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Hand dryers v paper towels: the surprisingly dirty fight for the right to dry your hands

For a century, the humble paper towel has dominated public toilets. But a new generation of hand dryers has sparked a war for loo supremacy. By Samanth SubramanianIn the summer of 2005, a Chicago marketing consultant named George Campbell received a tantalising call from a headhunter. Was he open to an interview at Dyson? The company was secretively preparing to launch a new appliance, and it needed a sales strategy for the US: that was all the headhunter would divulge. Campbell was excited; he ...
Tags: Health, Society, Hygiene, Dyson Ltd, Technology, Environment, Health & wellbeing, Science, Life and style

Thanos, CBD, and Disembodied Pig Brains: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week

An awful lot happened this week—some of it good, much of it bad, and a bit of it just plain weird. In the good news category, the Hubble Space Telescope , New York City passed a world-first law requiring owners of large buildings to reduce their climate impact, scientists used a modified 747 to find evidence…Read more...
Tags: Health, Twitter, TV, Science, Technology, Youtube, Environment, Samsung, Cybersecurity, Physics, Hacking, Nuclear Weapons, Oil And Gas, Game Of Thrones, Hackers, Exercise

Beyoncé rocks, but so did Woodstock | Brief letters

Roger Waters | Rock concerts | Use-by dates | Exercise | SmartphonesRegarding Jeremy Beecham’s thoughts on Roger Waters (Letters, 19 April), I think we can take it as read Waters would not encourage Madonna to support the Assad regime by playing Damascus.John WarburtonEdinburgh• You failed to mention the two most important filmed rock concerts (Homecoming review – Beyoncé documentary is a triumphant celebration, 19 April): Monterey Pop and Woodstock. To write about seminal filmed rock gigs witho...
Tags: Health, Music, Science, Technology, Beyonce, Film, Israel, Society, World news, Syria, Smartphones, Mobile Phones, Middle East and North Africa, Madonna, Assad, Woodstock

Millions of rehab records leak, including patient names – nearly 150,000 affected

Millions of patient records for drug and alcohol rehab were leaked, in a data breach that affects an estimated 150,000 individuals, CNET reports. “Records for potentially tens of thousands of patients seeking treatment at several addiction rehabilitation centers were exposed in an unsecured online database, an independent researcher revealed Friday.” Here's the security researcher's source material, from Here's an excerpt from CNET's report: The 4.91 million documents include...
Tags: Health, Security, Post, Technology, News, Privacy, Data Breach, Pennsylvania, Cnet, Rehab, Paine, Justin Paine, Steps To Recovery Addiction Treatment Center

On the Phone: Teaching Your Teen Better Communication Skills & Self-Control

You might have to communicate differently and get serious about your limits. Parenting teens is a challenge, especially when it comes to communicating with them. Sometimes, it seems like they’re not the best at listening, especially when you ask them to get off their devices. How do you get them to stop looking at their phone for a second and not have to ask them twice? There are two problems in this scenario: communication and self-control. Adolescence is a crucial time in every teenager’s l...
Tags: Psychology, Technology, Teens, Parenting, Parents, Communication, Cell Phones, Publishers, Children And Teens, Parenting Tips, Self Control, Yourtango, Communication Skills, Teaching Your Teen Better Communication Skills amp

'Upstreamism': Your zip code affects your health as much as genetics

Upstreamism tasks health care professionals to combat unhealthy social and cultural influences that exist outside — or upstream — of medical facilities. Patients from low-income neighborhoods are most at risk of negative health impacts. Thankfully, health care professionals are not alone. Upstreamism is increasingly part of our cultural consciousness. None If you encounter the word "miasma" today, it's probably in reference to the worst level of a popular video game. But as late as the 19th cent...
Tags: Health, Business, Technology, Medicine, Cdc, Data, United States, Innovation, Health Care, Nih, Social Change, John Snow, Broad Street, Veronica, Northwell Health, Dowling

Got a minute? Global attention span is narrowing, study reveals

Research combed from everything from movie tickets to social media finds more to focus on but less time to do soIt’s just as you suspected; the information age has changed the general attention span. A recently published study from researchers at the Technical University of Denmark suggests the collective global attention span is narrowing due to the amount of information that is presented to the public. Released Monday in Nature Communications Scientific Journal, the study shows people now have...
Tags: Psychology, Google, Science, Technology, Media, Wikipedia, Social Media, Society, Ireland, Digital Media, Reddit, Technical University of Denmark, University College Cork, Nature Communications Scientific Journal, Philipp Hövel

