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06 Jun

A team of researchers from the University of Otago in New Zealand recently announced plans for a quest to analyze everything that lives in the body of water known as Loch Ness.

And yes, that would include the fabled Loch Ness Monster.

Beginning in June 2018, the researchers, led by Professor Neil Gemmell, will rely on environmental DNA (eDNA) sampling of the lake's waters to find minuscule DNA traces deposited by life in the loch.

The team will then make a specific list of everything living in Loch Ness and compare that with lists made of the life in a few other lochs to determine how Loch Ness is different from those locations -- if, in fact, it even is.

04 Jun

Billed as "[t]he only Telehealth visit with a physical exam," TytoHome aims to provide comprehensive medical exams whenever and wherever people need them.

Here's how it works: First, the patient takes a Tyto exam via a machine, which uses "built-in guidance" to provide accurate readings. Next, the patient can forward that information to a physician for review; if a live video exam is preferred, that can take the place of forwarding recorded data.

Patients can receive exams that focus on heart health, heart rate, lungs, ears, skin, throat, and abdomen. Temperature readings can also be taken through a no-touch infrared basal thermometer.

02 Jun

If taking underwater selfies is your thing, you’ll want to check out this new watertight case for the iPhone. It addresses one shortcoming with many of the water-friendly cases that are on the market today: the need to actually use the touchscreen on a phone while underwater. The upcoming Amphipac uses a patent-pending AirScreen, which puts a low-pressure air pocket between two layers of film to provide the touch sensitivity necessary to send text messages, snap photos, type descriptions, and whatever else you need to do while swimming.

In addition to touch sensitivity, the Amphipac will also cause your iPhone to float on the water’s surface if you accidentally drop it. As with most waterproof cases, though, you’ll be limited in how deep you can dive. The Amphipac is only rated to go 16 feet below the surface. So, if you’re searching for a case you can use while scuba diving, you’ll need to keep looking.

31 May

The ring appears to be the next big accessory to go smart. A new Kickstarter campaign introduces the Xenxo S ring, which makes it easy to answer calls, store files, control your music and more. One of the most notable things about this ring, though, is the intense interest it has gotten from the public. In just a short time, the ring has already raised five times its goal and is well into six figures in funding.

Inside the ring is a powerful microcomputer that has more than 94 components, four sensors, and a 32-bit controller. Press the ring in the right area and you’ll be able to take a call, send for emergency help, access files, and more. You can also use the ring to make payments at the cash register and set silent alarms. If you get separated from your phone, the ring will alert you.

29 May

When pressed to name the one most powerful piece of military hardware devised, many people might be inclined to name an atomic bomb or nuclear missile.

Truth be told, though, that distinction belongs to the submarine, of which one of the modern nuclear types holds more firepower than was used by all of the armed forces combined during World War Two.

And while submarines have always played a critical role in warfare ever since their invention -- largely because of their developing ability to move and strike without being easily detected -- what role do they have in 21st-century armed conflicts, which seem increasingly focused on using space-based technology that, from a celestial distance, could wind up being how Earthly nations wage war?

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