a truly hands-off driving experience. Renault is offering an alternative system to keep an eye on drivers and note where their vehicle is headed, a personal drone. The KWID concept unveiled at India’s 2014 Delhi Auto Show features what they call a ‘Flying Companion.’
Via Brian Yanish - MarketingHits.com
The Renault car is helping distracted drivers stay safe. Now that people are getting distracted by cell phones and other technology. The Renault will have a small drone flying next to the car that helps guide the car if the driver gets distracted. I wonder when these cars will be released?
“ Meals from the Farmer's Fridge vending machine in Chicago come packaged in recyclable plastic jars and cost from $7.99 for a salad.”
Via Cathryn Wellner
There is new vending machine in Chicago that is helping people eat healthy. These vending machines carry low cost salads that taste good and are healthy. These vending machines package salads in recycled jars to preserve the environment. I wonder if this will become more widespread?
“ The smog has become so thick in Beijing that the city's natural light-starved masses have begun flocking to huge digital commercial television screens across the city to observe virtual sunrises.”
The smog in Beijing has been so thick that residents watch virtual sunrises. These sunrises are on giant commercial screens and advertise tourist destinations. On Thursday the smog became so thick that residents were warned to stay inside. I wonder if they will be able to fix this pollution problem?
“ Be all the cyberman you can be. (RT @PopSci: Robots may replace one-fourth of U.S.”
Via Kalani Kirk Hausman
By 2030 the army will have 14 of its troop being robots. Supplying a soldier food and a place to stay is costly and there is medical insurance after retiring from the army too. Robots do not need food and when destroyed they do not cost a human life. I wonder how much funding it will take for these robots?
It seems that nearly every day, scientists connect another medical condition to atypical gut bacteria populations. Researchers have claimed that gut bacteria play a role not just in digestive health but even in basic brain function and mental health. Certain bacteria are so clearly good for us that several companies are looking to market pills filled not with chemical drugs, but with bacteria. A few pharmaceutical startups have already begun testing bacterial medicines in hopes of finding the right strain or stains of bacteria to cure widespread and still mysterious illnesses.
New pills are being developed that cure us by using something different. These new pills are not using drugs but are using help bacteria. Scientists are testing these new drugs to find cures for widespread and mysterious diseases. I am wondering when these pills will become more widespread?
A new handheld device has been invented that can detect chemicals and allergens in food. This device is to be used on phones thourgh an app and it was designed by TellSpec. You can aima spectrometer at the food and it will tell you what chemicals are in it and what allergens. My question is, how much will these sell for?
NO fewer than 12 persons were reported to have been killed at Tashan Alede and Kwajjafa Villages, when suspected members of Boko Haram attacked the two villages on Saturday night and Sunday morning, respectively.
Tashan Alede and Kwajjafa Villages in Hawul Local Government Area of Borno State are about 234 kilometres from Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.
According to the reports, the attack at Tashan Alede occurred on Saturday at about 11:00 p.m., during which 8 persons were killed at a bachelor’s eve party, while Kwajjafa was attacked on Sunday during which four persons were killed.
Late Saturday and Early Sunday, 12 people were killed in an attack. The attack occured in the Tashan Alede and Kwajjafa Villages.At 11 pm, 8 people were killed at a bachelor party and four were killed the next day. I'm wondering who attacked the villages and why did they do it?
“ Six people are dead after a hostage situation turned deadly Tuesday night at a home on Callison Highway. According to officials with the Greenwood County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to the residence shortly after 6 p.m. Tuesday. There was no movement inside the home and a hostage negotiator was brought in to get the hostages released. After there still no response from the home, the SWAT team entered the home and discovered the bodies in what is an apparent murder-suicide. ”
On Tuesday night, a hostage situation turned deadly in Greenwood county. Close to Callison Highway the home of someone was broken into and was held hostage. The police department tried to negotiate, but when Swat entered both hostage and murderer were dead. I wonder why the murderer did this?
North Dakota, which ranks second in the US in terms of oil production, endured almost 300 oil spills in under two years and yet managed to avoid reporting a single one of them to the public, according to a new report.
