>Sleeping pills don't work in long term
Sleeping pills prescribed to millions of people every year do not work in the long term, a study has found.
Scientists found no difference in sleep quality or duration between those who took the medication for one to two years.
The research team said that rather than taking such medication long term, patients should receive cognitive behavioral therapy to help them sleep.
Meanwhile, the UK's Sleep Charity said on Tuesday that the study showed that drugs failed to tackle the root problem.
A spokesperson for the Sleep Charity said: "While prescription drugs can help with short-term insomnia, and help to break a cycle of poor sleep, it doesn't tackle the root problem. They really just mask the symptoms. With long-term insomnia, lifestyle or behavior changes usually need to happen, which is why cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBT-I) is an effective treatment."
>Company develops AI-controlled shoes
Austrian company Tec-Innovation recently unveiled smart shoes that use ultrasonic sensors to help people suffering from blindness or vision impairment to detect obstacles up to four meters away.
Known as InnoMake, the smart shoe aims to become an alternative to the walking stick that millions of people around the world depend on to get around as safely as possible.
The currently available model relies on sensors to detect obstacles and warns the wearer via vibration and an audible alert on a Bluetooth-linked smartphone.
That sounds impressive enough, but the company is already working on a much more advanced version that incorporates cameras and artificial intelligence to not only detect obstacles but also their nature.
The current version of the InnoMake shoe is already available for purchase on the Tec-Innovation website, for 3,200 per pair.
The advanced system is integrated in the front of the shoes, in a waterproof and dustproof case.
It is powered by a heavy-duty battery that can last for up to one week, depending on use. The battery can be charged in just three hours, using a USB cable.
>Indian bride shuts down wedding
An Indian bride canceled her wedding after her groom recited the multiplication table of two incorrectly.
A bride and groom, who wish to remain unidentified, were supposed to have the wedding for their arranged marriage on May 1 in the state of Uttar Pradesh in India.
Skeptical of her future husband's educational background, the bride decided to test his knowledge during the ceremony.
When he failed to recite the multiplication table of two, the bride left, "saying that she could not marry someone who did not know basic math," reported INQUIRER.net.
The bride's sister stated that the groom's family did not inform them of his lack of education, adding that the bride was "brave" for walking out.
"He may not have even gone to school. The groom's family had cheated us," she said to Tribune India. "But my brave sister walked out without fearing social taboo."
The two families came to a compromise, which included returning all gifts and jewelry.