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Hitting the Books: This $80 prosthetic has helped millions walk again

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From WHAT CAN A BODY DO: How We Meet the Built World by Sara Hendren published on August 18, 2020 by Riverhead, an imprint of Penguin Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House LLC. Copyright © 2020 Sara Hendren.


One of the largest public hospitals in Asia is in the city of Ahmedabad, in India’s western state of Gujarat. The sheer magnitude and reach of the care it offers has resulted in an informal economy that thrives around and between its long row of buildings. Families camp out along its sidewalks and entryways, waiting for relatives or friends. Vendors in brilliantly colored clothing sell snacks, and dung patties for fuel, to these captive crowds, talking and trading as their paths are crisscrossed in every direction by mopeds, bicycles, animals, and pedestrians. And down at the end of the row, in the basement of a building that

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DDI Technology Announces Office Move to Accommodate Accelerated Growth

New facility supports streamlined operations and increases vaulting capacity

DDI Technology (DDI), an automotive title management and technology firm and a subsidiary of IAA, Inc. (NYSE: IAA), a leading global digital marketplace connecting vehicle buyers and sellers, today announced the opening of the company’s new corporate offices just outside of Columbia, SC in Irmo. The new, more modern facility will provide needed additional space for growth and future expansion.

“The new office will accommodate our ever-growing title processing, vault storage, IT development, customer support and sales teams,” said Tab Edmundson, Vice President of Client Solutions, IAA, and President, DDI Technology. “This location will provide space for more than six million titles onsite, ensuring expedient processing for our customers.”

The functional workspace includes technology-enabled conference rooms offering space to collaborate with customers and partners. It provides better process flow for the company’s title center operations and expanded capacity for title vaulting.

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The best 1980s gadgets that defined a decade

(Pocket-lint) – In many ways, the 1980s seemed like a simpler time. There were no social media; no smartphones – in fact, there were few mobile phones at all. We didn’t live our lives online and your boss couldn’t get hold of you at all hours of the day.

Yet that’s not to say it was an analogue era of slow progress, far from it. The gadgets, games consoles, watches, and electronic toys of almost forty years ago paved the way for the advanced technology we enjoy today.

We have a lot to thank those 80s engineers for and to celebrate their achievements, we’ve handpicked the best 80s gadgets to make you feel all nostalgic.

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Nintendo Entertainment System

Another iconic Japanese import of the 1980s was the Nintendo Entertainment System, or NES.

A remodelled version of the company’s Family Computer, or Famicom, the 8-bit NES

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Coronavirus fuels modern slavery threat for Asian garment workers

for the first time, India and Bangladesh were in the ‘extreme risk’ category for slave labour

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By Naimul Karim

DHAKA, Sept 4 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – The risk of modern slavery in Asian manufacturing hubs has surged and is set to worsen with the economic impact of the new coronavirus, increased labour rights violations and poor law enforcement, a global index found on Friday.

For the first time, India and Bangladesh were in the “extreme risk” category, joining China and Myanmar in a group of 32 countries with the worst risk of slave labour, the Modern Slavery index by risk analytics company Verisk Maplecroft found.

The risks faced by workers in Cambodia and Vietnam also

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32 Genius Gadgets Under $40 On Amazon That Are Basically Out Of A Black Mirror Episode

Black Mirror is science fiction, but sometimes it hits pretty close to home — and today’s modern world is actually filled with high-tech devices that would be right at home in the popular show. You see these cool gadgets everywhere: whether it’s your techie cousin who always has the newest toys or someone flying a drone in the park, you’ll no doubt bump into some of this gear fairly regularly. There’s nowhere that the rise of technology is more apparent, however, than with the coolest gadgets on Amazon.

The massive online retailer is absolutely brimming with geeky gadgets and cool technology that makes you feel like you’re on a sci-fi show. There are so many genius products on Amazon, in fact, that it’s hard to know where to begin.

The range of products is impressive: You have everything from household items to electronics to kitchen gadgets. There are cool grooming

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Chinese agriculture services provider Green Grass Ecological Technology Development files for a $24 million US IPO

Green Grass Ecological Technology Development, which provides specialty farming and agriculture services in China, filed on Thursday with the SEC to raise up to $24 million in an initial public offering.

