Smart Glasses Could Help Blind People Navigate


A pair of “smart glasses” might help blind people navigate an unfamiliar environment by recognizing objects or translating signs into speech, scientists say.

The majority of registered blind people have some residual ability to perceive light and motion. But assistive technologies for the visually impaired have been limited.

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Now, researchers from Oxford University in England are developing a set of sophisticated glasses that use cameras and software to detect objects and display them on the lenses of glasses. The team recently won an award from the Royal Society to continue this work. [Bionic Humans: Top 10 Technologies]

“This is the beginning of a golden age for computer vision,” study researcher Stephen Hicks said in a statement. “The Royal Society’s Brian Mercer Innovation award will allow us to incorporate this research into our glasses to help sight-impaired people deal with everyday situations much more easily.”

Here’s how the smart glasses work: Two small cameras mounted on the corners of the glasses capture two different pictures, just as human eyes do. The spectacles display information from the cameras on transparent LED displays on the lenses, so the wearer can see an enhanced image as well as use their remaining sight. Comparing the distance between the cameras reveals how far the object is from the wearer.

A set of headphones takes text and translates it into speech to provide directions or read signs aloud.

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The glasses are also equipped with a compass, a GPS and a gyroscope, a tool that measures the orientation of the glasses.

In the United Kingdom, where the research is taking place, more than 2 million people have impaired vision, and more than 300,000 are registered as blind, due to diseases such as macular degeneration, glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy.

Moving forward, the researchers hope to develop software to provide a range of different functions that testers of the glasses say would be useful.

For example, the glasses could use levels of brightness to show depth. They could detect if a person is present based on his or her movement. In addition, the glasses might be able to read the locations or numbers of buses and provide GPS directions via the headphones.

4 Reasons Why Change Is Good for You.


“If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.” ~ Lao Tzu

I was terrified of Change. Seven years ago I was on the precipice of losing all of those intrinsic qualities that defined me as a unique human being, I was at a loss as what to do.  Eating had become my drug of choice and as the size 44 inch waistline expanded, blood vessels were constricting in unison as I worked myself to a heart attack or a stroke. The only way to save my life was a total commitment to making changes that would affect the total human being. Even knowing this I was still scared of losing all the “good” I perceived that I had. It took a leap of blind faith that the Universe would land me safely before I could make positive gains in my own life. I am a fan of change because this is what saved my life. All I can really attest is o how my life has been enriched since.

Change can be an extremely powerful and at times distressing force.  The harbingers of change may present themselves at those crossroads of our lives where seismic events shake our foundations and all that is comfortable. Be it the divorce, illness, accident, or situation that throws us headlong into circumstances where we have to sink or swim. There are also times when the signs that we are transitioning to a new phase are disguised in such a way that unless we lift those societal blinders that took years to develop, we will not be ready to understand what the Universe wants us to know. Society seems to encourage us to live in what our relative cultural experience defines as the status quo and not necessarily what really lies within the heart.

Change is a process that plays itself out on all levels differently for everyone. This includes the idea that whether a person decides to change where they are in life is an individual decision. We have the absolute right to live our lives in a manner in which we want, as long as we do not cause harm to others. There are a million miles between existing where you are and deciding in your mind to change, there are a million more between deciding in your mind to change and taking concrete steps to make it happen.

So why should we accept this notion of change and what may result?

1. Embrace the Forces of Change

Change is inevitable. It is thrust upon us. Being conceived is the first change in circumstances that we could not control. There was then no option but to leave warmth and security and face blinding light and a cacophony of noises, some of which sounded familiar. Aging in a part of our nature and dying is the ultimate transition. Knowing these inevitable seasons will occur and there no permanence, why not truly live and change those circumstances that do not enhance us by changing those things we can control.

“The only thing that is constant is change.” ~ Heraclitus

2. Inviting Change enhances the relationship with our Self

When we do not change those things that do not enhance us, we stagnate and become complacent. We hit the start button on the treadmill of life and walk in the same place without going anywhere until we hit pause, feel the treadmill come to a slow stop, and just turn off. We get frustrated and at times angry as to where we are in our life. There is nothing outside of your own self that will ever make you happy. Acquisitions, both animate and inanimate, satisfy temporary urges, but cannot substitute for the ongoing, ever blossoming relationship we create with ourselves.

