11 Oct

The old joke about certain, well, stripped-down hotels renting rooms by the hour got turned on its head some years back when certain hotels started renting rooms by the minute.

That concept has been stretched in a different direction by a London-based company that decided to take the Airbnb model -- where people rent out their homes, or portions thereof, to travelers on a day-to-day basis, just like a hotel does -- a step further.

Pop & Rest has actually been around since 2015. Its founders, known as Mauricio and Yoann, saw that the city of London had a need for tranquil and private spaces where people could take a break from the hustle and bustle of metropolitan life and re-charge their batteries. The power nap was one possibility. But depending on one's needs, escaping to a cozy flat or a couple of hours could provide the energy needed to feel like a human being before emerging one more to join the rat race attendant to a crosstown commute.

09 Oct

Throughout Earth’s existence, mass extinction events have wiped out entire species, potentially changing the ecosystem permanently. In fact, scientists name five mass extinction events, with the most recent being the wipeout of dinosaurs approximately 66 million years ago. The cause of such extinctions has been proposed as asteroids, the Ice Age, and oxygen depletion in the ocean, but in some cases, the cause is unknown.

A possibly upcoming extinction event has experts reviewing those five previous incidents to see what they have in common. With each extinction event, the normal cycling of carbon was disrupted, either in the atmosphere or in the oceans. This brings concerns from scientists who are already well aware of the danger rising carbon emissions pose to our planet. The question is, could this changing environment cause a carbon jolt that could cause the sixth mass extinction?

07 Oct

In late August, the FDA approved tisagenlecleucel for treatment in relapsed or refractory B-cell precursor acute lymphoblastic leukemia. The approval was specific to children and young adults, but it’s considered an important first step in the eventual use of this type of therapy in other cancer incidents.

Also known as CAR T-Cell therapy, this treatment involves removing T cells from a patient and genetically modifying them so that when re-implanted, they attack B cells. The treatment attacks all B cells, not just the cancerous ones, but it is an improvement over traditional therapy for this type of leukemia. Currently, patients with B-cell precursor acute lymphoblastic leukemia undergo some combination of radiation, chemotherapy, targeted therapy, or a stem cell transplant, with long-term success rates extremely poor.

05 Oct

The DribbleUp soccer ball comes from the same creator of a smart basketball. Erik Forkosh, a 24-year-old from Brooklyn, believes that Americans could compete more successfully on a global level if they had access to regular drills and quality training.

So, he invented the Dribble Up, which pairs with a smartphone app once the phone's camera zeroes in on one of the ball's three logos. Then, the user can start a series of drills that are arranged like a playlist.

"Instead of songs, you have drills," he explained to SportTechie.

03 Oct

The smart vision EQ for two, from the Daimler Group, combines urban mobility and individualized transport by picking up passengers from their desired location.

What's more, passengers will know that the vehicle picking them up is indeed assigned to them by glancing at the car's front black grille and large side display panels. And because the EQ allows for a great deal of individual customization, the vehicle is perfect for car sharing.

There isn't a steering wheel. Nor are there pedals. Instead, the interior space has been outfitted for maximum comfort -- or as much as one can expect for a two-seater.

The EQ is also designated as a car which includes all aspects of Daimler's CASE program, which stands for the strategic pillars of connectivity (Connected), autonomous driving (Autonomous), flexible use (Shared & Services) and electric drive systems (Electric).

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