This is a lovely time of year, it's always really bright and the leaves are falling off the trees, but unfortunately it's also getting much cooler (well, here in the UK anyway).
So, we've been looking out for some soup and coffee warmers to see you through winter and keep your insides and outsides nice and toasty. Here are some of our favourites, from the cheap and practical solution through to the innovative concept design.
Yahoo today reported that an increasing number of people are claiming to have Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity (or EHS), which means that they are experiencing headaches, muscle spasms, burning skin and chronic pain due to over-exposure to mobile phones and wireless internet.
Now we've all heard of "cell phone radiation", but is it really a threat to our health?
Various spokespeople and organizations have claimed that these symptoms are real, but apparently The World Health Organization set the record straight:
"EHS has no clear diagnostic criteria and there is no scientific basis to link EHS symptoms to EMF (electromagnetic field) exposure. Further, EHS is not a medical diagnosis, nor is it clear that it represents a single medical problem."
LightStim for WrinklesOne of our favorite beauty gadgets this year has to be the LightStim, based on the theory of using light therapy to stimulate and increase production of collagen and elastin.
Just like going to the doctors' office except a helluva lot cheaper. For the full article click here.
Lux Skin care with Bioactive Compounds
Until now, most people hadn't heard of UNT skincare, unless they picked it up on a swing through Taiwan. If Taiwan isn't on your itinerary, you can still pick up the entire line on the internet. Quickly becoming the largest cosmeceutical brand on the internet, the line is known for using bioactive compounds from pharmaceutical plants in France, Germany Japan, Switzerland and the U.S.
We liked ALL the products, from the cleansing and moisturizing lotions, to the specialist creams such as the depigmenting, firming, and of course, the anti-aging. The core product is something called Prodige, which they claim works on a cellular layer to “wake up” your skin stem cells to get those cells regenerating. The key apparently is the extracts from rare apple stem cells that act as anti-oxidants.
Another popular product is REVERSIANCE, which, as the name suggests, reverses some of the signs of aging by activating and elevating collagen synthesis.
Savy shoppers will appreciate all the promotions such as the one going on now Double Indulgence package where you get an extra $25 of product for every $100 splurged. And you don't have to go to Taiwan to get it, either.
It may not be winter just yet, but as the weather turns a little cooler it's time to start shopping for gadgets, accessories and other lovely shiny things to help keep us warm and jolly throughout the darker months.
We've come across gloves specially designed for touchscreen devices before, but we love this new product called Digits as it lets you add the handy little touchscreen pads to ANY pair of gloves you own. They come in sets, so you don't have to add them to every finger, just the ones you feel you use the most when you're texting in the cold!
Available from Quirky.com for $20 for a pack of 8.
Computer manufacturer IBM has announced a project, which will aim to create a new chip to mimic the human brain, according to Ubergizmo.
With the help of funding from the US Defense, the company wants to create a machine which will not only learn new things, but understand them and adapt to certain situations.
Although in many ways the new chip will be a big step forwards, we shouldn't get too excited (or even scared) about the prospect of robots that are just like humans quite yet. After all, the chip is currently made up of 256 silicon neurons and the human brain can have up to one hundred billion neurons!
It seems that every week we're told that something new cures, prevents or even causes cancer. From chocolate to soda, plants to animals, the media would have us believe that we have to spend our lives in small bubbles, unable to touch anything.
Now scientists from Birmingham University have found evidence to prove that ecstasy could actually help to cure cancer. They discovered that the drug could well treat or significantly slow down the growth of some illnesses such as leukaemia and lymphoma.
It seems obvious that something which dramatically alters the way your brain works so much is bound to have a pretty huge effect on other parts of your body, whether that's for better or for worse.
Let's just hope this isn't another over-hyped flash in the pan and that it could one day help people.
This clever little toothbrush is so simple, but presents a really effective way of storing your toothbrush and making sure every last bit of toothpaste has been used up at the same time.
Contact Catherine Werdel, the designer of the toothbrush, for more information about the product.
Via Blue Strawberry.
The new Omnifer iPad cover concept from designer Jayson D'Alessandro aims to transform a flat area of this fairly standard looking case into braille, so that visually impaired users are still able to use the device.
At first I thought that there would just be set letters in braille above the iPad's keypad area, but in fact the Omnifer has been designed to respond to light and the braille changes depending on the specific light signals on the screen.
We've come across all kinds of gadgets recently that have been designed to keep a check on our health, like Jawbone's Up Band and Withings' blood pressure monitor for the iPhone. While it's certainly brilliant to see technological advances having a positive impact on health and medicine, I often wonder how many people will actually but these kinds of monitors, apps and tools to good use in the long run.
The Cardiocam measures your heart rate in the morning as you look into your mirror, which means minimal effort from anyone using it. The concept was designed by students at the MIT Media Lab and uses clever little webcams to track changes in skin tone, which occur when the capillaries in your face empty and fill depending on your heart beat. Over time you can then begin to track your heart rate and get a better understanding of how your body is functioning and how you can work to improve it.
Home electrical manufacturer Philips has launched a new toothbrush device dubbed "the iPod of toothbrushes" which charges via a USB port. The toothbrush comes in a robust, pod-like travel case and can be plugged directly into a computer or into another adaptor, which means it can charge at the mains if another device isn't around in the same way as Apple chargers work.
The new toothbrush is set to retail at around 250 GBP ($400 USD) and would be ideal for those that need to travel for business and have their laptops with them 24/7. More and more technology companies are realizing just how useful it is to be able to charge practically any device via USB rather than having to depend on a mains socket.
Via Telegraph Technology.