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2013-06-13 23:21:41

GeriJoy, an MIT startup that provides 24/7 virtual companions for the elderly, announced today that in honor of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on June 15, all GeriJoy Companion subscriptions started on June 15 will receive an additional free month of service. Besides improving mental health for elders and providing peace of mind for caregivers, the GeriJoy Companion has been instrumental in detecting and preventing senior abuse, and the company has begun service enhancements focused on this...

Driving As Stressful As Skydiving
2013-06-11 13:33:04

[ Watch The Video Audi´s Road Frustration Index Test ] Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Driving in traffic can be stressful, and even more so depending on where you live. German car maker Audi and researchers from MIT teamed up to discover just how stressful driving is and came up with some surprising results. According to their data, driving can be more stressful than eating breakfast, attending a lecture at MIT or, in some instances, almost as...

Cloud Computing Made More Secure: MIT
2013-06-11 05:01:15

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online MIT researchers have developed a new algorithm that could help make up-and-coming cloud computing technology more secure. Researchers from MIT´s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory presented their work on a new encryption scheme for cloud computing at the Association for Computing Machinery´s 45th Symposium on the Theory of Computing . Homomorphic encryption is a new research topic in cryptography that...

2013-06-04 23:01:09

Three premiere near field communication (NFC) events will focus on awareness and adoption of technology to enhance customer experience. Dallas, Texas (PRWEB) June 04, 2013 OTA Ventures´ NFC Bootcamp training program and the AccelerateNFC incubator, today announced NFC Week in Boston. This inaugural program, comprised of three distinct events, launches June 12-15. In partnership with the MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge´s NFC Community Circle, the NFC Bootcamp will be held June...

2013-05-22 23:22:31

GeriJoy provides virtual talking dogs as companions for the elderly. Following anecdotal evidence of GeriJoy's senior companionship service improving mental health and even rolling back Alzheimer's, Pace University will begin a research study this summer to determine the clinical efficacy of the GeriJoy Companion system. New York, NY (PRWEB) May 22, 2013 Research shows that loneliness is a significant risk factor for Alzheimer's, other functional decline, and even death in seniors over the...

Humans Leave Significant Carbon Footprint With Running Shoes
2013-05-22 13:59:34

Peter Suciu for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online While it is nearly impossible for a running shoe not to leave a footprint, new research suggests that a typical pair of running shoes could leave behind a significant carbon footprint as well. A new study from MIT found that the running shoes generate 30 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions, which is equivalent to keeping a 100-watt incandescent light bulb on for one week. A team of researchers led by Randolph Kirchain, principal...

2013-05-20 23:22:47

MIT startup GeriJoy's virtual "talking dog" companions for the elderly will be featured at the Healthy Aging Forum in Washington, DC this Thursday. Organized by the US Senate Special Committee on Aging, the event will feature demos from top innovators in technology and healthcare for older Americans. Washington, DC (PRWEB) May 20, 2013 In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Older Americans Month, the US Senate Special Committee on Aging will be holding a Healthy Aging Forum on Thursday,...


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  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
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