A suspected female suicide bomber has set off explosives on a bus in the southern Russian city of Volgograd, killing at least six people.
Officials believe the woman was from Dagestan in the North Caucasus and was the partner of an Islamist militant.
The blast, which happened just after 14:00 (10:00 GMT), also injured more than 20 people, some of them seriously.
An Islamist insurgency in the North Caucasus region has led to many attacks there in recent years.
The BBC's Steve Rosenberg in Moscow says the bombing has raised fears that militant groups may be planning to step up attacks in Russia in the run-up to the Winter Olympics in the Black Sea resort city of Sochi next February.
In the Russian city of Volograd, a female suicide set off explosives on a buse that killed at least 6 people. It is believed that an Islamic insurgency is responsible for the attack on the bus. There were many eye witness who claimed that the glass shattered and smoke came out of the bus. My question is who is really behind this attack?
Ordinarily, a pacemaker is surgically implanted below the collarbone, where it sits in a sizable pocket under the skin. Electrical leads run from it to the heart, allowing it to monitor the rhythm of the heartbeat, and deliver electrical pulses to adjust that rhythm as needed. Now, however, Minnesota-based St. Jude Medical has announced upcoming availability of "the world’s first and only commercially available leadless pacemaker." Known as the Nanostim, it's reportedly less than 10 percent the size of a regular pacemaker, and is inserted directly into the heart via a minimally-invasive procedure.
Via Ray and Terry's
Pacemakers, these devices are used to monitor and adjust someone's heart rate. Doctors have found a way to make these pacemakers more effective by making it smaller. Also, the pacemaker is inserted right into the heart rather than the collar bone using a minimally invasive procedure. I wonder how the doctors operate on the heart?
A string of at least nine bombings has rocked the Iraqi capital of Baghdad and two other towns, killing at least 51 people. The violence comes amid a major Muslim holiday celebration.
Thursday was the deadliest day in Iraq since October, 5, when a suicide bombing left at least 75 people dead.
The bloodshed began early on Thursday after a car bomb exploded among houses in the ethnic minority village of Mwafaqiya in Nineveh province, located some 360 kilometers (225 miles) northwest of Baghdad.
"At 6am this morning, a suicide truck bomber detonated himself amid the houses of my village," Reuters quoted Qusay Abbas, a former Shabak representative in the Mosul provincial council, as saying.
At least 15 members of the country's Shabak minority were killed and another 52 wounded, according to local police.
On October 5th, early in the morning a car bomb was detonated that killed 15 and left 52 wounded. No one has been identified as the criminal, but Sunni Islamists have threatened them before. Attacks are continuing to happen to the religious minority. I'm wondering who caused these attacks?
“ You must live with decisions made by those who prepare your food before it makes it to the table, the CDC's chief says.”
Via Cathryn Wellner
Americans eat out five times a week and there is a lot of salt in our food. Health departments and restaurants are working on cutting salt down in our foods. There is 1850 milligrams of salt in every 1000 calories. I wonder how much salt we consume weekly?
“ A pavilion designed for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics will display the faces of visitors through a 3D kinetic façade.”
Via Carol Logan
London architect Asif Khan has designed a pavilion for the Sochi Olympics. There is a wall where faces of visitors we'll be shown in 3D. Visitors can go to booths to get their picture taken and will have their face on the wall. My question is how much did this cost to make?
At least 22 people were killed and dozens injured Tuesday when a powerful explosion ripped through a bus carrying Shia pilgrims in Balochistan's militancy-hit Mastung district. The bus was coming from the Pakistan-Iran border at Taftan when it was attacked in Dringhar area, on the main Quetta-Taftan Highway in Mastung district, some 50 kilometres southwest of Quetta. Shafqat Anwar, the Assistant Commissioner in Mastung, said the bus caught fire after the blast. Anwar added that at least 32 people were injured, which included 24 men and eight women.
Via Pulp Ark
A bus crossing the Pakistan-Iran border was bomber. The blast had killed 22 people and injured 32 in total. The blast also destroyed 2 other cars that were next to the bus. I wonder why someone would do this to another human?
