Printable Smart Labels Warn When The Milk’s Gone Bad
‘By 2020, there will be an estimated 50 billion devices connected to the Internet (or whatever its called then).
‘Exhibit 1: the Norwegian firm, ThinFilm, on Wednesday announced the successful test of a printable electronics component that is the first, fully-functional “smart” label. The company claims its disposable Smart Sensor Label can track the temperature of perishable goods and is a “complete closed system built from printed and organic electronics.”…’
Discovery: Sleep Defragments the Brain
‘The new work, published online today in Science, “fits with a long-standing view that sleep is for recovery-that something is paid back or cleaned out,” says David Dinges, a sleep researcher at the University of Pennsylvania. It builds on Nedergaard’s recent discovery, described last summer in Science Translational Medicine, of a network of microscopic, fluid-filled channels that clears toxins from the brain, much as the lymphatic system clears out metabolic waste products from the rest of the body. Instead of carrying lymph, this system transports waste-laden cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). Before the discovery of this “glymphatic system,” as Nedergaard has dubbed it, the brain’s only known method for disposing of cellular trash was to break down and recycle it within individual cells, she says…’
Eight new mental illnesses brought to you by the Internet
‘The Internet is an endless buffet of cat videos, bingeable TV, and celebrity Instagrams. And it may also be slowly driving you to the brink of insanity.
‘That’s no mere bloggy hyperbole. As the Internet evolved into a ubiquitous part of #ModernLife, we’ve witnessed a rise in the number of distinct mental disorders directly tied to our use of digital technology. These afflictions, which range from benign to destructive, weren’t recognized by the medical community until very recently, and didn’t even exist before the Clinton administration.
‘Some of these disorders are new versions of old afflictions retooled for the mobile broadband age, while others are wholly new creatures. Don’t be surprised if you’ve felt a tinge of at least one or two of them…’
Make Your Digital Photos Look Like They Were Taken with Kodak’s First Camera
‘Prefer to do this on your desktop? Online photo editor PicMonkey is the easiest option available yet. After uploading the photo, go to the filter tab, and select the Sepia option. You can then adjust the tint using the filter’s settings, to get the perfect shade, as close to the Kodak No. 1 as possible…’