NYT: Attempted population mind control using a party app in China

All over China, people are furiously tapping on their smartphones to improve their score on an app - Study the Great Nation - a new app devoted to promoting President Xi Jinping and the ruling Communist Party — a kind of high-tech equivalent of Mao’s Little Red Book. Many spend several hours daily on the app, checking news about Mr. Xi and brushing up on socialist theories.Schools are shaming students with low app scores. Private companies, hoping to curry favor with party officials, are ranking...
Tags: Health, Facebook, Technology, China, Xi Jinping, Communist Party, Mao, Xi

Screen time has little effect on teenagers' wellbeing, says study

Researchers found screen use before bedtime to be unrelated to mental health problemsScreen time has little effect on the psychological wellbeing of teenagers, regardless of whether they use devices for hours a day or just before bedtime, according to a study by researchers at Oxford University.The research, based on analysis of the screen use of more than 17,000 teenagers across Ireland, the US and the UK, found use of screens before bedtime was completely unrelated to psychological wellbeing, ...
Tags: Health, Europe, UK, Technology, Children, Internet, US, Society, UK News, World news, US news, Ireland, Oxford University

Apple, Amazon, and Uber are moving in on health care. Will it help?

Companies like Apple, Amazon, and Google have been busy investing in health care companies, developing new apps, and hiring health professionals for new business ventures. Their current focus appears to be on tech-savvy millennials, but the bulk of health care expenditures goes to the elderly. Big tech should look to integrating its most promising health care devise, the smartphone, more thoroughly into health care. None Health care spending in the United States reached $3.5 trillion in 2017, ro...
Tags: Apple, Health, Google, Amazon, Uber, Business, Technology, Medicine, Microsoft, Data, United States, Innovation, Health Records, Fda, Health Care, Social Change

Social media bosses could be liable for harmful content, leaked UK plan reveals

Exclusive: Long-awaited government white paper proposes regulator to enforce duty of care and fine offendersSocial media executives could be held personally liable for harmful content distributed on their platforms, leaked plans for a long-awaited government crackdown obtained by the Guardian reveal.There has been growing concern about the role of the internet in the distribution of material relating to terrorism, child abuse, self-harm and suicide, and ministers have been under pressure to act....
Tags: Health, Google, Facebook, Politics, UK, Technology, Social Networking, Children, Social Media, UK News, Mental Health, Digital Media, UK security and counter-terrorism, Counter-terrorism policy, Online Abuse

Psychology Around the Net: March 30, 2019

Do you struggle breaking the ice during social or networking situations? Are you interested in spring cleaning your energy this weekend? Have you had some negative mental health experiences with fitness apps? We’ve got the latest on each of these and more in this week’s Psychology Around the Net! Psychologists Agree: ‘Tell Me About Yourself’ Is the Only Icebreaker You’ll Ever Need: Talking to new people at a social function or networking event can be tough, especially for people with social a...
Tags: Psychology, Energy, Technology, Study, Research, Teenagers, Anxiety, Air Pollution, Pope Francis, Catholic Church, Social Anxiety, Exercise, Icebreaker, Anxiety And Panic, Children And Teens, Psychology Around The Net

Podcast: How to Reduce the Stress of Social Media

 Social media sites have become a huge part of our lives, enabling us to easily stay in touch with countless friends and family members all over the world. But there’s a dark side to social media, as it also enables negative things like bullying to proliferate. Many people have found that social media creates a huge amount of anxiety in their lives, but don’t feel they can live without it. In this episode, learn some ways to reduce the anxieties associated with social media. ...
Tags: Psychology, Facebook, Technology, General, Instagram, Cdc, China, America, Social Media, Linkedin, Stress, Bbc, Britain, United States, Fox News, Green Party

