Archive for August, 2014

Selfie stick

We now live in an age where an invention called the “selfie stick” has been created to allow people to take a self portrait–or selfie.

Undercover nails

A group of students at North Carolina State University developed a nail polish that changes colors when it comes in contact with a date rape drug such as a benzodiazepam or GHB. A woman has to stir her drink with the tip of her finger to detect if a drug has been slipped in.

De Quervain’s tenosynovitis

De Quervain’s tenosynovitis is known by many other terms, including gamer’s thumb, BlackBerry thumb, or mommy thumb, among others.

Ice bucket challenge

The ice bucket challenge involves dumping a bucket of ice water on one’s head or making a donation to a foundation.  Within 24 hours of being nominated, or challenged, one must record themselves dumping ice cold water over their heads or pay a donation to a charitable foundation. After the challenge is completed, the person may challenge others. This has gone viral in the US over the past summer.

Value of $100

Using recent data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis, the Tax Foundation calculated the relative value of $100 across each state in the US. A hundred dollars goes the furthest in Mississippi, where it is estimated to be worth $115.74 and is worth the least in DC, valued at $84.60. See the full map below.

 

Relative value of $100 by state.

Relative value of $100 by state.

Hospital network hacked

Community Health Systems, which operates 206 hospitals across the United States, has recently been victim of hackers who tapped into their systems and obtained private patient data.

Community Health Systems, which operates 206 hospitals across the United States, has recently been victim to hackers who tapped into their systems and obtained private patient data.

Hare lip

The term hare lip derives from a translation of Ambroise Paré writings about bec de lièvre, which translates to hare lip.

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