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Panasonic behind all green sustainable smart city Fujisawa

By: Chris Smith | More News: Health, Lifestyle & Travel | Posted: Dec 28, 2014 11:35 am

"The goals of the Fujisawa Sustainable Smart Town is to create a sustainable town where making the most of the blessings of nature and promoting local production for local consumption. Moreover, we aim to realize a safe, peaceful life for residents by linking and using electricity and information networks. We need to create practical measures to achieve these goals," reads the front page of Panasonic's low-down on their groundbreaking support of Fujisawa - a city designed to be fully supportive of the environment.




Labeled as "solution works", this city is being marketed as a Sustainable Smart Town (SST), with its opening passing in November 2014.


Supporting the core facility named SST SQUARE, Panasonic have given considerable input into ensuring this center serves as the central communication base for the town and see's it play a "pivotal role in promoting the town's growth through its functions of managing the town, welcoming guests and fostering community". The square houses Fujisawa's SST Management Company and its partners - these bodies manage the town essentials such as energy, security, mobility, healthcare and community.

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Prescription for nature could cure your health problems

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Health, Lifestyle & Travel | Posted: Dec 19, 2014 6:16 am

Have you ever noticed how a day out in the woods, filling fresh air into your lungs makes you feel a little bit better? Well, seems you aren't alone, and it's even being increasingly prescribed by doctors as an alternative to medication. According to an article on Mother Nature Network, DC Park Rx, a health initiative combining the American Academy of Pediatrics, the National Park Service, the D.C. departments of Health and Parks and Recreation, U.S. Health and Human Services, National Environmental Education Foundation, George Washington University, National American Academy of Pediatrics, and the National Recreation and Parks Association have joined forces to encourage US doctors to look at an alternative, alternative prescription for patients.




Apparently, their efforts are working, with more than 500 nature prescriptions have been written by health care providers in Washington D.C. Whilst there has yet to be an official finding, anecdotal evidence thus far is said to be positive. So go AFK for a bit. It could be good for your health.

A '4D' printed dress was just added to the Meuseum of Modern Art

By: Chris Smith | More News: Health, Lifestyle & Travel | Posted: Dec 15, 2014 3:57 am

"Bodies are 3-dimensional but clothing is traditionally made from flat material that is cut and painstakingly pieced together" says Nervous Systems, the creators of this 3D-printed dress, further commenting that "In contrast, Kinematics garments are created in 3D, directly from body scans, and require absolutely no assembly." This futuristic looking dress looks like something out of a futuristic sci-Fi feature film, however it's a very real thing - and you can own one too.




The dress in question has been labeled as 4D rather than the expected 3D, this is common practice when 3D-printed objects are "designed to change over time in response to their environment" as according to CNET.


This dress was designed by Kinematics and is constructed using 2,279 rigid, interlocking triangles which are connected to 3,316 hinges printed in a single piece. The hinges mean that the dress can conform to a human body, much as seen through regular clothing - allowing it to flow and move like fabric would.

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Peter Lik's black and white photo sells for $6.5m - sets records

By: Chris Smith | More News: Health, Lifestyle & Travel | Posted: Dec 12, 2014 2:55 am

As seen through his personal Twitter banner, Peter Lik has just nabbed himself a hefty paycheck, selling a recent black and white photo titled Phantom for a cool $6.5 million.




Born in Melbourne-Australia and currently residing in the United States, Lik now lays claim to four of the 20 most expensive photo's sold in the world. This latest piece is a black-and-white nature shot taken in Arizona's Antelope Canyon - located in the south-west corner of America. Commenting that he is often drawn to this area due to it's natural beauty, he's been able to capture this monstrous canyon carved out by natural flowing water in all its beauty.

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Chinese TV websites blacklisted by American Film Institute

By: Chris Smith | More News: Health, Lifestyle & Travel | Posted: Nov 22, 2014 1:57 am

We've been reading reports that Chinese online-TV streaming services have been giving people 502 server error codes. Thanks to information published by Chiphell, we've now found exactly what the issue is.




According to local reports, many TV websites were abruptly stopped from servicing their customers on Friday the 21st of November, local time. This issue carried out throughout the whole day, with access finally being restored later in the night.


On October the 28th, reports came to light that due to copyright pressure, many websites will completely remove all download links to copyright-free resources by the end of November. Claiming that by early November, these websites will further be blacklisted by the American Film Institute.

