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Auto Technology – Gone Too Far?

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Throughout the years, technology has taken us from the push button phone to current advancements in ‘Siri’ type technology. Whether we like or make use of the new technological advances in our phones, it’s really doesn’t effect anyone else around us.

But now the wireless computer technology already on board for entertainment systems and other areas, many cars driving right next you may be putting your lives at a greater risk.

How? Currently, Andy Greenberg in Wired magazine describes how a new Jeep was hacked and had it’s steering and braking  was taken over by computer programmers sitting in their own home miles away from the actual car!

If cars are hacked like this, then we ALL can suffer by the accidents they cause and there is little we can do about it right now.

The Jeep isn’t the only vehicle subject to this problem by far and more are on the way.  So, is this new technology helpful or does it bring with it a risk that necessitates halting it’s use until we know these new systems are secure?

I think the latter.

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Quick Steps for Eye Health

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New App Helps Visually Impaired

Visually Impaired Person in Grocery Store

There are so many new apps around from mortgage rates to video games.  This new app developed by Bigad Shabaan helps the visually impaired to negotiate around in the real world by having others people guiding them by cell phone.

If a blind person is at the grocery store and is diabetic for instance, the blind person can hold his cell phone up to the item he wonders is healthy for him and connect with another person anywhere in the world to help!  That’s awesome huh?

Click on link below and watch his video:

Be My Eyes New App for The Blind

It’s wonderful that we have people like Bigad Shabaan thinking in these new directions for technology to help those less fortunate feel integral in society.

 

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Overlooked Way to Save Our Environment

RecycleOver the last 20 years, our planet’s rivers and air and resources have reduced in quality and that has resulted in considerable negative effects on our Earth. Wonderful new ideas have emerged that have helped with this problem. Recycling our plastics and metal has drastically improved the  ravishing of our environment.  New gas mileage minimums have given us more miles per gallon and therefore less pollution into our air. Getting more of our energy from renewable resources instead of burning coal and fossil fuels also helps with reducing the CO2 emissions and thereby hopefully lessening the drastic changes occurring from global warming.

All of these things are beneficial. However, there is one HUGE area that for some reason no one is mentioning. That area is reducing the consumer goods we buy. Within those DVR players, high tech gadgets, clothing, new cars (even hybrids) hide a history of air and water pollution. The resource gathering and manufacturing of the items we buy create the pollution we are trying so hard to curtail by recycling all those things mentioned above.

cell fonesSure, we all need many items. However, how many items do we buy that we just ‘desire’ and really don’t ‘need’ ?! Upgrading cell phones may seem ‘the thing to do’ to show friends and such, but do you really NEED to upgrade? The cell phone is composed of toxic elements. requires special elements be mined from the earth that reside in only certain areas of the world. Mining these elements cause pollution and often health issues for those mining them.

Cell phones are only one area of course. The same applies to any purchase we might make from TV to appliances. usedappliances  So, along with putting that plastic into the recycle bin, how about thinking about your next purchase and whether or not you actually can do without that item. Often when we buy something another thing is just thrown in garbage or dumped into the landfill.

There are hundreds of organizations with lofty and much appreciated goals to help the environment. Even the World Wildlife Federation article about what individuals can do for the environment. However, even this article stops short of actually telling people to  ‘Stop Wanting’ and purchase less goods, an enormous source of energy use and pollution.

computer_recycling_picturesWhy not also add ‘Stop Wanting’ to the other areas of environmental protection endeavors we all try to do to keep our planet inhabitable for us.

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Our small home Earth from our Moon

We so often think about saving ‘The Environment’ or ‘Our Planet’ but that’s really not at stake scientifically. Our planet will endure. It’s the survival of the Human race that we are talking about when we protect ‘The Environment’ … it may be wiser to orient ourselves in that manner and also more a reality to motivate others for change.

 

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New Treatments for Dry Eyes

Nanoparticles to treat dry eye syndrome

Nanoparticles to treat dry eye syndrome

Dry eye syndrome is commonly treated by applying drops several times a day. Canadian researchers have now developed a topical solution containing nanoparticles that provides the eye with moisture for several days. Their study was presented in “Nano Research”.

Scientists at the University of Waterloo infused biocompatible nanoparticles with Cyclosporine A, the drug also found in eye drops. They made the nanoparticles stick to the eyeball for longer periods of time and progressively deliver the right dose of the drug. After five days, they are absorbed by the body.

Due to the fact that the particles stay on the eye and are not washed out like normal eye drops on account of the eye’s ability to self-cleanse, only a fraction of the drug – five per cent – compared to eye drops, are required. This also prevents irritation and reduces the risk of toxic exposure due to excessive use of eye drops, says study leader Shengyan Liu. Clinical trials using the nanoparticles are planned.

There are many other ways to help with dry eyes. Lubricant eye drops are the mainstay of dry eye therapy – however there are many other ways to improve comfort.

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