By now, most people are familiar with sunrise alarm clocks – they’re the ones that gradually wake you up by simulating a sunrise. Well, Los Angeles-based Mode Modern has taken that concept and applied it to a pillow. The Sunrise Smart Pillow does more than just lighting up in the morning, however.
Based on its small size and limited range, the Nissan Leaf would usually be one of the last vehicles you’d choose for driving thousands of miles through remote areas of the world. But the electric vehicle advocates at Plug In Adventures are about to do just that. They’ve specially prepared the Nissan Leaf All Terrain Electric Vehicle for the 10,000-mile (16,000-km) Mongol Rally, where it will be competing against many more of the last vehicles you’d usually choose for driving thousands of miles through remote areas of the world.
Over the past several years, we’ve heard about a number of swallowable electronic devices that perform functions such as transmitting video and measuring gases as they pass through the gastrointestinal tract. In the case of implants that are designed to stay in the tract for longer periods of time, however, battery life is a potential issue. Scientists at Brigham & Women’s Hospital, MIT and The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory may have the solution, in the form of a system that allows power to be wirelessly transmitted to those devices, from outside the body.
First came transparent brain tissue, then mostly transparent mice. Now, researchers at Caltech have applied a tissue-clearing technique to make bones see-through. The process provides valuable insight into how stem cells function inside skeletons, and could lead to better treatment for degenerative conditions such as osteoporosis.
Baby humpback whales face something of a baptism of fire when they’re introduced to the world. Born in the tropics during the summer, these calves take on as much weight as possible before embarking on an epic 5,000-mi (8,000 km) journey to the food-rich waters of the Antarctic or Arctic. Scientists know little about the calves’ behavior during this long migration, but new recordings appear to have unearthed a crafty survival technique where they whisper to their mother to avoid detection by predators.
According to Nike, the Apple Watch NikeLab is limited edition and designed to be the “ultimate style companion” for runners. Like the existing Apple Watch Nike+, the Apple Watch NikeLab features a Nike watch face and integration with the Nike+ Run Club app.
Apple Watch NikeLab has the same pricing as an aluminum Apple Watch Sport at $369 for the 38mm model and $399 for the 42mm model. The new watch is available exclusively from Nike and the Isetan department store, marking the first Apple Watch that is not available in Apple retail stores and from the Apple website.
Apple and Nike first teamed up in September of 2016 for the Nike+ Apple Watch that launched alongside Apple’s own set of Series 2 Apple Watch devices. Apple offers two Apple Watch Nike+ models in Silver and Space Gray aluminum along with standalone Apple Watch Nike+ bands.
Should we ever get human settlers on Mars, they’ll likely have to construct their buildings at least partially out of Martian soil. That said, it would be nice if they didn’t have to bring along a bunch of kilns, in order to fire that soil into bricks. Well, according to a NASA-funded study conducted at the University of California San Diego, Martian bricks can actually be made without any heat whatsoever.