Personalized ‘earable’ sensor monitors body temperature in real time

Wireless, wearable sensors are all the rage with millions of people now sporting fitness trackers on their wrists. These devices can count footsteps, monitor heart rate and other vital signs. Now researchers report in the journal ACS Sensors that they have developed a 3-D printed sensor worn on the ear that measures one of the most basic medical indicators of health in real time: core body temperature.

The ups and downs of core body temperature can signal a range of health conditions. The most obvious is an infection, which causes a fever. But temperature fluctuations can also indicate insomnia, fatigue, metabolic function and depression. Current wearable sensors can detect skin temperature, but this can change depending on how hot or cold an environment is. And oral and other thermometers that measure core body temperature are designed only for periodic use and aren’t meant to be strapped on for constant detection. So Ali Javey and colleagues set out to develop a convenient device to monitor core body temperature in real time on a continuous basis.

The researchers integrated data processing circuits, a wireless module and an infrared sensor, which detects ear (and thus core body) temperature, in a 3-D printed device. The disk-like structure covers the ear and can be customized to fit the contours of a person’s ear for a comfortable fit. To ensure that users can still hear clearly while wearing the device, the researchers embedded a microphone to capture and transmit outside sounds to the inner ear. And the Bluetooth module transmits temperature measurements to a custom smartphone app. Testing showed that the “earable” sensor measurements closely matched those of a commercial ear thermometer.—“3D Printed ‘Earable’ Smart Devices for Real-Time Detection of Core Body Temperature

By American Chemical Society - Wednesday, July 26, 2017 - Full Story

Dems Try The Islamophobe Card In Defense of Wasserman Schultz’s Arrested IT Guy

Crafty Democrats blame “massive Federal Islamophobia”  for Rep. Debbie (aka ‘Blabbermouth”)  Wasserman Schultz’s , top IT Guy Imran Awan, who spread like a plague among her Democrat colleagues in the House,  being outed by the FBI.

Massive Federal Islamophobia”?

Try massive ‘Liarophobia’, Ms. Blabbermouth because that’s what millions of deplorables really deplore most; elected politicians who lie like the proverbial rug to the masses they are so handsomely paid to represent.

By Judi McLeod - Wednesday, July 26, 2017 - Full Story

Trump: Boy or girl . . . you can join the military; all others need not apply

Alternate headline: Media upset as president makes substantive policy decision to distract from what they prefer to talk about.

This is a reversal of a 2016 Obama decision, the implementation of which had already been delayed six months at the request of Secretary of Defense James Mattis. It’s official now: Those of the “transgender” persuasion will not be permitted to join the military. And as has become standard with this presidency, it’s made official via Twitter:

By Dan Calabrese - Wednesday, July 26, 2017 - Full Story

Walmart unveils manufacturing plan to create 1.5 million new jobs

Walmart Inc. (WMT) met with government and business leaders in Washington on Wednesday to unveil a plan to spur growth in domestic manufacturing efforts that company executives say will create an estimated 1.5 million new jobs in the United States.

The meeting included a discussion with key individuals on both sides of the aisle about the biggest challenges the U.S. manufacturing sector currently faces. Using an analysis by the Boston Consulting Group and Walmart sourcing data, the company crafted a 10-point plan to “recapture” an estimated $300 billion in imported consumer goods, stoking job growth in the process.—More..

By News on the Net -- Fox News- Wednesday, July 26, 2017 - Full Story

Scientists dim sunlight, suck up carbon dioxide to cool planet

OSLO, July 26 (Reuters) - Scientists are sucking carbon dioxide from the air with giant fans and preparing to release chemicals from a balloon to dim the sun’s rays as part of a climate engineering push to cool the planet.

Backers say the risky, often expensive projects are urgently needed to find ways of meeting the goals of the Paris climate deal to curb global warming that researchers blame for causing more heatwaves, downpours and rising sea levels.—More…

By News on the Net -- Reuters- Wednesday, July 26, 2017 - Full Story

Attorney General Jeff Sessions: Coming or Going?

Ever since his confirmation as United States Attorney General, I have taunted wayward politicians and sanctuary cities in California: “Jeff Sessions is coming!” Some of my opponents have retorted that Sessions is about to be fired. I say “He’s on fire.”

But with the latest twitter and interview storm from President Trump, I am not sure what to think.

Is it time for Sessions to go?

By Arthur Christopher Schaper - Wednesday, July 26, 2017 - Full Story

Trump Bars Transgender People From US Military

President Donald Trump is barring transgender people from serving in the military “in any capacity,” citing “tremendous medical costs and disruption.”

Trump’s announcement Wednesday morning on Twitter did not say what would happen to transgender people already in the military. —More…

By News on the Net -- NewsMax- Wednesday, July 26, 2017 - Full Story

Hillary Clinton’s upcoming book: Make way for the pity party

That’s right. Clinton’s new book will reportedly double down on the Russian election interference angle — as well as one that rings in former FBI chief James Comey as a heavy factor in her loss, too.

She just wants to get the story out, her friends privately say. —More…

By News on the Net -- Washington Times- Wednesday, July 26, 2017 - Full Story

Pentagon Withholds Pakistan Military Funding over Tolerating Taliban

Secretary of Defense James Mattis told Congress this week that Pakistan will not receive some $50 million in outstanding military reimbursements from the 2016 fiscal year because the Pakistani government has not done enough to fight the Taliban and its allies, such as the Haqqani network.

