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CGP Grey starts out by messing with our heads, then moves on to explore the idea of the “nocebo effect” – a psychological effect which makes people experience pain, discomfort and other symptoms from non-existent causes.
Blowfish effervescent tablets contain a combination of caffeine and aspirin that relieve your headache and perk you up in about 15 minutes. Just don’t think of it as a license to wild out every day. Skip to 1:40 in the video.
A chair designed to counteract the adverse effects of prolonged sitting by guiding your spine and pelvis into the same position that they would be if you were standing. It’s hazardous to your wallet’s health though.
An Android smart watch for runners with GPS, accelerometer and Bluetooth. It can be set to measure your heart rate, pace, distance, stride and route. It also works as a watch, timer and mp3 player. Drops 11/1/13 for $399 on Adidas.
The Alternative Limb Project provides unique and unusual prosthetics made to better blend with the body or stand out as unique pieces of art that express the wearer’s personality and individual sense of style.
Chef Eduardo Garcia lost his left hand and lower arm after an accident back in 2011. He recently had his left hand replaced with a high-tech bionic prosthesis which allows him to work in his kitchen once again. Original clip via KPTV.
EnChroma makes sunglasses with lens that filter light to enhance colors that colorblind people wouldn’t otherwise see. It comes in three designs and two types. Sadly, they won’t work with computer screens or in low light.
To raise awareness about testicular cancer, the nonprofit organization Male Cancer Awareness Campaign hopes to raise about $150,000 to build the world’s largest – and only – flying scrotum. It’s an immature stunt for a good cause.
A non-toxic stick-on patch that stops mosquitoes from detecting you for up to 48 hours. When you pledge to get a pack of patches, you also donate a pack to people in Uganda, where malaria is the leading cause of death.
The Lifesaver Jerrycan holds up to 5 gallons of water. It can filter all known viruses, bacteria, parasites and fungi from freshwater sources. Its filter can clean up to about 5,300 gallons of water. It also has a shower attachment.
Dr. Carl June and his colleagues were able to cure leukemia in a girl by using a “disabled form” of HIV – the virus that causes AIDS. The virus modified the patient’s T-cells so that they could destroy cancer cells. More at NYT.
Chinese farmer Sun Jifa found that the prosthetics available to him after he lost his hands in a freak accident were too limiting so he made his own. His can-do attitude and the capabilities of his designs are truly inspirational.
An interactive boxing and MMA trainer made by Nexersys. It has 2 game modes that are played using 5 strike pads and a touchscreen, which we’re pretty sure is going to meet its end as an accidental sixth strike pad.
The Leikr has a 2″ color TFT screen, displaying GPS map coordinates and tracking and recording running routes. It also displays pace, speed, heart rate, distance, elapsed time and calories all at once.