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FDA Approves Eye Drops That Replace Reading Glasses

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Eye drops that could potentially replace reading glasses for millions of people was approved by the Food and Drug Administration in October.

Eye drops that could potentially replace reading glasses for millions of people were approved by the Food and Drug Administration in October, and hit the market this week.

The drops, called pilocarpine and marketed as Vuity by pharma outfit Allergan, could come to the aid of some 128 million Americans who are nearsighted. According to the company, one drop in each eye can sharpen closeup vision for six to 10 hours, CBS News reports.

The drops work by using the eye’s existing ability to reduce its pupil size.

“Reducing the pupil size expands the depth of field or the depth of focus, and that allows you to focus at different ranges naturally,” George Waring, principal investigator of a clinical trial for the drug involving 750 participants, told CBS.

The drops aren’t the cheapest, but aren’t prohibitively expensive, either, at $80 for a 30-day supply.

It isn’t a miracle drug, however. Reported side effects include headaches and red eyes. The company is also warning not to use the drops while driving at night.

The drops are also mostly effective for middle-aged people. Those above the age of 65 won’t see as much of an effect, according to CBS.

The value proposition is a matter of convenience — wearing reading glasses can be a pain for millions of people, so ditching them is intriguing.

“It’s definitely a life changer,” trial participant Toni Wright told CBS.  “I would not need my readers as much, especially on the computer, where I would always need to have them on.”

The post FDA Approves Eye Drops That Replace Reading Glasses appeared first on Futurism.

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rraszews
38 days ago
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Farsighted. Reading glasses are for farsightedness. Nearsighted people have fine close-up vision. People seem to have a hard time with this, but it's right there in the name: "near sighted" - as in "near" and "sighted". If it meant you couldn't see things that were near, it would be "near blind" or something.
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Alex Jones Loses Sandy Hook Defamation Lawsuits for Refusing to Do the Bare Minimum

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InfoWars blowhard Alex Jones has lost another set of defamation lawsuits brought by the targets of his bogus conspiracy theories about the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, this time in Connecticut.

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rraszews
63 days ago
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"Refusing to do the bare minimum" under-sells it. His defense was using the tools that are meant for defending their client to instead harass and attack his accusers.
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The Top 10 Disney Animated Songs, Ranked

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Sometimes you wake up and say, “I’d love to do an article that’ll get me destroyed on the internet.” Well, today is one of those days, and what better topic than Disney—a company and fandom that’s totally cool, normal, and not at all completely terrifying?

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jepler
73 days ago
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if you thought the title said "top 10 disney animated *dogs*" the teaser image may surprise you
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rraszews
73 days ago
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There are good and all, but the best Disney songs are "Show Yourself" and "he Lives in You", and any list that omits them is objectively wrong.
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Inexpensive Digital Calipers

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I don’t know how I went so long without digital calipers, but I finally got them a few years ago. This cheap set of digital calipers can measure inside diameters, outside diameters, and depths of things up to 6 inches. The display is digital and you can choose between inches and millimeters.

This tool was recommended by John Park on the Cool Tools podcast. Listen to the full podcast here.

-- John Edgar Park

Electronix Express 0604CAL6++ LCD Digital Caliper with Extra Battery and Case, 6″

Available from Amazon

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rraszews
106 days ago
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Got a pair of these. Their only drawback is that there's no auto-off so I often take them out and find that I bumped the button putting them away and now the battery is dead.
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A Matrix Resurrections Star Confirms Who They're Really Playing

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Teddy Ruxpin wants to claw his way back to movie and TV stardom. Keira Knightley is hosting a Christmas party at the end of the world in a new look at Silent Night. Disney’s Willow show finds itself a composer. Plus, what’s to come on American Horror Story, Evil, What We Do in the Shadows, and more. Spoilers, away!

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There is an AMAZING third-act twist in the original Teddy Ruxpin animated series where about 5 episodes before the end, the main antagonist decides to just give up evil and become a surfer.
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Boeing 747-400 planes use floppy disks for major software updates #VintageComputing #Aviation

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Interesting Engineering reported last year that the 747 uses floppy drives as a navigation database loader and planes require an update every 28 days, according to Gizmodo. This means there exists an engineer who makes monthly visits to every 747-400 — flopping floppy disk in hand — and manually deliver every update, personally.

Additionally, the majority of Boeing 737’s are also updated with floppy disks, reports The Verge. Operators of these planes carry binders stuffed with floppy disks for “all the avionics that they may need,” according to a 2014 Aviation Today report. This means important information about runways, flight paths, airports, and waypoints pilots need to write flight plans.

This has been widely-known since 2014, which raises the question: why hasn’t anyone brought the aviation industry up to speed with the 21st century? An Aviation Today report noted that even now a “significant number of airlines are still using floppy disks for software parts loading.”

Of course, we should say that the 747-400 is an aging plane — its first flight happened 32 years ago, when floppy disks were cutting-edge, in 1988. Now they simply maintain commercial and industrial legacy systems — economic sectors built to last and not adapt to changing standards of computing technology.

You can see the article here and a DefCon video tour of the aircraft

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rraszews
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I assume the answer is "Because no one wants to be the guy who introduced a serious bug by messing with a system that has been working for decades"
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