Appy day: could we fix our mental health on our phone? | Ammar Kalia

The digital world is often blamed for being one of the causes of a global mental health crisis. But it could offer solutions tooThe world’s mounting mental health crisis isn’t just about the vast numbers of people falling ill. It’s about the tiny number of people available to treat them.Wherever you live, it’s highly probable that there simply are not nearly enough psychiatrists and psychotherapists. The overwhelming majority of countries have fewer than 200 psychiatrists for every million peopl...
Tags: Health, Apps, Technology, Society, UK News, World news, Mental Health, Depression, Anxiety, Appy, Wellbeing At Work, Ammar Kalia

Why Early Google and Facebook Employees Are Rallying to Protect Kids from Social Media

Algorithms are driving behaviors that may very well be inadvertently targeting society’s most vulnerable, and the Social Media obsession may be harming children in ways that we are just beginning to understand. Social media is one of those topics that divides people. Some see it as oxygen–they can’t live without it–and others see it as ...
Tags: Psychology, Google, Facebook, Technology, Children, Social Media, Innovation, Facebook Employees Are Rallying

Apple, Amazon, and Uber are moving in on health care. Will it help?

Companies like Apple, Amazon, and Google have been busy investing in health care companies, developing new apps, and hiring health professionals for new business ventures. Their current focus appears to be on tech-savvy millennials, but the bulk of health care expenditures goes to the elderly. Big tech should look to integrating its most promising health care devise, the smartphone, more thoroughly into health care. None Health care spending in the United States reached $3.5 trillion in 2017, ro...
Tags: Health, Technology, Business, Data, Medicine, Social change, United states, Google, Uber, Health care

Google AI-powered doodle is a tribute to Bach that lets users create their own harmonized melodies

Google developed an AI model that was trained on 306 of Bach's harmonizations. This allows users to compose their own two-measure melody in the style of Bach.See for yourself here: Posted at Clinical Cases and Images. Stay updated and subscribe, follow us on Twitter and connect on Facebook. [Author: [email protected] (Allergy)]
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Dirty lies: how the car industry hid the truth about diesel emissions

The ‘Dieselgate’ scandal was suppressed for years – while we should have been driving electric cars. By Beth GardinerJohn German had not been looking to make a splash when he commissioned an examination of pollution from diesel cars back in 2013. The exam compared what came out of their exhausts, during the lab tests that were required by law, with emissions on the road under real driving conditions. German and his colleagues at the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) in the US ...
Tags: Travel and transport, Air pollution, Health, Pollution, Automotive industry, Volkswagen (VW, Society, Business, Electric, Hybrid And Low-emission Cars, Tesla, Elon Musk, Motoring, Technology, Greenhouse gas emissions, Environment

Brazilian Researchers Say Smartphone Addiction Is Real, And That It’s Associated With Impaired Decision-making

By Emma Young. The research involved established neuropsychological tests and measures of skin conductance.
Tags: Psychology, Decision Making, Technology, Mental Health, Emma Young

Apps for Seniors

Friend and news anchor Diane Ako produces a series called “Aging Well” on KITV4, covering stories of interest to seniors. A few weeks ago, she asked if I knew anyone who could talk about apps for people over 55. I asked my dad who, in turn, provided a couple of likely subject matter experts at Honolulu senior living complexes. “Would you be able to come on KITV and talk about apps?” Diane asked. “What’s an app?” came the reply. And that’s how I ended up the primary source on a story abo...
Tags: Travel, Health, Facebook, Technology, Pew Research Center, Honolulu, Diane, KITV, Diane Ako

College Bribery, DoorDash Pay, and Captain Marvel: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week

The tech world found itself embroiled in another appalling controversy when a white supremacist gunman entered two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand on March 15 and opened fire, killing at least 50 people and wounding scores of others in an attack apparently calculated for maximum effect on social media and …Read more...
Tags: Iphone, Health, Google, Meat, Food, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Comics, Science, Technology, Movies, Medicine, Labor, Climate Change, College, Disney

Social media addiction should be seen as a disease, MPs say

Report suggests sites such as Facebook and Instagram could be harming mental healthSocial media addiction should be considered a disease, MPs have said, in a sign of the pressures facing technology companies and the growing concern over the impact social networks are having on users’ mental health.The politicians called for further research on the effects of social media but said a report suggested there was good reason to believe sites such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter – which are constan...
Tags: Health, Facebook, Twitter, Politics, Technology, Media, Instagram, Social Networking, Internet, Social Media, Society, UK News, Mental Health, Digital Media, Young People, Facebook Instagram

Wearing the Inside Out: Meaningful (Dis)connections

When used for purposes of knowledge acquisition, information sharing, and community involvement, no one would debate the idea that social media can have an enduring positive impact our lives. However, with every scroll, click, like, and share, the digital debris that we collect and store on our internal ‘hard drive’ has a way of leaving its indelible mark on our psyche. And therein lies the bane of our socially mediated existence: Our desire to connect with the energies that make us feel who...
Tags: Psychology, Technology, General, Habits, Happiness, Stress, Self-help, Creativity

Major study suggests Apple Watch can detect irregular heartbeat

More work needed to see if wearables can help screen for heart problems, but researchers call study encouragingA huge study suggests the Apple Watch can detect a worrisome irregular heartbeat – but experts say more work is needed to tell if using wearable technology to screen for heart problems really helps.More than 419,000 Apple Watch users signed up for the study, which was funded by Apple and the largest ever to explore screening seemingly healthy people for atrial fibrillation (A-fib), a co...
Tags: Apple, Health, Gadgets, Technology, US news, Heart Disease, Apple Watch

Portland Lawmakers Want to Block 5G Rollout, Citing Shaky Health Risks

City officials in Portland, Oregon are preparing a Wednesday vote to oppose the rollout of next-generation 5G networks in the city, Inverse reported on Tuesday. The move, which is supported by Mayor Ted Wheeler and Commissioners Chloe Eudaly and Amanda Fritz, is motivated in part because of disputes with the federal…Read more...
Tags: Health, Science, Technology, Fcc, Telecommunications, Federal Communications Commission, Telecoms, Portland, Wireless, Portland Oregon, 5g, Amanda Fritz, Ted Wheeler, Chloe Eudaly

Report: Amazon Warehouses Called 911 for Mental Health Crises At Least 189 Times in Five Years

E-commerce giant Amazon has long been reported to be an unpleasant place to hold down a job. Article after article has relayed claims of an ultra-competitive workplace culture, employees being treated like soulless robots, sweatshop-esque performance requirements, and long hours of monotonous work. That includes …Read more...
Tags: Amazon, Science, Technology, Labor, Suicide, Mental Health, Jeff Bezos, E Commerce, Amazon Warehouses, Least 189 Times

How Parents Can Model Healthy Behavior for Their Kids & Teens

Parents want their children to grow up healthy both physically and emotionally but are unaware that the best path for achieving this is for them to model these behaviors. Parental influence is powerful and lasts well into adulthood. Your children are always watching, and while what you tell them is important, your example has a stronger impact on them. What you do serves as a template for your kids’ behavior, and they often emulate it. This goes for anything from how to cope with emotions, de...
Tags: Psychology, Technology, Students, Parenting, Habits, Children And Teens

These Violent Delights Don’t Have Violent Ends: Study Finds No link Between Violent Video Games And Teen Aggression

By Matthew Warren. Given on-going concerns about the potential negative consequences of violent video games, a null finding from a large, carefully designed study should offer some reassurance.
Tags: Psychology, Technology, Media, Forensic, Developmental, Matthew Warren Given

When To Take A Pause From Electronics

Technology certainly makes life convenient. If you want to find out about anything, you search the web. If part of your family lives across the country you Facetime and it’s like you are there. And, if you want to transfer money, just one click on your smartphone, tablet or computer completes the task.  While having access to this type of technology certainly helps it may also contribute to a disconnect within your family. Missing Out on Life Not too long ago, when you went on vaca...
Tags: Health, Ipad, Fashion, Technology, Electronics, Tablets, Facetime, Screen Time, Technology & Apps

Robocall Hell, Divination Bot Returns, and a Fake MD: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week

The winds of time blow strangely here, in our unfortunate state of internet-enabled perpetual present, but how the heck is it already March? This is not a rhetorical question. If you could explain this to me, that would be great.Read more...
Tags: Google, Comics, Science, Technology, Microsoft, Dogs, Environment, Tech, IPOs, Mental Health, Genetics, US military, Volcanoes, Invasive Species, Pharmaceuticals, Biodiversity

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