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06 May

For years, people have eaten salty food with a cool beverage nearby, operating under the assumption that eating salt makes us thirsty. But a new study challenges that idea, revealing instead that eating salt makes us want to eat, not drink.

The findings explain why people tend to compulsively eat items like chips and popcorn. One bite of a salty food creates a craving for more of that food, the research discovered. The scientists believe that salt consumption triggers the kidneys to retain water while producing urea. This process takes energy, which leads to an increase in hunger instead of thirst.

04 May

Unlike previous generations, millennials aren’t embracing running as a form of exercise, leading to a ten-percent drop in participation between 2013 and 2015. But new research may lead millennials to rethink their stance on running as a form of exercise. The study discovered that runners have a 25 percent to 40 percent reduced risk of early death, living about three years longer than those who don’t run on a regular basis.

02 May

There's nothing that says a construction project has to look ugly, particularly with regard to fencing that separates the sidewalk superintendents from the building mess.

That's even more true when the project is for a major museum, in this case the Philadelphia Museum of Art, which recently broke ground on a new wing, designed by Frank Gehry, that's part of a $525 million campaign to give the institution -- still probably best known for the steps scene in the movie "Rocky" -- a makeover.

Rather than ask visitors to abide a drab, plain 450-foot-long construction fence, the museum teamed up with Pentagram to provide copies of various museum pieces on the structure -- a great idea, given that visitors might have to wait until 2020 (or beyond, given how construction projects often drag on) to get a look at some of the 75 works of art, including those by Andy Warhol, Chuck Close, Jasper Johns, and Barbara Kruger.

30 Apr

The so-called "tech-friendly, traffic-free hub" is said to be the first of its kind in the world, says its creator, the New West End Company.

The vaunted destination, Bird Street, located just steps away from Oxford Street, will experience new birth as "an oasis of technology, fashion, innovation and sustainability” as part of a project sponsored by Transport for London’s Future Streets.

The initiative will include several new sustainable technologies, including one from PaveGen that creates electricity from the movements of pedestrians and another from Airlite which uses paint to purify air.

According to The Industry London, "A curated and revolving selection of pop-ups will appear in the hub, in partnership with Appear Here, the leading marketplace for temporary spaces. Appear Here and The New West End Company, which represents the interests of businesses in London’s West End, are actively seeking 'interesting and innovative fashion and tech brands' to participate in the pioneering project, which launches [in May 2017]."

28 Apr

Thankfully, the ride is designed to slow down, not speed up, when the rider is feeling nauseous or scared.

The Neurotransmitter 3000, as the beast is known, is the brainchild of Dutch industrial designer Daniel de Bruin.

The "biometrically controlled thrillride" measures seven meters in height (or about 23 feet). It collects data from sensor's placed on the user's body. Fluctuations in heart rate, muscle tension, body temperature, and orientation/gravity can be processed to effect changes in the ride's motion.

The ride is launched at full speed -- roughly one revolution every two seconds -- when the user's resting heart rate hits 80 beats per minute (bpm). The machine continues to rotate as the heart rate increases. However, once that level reaches 130 bpm, the ride brakes to a stop. Increased muscle tension -- such as when a user grabs the seat of the ride with his or her hands -- can also cause the Neurotransmitter to grind to a halt.

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