Wellness

MIT finger device reads to the blind in real time 

MIT finger device reads to the blind in real time 

Reading is as easy as pointing the finger at text. Special software tracks the finger movement, identifies words and processes the information. The device has vibration motors that alert readers when they stray from the script, said Roy Shilkrot, who is developing the device at the MIT Media Lab.

First lady bucks GOP on school lunch rules

First lady bucks GOP on school lunch rules

“Remember a few years ago when Congress declared that the sauce on a slice of pizza should count as a vegetable in school lunches?” she wrote in The New York Times.

Study: Just thinking by yourself isn't much fun

Study: Just thinking by yourself isn’t much fun

“I think many of them were trying to shock themselves out of boredom,” said psychologist Timothy Wilson of the University of Virginia.

Scientists withdraw claim about making stem cells

Scientists withdraw claim about making stem cells

On Wednesday, Nature released a statement from Obokata and the other authors of the papers that withdrew the papers.

Seniors learn "parkour," sport of daredevil youths

Seniors learn “parkour,” sport of daredevil youths

“I wondered whether it was a government plot to get rid of old people when I heard about the class,” Thomson joked.

NTSB says parasailing is risky, urges regulation

NTSB says parasailing is risky, urges regulation

“Passengers seeking to enjoy the thrill, adventure and panoramic views of parasailing risk becoming accident victims,” the NTSB report issued in Washington stated.

Report: Health law sign-ups dogged by data flaws

Report: Health law sign-ups dogged by data flaws

The inspector general said the federal insurance exchange reported a total of 2.9 million so-called “inconsistencies” with consumer data from October through December 2013.

Drink up, NYC: Ban on big sodas canned

Drink up, NYC: Ban on big sodas canned

“By choosing among competing policy goals, without any legislative delegation or guidance, the board engaged in lawmaking,” the court wrote in a majority opinion. “… Its choices raise difficult, intricate and controversial issues of social policy.”

Justices: Can't make employers cover contraception 

Justices: Can’t make employers cover contraception 

The justices’ 5-4 decision is the first time that the high court has ruled that profit-seeking businesses can hold religious views under federal law

Court won’t reinstate New York City’s big-soda ban

“We are pleased that the lower courts’ decisions were upheld,” the American Beverage Association said in a statement after the decision was handed down.