Change is also evident when we recognize and confront those demons that control our actions and decision making based upon past conditioning. When those actions and the reasons for taking them are no longer part of our fabric, we are enhancing ourselves because actions taken are not solely for self-gain or heart protection. We enhance this self-relationship by shedding that which deters the expression of our full true self. Invite into life change that does not harm. This then encourages the mind, body and soul to engage in activity that promulgates their health and well-being. A positive frame of mind affects all those we come into contact.

“When we are no longer able to change a situation – we are challenged to change ourselves.” ~ Viktor E. Frankl

3. Positive Change affects our relationship with all those around us

As we change and grow, we gain a deeper understanding and appreciation which then translates to how we see others and the world around us. Ideas such as love and compassion are no longer terms of art, but a way to live. Change brings about the release of relationships that are toxic. Only when we go through this change will we be ready to form healthy relationships with others.  Now that we are beyond an ego self, we see the bigger picture.  As we become citizens of the world around us, we begin to focus on what is really needed by the less fortunate around us and the resources necessary to accomplish any goals. Self-actualization leads to change in all facets of life and a sense of balance.

4. Maintaining a Balanced life through change affect all other aspects of Being

By achieving and keeping a sense of inner harmony, decisions made on all aspects of life are seen through a lens of self-awareness. Change in life is a constant , who we are this instant is not the same person we were yesterday because every experience, no matter how trivial we think it may be shapes and molds our decision making process. Where we live, what we eat, what job we keep are all in a state of flux as we go about living. Life shifts, so it is important to maintain a sense of balance in all we do.

There are aspects of Change in which we have choice. What changes we invite is entirely dependent on where we want to be. I Chose Living Life and am thankful for the doors the Universe has opened for me since.

Since change is the only constant in life, why do you think so many people are afraid of change?

Five of NASA’s Most ambitions undertaking.


Over the last few decades, NASA helped develop several revolutionary technologies, which have greatly benefited society as a whole. Said technologies have also revealed the universe to be an exceptionally strange place; From the discovery of giant space blobs, that could encompass our galaxy hundreds of times over – to hidden portals in the Earth’s magnetic field – we are obviously inching our way toward the dominance of space – or at the very least, the dominance of our own backyard. We obviously have quite a long way to go, which requires a bit of thinking-outside-of-the-box. Thankfully, the folks from NASA are working on several far flung conceptions. In fact, they even developed an entire branch, called theInstitute for Advanced Concepts (NIAC), solely to delve into this sort of research. Unfortunately, it was disbanded in 2007. (A similar program was recently reinstated) Still, many of the ground breaking concepts can still be found online, others are still in development – giving us an opportunity to blow your mind.

5. Solar Probe Plus Will Meet the Sun

NASA seems to have some kind of fetish for intentionally destroying sophisticated technology. They’ve bombed the moon several times now (once in 2009 and again in 2012, when “Ebb” and “Flow” finished their primary missions) and they sent the Galileo spacecraft spiraling into the Jovian atmosphere in 2003 (the same fate awaits the beloved Hubble Space Telescope when it ceased to be useful). Most of those missions were not developed for the sole purpose of being disintegrated, but NASA outdid themselves with the Solar Probe Plus.

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The spacecraft, which is in development, will make close-up observations of Venus – before face-diving into the sun’s corona. The temperatures in this region can exceed 2,550 degrees Fahrenheit (1,400 degrees Celsius), which is about five times hotter than the temperature in Low-Earth orbit. Needless to say, it’s freaking hot.  The searing heat is further compounded by the stark increase in luminosity, as it’s estimated that from the corona, the sun appears more than 500 times brighter than it does on Earth.  (We can’t forget about the high energy particles that reside near the sun’s atmosphere) Obviously, this is ambitious for several reasons. Not least of all because the sun’s environment makes Venus look like the Bahamas in comparison.

