These X-ray pills will map the inside of your body

“The pill comes equipped with tiny sensors that detect the time it takes for those beams to bounce off your intestines and back to the device. It’s a little bit like SONAR technology used by submarines, or the LIDAR sensors that help Google’s robotic cars sense the world around them, except SONAR uses sound and LIDAR uses lasers.

The information it collects is stored on a patch the patient wears. When you poop out [the pill], the patch, which keeps tabs on the pill’s whereabouts inside you, notifies you through sound that it’s time to peel the patch off and take it to the doc for analysis.

[The] Cap Check [pill] isn’t yet available in the U.S. Right now, it’s going through clinical trials in Europe. CEO Bill Densel estimates that it’ll make its way Stateside sometime in 2016. Before it hits the market, it’ll need approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the agency that regulates medical devices. The FDA will want to make sure that the thing is safe—after all, you are ingesting a little bit of radiation—and that it’s at least as good, if not better, at detecting problems than methods already in use. Densel estimates the device will cost about $600, cheaper than a colonoscopy, which can run between $1,000 and $3,000.”

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Why do your zippers have YKK on them?

It’s a long read in Here are some highlights:

“Elias Howe, the magnificently coiffed inventor of the sewing machine, sounded the first warning shot to the button’s dominance when he patented an “automatic continuous clothing closure” in 1851.

It was left to Gideon Sundback, a Swedish inventor working for the Universal Fastener Company, to finalize the design with his own “separable fastener” in 1914, and at long last it seemed as if the world was ready to embrace the device.

B.F. Goodrich rubber company, who installed Sundback’s fastener on their boots in 1923. As recounted in Robert Friedel’s essential zipper tome, the boot was originally called the Mystik but it sold terribly. The inspiration for the new name came from the company president: “What we need is an action word…something that will dramatize the way the thing zips…Why not call it a Zipper?”

The Universal Fastener Company, now named Talon, set up home in Meadville, Pennsylvania, and began mass-producing its zippers.

Tadao Yoshida, [founded] Yoshida Kōgyō Kabushikigaisha (Yoshida Manufacturing Shareholding Company) from which YKK is necessarily abbreviated.

Talon was known around the world and Yoshida shamelessly copied its products and machines, while adding some distinctive touches—like using aluminum instead of copper.”

The article is titled “How Kurobe, Japan Became the Zipper Capital of the World


How to clean install Windows 10 directly without upgrade

“Clean installs are useful if you want to start anew, or if you don’t have access to the old operating system anymore. If you follow Microsoft’s instructions, you would have to install the old operating system first before running the upgrade. To get a clean install, you’d have to install Windows 10 anew after that upgrade process. A user on Reddit discovered a method that improves that process significantly. Basically, it enables you to clean install Windows 10 directly provided that you still have access to the previous version of Windows.

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The best way to clone a hard drive (least time-consuming, error-prone)

by Martin Brinkmann on, August 29, 2015

“There are plenty of programs that let you clone drives but when you run some of them, you will notice huge differences in handling and usability. For instance, some programs clone a hard drive while Windows is running while others require that you reboot the computer to perform the operation before Windows starts.

What you need

  1. A hard drive that you want to clone.
  2. A new hard drive that you want to copy the contents of the old one to.
  3. Macrium Reflect Free.

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