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NASA Antares rocket explodes spectacularly on launch pad

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Health, Lifestyle & Travel | Posted: Oct 29, 2014 12:24 am

NASA have had a few rocky years, with the end of the space shuttle program and the Obama administration cutting funding to the agency. However, today NASA is red-faced following the explosion of the multi-million dollar Antares rocket and Cygnus spacecraft which fell back to earth and pummeled the launch pad shortly after take-off.



NASA has not yet detailed preliminary reasons behind the failure, other than describing it as a "catastrophic anomaly", which would seem to be fairly obvious to anyone watching the footage. The Cygnus spacecraft atop the Antares was bound for the International Space Station and carrying nearly 2.5 tonnes of supplies.




NASA has hastily scheduled a press conference shortly to discuss the failure.

New York City hospital diagnoses first Ebola case

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Health, Lifestyle & Travel | Posted: Oct 24, 2014 1:23 am

Following the Texas Ebola outbreak from earlier this month, the virus has now appeared in the city that never sleeps, with the first case being diagnosed at New York's Bellevue Hospital.




According to the New York Times, the patient identified as Dr Craig Spencer, returned from Guinea earlier in the week after assisting 'Doctors without borders' in treating patients with the virus. Fears have been heightened after Dr Spencer had significant contact with the population upon his return, travelling from Manhattan to Brooklyn on the subway on Wednesday night, going to a bowling alley and then catching a taxi.




Authorities have long feared that the virus would be unleashed in a densely packed area and with a population of over 8 million people packed on a tiny island, authorities have now been put on high alert.

Dyson's new Humidifier kills 99.9% of bacteria with ultraviolet light

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Health, Lifestyle & Travel | Posted: Oct 21, 2014 8:22 am

Dyson has burst into a new category, announcing its new Humidifier. The new Dyson Humidifier isn't the usual humidifier you might be used to, but this high-tech device will add moisture during those dry winter months, safely.



Dyson says that some competing ultrasonic humidifiers emit over 280 counts of bacteria within two minutes of turning the machine on. Others however, evaporate water directly from a wet wick, where bacteria can manifest. The Dyson Humidifier on the other hand is based on the desin of its bladeless fans and heaters, with the company claiming it kills 99.9% of bacteria in the water, using ultraviolet light.


The new Humidifier is also capable of operating for up to 18 hours on a single three-liter (or 100 oz) of water. It comes equipped with a remote control so that you can adjust the Humidifier from a distance, or even set a timer without having to get up to turn it off. During the hotter months, the Humidifier will act like a regular fan. The company has pumped some $60 million into the R&D of its latest device, creating 643 prototypes before getting it right.

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United States Ebola net widens as victim contact traced

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Health, Lifestyle & Travel | Posted: Oct 3, 2014 3:46 am

Dallas health officials now suspect upwards of 100 Texans may have had contact with Thomas Eric Duncan, the first patient diagnosed with Ebola in the U.S. A report published today by NBC News give a breakdown of Duncan's activities in Liberia, his arrival back to the United States and the diagnosis delay which could yet cost more lives.




The man's extended family, some of which had contact with Duncan after he stayed in their home following the long haul flight are now in quarantine. United Airlines is now trying to contact 400 passengers who may have been on Duncan's flights.




USA Today is also reporting that Duncan lied to airport screening staff about his contact with an Ebola patient in order to leave the country, with Liberian authorities promising to prosecute him for his role in possibly spreading the deadly virus.

Texan Ebola patient had significant public contact before diagnosis

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Health, Lifestyle & Travel | Posted: Oct 2, 2014 12:10 am

Yesterday we reported on the first confirmed case of Ebola in the United States, and today's news is perhaps even more worrying.




According to Reuters news agency, the patient, said to be Thomas Eric Duncan, is in a critical condition in an isolation ward in the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital and had significant public contact before he was diagnosed, including 18 "close family members", a number of which are school age children from four different schools.


Despite this, Texas Governor Rick Perry has told reporters he is confident that the threat will be contained.




It has also been revealed that the man checked himself into the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital two days before his diagnosis, before being released shortly after, only to report back to the hospital when his symptoms worsened. Witnesses claim the man vomited on the sidewalk near an apartment complex as he entered an ambulance for the return journey.