If this one sounds vaguely familiar, it should. This concept is very similar to the main plot of a film entitled “Sunshine.” In the movie, which is set in the near future, a team of Earth-based scientists are sent on a mission to rejuvenate a dying sun, by bombing it – creating a “star within a star;” with a payload equivalent in mass to the island of Manhattan. Like Icarus 2 – from the movie – the Solar Probe Plus will have a huge sun-shield to temporarily protect it from the elements, until it, quite literally, is incinerated by our local star. (It’s expected to make it about 4 million miles from the sun beforehand)

and to think.. this has absolutely nothing on:

4. A Giant Sun- Shield – to Combat Global Warming

Discussing the merits of global warming has now eclipsed the discussions held about the moon landing conspiracy. (It happened. Get over it) Everyone seems to have an opinion on the subject (and as Neil deGrasse Tyson said, “Science is true. Whether or not you believe in it.”) With that said, regardless of the mechanism driving it – be it man-made, or something less nefarious – the temperatures are rising, which means something must be done to staunch the damage before the United States is relegated to the ocean floor.

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In this particular solution (many different concepts have came to light before), a scientist from the University of Arizona proposed that we develop trillions of free flying mirror units. After the individual units are deployed into space (using a large cannon that operates using electromagnetic propulsion, with the barrel alone coming in at about 0.06 miles across), they would collectively act as a lens, forming a huge shade that would extend some 100,000 square miles across. When sun rays come in contact with the units, they would be defected slightly (instead of hitting Earth) – thus lowering the soaring temperatures.

All it would cost is some 200 trillion dollars (or about 100 billion dollars per year) Kickstarter, anyone? (On a more serious note, the units could be manufactured in a way that would be conductive to collecting solar energy. Maybe eventually; the project would pay for itself)

3. Spray-on Space Suits

Evolution of the spacesuit (Credit: Cam Brensiger)
Evolution of the spacesuit (Credit: Cam Brensiger)

The number one cause of death in space is space itself.. It’s an extremely hostile environment. Exposure to the vacuum alone can kill you in a hundred different – all equally terrifying – ways. If any of them fail to turn you into a space kabob, the physical side effects ofmicrogravity will eventually. To get around that, space agencies have invested billions of dollars toward developing a functional space suit that can shield cosmonauts from the brunt of the dangers, whilst allowing them to effectively work and preform their necessary experiments. However, most of our modern spacesuits are completely ineffective at accomplishing most of those goals – a problem that will only become worse whenever we venture beyond low-Earth-orbit, into deep space.

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Credit: Douglas Sonders (Source)

One of the most interesting concepts that came from NIAC revolved around spray-on polymer fabric spacesuits, which encompass most of the things researchers want to see in a next-generation space suit. The team of researchers discussed the possibility of covering an astronauts body with this organic, biodegradable technology, working similarly to a spray-on tan. Underneath the layer of flexible material, the person would alsobe equipped with temperature-controlled underwear, biosensors, electronic equipment and even artificial muscle fibers, which could improve strength, stamina and mobility (All of which can prevent the effects of muscle degradation in space) Such a technology could have practical applications here on Earth too – particularly for firefighters.

2. Inflatable Space Habitats

Like with our current spacesuits – another problematic aspect of space colonization is developing technologies that can give astronauts the needed space for living quarters, while still having proper room to carry out their experiments. Not to mention, we would also need a rocket that could carry all of this into space.

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A rather ingenious solution to both of these problems is developing expandable modules – created using a strong and rigid, but highly effective material – which can be deployed into space using traditional rockets. Once they arrive to their destination, they can be inflated using pressurized air, providing us with a safe, roomy enclosure. (Ironically, the atypical structures are more durable than conventional metal ones. They could even better shield astronauts from micrometeorite impacts and harmful radiation) Incredibly, we may see inflatable structures in space sooner than one might think. Earlier this year, NASA andBigelow Aerospace (a private company that has done a tremendous amount of research on the topic) reached an agreement that would actually put an inflatable module on-board the ISS. Assuming all goes well, the technology could evolve into a functional prototype for a lunar space station.

Perhaps by creating a series of these habitats, scattering them about the solar system, it could even provide a cost effective way to explore our own neighborhood.

