Health Issues: Middle-Aged Man With Rapid Heart Beat Diagnosed With Sarcoidosis

From a New York Times article by Lisa Sanders, M.D.:

Diagnosis from New York Times by Lisa Sanders, MD Photo Illustration by Ina JangIn sarcoidosis, abnormal collections of cells called granulomas invade the organ, interfering with its normal activity and often destroying the surrounding tissue. What is left is a scar, known as fibrosis, dotted with these abnormal granulomas.

When caught early, sarcoidosis can be treated and the destruction slowed or even stopped. But it was too late for that in this man’s case. He was started on immune-suppressing medications to prevent additional damage, but he needed a new heart.

The man had been active and healthy, until five years earlier when he started to feel tired. His doctor sent him to a cardiologist, who took one look at his EKG and said he needed a pacemaker, right away. He got one the next day. He was fine for a year, and then, on a business trip to Atlanta, he suddenly felt lightheaded, and his heart fluttered wildly in his chest. In the E.R. they told him his heart was beating 220 beats a minute. You should be dead, one doctor said.

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Future Of Home Buying: ZeroDown Buys The Home, You Pay Monthly To Complete Purchase Later

From a online article:

ZeroDown Home Purchase Website how it worksReal estate startup ZeroDown, which launched earlier this year, boasts a unique business model. Aiming to help more people become homeowners in the pricey San Francisco Bay Area, the company removes several of the largest hurdles from the homebuying process, namely the down payment and mortgage, and buys homes for its customers outright.

But it doesn’t give the properties away. Rather, the company buys the house with its own funds, without requiring its customers to put down a down payment or assume a mortgage, then leases the property to the customer for a period of as long as five years.

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Creative Artists: Fabian Oefner Slices Vintage Cameras, “Reassembles Images Into New Compositions” (2019)

From website

Studio Oefner - CutUp 2019 SculptureCutUp is closely linked to Oefner`s  process of destruction and reassembly, that he previously used to create two-dimensional works like the Disintegrating or the Explosion Collage photographs. Rather than seeing destruction as something negative, the artist uses this process to break objects and images down into smaller pieces and reassembles them into new compositions, enhanced in both form, meaning and function from the original pieces.

Oefner deliberately selected still and video cameras to slice apart. This is an allusion to his earlier photographic work, where the image made with the camera is the “art” and the camera itself is merely a tool. For this series, the tool is transformed into a piece of art. It is at the same time a deconstruction of the technology of image capturing, revealing the beauty underneath the surface of these objects.

The series currently consists of 6 sculptures and will be expanded into many more in the future.

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Future Of Mobility: Sony And Yamaha Motor Unveil “Entertainment Vehicle”

From a Sony news release:

Sony and Yamaha Motor Partner to Develop SC-1 Sociable CartThe SC-1 is designed to transform what was a mere means of mobility into an all-new opportunity for entertainment. Sony and Yamaha Motor will deploy it to provide fun new diversions at venues such as golf courses, amusement parks, and commercial facilities.

Like its prototypes, the SC-1 features image sensors capable of vision beyond that of human capacity on all sides of the vehicle.

Tokyo, Japan— Sony Corporation announced today the joint development with Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd., of the SC-1 Sociable Cart, a vehicle that delivers a new mobility experience. Sony and Yamaha Motor plan to launch services using this model in Japan in fiscal 2019. The vehicle was developed solely for the purpose of providing a new mobility experience, and it will not be made available for sale.

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Trends In Food: KFC To Offer “Plant-Based” Chicken Produced By Beyond Meat In Atlanta

From a online article:

KFC Beyond Fried Chicken in AtlantaA single KFC franchise — the one near the SunTrust Park baseball stadium in Atlanta — will, starting Tuesday, offer meatless chicken from the plant-based food company Beyond Meat. The deal makes KFC the first fast-food restaurant to serve plant-based chicken.

It’s a huge step forward for both companies — and for chickens, nearly 50 billion of which are raised in factory farms in the US annually.

“KFC is an iconic part of American culture and a brand that I, like so many consumers, grew up with. To be able to bring Beyond Fried Chicken, in all of its KFC-inspired deliciousness to market, speaks to our collective ability to meet the consumer where they are and accompany them on their journey. My only regret is not being able to see the legendary Colonel himself enjoy this important moment,” said Ethan Brown, founder and CEO of Beyond Meat, in the press release announcing the deal.

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Trends In Fine Art: Museums Offer Finest Works For Home Viewing On “The Frame” Art Store

From a Royal Museums Of Fine Arts Of Belgium news release:

Royal Museums of Fine Art Belgium‘It is the dream of every museum to bring its art as close as possible to the public and to share its passion and knowledge with the world,’ explains Isabelle Vanhoonacker, Managing Director of Public Services at RMFAB. ‘Thanks to The Frame by Samsung, this dream is now coming true.’

The Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium (RMFAB) are to make 22 top-class worksVincent van Gogh, Seascape near Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, 1888 available on the Samsung Art Store for The Frame. Decorate your living room with the most famous masters from the largest Belgian art collection by making their iconic creations appear on The Frame. This discrete Samsung lifestyle TV can transform into your favourite work of art when switched off, seamlessly integrating into your living room.

Around 1,200 works are already available on The Frame Art Store*, hailing from world-renowned art collections such as the Museo del Prado, the Van Gogh Museum, the Tate, the Albertina and many more. This summer, art lovers can choose from a further 22 masterpieces to add to The Frame, matching their unique TV to their interior design. The RMFAB collection is the largest in Belgium, and the highlights selected for The Frame Art Store span from the 15th century to the modern day.

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Future Of Homebuilding: Off-Grid Eco House For Summer Trips From Fresh Prince Design In Australia

From a article:

Tiny Off Grid Eco House From Fresh Prince Australia bedroomthe lightweight timber structure is built on a wheeled chassis and clad in matte black weathertex, a locally sourced material made from forest thinnings and other industry by-products in the production process. the off-grid cabin features built-in joinery that blends seamlessly with the interior lining and cathedral ceiling so that this sense of openness is preserved.

sydney-based architecture firm fresh prince has designed a compact off-grid cabin in australia that offers a sustainable dwelling for summer getaways. located in new south wales, the 150-square-foot ‘barrington tops’ cabin is perched on the banks of a highland river, surrounded by dense woodland.

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