Save Your Vision

In today’s society, technology is a part of life. Cutting it out of your routine would be blasphemy! Research shows that 70% of adults suffer from some sort eye strain due to technological uses. Of that 70%, nearly 40% are unaware of how to reduce such eye strain. So here’s some tips of how to reduce eye strain while using your tech gadgets!

  1. Take breaks. For every 20 minutes, take a 20-second break by viewing something 20-30 feet away. Try downloading the software that will force you to take the eye-easing breaks if you have trouble remembering to do so.
  2. What’s the height and position of your device? Computer screens should be 4 to 5 inches below eye level and 20 to 28 inches away from the eye.
  3. Avoid glare on your screen. Don’t allow light sources to be visible directly when sitting in front of a screen. If this is inevitable, turn the screen to prevent glare and consider adjusting the brightness of the screen or changing its background color.
  4. Match the lighting of the room to the computer screen.
  5. Blink as often as you can. Frequent blinking reduces the chances for developing dry eye by keeping the front surface of the eye moist and healthy.
  6. Be sure to visit your eye doctor. You might benefit from glasses specifically prescribed to be used when using digital devices. If you are already prescribed glasses or contacts, the prescription might not be best for your eyes when you are using devices.

We hope that you take these precautions when using your gadgets! Save your vision before it’s too late.

 

Sources: http://www.app.com/story/life/wellness/2014/09/15/six-tips-stop-technology-hurting-vision/15690881/

Who’s More Tech Savvy?

If you gave a six-year-old and a forty-five-year-old an iPhone, who do you think could actually use it better? Now, a six-year-old may not be able to even tie a shoe lace, but children around that age are more technically advanced than an adult. Babies born any later than the year 2000 did not get to experience the lovely sound of dial-up internet, and they do not understand the concept of a land line telephone. Instead, they are learning how to operate the newest smartphones and tablets before they can even speak.

Ofcom, a United Kingdom communications regulator, did a survey. They tested 800 children and 2,000 adults on how well they could operate smartphones. In the age group of six to seven-year-olds, the average digital quotient was 98. For those between the ages of 45 and 49, they scored a digital quotient of 96. For teenagers between the ages of 14 and 15-year-old, they reached the highest digital quotient of 113. Along with the survey, advice was provided for the families to improve their understanding of technology and how to protect their families online.

For more information, visit: http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/aug/07/ofcom-children-digital-technology-better-than-adults

Holograms in the Palm of Your Hand

 

download (1)Remember in 2012,  when a hologram of Tupac performed at the Coachella Music Festival? What would you do if you were able to have a high-powered projector in your pocket? A company called Ostendo may have the right technology to make this happen.

Ostendo is a technology company that develops SSL based display products that is based in Carlsbad, California. The company is trying to figure out how to make a computer chip that’s small enough to fit in your phone, but also is capable of projecting three-dimensional holograms. Venture capitalists have helped Ostendo raised around $90 million dollars to prepare for a two-dimensional project sales in 2015. However the company wants to go beyond that. They hope to start manufacturing a version of the computer chip, which is the size of a tic tac,  in the second half of 2015 that will project three-dimensional images. The chip will be able to project up to 48 inches, but putting chips together can project farther and more complicated images. Ostendo’s smartphone projections holds promise for the future of technology.

 

 

 

 

 

Sources: http://mashable.com/2014/06/04/smartphone-hologram-startup/

Will chemosynthetic livers become the new lab rat?

labratFor several years, medical sciences tested new pharmaceutical drugs on laboratory animals, such as rats and other rodents. All the while, animal activists have been searching for a way to end this treatment. Have their prayers finally been answered? Researchers at Empiriko found an innovation that replaces the animal’s liver and acts as a human liver.  The liver is the main organ that drugs get distributed to in the human body. If the liver does not break down a medicine properly, then toxic effects can take over the body. In order to be able to test medications on humans, the drug needs to go through a process called metabolic profiling. Metabolic profiling allows scientist to see how the liver breaks down the pharmaceutical drug. After the drug is broken down, the researchers must identify any “leftovers” in the body. Metabolites, or the “leftovers,” are usually what causes side effects that ruin medicines. So in order to perform such experiments, the chemosynthetic liver comes to play. The chemosynthetic liver acts as a group of enzymes that are found in your liver. For metabolic processing to be possible, the chemosynthetic liver is mixed with drug compounds in a test tube. This allows scientist to watch as the drug is being disintegrated and how the liver reacts. The chemosynthetic liver also acts as a medium, because it speeds up the decomposition process. With this method, scientists are able to gain results quickly; unlike they would on an animal study.

Technology came into the picture just in time. In 2010, animal testing of cosmetic products has been banned by the European Union following regulations called REACH. The same act hopes to put a ban to animal testing of pharmaceutical drugs in the near future, as well. The chemosynthetic liver has not been approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration just yet. However, the chemosynthetic liver has tested over 50 drugs and accurately imitated how the drugs were processed through the human body. Although this discovery may not completely end animal testing, here’s to high hopes for the future of technology.

Sources

Osborne, Hannah. “Chemosynthetic Livers: an End to Animal Testing in Pharmaceutical Industry?” International Business Times. http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/chemosynthetic-livers-end-animal-testing-pharmaceutical-industry-1440823