1. Laser Propulsion Systems

Modern space-shuttles – like the one used to carry men to the moon – accelerate using three different types of chemical propulsion systems (each of which require specific fuel). Unfortunately, the conventional methods are somewhat dangerous and they don’t offer too many advantages as far as interstellar travel is concerned. Because of this, a lot of exciting work is being done in developing more effective propulsion systems. (My personal favorite is ion thruster propulsion)

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Another concept NASA is currently exploring completely throws the need for multiple propulsion systems out, capitalizing instead on photonic laser thrusters! Such a system would operate using a photon beam amplification system and a photonic laser. As trapped photons – which have no mass, mind you; only momentum – bounce between mirrors on a series of spacecrafts, they produce substantial thrust (through photonic energy) that can accelerate a spacecraft to exceptional, energy-efficient, speeds. (Given enough time for acceleration, a vehicle using this type of system could propel to speeds approaching that of the speed of light. Never at – or above – that speed though, as it would take an infinite amount of energy to accelerate an object with mass to light-speed)

On a more relatable note – according to Dr. Young Bae (of the Bae Institute) – using photonic laser thrusters, we could make the trip from Earth to Mars in merely one week! (Compared to the typical 6 month journey)

Wind turbines making people sick with mysterious illnesses.


When Edward and Sue Hobart first built their dream home on six beautiful acres of land in Falmouth, a small town on Massachusetts‘ southern coast, they had no idea that one day they would be forced to abandon it due to local “green” energy initiatives. But the constant migraine headaches, ringing in the ears, dizziness and insomnia brought about by the incessant spinning of several local wind turbines proved to be intolerable, producing ghastly symptoms that many others in the area have also since reported.

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A recent investigation by ABC News into so-called “wind turbine syndrome,” or the collection of illness symptoms commonly reported by people who live near wind turbines, has uncovered a string of related ailments associated with the use of this technology, especially near residential areas. For the Hobarts and many others, the recent erection of two large wind turbines and one smaller one in their otherwise quiet community has brought about these and other health problems, with no end in sight.

“Sometimes at night, especially in the winter, I wake up with a fluttering in the chest and think, ‘What the hell is that,’ and the only place it happens is at my house,” explained Sue to ABC News, noting that initially she had no idea that her mysterious illness symptoms could be the result of the wind turbines. “That’s how you know. When you go away, it doesn’t happen.”

Wind turbines create low frequencies that can cause health problems, admit experts

Like many others, the Hobarts experience no health problems when they are away from the turbines. But every time they return home, the symptoms come back, the likely result of certain low-frequency rattles and shakes emitted by the turbines, say experts. Dr. Nina Pierpont, for instance, a Johns Hopkins University-trained pediatrician, says wind turbine syndrome is very real, and that it is the green energy industry’s “dirty little secret.”

For years, Dr. Pierpont and her husband have been advocating against the continued use of wind turbines, especially near residential areas, because of continued reports of widespread illness symptoms. Dr. Pierpont even published her own case study back in 2009 entitled “Wind Turbine Syndrome” that documents howpeople living up to 1.25 miles away from wind turbines experience major health problems, which makes it impossible for many of them to live normal and productive lives.

‘Green’ energy industry falsely accuses wind turbine sufferers of imagining their conditions

Wind energy advocates have repeatedly denied such claims, even going so far as to accuse wind turbine syndrome sufferers of fabricating or imagining their symptoms. But this has not stopped the Hobarts and others from fighting to have these metal monstrosities removed. According to ABC News, the Hobarts filed a nuisance claim this past February against Notus Clean Energy, owner of the smaller turbine. And several other local residents have also filed lawsuits against the town, which owns the two larger turbines.

“The heart of the issue is that they have been pushed off their land,” stated Representative Brian Mannal, who is also the Hobarts’ lawyer, to the media. “They have erected these enormous, industrial-scale turbines — larger than a 747 — in close proximity to residences. [The Hobarts] have had to leave their house because they couldn’t live there anymore.”

While the Hobarts’ lawsuit is still pending, their town continues to be bombarded with additional lawsuits seeking remedy with regards to the turbines. At one point, the town’s selectmen voted unanimously to take the wind turbines down, but an official measure put before the town several months later was voted down.