“The funds could not be released to the Government of Pakistan at this time because the secretary could not certify that Pakistan has taken sufficient action against the Haqqani Network per the requirement in the FY 2016 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA),” Pentagon spokesman Adam Stump explained to CNN on Friday.—More…

By News on the Net -- Breitbart- Wednesday, July 26, 2017 - Full Story

Jeff Sessions Begins Cutting Funding To Sanctuary Cities

Spat or no spat, Attorney General Jeff Sessions is moving ahead with the Trump administration’s agenda of ending the sanctuary city nonsense. Last week, Sessions made a trip to Philadelphia where he denounced the lawlessness of the sanctuary city movement. Today, he took it a step further.

The target is a grant program called the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program. As the website says:—More…

By News on the Net -- Red State- Wednesday, July 26, 2017 - Full Story

Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s Lead IT Guy Arrested Trying To Leave Country

Arkancide Alert?

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz’d IT guy, Pakistan-born Imran Awan was arrested on bank fraud charges at Dulles International Airport Tuesday while trying to make his way out of the country.

Still on Wasserman Schultz’s payroll, despite being barred from accessing the House’s computer system since February, Awan had worked IT for some 31 other Democrat politicians.

By Judi McLeod - Wednesday, July 26, 2017 - Full Story

VIDEO: CNN anchor says not their job to ‘do your PR’ and report Trump accomplishments

This was such as astonishing admission, I don’t think Kellyanne Conway grasped what had just happened. It comes toward the end of this back-and-forth between her and CNN’s Brian Stelter - a conversation mainly focused on Conway’s insistence that CNN portrays the happenings at the White House in a negative light without really knowing or understanding what’s going on there.

But when Conway mentions that Trump’s actual achievements don’t get covered, Stelter’s response - while coming across initially as standard MSM boilerplate - is actually a real eye-opener. Watch this minute-and-a-half clip from the exchange:

By Dan Calabrese - Wednesday, July 26, 2017 - Full Story

Trump Visits Boy Scout National Jamobree To Massive Applause

At the annual National Boy Scout Jamboree in West Virginia, President Trump spoke to a massive crowd of 40,000 scouts. The scouts chanted “We Love Trump!” to the President.

“By the way, just a question,” Trump said. “Did President Obama ever come to a Jamboree?” The crowd roared back, “No,” Fox News reported. In his eight years as President, Obama was always too busy to attend a Jamboree of Boy Scouts.

Trump said Boy Scouts believe in putting America first, and referenced the Boy Scout Law, which the Scouts finished chanting in unison. Trump paused while they finished and said he was impressed.

By Katy Grimes - Wednesday, July 26, 2017 - Full Story

Trump Dossier Firm Are ‘Highly Paid Smear Experts,’ Human Rights Activist Will Tell Sena

A prominent human rights activist is providing the Senate Judiciary Committee with new information on Wednesday about Fusion GPS, the opposition research firm behind the dossier of anti-Trump research compiled last year by former British spy Christopher Steele.

Thor Halvorrsen, the founder of the Human Rights Foundation, says in a letter to the committee that Fusion GPS targeted him and several other people because of their criticism of Derwick Associates, a Venezuelan energy company reportedly under investigation for an alleged multi-billion dollar kickback scheme.—More…

By News on the Net -- Daily Caller- Wednesday, July 26, 2017 - Full Story

Resurrecting an Essential Right

The US Supreme Court has agreed to hear the case of the Colorado baker who was forced, in violation of his Christian beliefs, to bake a wedding cake for a homosexual couple. The baker will argue that the state’s public accommodations law violates his freedom of religion and his right to “free expression.” The State of Colorado will argue that the baker’s refusal to accommodate the couple because of their homosexuality constitutes a violation of the couples’ rights.

If someone went about hitting people over the head for religious reasons, he would certainly be violating their rights. But anything less than the use of physical force infringes no one’s rights. A baker’s refusal to make a wedding cake for a couple, whatever his reason, is no more a violation of their rights than if he refused to attend their wedding.

By Tom McCaffrey - Wednesday, July 26, 2017 - Full Story

Another Sunday in Cuba: 70 Dissidents Violently Arrested for Attempting to Attend Church

Cuban state police violently arrested nearly seventy dissidents, most members of the Ladies in White movement, on their way to attend Catholic Mass on Sunday in what has become a weekly ritual for the oppressive communist state.

According to Lady in White Aliuska Gómez, only nine of the dozens of women across the country trying to practice their religion managed to reach their local churches. In Havana, Gómez told reporters (English translation by Babalú Blog here), over seventeen members of the group were violently arrested. Twelve women were swept off the streets in neighboring Matanzas province and nine others in eastern Santiago de Cuba. Gómez estimated that another thirty anti-communist dissidents were arrested attempting to join in the Ladies in White weekly silent march to church.—More…

By News on the Net - Wednesday, July 26, 2017 - Full Story

Switching to Markets Could Save You 15 Percent or More on Climate Insurance

A recent piece in The Week on the climate change debate is at once refreshing and disappointing. On the one hand, the author Jeff Spross tries to be fair to the opponents of government intervention into the energy sector. He agrees that they aren’t “science deniers” and goes so far as to concede that they know the science as well as the alarmists clamoring for stringent new regulations and taxes.

On the other hand, Spross is still a supporter of vigorous government intervention, and he uses the analogy of insurance to justify his stance. Yet Spross’s case is flawed. He misunderstands the IPCC report: the economic damage from popular climate change policies is projected to be 80 times higher than what Spross tells his readers. Furthermore, even on his own terms, Spross hasn’t really shown that the popular proposals to combat climate change make sense. Nobody—including Jeff Spross—would buy life or car insurance on these terms.

By Institute for Energy Research - Wednesday, July 26, 2017 - Full Story