A revolutionary new toilet may lead to fewer accidents on Japanese highways. At the Ebina Service Area, a popular highway rest stop, the toilets have built-in vibration sensors that measure fluctuations in the autonomic nervous system. These fluctuations give insight into a person’s fatigue level, subsequently advising whether a break is needed. The toilet could also prevent accidents with its novelty; drivers will be inclined to spend time at the Service Area, allowing them to rest up.
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With drug overdose deaths on the rise, authorities are attempting to curb the epidemic by tracking and sharing information in real time. In one unique effort, a nonprofit in New York City is using drug-testing equipment and stamping or marking habits of dealers to identify drug batches that may endanger users. Other approaches are also being used, such as monitoring drug-related chatter on Reddit and analyzing local wastewater for opioid and other drug levels. With the combination of these efforts, researchers hope to put a dent in the opioid crisis and reduce overdose deaths. Read full article here