December 3, 2013 |
While Google and Samsung have been busy with smartglasses and smartwatches, respectively, Microsoft has been working on a wearable device that's a little bit more intimate. The Redmond, Wash., company has developed a smart-bra that its researchers say is used to help prevent women from stress eating. The device, detailed in a research paper titled " Food and Mood: Just-in-Time Support for Emotional Eating ," features multiple sensors to detect when women might want to eat because of stress. PHOTOS: Top 10 ways to take advantage of the 'sharing economy' The Microsoft research gadget monitors heart rate, respiration, skin conductance and movement.
November 29, 2013 |
Ever wonder why some people, even under adverse circumstances, set goals and achieve them effortlessly? Some of them, undoubtedly, are hard-wired to succeed. They just set themselves in a direction and their mind handles the rest. But that ability is atypical; most of us, at one time or another, are daunted by illness or other mental or physical challenges. That's where hypnosis can come in. Experts in a variety of fields say that patients become highly focused and open to suggestions when they are in a trance-like state.
November 5, 2013 |
One NFL coach falls ill on the golf course, and is undergoing open-heart surgery two days later. Another drops to his knees walking to the locker room at halftime of a nationally televised game, suffering what is later diagnosed as a mini-stroke. In a league that reports on the health of players on a daily basis, the health of coaches largely has been an afterthought. But after a weekend in which Denver's John Fox and Houston's Gary Kubiak suffered disturbing health scares, the intense pressure of their jobs has come under sharper scrutiny.
November 1, 2013 |
UCLA is where it belongs in the Pac-12, for now. A two-game audition, losing to No. 2 Oregon and No. 6 Stanford, showed the Bruins were not quite ready to strut across the big stage. It's what they do moving forward that will decide whether they belong back in the conference's chorus line. Losing on back-to-back weekends to the Ducks and Cardinal will happen to most teams. It happened to Washington this season. What happens next matters. Washington didn't shake off the losses.
October 10, 2013 |
Appearing before lawmakers a week before the deadline to raise the debt limit, Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew on Thursday warned that the uncertainty caused by the fiscal stalemate was stressing financial markets and could "deeply damage" the economic recovery and "the jobs and savings of millions of Americans. " Lew also forcefully dismissed the idea being pushed by some Republicans that the Treasury could prioritize interest and principal payments to holders of government bonds to prevent a technical default if the $16.7-trillion debt limit isn't raised by Oct. 17. Although President Obama would prefer an increase that would put off another debt limit fight for a while, Lew said the White House was open to approving a short-term increase that would avoid a potential default for a month or so. QUIZ: Test your knowledge about the debt limit But Lew stressed that Congress must raise the debt limit by Oct. 17, when the Treasury will run out of borrowing authority and be dependent on cash on hand and incoming revenues to pay the federal government's bills.
October 4, 2013
The goofy, absurd horror-comedy "Bad Milo!" is a cult classic in the making. Its lo-fi charms - the cutesy-scary monster design, earnest family values and Danny Elfman-esque soundtrack - make the film feel like an '80s throwback in a way that justifies the nostalgia. But enjoyment of the film will depend on one's delight in endless jokes about one man's behind. In an early scene, married couple Duncan (Ken Marino) and Sara (Gillian Jacobs) stare intensely at an ultrasound screen, impatient for the news that'll change their lives.
September 16, 2013 |
It's a ritual. Every winter my husband and I spend two weeks at the same spot on the central Oregon coast. We go to breathe. Breathing is different here - cleaner, deeper, more resolute - just different. We nest in an oceanfront condo near Nye Beach. Always the same unit, reserved a year in advance. Our frontyard is a wide expanse of sandy beach that stretches a mile or so north to Yaquina Head - and maybe six miles south to the rock jetty at the entrance to Newport Harbor. The view from recliners in our condo is among the indelible images we take home - souvenirs of the mind to see us through less tranquil times.
September 14, 2013 |
A recent study published in the journal PLOS One found that people who exercise in natural settings enhance their creativity. No surprise then to learn that Sarah McLachlan writes songs in her head while trail running. But 45-year-old singer also takes part in sports that require more attention to the task at hand. I understand you're a fan of surfing. Surfing is my passion because I love being active on the water. It's my big thing, even though I'm still not that good. A friend of mine in L.A., a famous surfer named Israel Paskowitz, convinced me to come out surfing about 15 years ago, and I fell in love with it. Living in Vancouver, there aren't many opportunities for me to surf, so I am just paddle boarding there, but I regularly head up to Tofino [on the west coast of Canada's Vancouver Island]
August 26, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Early on Oct. 3, 2009, more than 300 Taliban fighters attacked Combat Outpost Keating from the hills surrounding the small, remote U.S. Army base in eastern Afghanistan. During the next 12 hours, machine-gun fire and rocket-propelled grenades rained down from every direction. The enemy penetrated the camp. Eight American soldiers were killed and 25 others injured as they battled to repel the invaders. Amid the chaos, Staff Sgt. Ty Carter sprinted through a hail of bullets to resupply troops with ammunition, rescued a wounded soldier trapped under fire, and returned to fight after being hit by shrapnel.
August 11, 2013 |
“Emotional stress” and “nonstop negativity” are what caused Chris Brown to suffer a seizure early Friday, a rep for the singer said. The L.A. city Fire Department responded to a 911 call around 1 a.m. on Friday saying the 24-year-old singer had suffered a seizure at Hollywood recording studio the Record Plant, according to TMZ. Brown was said to have refused treatment at the studio. The singer wasn't hospitalized after suffering the non-epileptic seizure, a rep for Brown said.