In Finland, a woman has domesticated a reindeer named Aatu. Aatu was adopted when he was abandoned in the wilderness by his mother. Aatu is very friendly with his owner and loves to eat moss. my question is how long do these reindeers live for?
In Hama, Syria a car bomb exploded near a school. The death toll is at 16 and the dead include both women and children. The bomb had caused buildings to collapse and reduced them to rubble. I wonder why someone would want to bomb a school and who did this?
Does your ideal vacation involve sub-zero temperatures, survival suits, cream of smoked reindeer soup, and being able to see your breath in your hotel room? Then meet your dream destination: Kemi, Finland.
Located on the Bothnian Bay in the Lapland region, Kemi is home to around 23,000 people. Every winter, visitors flock to the town to experience its two star attractions: the Sampo, a 250-foot icebreaking ship, and LumiLinna, a castle built out of snow.
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In Finland, there are two attractions that are causing over 23,000 people to flock to Bothnian Bay. The Sampo, a 250 ft icebreaking ship is used to get tourists out onto the ice. Than, they are allowed to take a plunge in the water in survival suits. I wonder how much this trip costs?
“ Denizens of Milan, Italy will have a brand new 2.5 acre forest smack in the middle of their city by the end of 2013. You might think that’s a city with its priorities straight.”
In Milan, Italy an architect is constructing a 2.5 acre vertical forest building. Milan, Italy is considered to be one of the dirtiest city's in Europe. The forestry will be growing out of apartment buildings that provide shade in the summer and warmth in the Winter. My question is how are they going to keep all the trees watered?
“ Touch Arcade The Return of Virtual Reality Excites Gamers, Researchers KPBS I entered this 3D virtual space by strapping the Oculus Rift over my head, shutting out the world around me.”
Via David W. Deeds
Video game researchers are developing a new kind of video game console. The Oculus Rift is a strap monitor that provides virtual reality. With the Rift you will be able to "be inside the game." I wonder when thenRift will be released.
The FDA has been stepping an investigation into dog jerky treats. There are many reports of owners who had fed their dogs jerky from China and their dogs either died or got severely sick. Many jerky treats have been recalled from the shelves. My question is on what is in the jerky that makes the dogs sick.
A teenager carrying a replica AK-47 was shot and killed by police officers near Santa Rosa, California on Tuesday afternoon. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, police rolled up behind Andy Cruz in a squad car, confronted him about the perceived weapon, and as he turned around, one of the officers fired several rounds.
In a press conference, Lt. Paul Henry said that the officers reported that the barrel of the toy gun wasrising as Cruz turned around, and that "The deputy feared for his safety, the safety of his partner and the safety of the community members in the area."
Local police and the district attorney are investigating the incident, which has understandably angered many in the community. The 13-year-old's death appears to be a tragedy that could have been avoided, and one person described the police to the Chronicle as "trigger-happy." A statement from the Santa Rosa City School District said, "This is a tragic event for family, schools and the community. His administrators and teachers will remember him as kind, intelligent and capable."
In San Francisco, California a 13 year old teenager was killed carrying replica AK-47. A squad officer pulled up to the boy to confront him about the weapon when he turned around and the officer shot him fearing for his safety. Many local residents are angered and are naming the cop as trigger happy. My question is whether the officer who had shot they teenager will face any punishment?
Beyond the hype surrounding Twitter’s IPO, why is the service itself so popular?
Twitter’s much-heralded IPO has frothed the waters around this social media tool yet again. You may have avoided joining, but now that almost 50 million Americans use it, and three times that number use the microblog internationally, you may be wondering if there’s actually something valuable about Twitter that you’re missing.
Twitter is a social network with 22% of the users in the US and 78% internationally. Twitter can be a source for news in emergencies all around the world. The down-side is that it's not journalism and is not put in to context. How does twitter affect the ways we view things?
“Ditching traditional aluminum horseshoes for lighter, 3D-printed replacements could lead to improved race day performance. That's according to scientists (and one horse trainer) in Australia, who...”
Via Susie Blackmon
Scientist have developed a titanium horse shoe to replace aluminum horse shoes. The horse shoes are made using a 3-D printer that carves the titanium. The shoes cost $600 and are made in under a day. My question is how is titanium lighter than aluminum.