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Adrenal fatigue symptoms and seven ways to support and heal your adrenal glands.


In our modern world, adrenal fatigue is extremely common and estimated by some experts to affect approximately 80 percent of the population to some degree. Adrenal fatigue is caused by all types of stress – physical and emotional – and if left unchecked, it can lead to other illnesses such as type 2 diabetes, thyroid disease and heart attack.

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The symptoms caused by adrenal fatigue are numerous and varied. The following are some of the more common ones:

  • Anxiety
  • Panic attacks
  • Diarrhea
  • Frequent urination
  • Thyroid issues
  • Salt cravings
  • Sugar cravings
  • Insomnia
  • Waking tired
  • Needing caffeine to ‘get going’ in the morning
  • Feeling stressed
  • Inability to handle stress
  • Overthinking (having a brain that won’t turn off)
  • Dizziness when rising from seated or lying position
  • Fluid retention in feet and ankles
  • Low blood pressure


As you can see, adrenal fatigue can cause many symptoms and eventually lead to many health challenges. However, the good news is that there are plenty of things we can do to support our adrenal glands to help return them to a healthy state.

Reduce or eliminate stimulants

Stimulants such as caffeine, alcohol, nicotine and drugs cause a stress response in the body and, if used chronically, will wear out the adrenal glands. Those who feel that they need their morning coffee should understand that, although it might feel as though caffeine is helping, it is actually stealing their health by exacerbating their adrenal fatigue.

Practice meditation

Meditating daily can help reduce stress levels. Finding even 10 or 15 minutes a day to quiet the mind by meditation has been proven to be of benefit for reducing stress.

Clean up your diet

Eating a highly processed diet creates stress in the body. Many people don’t consider the stress caused to the body by eating processed foods. Processed foods contain chemicals that have no place in the body, such as preservatives, colors, stabilizers and more. These chemicals can have negative effects on the various systems of the body and add additional waste products that need to either be eliminated or stored.

Make good use of adaptogenic herbs

There are a number of adaptogens that are useful for the adrenal glands. These herbs can be taken in the form of teas, tinctures, powders or capsules and include:

  • Rhodalia
  • Ashwaganda
  • Tulsi, or Holy basil
  • Korean Ginseng
  • He Shou Wu
  • Licorice (Note: Licorice can raise blood pressure)

 

Make time to relax

Take time to chill out and make the time to do the things that you love doing and make you happy.

Eat more salt

Adrenal glands love salt. Buy a good quality, unprocessed salt, such as Celtic sea salt or Himalayan salt, and use it liberally.

Try this adrenal cocktail

Try taking this adrenal cocktail either before bed if you suffer from insomnia or upon rising if you have trouble getting going in the morning. It really works!

1/2 cup orange juice (or another form of vitamin C)
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/2 teaspoon Celtic sea salt
Mix and drink.

Finally, don’t watch horror movies and don’t do things that get your adrenaline pumping. They will simply cause more stress for your already overworked adrenal glands, leaving you feeling tired and wired.

Brain tumour genes identified.


The team was led by Professor Brandon Wainwright, Dr Laura Genovesi and Dr Melissa Davis from The University of Queensland’s Institute for Molecular Bioscience.

Professor Brandon Wainwright said these genes provided potential targets for treatment.

Brain tumours are the most common cause of cancer death in children,” Professor Wainwright said.

“Those who do survive often experience significant neurological, intellectual and physical disabilities as a result of their treatment, which involves surgical removal of the tumour followed by radiotherapy and chemotherapy.

“We clearly need more effective and less invasive options to treat medulloblastoma and improve outcomes for both children and adults with this devastating disease.”

There are four different sub-types of medulloblastoma, each with their own molecular signature.

The researchers identified underlying genetic regulatory networks that were present in all of the sub-types, a discovery that Professor Wainwright said was important in advancing treatments.

“We are now searching for existing drugs that may block these gene networks and act as viable treatment alternatives for medulloblastoma.”

The team, which included researchers from Australia, Singapore, Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States, made the discovery after screening 85 tumours.

The results were published in the highly prestigious scientific journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA.