Misplacing keys, forgetting the name of a new co-worker you were just introduced to, or trouble finding the right words during conversation. We've all been there. But when do such occurrences indicate early signs of Alzheimer's disease? Taking a quick test can help doctors decide if you need further medical attention, or if you're just naturally forgetful.
In a study conducted by Ohio State University's Wexner Medical Center, more than 1,000 volunteers -- all age 50 or older -- took the Self-Administered Gerocognitive Examination (SAGE) to detect early signs of memory and cognitive thinking impairments. … Read more
What if you could go back in time and hang out with yourself as a kid? Perhaps you both would race to the video game arcade and challenge yourself to a game of Ms. Pac-Man? Or maybe you would build a snowman together in a city park? Fight over a baguette? Take a leisurely stroll on the beach, hand in hand?
British-based photographer Chino Otsuka thought of just this as she placed her modern-day self in vintage childhood photos of herself as a child visiting multiple countries including Japan, France, the United Kingdom, China, and Spain. … Read more
When Daniel Omar was 14, he was at the wrong place at the wrong time. While tending his family's cows, the South Sudanese government dropped a bomb on rebel forces nearby, and the boy lost both his arms. But his first thoughts did not focus on his own misfortune: "I'm going to make such hard work for my family in the future," he told TIME reporter Alex Perry in the spring of 2012. "If I could have died, I would have."
Daniel's story was enough to prompt philanthropist Mick Ebeling, co-founder and CEO of research firm Not Impossible Labs, to head to the Nuba Mountains and meet Daniel in person. Ebeling had already worked on a project using 3D printers to build prosthetics for kids in South Africa. He was so moved by Daniel's plight that he turned to a world-class team of thinkers and doers, including the inventor of the Robohand, an MIT neuroscientist, a 3D printing company in California, and funding from Intel and Precipart, to see how they could help Daniel and kids like him. He called it Project Daniel.… Read more
Many commuters loathe riding on public transportation because of the rude and rowdy behavior of other passengers who treat the confined spaces as their own private living rooms. Blaring music too loudly through headphones, talking loudly on cell phones, eating smelly foods, and falling asleep on the shoulders of strangers have become common occurrences on every train, bus, and subway in the United States.
Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- Peter Brown checks out the Razer Project Christine.
- Sony at CES: PlayStation Now, "Breaking Bad" and the "wow" factor.
- Gaming exoskeleton to pair with Oculus Rift headset at CES 2014.
- Oculus Rift Crystal Cove prototype: Head-on.
A man has reportedly won an auction to spend some private time with Mistress Madeline.
Madeline is not, as you might suspect, an expert in baking or dinner party decorum. Rather, she is a fetish model, whose allures seem to be prized.
How else to explain that the Australian man has reportedly paid $42,000 to experience just one virtual hour in her celestial domain?
Back in 2004, Ryan McGann, an engineer by training, was sitting on the beach. He was getting hot and his beer was getting warm. He thought to himself that there must be some way to harness the power of the sun to get the beer part of the equation right. That's when he built his first Solar Cooler prototype for his own use.
Years later, he's on the verge of launching the Solar Cooler as a consumer product by way of crowdfunding. The project should be live soon, likely on Indiegogo, to capitalize on the interest he's garnered from showing off a prototype at CES. The 50-pound cooler has solar panels on top, two big wheels to navigate beach sand, charging ports for your gadgets, and a battery that can last up to 10 hours.… Read more
LAS VEGAS -- Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- Christopher Lloyd arrives at CES in iconic time machine.
- Cutting board + iPad holder: What could possibly go wrong?
- Corning's bacteria-banishing antimicrobial smartphone glass appears at CES 2014.
- Antimicrobial NueVue case for iPhone, iPad kills phone germs dead (hands-on).
Technology is sneaking into sports in all sorts of interesting ways. We've already seen an electronic basketball and a football helmet with concussion sensors. Now it's time for tennis to get its turn with the Babolat Play Pure Drive connected tennis racket.
The only clue that you're not playing with a regular racket is the LED light at the bottom of the handle. Otherwise, it has the same specs and feel of a normal Babolat Pure Drive racket. Sensors tucked into the handle measure power, impact location, number of strokes, spin, and type of stroke. It's charged via USB and lasts for up to six hours, which should get you through all but the most epic of tennis matches.… Read more