Ever wondered why lego mini-figures have holes in their heads? Is it to match the bricks? To snap on hats? Nope. In reality, they have been designed to allow air to pass through if lodged in a child’s throat.
This tooth sensor knows if you’ve been overeating or smoking.
As if the flu weren’t terrifying enough, French researchers have discovered the largest viruses to date. A pair of giant viruses discovered in underwater sediment samples measure 1,000 times bigger than the common flu virus.
Jean-Michel Claverie, who coauthored the paper that announced this discovery, told NPR the pandoviruses could have “emerged from a new ancestral cellular type that no longer exists—possibly from Mars.
Shedding its iconic red color, Coke has debuted a new look in Argentina. Coca-Cola Life, distinguished by its green label, is marketed as a “natural” and “green” low-calorie beverage in (what else?) a fully recyclable bottle that’s made with 30% plant material.
The idea is simple: your brain is constantly monitoring what’s happening in your body. It analyzes things like muscle tension, posture, heart rate, breathing, and, yes, facial expressions, to judge how you are feeling.
Put yourself in a happier position, and you can boost your mood.”
This is what the sounds of dominance, excitement, and desire look like. Beyond Verbal is a firm that maps the patterns and frequency of voices expressing various emotions.
What is this technology good for, you ask?
"If, say, Apple’s Siri understood how you were feeling in addition to what you were saying, it could pull up not just a playlist, but rather a playlist that matched your mood. Politicians could use the technology to practice enhancing qualities such as leadership in their voices while giving speeches. People with Asperger’s syndrome, who often have communication difficulties, could use it to understand verbal cues that extend beyond literal words. It could even help air traffic controllers identify when pilots were under stress."
Meet the Fitwall, America’s next fitness craze.
Members enter a Fitwall, where instead of being greeted at a welcome desk, they make their way to a wall-mounted iPad to check in. They pick up what Fitwall calls a “peanut,” a wearable Bluetooth monitor that sits on their chest and will track a few metrics throughout the workout, combining those into a number Fitwall calls the “F-Factor.” Throughout your workout, rather than compete on absolute metrics, the various trainees can compete for a percentage of their best F-Factor—a gamification element that enables 75-year-olds to compete on a curve with 20-year-olds.
"There’s so little innovation in the [fitness] industry, and that frustrates us, not just as entrepreneurs but as individuals who have a passion for working out," says the Josh Weinstein, one of the minds behind the Fitwall.
This wetsuit makes you invisible to sharks.
Cia first started standing because sitting at a desk all day was hurting her back. She kept her standing desk, partially for physical relief and partially out of pride, after someone bet her she couldn’t stand for four months straight. The marathon stander won the bet and is still standing six months later.
Dan is a bit like the Freedom Tower in that you can see him from most places in the Fast Company office. His new-found standing practice has made him a beacon of healthy work habits … and snackage. You can see him here munching on some rock candy.
The third image is from Cia’s desk. Meet her giant Rottweiler Atticus whose blog you can read here.
Despite government protection of your health care data, new research shows that at least seven leading health sites leak your search terms to third-party trackers.
Researchers have found that your iPhone is weakening your will.
It’s because of the all-too-familiar hunches that smart phones and laptops engender in their users.
Now you can see how your community compares to your neighbors with this project that maps and ranks the health of every county in America.
American cities across the nation are improving their infrastructure for bicyclists and pedestrians. Some are doing it better than others. Right now, the top 5 states for biking and walking are: