The $249 Foc.us device shoots an electrical current into the brain – boosting one’s cognitive abilities. Sounds like science fiction? It’s not — transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS) received funding from both the US government and its claims come backed by growing stacks of scientific research. Even the Department of Defense threw money at various tDCS research projects. Cashing in on the tDCS craze, the Foc.us device targets the prefrontal cortex, which is associated with focus and attention. In theory, the Foc.us should improve users’ attention spans. While the manufacturer bills the device as a starter kit for those interested in tDCS,…
With the bad memories of 2012 product recalls firmly banished to the past, Zero Motorcycles is today unveiling its 2015 lineup of e-motorbikes. Changes from the 2014 models include improved seats, a slight increase in price, and larger batteries that extend the bikes’ range to a maximum of 185 miles with the $2,495 Power Tank accessory (a 14-mile boost from last year). The base Zero FX model now clocks in at $9,845, while the top-of-the-line Zero SR will set you back $17,345. You won’t be able to buy any of the new bikes until December (February in Europe), but you can whet your appetite with a selection of videos below.
HughPickens.com (3830033) writes The NYT reports that Thailand’s former prime minister, Yingluck Shinawatra repeatedly encountered a distressing problem while traveling the world: bad Thai food. Too often, she found, the meals she sampled at Thai restaurants abroad were unworthy of the name, too bland to be called genuine Thai cooking. The problem bothered her enough to raise it at a cabinet meeting. Even though her political party has since been thrown out of office, in a May military coup, the Thai government is unveiling its project to standardize the art of Thai food using a robot. The government-financed Thai Delicious Committee, which oversaw the development of the machine, describes it as "an intelligent robot that measures smell and taste in food ingredients through sensor technology in order to measure taste like a food critic." Thailand’s National Innovation Agency has spent about $100,000 to develop the e-delicious machine. The e-delicious machine has 10 sensors that measure smell and taste, generating a unique fingerprint (signature) for each sample of food that passes its digital maw. Generally with electronic tasting, there are electronic sensors that work just like the taste buds on your tongue, measuring the quantity of various taste-giving compounds, acidity, etc. While these electronic sensors can’t actually tell you how something tastes — that’s a very subjective, human thing — they are very good at comparing two foods scientifically. Meanwhile at a tiny food stall along one of Bangkok’s traffic-clogged boulevards, Thaweekiat Nimmalairatana, questioned the necessity of a robatic taster. "I use my tongue to test if it’s delicious or not," said Nimmalairatana. "I think the government should consider using a human to gauge authenticity."
For those us without kids, these Disney-themed USB chargers seem like an adorable way to replace the adapters that came with our smartphones. But to anyone with a toddler roaming the house, exploring every last nook and cranny, they also serve as an engraved invitation to start playing with power outlets.
Available come November for about $16 in Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, and Winnie the Pooh versions, they’re just one-amp adapters, which means they can only be used to top off your smartphone and other smaller gadgets, not your tablet. But they make up for that limitation with sheer adorableness, despite the awkward placement of that USB port, and the fact that they’re perfect toddler magnets.[Hamee via Taxi]
On the same day that eBay announced that it plans to spin off its payments business PayPal, a smaller payments competitor has quietly announced another round of funding to continue building out its own platform. Dwolla — the startup that is disrupting payments services by giving users an independent platform to pay each other and avoid high money transfer and bank payment fees… Read More
The movie, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend, is Netflix’s first major feature film release. While jumping off with a big name film certainly helps, neither of the original’s two biggest stars—Ang Lee and Chow Yun-fat—will be coming back for round two.
Still, if this little foray into the world of major motion pictures goes well, we could be seeing a lot more movies hit streaming services just as soon as they hit the red carpet. Of course, this particular one probably won’t be the breakthrough release Netflix wants. But judging by Netflix’s record for original content, we have every reason be optimistic. [Re/code]
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No matter how well you train your dog, they sometimes slip away from you. You try to get them back, and they just don’t want to come. One Quora user has a solution: run the other way.
As long as they aren’t running toward something (like a squirrel or another dog), they’ll probably chase you:
When your dog won’t come back to you on a walk, don’t chase after her yelling. She’ll think that is the best game in the world and…good luck catching her.
Instead, shout happily, "Yeah, Bella, you can’t catch me!" and run like hell in the other direction laughing like a crazy person. Your dog will think you are having a great time and gallop after you to join in.
And once you have her back again, don’t scold her for running away. If you do she’ll equate the telling off to her return, not to her bolt for freedom and she will be that much less likely to come to you on recall the next time. Always make coming to you the best thing ever.
Obviously, this isn’t exactly Plan A. Plan A is being responsible: keep your dog on a leash if you want them close, keep treats on hand when you’re on walks, and train them to come when you call them. But as most dog owners know, our furry friends can be unpredictable, so it’s a good trick to have in your back pocket.