The company currently engages in the specialty agriculture farming of alfalfa, wasteland transformation, agriculture harvesting services, and biomass raw materials collection and processing for power plants and paper mills. The company occupies over 12,000 acres of land pursuant to contracts with local counties, and it believes it is well-equipped to operate on a modern agriculture production scale.

The Huhe Haote City, China-based company was founded in 2013 and booked $24 million in revenue for the 12 months ended December 31, 2019. It plans to list on the Nasdaq under the symbol QQCY. Green Grass Ecological Technology Development filed confidentially on May 20, 2019. The company has not selected an underwriter yet. No pricing terms were disclosed.

The article

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44 Geeky kitchen gadgets that every nerd needs

(Pocket-lint) – Whether you’re a whizz in the kitchen or an utter cooking novice, there are plenty of gadgets and gizmos out there to help you prepare a wonderful bite to eat or make life easier in the kitchen. From cool and quirky food storage to handy preparation tools, there’s something for everyone. 

If you’re a little bit nerdy, a tad lazy or just want some help making your kitchen look awesome, then keep on scrolling as we’ve hunted down the very best in nerdy kitchen delights that we’re sure you’ll love. 

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I could eat a T-REX

Measuring out pasta is a tough game. Too much and you’re likely to waste some, too little and you’ll go hungry. This kitchen gadget is perfect as it allows you to measure out the right sizes for a man, woman or child and if you’re as hungry as a dinosaur, that’s

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Nvidia’s RTX IO technology promises faster load times for RTX-equipped systems

Something to look forward to: Next-gen consoles are promising quite a few exciting new features, such as heavily reduced load times and reduced mesh or texture pop-in. Fortunately, PC gamers will be able to get their hands on that functionality as well — as long as they own an Nvidia RTX GPU. The company today revealed “RTX IO,” a suite of technologies that enable “rapid GPU-based loading and game asset decompression.”

This technology will run on Microsoft’s next-generation DirectStorage API, and it will enable “up to” 100x faster drive performance compared to traditional hard drives. Nvidia claims RTX IO can offload much of the work your CPU would ordinarily be doing onto the GPU, which boosts frame rates, speeds up load times, and paves the way for the next generation of open-world games.

“Object pop-in and stutter can be reduced, and high-quality textures can be streamed at incredible rates, so

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Jeep Wrangler 4xe Brings Plug-In Hybrid Technology To An American Icon

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Electric Blue tow hooks and color accents on the hood, Jeep and the Trail Rated badges serve as subtle indicators of the 4xe’s hybrid pedigree. Jeep

The current Jeep Wrangler is larger, more powerful and far more civilized than the original 1945 CJ (Civilian Jeep) that spawned it, but rarely has it veered from its single-minded purpose of providing maximum off-road capability with a traditional powertrain.

The new 2021 Wrangler 4xe Plug-In Hybrid is the first real attempt to incorporate modern electrification technology into the storied platform without altering the core tenets that define the Wrangler: four-wheel drive, short-overhangs, high ground clearance and a robust driveline.

Jeep knew a half-hearted attempt at a Wrangler hybrid would alienate the faithful and tarnish its legacy, so the Wrangler 4xe comes in hard. It retains the solid front and rear axles, a ladder frame and a two-speed, full-time transfer case. Its approach and

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The original digital watch button foretold the battery life struggle of modern smartwatches

In hindsight, it sounds almost ridiculous. An expensive watch with technology that’s never been put on your wrist before that costs hundreds of dollars more than a traditional timepiece. And get this: this fancy, futuristic gadget cant even continuously show the time.

No, I’m not talking about the original Apple Watch. I’m talking about the Pulsar Time Computer, the first commercially sold digital watch, which was released back in the 1970s by Hamilton. But despite the 50-year difference, the Pulsar foretold the same issues that we still struggle with today on our modern smartwatches — and fixed them the way we do, too: with a button.

The original Pulsar was a revolutionary device, so cool and futuristic that it appeared in Live and Let Die on the wrist of Roger Moore’s James Bond. But it had a big

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