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Forget Apple and Samsung Watches, LooK IoT Standalone Smartwatch Is The Next Big Thing

The awesome features found in this smartwatch could give Apple and Samsung a run for their money.

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Smartwatches are becoming more sophisticated as different mobile phone companies compete in the arena. Every year or so, new models of wearable devices are introduced to consumers, enticing them with several new features. A few have started to put an end to phone tethering, which means the watch can be used without being paired to a mobile phone.

One of the smartwatches that offer a ton of awesome features and don’t need to be tethered to a phone to make calls or send SMS is LooK Watch. And judging by the features of this wearable device, it could give Samsung and Apple Watches a run for their money.

LooK Watch is considered the first standalone Internet of Things (IoT) smartwatch.

Three years in the making, this wearable device is the product of Canada-based tech firm, Laipac Technology.

LooK doesn’t need to be paired to a mobile phone to work.

You can bring it anywhere in the world because it’s unlocked.

Simply choose your Nano SIM provider wherever you are and you’re good to go.

LooK Watch is also Wi-Fi and Bluetooth ready.

If that’s not enough, there’s an SOS button that will immediately contact your preset emergency number.

You can stream and download songs…

And also store photos and even watch movies and video clips.

And here's how you charge it…

The device features an anti-scratch Sapphire crystal that weighs 2.5 mm, a 1.3 GHz quad-core processor, 1.39-inch AMOLED display, 1 GB RAM, 16 GB built-in storage and a 460 mAh lithium-ion battery that allows you to be on the go for 76 hours on standby mode. To compare, Samsung and Apple’s latest wearable device offering only has dual-core processors. LooK Watch also has sensors including magnetometer, accelerometer, gyroscope and heart rate sensor.

LookWatch makes an excellent health and fitness buddy.

All those remarkable features are packed inside the 56-mm stainless steel case that is attached to an anti-allergy strap with a stainless steel buckle.

What’s more, you get to choose from these gorgeous face designs.

How cool can this smartwatch get? If you’re interested in LooK Watch you can find out more about it and even make a pledge on its Kickstarter page.

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Tropical Forests Are Now Emitting More Carbon Than Oxygen, New Study Says

We should all be concerned.

Years of abuse and misuse of the Earth's forests have resulted in the tropics now emitting more carbon than oxygen, says a new study. This is alarming because tropical forests have always been considered a vital carbon “sink” that consumes carbon from the atmosphere and turns and releases it into oxygen. Today, however, tropical forests already emit almost twice as much carbon as they consume. Scientists say stopping deforestation and degradation in the tropics could help reverse this trend.

In a paper published in the journal Science, scientists from Boston University and the Woods Hole Research Center said there is a limited window of opportunity to reverse the troublesome trend, and that's by restoring forested areas.

The researchers used a new method to assess carbon density in areas affected by deforestation and degradation.

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Scientists Restore Consciousness in a Man Who Spent 15 Years in a Vegetative State

This breakthrough challenges the belief that disorders of consciousness lasting more than a year are irreversible.

Scientists at the French National Center for Scientific Research have made a major breakthrough in the study of consciousness disorders. A 35-year-old man who had been in a vegetative state for 15 years after a car accident has shown signs of consciousness after neurosurgeons implanted a vagus nerve stimulator into his chest. The man is still a long way from full wakefulness, but his case challenges the belief that disorders of consciousness persisting for more than a year are irreversible.

The vagus nerve connects the brain to the gut and other parts of the body. Stimulation of this nerve has been shown to benefit people suffering from depression or epilepsy and to help in the process of waking up and staying alert. Angela Sirigu of Institut des Sciences Cognitives Marc Jeannerod in Lyon, France, co-author of the study titled "Restoring consciousness with vagus nerve stimulation," wondered if the vagus nerve can help restore consciousness to patients with unresponsive wakefulness syndrome.

Sirigu and the rest of the research team wanted to pick a difficult case to test the theory.

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ADHD Is A Complete Hoax, Claims Renowned Harvard Psychologist

According to Harvard professor and acclaimed psychologist Jerome Kagan, “ADHD isn’t real. “

Aside from teaching at one of the most respected universities in the world, Jerome Kagan has likewise made a name for himself in the field of psychology. In fact, he has been listed at #22 among the most eminent psychologists of the 20th century, putting him a rank higher than Carl Jung, famed Swiss psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, who is at #23.

With his impressive background in mind, we can all assume he knows what he's talking about when he says something. Recently, he did come up with a pretty bold claim saying ADHD is not a real condition.

According to Harvard professor and psychologist Jerome Kagan, ADHD is a big hoax.

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