Is your technology killing you?

November 24th, 2014

Like it or loathe it, technology is something we cannot live without. From the moment we wake up in the morning (the customised ring of a smart phone’s alarm) until the moment we go to bed at night (a final check of emails), technology is an integral part of modern life.

But just how detrimental is this for our health? We take a look at some of the risks, and how to avoid them.

1. “Text-neck” syndrome

Bending your head down to look at your phone can have serious consequences for your spine,according to a new study.

Kenneth Hansraj, the chief of spine surgery at New York Spine Surgery and Rehabilitation Medicine, has found that the increased stress on your spine could lead to “early wear, tear, degeneration and possibly surgeries”.  More

Key Cloning Gives Criminals Easy Access

November 13th, 2014

FORT WORTH – Imagine a burglar being able to walk into your house by just opening the front door. It’s not impossible. All is takes is a camera phone. There’s a new way to get cloned keys.

I-Team reporter Ginger Allen showed just how easy it was when her colleague, fellow I-Team reporter Brian New stepped out of the office. He made the mistake of leaving his keys on his desk, so Ginger popped over, took two pictures and then broke the bad news when he got back. We wanted to use these pictures to see if we could get keys made and break into his house.

We uploaded the pictures straight from our phone to keysduplicated.com.

We used this website, but there are other websites and apps using similar technology. “It is an issue,” says Vadim Epelbaum, a North Texas locksmith. “If I didn’t have high security keys I’d be worried about it.” Epelbaum says the technology is out there, but many consumers don’t know about it yet.  More

Google leases massive Navy blimp hangar

November 11th, 2014

Google has signed a 60-year lease for an historic Navy blimp hangar near its Silicon Valley headquarters.

It will pay $1.16 billion over the life of the lease and invest $200 million in renovations in Hangar One. The landmark building is visible to drivers taking the main route between San Francisco and San Jose.

According to NASA, which now operates the property, Google plans to use Hangar One as a research, development, assembly and testing facility for its efforts in space exploration, aviation, rover/robotics and other emerging technologies. The name on the lease will be Google’s Planetary Ventures.

The huge hangar is nearly 20 stories high and two-tenths of a mile long, large enough to hold six football fields. It was built at the Navy’s Moffett Field in 1932 and became the base of the Navy’s blimp program on the West Coast. NASA took control of the property in 1994.  More

Hungry bats jam each other’s sonar

November 7th, 2014

Imagine this …

You’re a bat. You’re hungry. You pick up a nice juicy moth on your inbuilt echolocation system. You head towards it with dreams of a full belly and dessert (maybe a nice mosquito?) in your head. Then — blamo!

You’re hit with a sonic shock wave from just above you that scrambles your sonar.

You miss the moth but recover just in time to see another bat gobble it down.

Researchers Aaron Corcoran from the University of Maryland and William Conner from Wake Forest University have recently uncovered exactly this scenario amongst Mexican free-tailed bats in the Southwest.  More

Google coughs up $2,250 for showing a woman’s cleavage in Street View

October 31st, 2014

In 2011, Maria Pia Grillo began legal proceedings against Google, slapping the company with a $45,000 lawsuit for emotional damage, which included depression and mockery by her co-workers.

Grillo also demanded that Google blur her, as well as her license plate and address.

While Google complied with the latter request, the company rejected her money demands, reasoning that Grillo was in a public space and that there was no connection between her emotional distress and the Street View incident.

Earlier this month, the judge sided with Google that the incident did not appear to be directly connected to Grillo’s claimed mental distress.

The judge even questioned why Grillo waited two years to file any sort of lawsuit.  More

Pope Francis Says Story Of Creation Coexists With Big Bang Theory

October 30th, 2014

WASHINGTON (WJZ) — The pope says evolution and creation are compatible. Catholics across the world are reacting to this breakthrough.

In a meeting with scientists at the Vatican, Pope Francis said the Big Bang Theory and evolution are real and God is not “a magician with a magic wand.”

He said the Big Bang Theory, which evolutionists believe brought the universe into being, does not exclude God’s role in creation.

The pontiff said: “The Big Bang Theory does not contradict the creative intervention of God. On the contrary, it requires it.”  More