More Deaths Caused by Hi-tech Gadgets


NBC-cliff-270x153Couple Takes Selfie, Falls Off Cliff
‘A family’s fun vacation at Cabo Da Roca in Portugal turns to nightmare when the parents plunged to their deaths while trying to take a selfie right by a cliff, reports Yahoo! News UK. What is more horrific is that their kids were right there with them, and witnessed their fall.

‘The names of the family members were withheld, but according to 9 News, the family hails from Poland…’
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eCigar kills man and nearly burns building
‘An MFRS spokesman said: “The subsequent fire investigation identified that an e-cigarette that had been charging in the bedroom exploded, caught fire and ignited the oxygen tube of an oxygen concentrator, which may have been in use by the occupier.”

‘Myles Platt, MFRS area manager said: “The investigation into the cause of this fire is continuing but at this stage it is thought that the charging device being used at the time may not have been the one supplied with the e-cigarette.

“‘We urge people to always use electrical equipment in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions and guidance, always ensure that no electrical items are left charging overnight or left unattended for a long period when being charged, and do not mix parts from different e-cigarettes…’
bbc

Astronauts Severely Sleep Deprived
‘It’s hard to sleep in outer space. On the International Space Station (ISS), the sun rises every 90 minutes when the station circles Earth. Space suits can be uncomfortable, too: After landing on the moon in 1969, Buzz Aldrin reported getting only “a couple of hours of mentally fitful drowsing” due to the noise and the cold. Now, a new study published online today in The Lancet Neurology shows the extent of sleep deprivation among astronauts. Researchers tracked the sleep patterns of 85 crew members aboard the ISS and space shuttle and found that despite an official flight schedule mandating 8.5 hours of sleep per night, they rarely got more than five. In fact, getting a full night’s rest was so difficult that three-quarters of shuttle mission crew members used sleep medication, and sometimes entire teams were sedated on the same night.

‘Although, unlike astronauts from Aldrin’s day, crew members now sleep in quiet, dark chambers, lack of gravity itself may contribute to the problem. Given that sleep deprivation contributes to up to 80% of aviation accidents, it’s important to better understand why sleep is so difficult in space, the authors say…’
sciencemag

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